Furnace Articles

What Is a Dual Fuel Heating System?

February 15, 2024
What Is a Dual Fuel Heating System? Women looking at device with serious expression.

Western Sales & Services is happy to lay all the options on the table so you can make the best decision for your Birmingham home. Here’s what you should know about dual fuel systems: 

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How Do I Know I Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

January 15, 2024
close-up of a pilot light.

Even though your furnace may look and seem fine, dangerous gases could leak into your Birmingham home and seriously affect, even kill, your family members.

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How Does a Gas Furnace Work?

November 13, 2023
A father talks with his hands as he leans against the railing of his front porch with his preteen son and has a serious discussion.

A furnace is a big part of your life—whether you realize it or not. It keeps your Birmingham home warm and can help with your indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Preparing Your HVAC System for the Fall

October 16, 2023
Preparing Your HVAC System for the Fall - Woman Sitting by the Window.

As the saying goes, “Time and tide wait for no one.”

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What Are Furnace Filters?

January 16, 2023
A furnace filter is installed. What Are Furnace Filters?

It’s crucial to take proper care of your furnace—it provides your Homewood home with the heat you need to stay warm.

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How Do I Know When I Need a New Furnace?

October 17, 2022
Indoor furnace.

Let’s face it—there’s never a good time for the heat to go out in your Alabama home. You certainly don’t want to wait until your heating system stops working for you to realize you need a replacement!

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

September 15, 2022
5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check. Furnace inspection.

As the leaves change color here in Alabama, our team at Western Sales and Services is preparing for an important time of the year—furnace inspection season.

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Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

February 21, 2022
Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

You just discovered there is a puddle of water on the floor in front of your furnace. What does this mean? Why would your furnace be leaking water? 

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What Are Signs I Need a New Furnace?

December 21, 2021
What Are Signs I Need a New Furnace?

A furnace is a major investment for any Birmingham homeowner. Although it’s not something that will need to be done frequently, most people will face the decision of needing to purchase a new heating system sometime during home ownership. 

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Heat Pump Versus Furnace

October 25, 2021
Heat Pump Versus Furnace

Looking to install a new heater in your Birmingham home? Your two most popular choices are a heat pump and a furnace. Each one has advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other.

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Furnace Pressure Switches

January 28, 2021
Cheerful couple looking out of the window, furnace pressure switches

Though you may not give much thought to the furnace in your Birmingham home, knowing a bit about it and how it works can come in handy. At Western Sales & Services, our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals are always here to help and to answer any furnace questions you may have.

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What’s That Sound Coming From My Furnace?

November 30, 2020
Elderly man sitting on comfy sofa and watching something on laptop, what is that noise coming from my furnace

It’s normal for your furnace to make some noise. For instance, a dull hum is to be expected. However, louder noises might spell trouble for your heating unit’s components. Remember to turn off your furnace if it makes any alarming sounds and leave the repair job to a professional.

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What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

October 30, 2020

If you happen to be in the market for a new furnace, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options available.

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How Can I Save Money on My Heating Bill This Winter?

December 28, 2019

Looking to reduce your heating bill this winter? There are a number of simple and big things you can do at home to help lower your heating cost this season.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

November 28, 2019

If your furnace seems to be producing heating inconsistently around your Birmingham home to you, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing spotty heating or cooling. On cold days, this can be a nuisance. For example, you may be confined to only a few rooms in your home. Or…

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When Do I Know It’s Time to Buy a New Furnace?

November 11, 2019

It’s easy to moan when you decide that a major appliance or home system needs replacing. After all, these are expensive investments and probably not your favorite way to spend your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, there’s often not a clear-cut message, short of an appliance completely breaking down, that definitively indicates it’s time to buy a…

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

September 23, 2019

You should schedule your annual maintenance appointment for your heating system before you use it for the season, regardless if you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump.

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7 Furnace Maintenance Tips

September 12, 2019

It’s understandable that maintenance tasks often fall by the wayside. Many Vestavia Hills homeowners follow the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Heat Pump Vs. Furnace

January 28, 2019

Looking to install a new heater in your home? Your two most popular choices in Birmingham, AL, are a heat pump and a furnace.

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Furnace Filters

December 28, 2018

Caring for your furnace is important, because you want it to function at its full potential for as long as possible. One of the best things you can do to protect your furnace, yourself, and your family is to regularly replace your filter. Here’s a quick guide to furnace filters our team created for you.…

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

October 18, 2018

Once the cooler weather hits here in Birmingham, AL, 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 it, you should have your furnaced cleaned and checked by a professional from Western Sales and Services. You…

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