What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

It's not uncommon for heating systems to have a problem every now and then. It could be as simple as a broken thermostat or an electrical problem. If your gas furnace won't shut off, here are a few steps you can take to get a correctly working furnace again.

Examine the Air Filter

A dirty air filter creates problems for many homeowners and their HVAC system. Here's why. It restricts airflow, making your furnace work harder and run longer to meet your desired temperature.

This increases wear and tear on your furnace, as well as the likelihood of a malfunction and premature failure.

It can also make your furnace get too hot and shut down for a time to cool off. Then it will keep duplicating this process when your furnace turns on. This is known as short cycling. In addition to wearing out your furnace faster, it can drive up your heating bill and make your home feel unpleasant.

We recommend replacing flat filters each month and pleated filters every three months. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your furnace filter, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If you can't detect light through your filter, it's too dusty and you should replace it.

If the matter was connected to a clogged air filter, replacing it with a clean filter should solve this common problem when your heat won't turn off. If not, we recommend checking your thermostat settings next.

Check the Thermostat

Your thermostat runs your furnace and simply tells the unit when to turn on and off. It's usually the problem when your furnace won't stop running.

At times having the heat turn off is as easy as adjusting an incorrect thermostat setting.

Ensure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

Your thermostat has two settings, “auto” and “on,” that manage your heating system's blower motor.

“Auto” means the furnace blower will only run when the furnace does.

“On” indicates the furnace blower will operate constantly. This constant air flow can help with heat distribution but will also increase your power bill and increase wear and tear on your furnace.

If your thermostat is switched to "on," it will sound like your furnace is not turning off, but it's really just the furnace blower you're noticing. Changing it to "auto" should resolve the problem. It will also help you spend less money on your energy costs.

Check Your Temperature Setting

If your thermostat won't turn off heat, check the temperature setting to the room temperature. If it's higher than the room air temp, your furnace will keep operating until it reaches your desired temp.

Keep in mind that if it's very cold outside, your furnace will have to operate much longer than normal to keep your home cozy. This is due to a big temperature difference between the cold air outside and the warm indoors.

As a check, you can try decreasing the temperature to match the room. Then, wait a few minutes. This should make the furnace turn off momentarily.

Put in Fresh Batteries

If you use a programmable thermostat, it's probably battery powered. You can test putting in new batteries to see if that resolves the issue. If it doesn't or if there's wiring to your electrical system, shift it to "off."

If your furnace won't turn off after you switch it to "off," you will need to cut the power.

Turn Off the Power

Thermostat appears to be working fine but your furnace still won't shut off? There are two places you can shut off the power to your heating unit: at the breaker box and at its specific power switch.

  1. Go to your breaker box and find the breaker labeled "furnace." Move the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
  2. Next, search for the specific power switch to your heating system. It's similar to a light switch and can be found on or near your furnace. Push the switch down to shut off power.
  3. Your furnace should be shut off now.

If you had to switch off your system at the breaker, contact us at 318-588-8163 for professional service, as you may require furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

Sometimes fixing this problem can be as easy as changing your air filter or changing thermostat settings. In other instances, you might want a professional when your heater won't turn off.

Fan Limit Switch Needs Replacing

The furnace fan limit switch regulates your furnace's blower motor. If the switch goes out, it might sound like your furnace running nonstop, even though just the blower is going.

You might notice a furnace error code if there's a problem with the limit switch. Your furnace will communicate through a flashing red light on the front of your heating system.

Our Experts can diagnose and correct any problems you're having with your furnace blower motor. Sometimes this can involve replacement parts, such as the control board, faulty wiring or the fan switch itself.

Bad Thermostat

Like anything else in your home, your thermostat can break down as time passes and need to be replaced. If it's time for a new one, ask us about getting a smart thermostat.

These thermostats make it easy to save energy, because they create an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule according to your needs. Plus, you'll be able to adjust and monitor your thermostat from just about anyplace with your phone.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

Your furnace relies on ductwork to circulate hot air to vents throughout your home. If your home or ductwork is older, your furnace might be operating constantly since the ductwork is leaking hot air in the attic.

Diagnosing this leaky ductwork and other airflow problems can be challenging to troubleshoot on your own, since it's concealed behind walls and ceilings. Our Experts can help with identifying and handling any air duct repair service that you require.

Depend on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace issues can be annoying, particularly when it impacts your comfort, energy efficiency and heating bill. When it comes to furnaces, there's a reason why we say we're Experts in our field. You can count on our ACE-certified technicians to resolve your problem quickly and affordably. And what's even better, we stand behind our HVAC system repairs with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year.* Contact us at 318-588-8163 to schedule your appointment now.

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