There is always a sense of anxiety when you notice something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re resting at home and you notice your furnace is continuously kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are several items you can check when you first notice that your furnace seems to be shutting off more than usual than it should be.
- Check the air filter in your furnace—You may think that air filters are only used to help keep the indoor air cleaner, but the filters also help keep your system clean. Your first step when you realize there is a problem with your system should be examining 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 several of us, we may have set our thermostats weeks ago and forgot about it, particularly when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Look at your thermostat to see if anything unusual is going on 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 home, such as in direct sunlight or by another heat source, it could be mistakenly assuming your home has met the desired temperature.
- Check out your windows for proper insulation—If your home doesn’t have appropriate insulation, your furnace is likely to shut off more frequently. Walk around your home and check the windows to ensure they are all closed and examine the seals around your windows for any drafts or cold air entering the home.
While you can look at these issues yourself, if issues still persist after these checks, it might be time to call in the experts. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can lead to unnecessary work and stress on your system that could lead to more pricey repairs or even a replacement.
Our experts are here to help you assess the situation and find the root of the cause, so you can enjoy the rest of the season with the best indoor comfort. If you have questions, you can call our experts at or check out our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.