What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

It's not unheard of for heating systems to have a glitch 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 properly working furnace again.

Check the Air Filter

A dirty air filter causes problems for numerous homeowners and their HVAC system. Here's why. It limits airflow, forcing your furnace to work harder and run longer to meet your desired temperature.

This increases usage on your furnace, as well as the likelihood of a breakdown and premature failure.

It can also make your furnace get too hot and shut off for a time to cool down. Then it will keep duplicating this process when your furnace turns on. This is called short cycling. In addition to wearing out your furnace more quickly, it can increase 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 got a new furnace filter, remove it and hold it up to the light. If you can't see light through your filter, it's too dusty and you should replace it.

If the matter was connected to a clogged air filter, putting in a clean filter should fix this common issue when your heat won't turn off. If not, we suggest checking your thermostat settings next.

Check the Thermostat

Your thermostat controls your furnace and simply tells the unit when to turn on and off. It's often to blame when your furnace won't stop running.

At times having the heat turn off is as simple as adjusting a wrong thermostat setting.

Ensure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

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

“Auto” indicates the furnace blower will only operate when the furnace does.

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

If your thermostat is switched to "on," it will seem 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 save money on your energy costs.

Check Your Temperature Setting

If your thermostat won't turn off heat, compare 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 extremely cold outside, your furnace will have to operate much longer than usual to keep your home warm. This is due to a large temperature difference between the cold air outside and the warm indoors.

As a test, you can try reducing the setting to correspond with 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 likely battery powered. You can try replacing the batteries to see if that solves the problem. If it doesn't or if there's wiring to your electrical system, shift it to "off."

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

Turn Off the Power

Thermostat seems to be working fine but your furnace still won't turn 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. Head 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 close to your furnace. Move the switch down to shut off power.
  3. Your furnace should be turned off now.

If you had to turn off your system at the breaker, call us at 856-310-4824 for professional service, as you may need furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

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

Fan Limit Switch Needs Replacing

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

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

Our Experts can identify and correct any issues 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.

Defective Thermostat

Like other things in your home, your thermostat can break down over time and need to be replaced. If you're due for a new one, ask us about getting a smart thermostat.

These thermostats make it simple to save energy, because they develop an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule based on your preferences. Additionally, you'll be able to adjust and monitor your thermostat from just about anyplace with your phone.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

Your furnace uses ductwork to distribute hot air to vents throughout your home. If your home or ductwork is older, your furnace might be running constantly since the ductwork is leaking hot air in the attic.

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

Rely on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace problems can be inconvenient, especially 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 industry. You can count on our ACE-certified technicians to solve 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 856-310-4824 to schedule your appointment today.

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