Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

There is typically a sense of dread when you recognize something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re relaxing at home and you hear your furnace is endlessly kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are some things you can check when you feel like 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 indoor air cleaner, but they also support keeping your system clean. Your first step when you realize there is a concern with your system should be examining 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. Check your thermostat to see if anything strange is taking place or if it may need new batteries. The location 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 close to another heat source, it could be falsely 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 regularly. 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 coming into the house.

While you can review these issues yourself, if issues still persist after these checks, it might be time to call in the professionals. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can end up forcing unnecessary work and stress on your system that could lead to more pricey repairs or even a replacement.

Our experts are willing to help you examine 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, call us at 801-436-8985 or visit our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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