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 relaxing 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 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 the filters also help keep your system clean. Your first step when you recognize an issue with your system should be taking a look at 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, especially when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Look at your thermostat to see if anything strange is occurring or if it may need new batteries. The site 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 home, such as in direct sunlight or close to 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 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 examine 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 experts. When your furnace is consistently turning off, it can lead to unnecessary work and stress on your system that could lead to more costly 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 maximum indoor comfort. If you have questions, you can call our experts at or use our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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