Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

There is always a sense of anxiety when you notice something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re relaxing at home and you hear your furnace is constantly kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are a few things you can check when you feel like your furnace seems to be shutting off a lot more than it should be.

  1. Check the air filter in your furnace—You may think that air filters are only used to help keep the air inside your home cleaner, but air filters also support keeping your system clean. Your first step when you recognize 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 difficult for air to flow over the heat exchanger.
  2. Look at your thermostat—For lots of us, we may have set our thermostats several months ago and forgot about it, especially when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Examine your thermostat to see if anything strange is occurring or if it could need new batteries. The placement 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 is already up to the desired temperature.
  3. Check out your windows for proper insulation—If your home doesn’t have proper insulation, your furnace is likely to shut off more frequently. Walk around your home and check the windows to make sure they are all closed and inspect 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 always turning off, it can lead to unnecessary work and stress on your system that could produce more costly repairs or even a replacement.

Our experts are here to help you examine the situation and pinpoint the root of the cause, so you can enjoy the rest of the season with the optimum indoor comfort. If you have questions, give us a call at 226-773-3357 or visit our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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