Short cycling occurs when your furnace shuts off before it has finished its heating cycle. It will then have to turn back on quickly to compensate for the low heat levels, resulting in a system that is continuously switching on and off without producing adequate heat. Before you call in for furnace repair, know a few of the most common reasons this occurs to determine the best way to deal with it.
Furnace Repair Guide: The Problems Behind Short Cycling
1. Dirty Air Filter
This is the most common cause of short cycling and should be the first thing you check. Air filters should be changed every 30 to 60 days; when they clog up, they impact air flow, which makes your system much less efficient. Eventually, the furnace can overheat, causing it to short cycle. Keep a supply of air filters on hand and ask your furnace repair contractor to show you how it’s done. You can then do this on your own throughout the season.
2. Poor Thermostat Placement
The thermostat should be placed somewhere that it can get an accurate reading reflecting the temperature throughout the home. If it’s placed too close to the unit or a vent, then it will register that heat as soon as the furnace kicks on and tell it to turn off much too soon. Move your thermostat to a different spot if this is the issue.
3. Improperly Sized Furnace
If you purchased a furnace that’s too powerful for the size of your home, then it will raise the temperatures much too fast, and the system will shut down before finishing its cycle. If your system has been misbehaving since your HVAC installation, then this is likely the issue. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is by replacing it with a more appropriately sized furnace.
Many other issues could cause your system to short cycle, from corroding flame sensors to blocked vents. If you suspect your heating system is short cycling, schedule furnace repair with . This fully licensed, bonded and insured contractor serves homeowners throughout the Twin Cities South Metro area, MN. Their full range of heating and cooling services include repair, preventive maintenance, new installation, and replacement. Call Today (952) 451-8923.