Heating Articles

5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

October 14, 2019
Mother and child enjoying heat inside home on a fall day after scheduling their fall furnace clean and check appointment

Once the cooler weather hits here in Seattle this fall, you are going to want the inside of your home toasty and comfortable. This means turning on your furnace. Long before the first night you’ll want to use it, you should have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional from Ballard Natural Gas. You…

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Furnace Filters

November 19, 2018

Furnace filters. They’re one of those items not really on the top of everyone’s minds, but they are important and can have a big impact. With the right furnace filter, you can save money and improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) in one fell swoop. The primary function of your furnace filter is simply to…

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All About Thermocouples

February 19, 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” background_layout=”light” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” _builder_version=”3.0.105″] Thermocouples are sensors used to measure temperature. It is a device used inside…

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Why Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

January 23, 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” background_layout=”light” _builder_version=”3.0.85″] Furnace filters. They’re one of those items not really on the top of everyone’s minds, but…

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What does AFUE Mean?

January 19, 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” background_layout=”light” _builder_version=”3.0.85″] While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an…

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Dual Fuel Systems in Seattle Washington

December 14, 2017

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” background_layout=”light” _builder_version=”3.0.85″] A dual fuel system sounds more Batman-like than it really is. It can solve a lot…

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Confused on How to Set Your Programmable Thermostat?

December 12, 2017

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Your Furnace Filter: What It Is and How It Works

November 16, 2017

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” background_layout=”light” _builder_version=”3.0.85″] Your furnace filter is the unsung hero of your furnace. It quietly does…

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Fall HVAC Tune Ups in Seattle

October 9, 2017

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What to Do About A Cracked Heat Exchanger

February 23, 2017

You are having issues with your gas furnace? Maybe your friend suggested that it could be due to a cracked heat exchanger. What’s a heat exchanger? How can you tell if that’s what the issue is? What should you do about it?  Don’t ignore the possibility. A cracked heat exchanger in your Seattle gas furnace…

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

February 9, 2017

  Out of site, out of mind. This is especially true for furnace filters. When you have a clean furnace filter in place, your Seattle furnace will run optimally, keeping your home an ideal temperature. A dirty filter will inhibit the performance of your furnace. It may even cause your furnace to fail. What kind?…

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Don't Skip Your Seattle Furnace Maintenance

January 11, 2017

A furnace is crucial to comfort in Washington winters, yet it’s so often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. It can be easy to forget since they are so often hidden away in closets or in low traffic areas of the home. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always…

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Signs I Need to Replace My Furnace

October 25, 2016

A new furnace is a big investment and can be a heavy cost for any homeowner. It can be hard to make the decision replace your current furnace, every furnace will need to be replaced at some point in a home’s life. How do you know when it is time to say good bye to…

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What is Short Cycling?

January 21, 2016

Short cycling basically means short running times and short off times, that your furnace is turning on and off quickly and thus not providing the heat that your home needs. It can happen for a number of reasons. A furnace that is too big for your home is often the culprit. When your home heats…

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Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

December 22, 2015

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reason that your furnace may be blowing cold air and there a few things to check before you need…

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How to Save Money on my Heating Bill this Winter

December 10, 2015

Is your energy bill too high in the winter time? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but most are simple things that you can do in your day to day life…

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Furnace Maintenance

October 28, 2015

Maintaining your furnace is just as important as your seasonal clean and check. At Ballard Natural Gas Service we suggest a few general furnace maintenance tips that you should try as well as scheduling your annual inspection. Please contact us at any time before attempting any repairs on your own or if there are things…

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

September 25, 2015

How Does My Gas Furnace Work? Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator…

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