There is usually a sense of dread when you notice something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re resting at home and you realize 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 the filters also help keep your system clean. Your first step when you realize there is an issue with your system should be examining your air filter to see if it needs replacement. If it’s clogged or dirty, it can make it hard for air to flow over the heat exchanger.
- Look at your thermostat—For many of us, we may have set our thermostats months ago and forgot about it, especially when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Look at your thermostat to see if anything unusual is taking place or if it could need new batteries. The site of your thermostat could make a difference, as well. If it’s located in a place that’s typically hotter than the rest of your house, such as in direct sunlight or close to another heat source, it could be falsely assuming your home is already up to 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 regularly. Walk around your home and check the windows to make sure they are all closed and examine the seals around your windows for any drafts or cold air entering the home.
While you can review these issues by yourself, if issues still occur after these checks, it might be time to call in the experts. When your furnace is always turning off, it can result in unnecessary work and stress on your system that could produce more costly repairs or even a replacement.
Our experts are happy 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, give us a call at 304-760-5088 or check out our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.