When it’s freezing outside there is no better feeling than basking in the warmth of your heating system. It can get a bit disconcerting, however, when your furnace seems to work too hard or never turn off. This can cause your heating bill to go up unnecessarily and shorten the life of your furnace. If your furnace seems to be working harder than normal, read on to discover what might be the cause.
The most common issue with furnaces running too often is the thermostat. Before you consider any more involved heating repair, check your thermostat display. Is the temperature set too high? Is the thermostat set to “fan”? If the display seems accurate but the furnace isn’t shutting off, it might be a problem with the thermostat rather than the furnace. Most modern thermostats are far more complicated than the older. It is therefore recommended that you have a professional determine the problem, rather than trying to fix it yourself.
Much of the heat loss from homes is due to small cracks in window and door frames. If your home is poorly insulated, you’ll lose heat faster and your furnace will have to work much harder to maintain temperature. This is difficult to diagnose on your own, as poor insulation often has multiple small factors spread around the house. If all your doors and windows are closed and your home still feels drafty, call a professional to examine your home for possible insulation issues.
Wrong Unit Size
If your furnace is a new installation, it is possible that the unit is too big or too small for your home. This can lead to the furnace to overwork itself while trying to match the capacity of a differently sized unit. If everything else seems to be fine but the furnace is still running too often, call a professional to evaluate whether your unit is the right fit for your home.
If you are having problems with your furnace, call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. Our heating repair experts operate throughout Jefferson County.