Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

September 15, 2017

There is usually a sense of anxiety when you recognize something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re resting at home and you hear your furnace is continuously kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are several items 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 air inside your home cleaner, but air filters also work to keep your system clean. Your first step when you notice a concern with your system should be checking 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 months ago and forgot about it, especially when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Check your thermostat to see if anything unusual is going on or if it might need new batteries. The site 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 home, such as in direct sunlight or by another heat source, it could be wrongly 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 examine the seals around your windows for any drafts or cold air entering into your house.

While you can look at these issues yourself, if issues still continue after these checks, it might be time to call in the experts. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can result in unnecessary work and stress on your system that could cause more costly repairs or even a replacement.

Our experts are willing to help you examine 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, call us at 816-787-0500 or use our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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