Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

There is typically a sense of anxiety when you realize something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re sitting at home and you realize 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.

  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 notice an issue with your system should be taking a look at your air filter to see if it needs to be replaced. If it’s clogged or dirty, it can make it hard for air to flow over the heat exchanger.
  2. Look at your thermostat—For many of us, we may have set our thermostats weeks ago and forgot about it, especially when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Look at your thermostat to see if anything unfamiliar is going on 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 usually hotter than the rest of your space, such as in direct sunlight or by another heat source, it could be mistakenly assuming your home is already up to the desired temperature.
  3. 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 inspect the seals around your windows for any drafts or cold air entering the home.

While you can certainly check for some of these issues by yourself, if issues still persist after these checks, it might be time to call in the professionals. When your furnace is always turning off, it can end up forcing unnecessary work and stress on your system that could produce more expensive repairs or even a replacement.

Our experts are happy to help you assess the situation and pinpoint 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 440-252-1375 or check out our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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