Why Won’t My Furnace Stop Running?
Dealing with the furnace failure can be daunting. You wonder how serious the problem is, how much a repair will cost and if you will ultimately have to replace it. When your furnace simply will not cycle off there can be any number of reasons for the problem.
Before you pick up the phone, there are a few things you can do first to assess the problem and see if you even need to call in a professional. You may find the problem is easier to handle than you think!
Check Your Thermostat Settings
We have all heard the stories who of people call technical support to help them with a brand new device that simply will not work and the first thing tech support asks them to do is make sure the device is plugged in. In that same vein, if your furnace will not shut off, the first thing you should check is your thermostat– especially if you do not live alone. If the temperature is set higher than you thought, then try turning it down and see if that solves the problem.
A second thing to check on the thermostat is the fan setting. If the fan is set to the “on” position then it will blow continuously to circulate air whether there is heat or not. Try setting the fan toggle to the “auto” position so that it only blows when it is time to heat things up.
Yeah, sometimes the answer is that simple!
Clean or Replace Your Air Filter
The job of your air filter is to prevent dirt and debris from getting into your furnace and mucking things up. If the filter is doing its job, it will need to be replaced on a regular basis– at least every three months, sometimes more. If your filter is caked in dust and debris, your furnace may have to work harder to do its job, accounting for the continuous blowing. Check the filter and replace it if it looks dirty.
Take a Look at Your Duct Work
The duct work is the pathway through which heated air flows from your furnace to various parts of your house. If there is a leak in the duct work, the warm air may not be getting to its intended destination and the thermostat will not register the necessary warmth to turn the furnace off. Luckily, it is easiest to find leaks in the duct work when the furnace is running.
Check Your Pilot Light
If your furnace is running but you are not getting any heat, the problem may be that the pilot light has blown out. This is usually a simple enough thing to check and just as simple to fix.
When All Else Fails, Call Peninsula!
If you have checked all of the simplest possibilities first and your problem has not been fixed, then it is time to call in a professional. Make sure to call a company you can trust.
Peninsula has been serving families in Maryland and Delaware since 1935 and has a history of excellent customer service. If your HVAC needs service or repairs, give Peninsula a call today.