Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

There is usually 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 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 frequently 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 in your house cleaner, but they also work to keep your system clean. Your first step when you recognize 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 tough 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, particularly when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Check your thermostat to see if anything strange is going on or if it might need new batteries. The location 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 house, such as in direct sunlight or close to another heat source, it could be mistakenly assuming your home reached the desired temperature.
  3. 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 ensure 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 certainly check for some of these issues on your own, if issues still occur after these checks, it might be time to call in the pros. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can lead to unnecessary work and stress on your system that could lead to more expensive repairs or even a replacement.

Our experts are happy to help you examine the situation and identify the root of the cause, so you can enjoy the rest of the season with the maximum indoor comfort. If you have questions, give us a call at 614-334-3192 or visit our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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