There is always a sense of dismay when you realize something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re resting at home and you notice your furnace is endlessly kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are some things you can check when you realize your furnace seems to be shutting off a lot more than it should be.
- Check the air filter in your furnace—You may think that air filters are only used to help keep the air in your house cleaner, but they also help keep your system clean. Your first step when you realize there is an issue with your system should be checking your air filter to see if it should be replaced. If it’s clogged or dirty, it can make it hard for air to flow over the heat exchanger.
- Look at your thermostat—For lots of us, we may have set our thermostats several months ago and forgot about it, even more so when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Check your thermostat to see if anything unusual is occurring or if it might need new batteries. The site of your thermostat could make a difference, as well. If it’s located in a place that’s often hotter than the rest of your space, such as in direct sunlight or by another heat source, it could be falsely assuming your home reached the desired temperature.
- Check out your windows for proper insulation—If your home doesn’t have the right insulation, your furnace is likely to shut off more frequently. Walk around your home and check the windows to confirm they are all closed and take a look at the seals around your windows for any drafts or cold air entering the home.
While you can look at these issues on your own, if issues still occur after these checks, it might be time to call in the professionals. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can end up forcing unnecessary work and stress on your system that could lead to more expensive repairs or even a replacement.
Our experts are willing to help you assess the situation and identify the root of the cause, so you can enjoy the rest of the season with the optimum indoor comfort. If you have questions, call us at or visit our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.