Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off?

There is always a sense of dismay when you recognize something isn’t quite right with your furnace. You’re sitting at home and you notice your furnace is continuously kicking in and shutting off. However, before you panic, there are a few things you can check when you first notice that 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 indoor air cleaner, but they also help keep your system clean. Your first step when you notice an issue with your system should be checking 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 several of us, we may have set our thermostats months ago and forgot about it, even more so when using a smart or programmable thermostat. Check your thermostat to see if anything unusual 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 space, such as in direct sunlight or by another heat source, it could be wrongly assuming your home has met 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 often. Walk around your home and check the windows to ensure they are all closed and examine 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 occur 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 willing to help you evaluate the situation and identify the root of the cause, so you can enjoy the rest of the season with the optimum indoor comfort. If you have questions, give us a call at 318-588-8163 or check out our online scheduler to conveniently request an appointment.

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