What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

It's not uncommon for heating systems to have a problem every now and then. It could be as straightforward 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 correctly working furnace again.

Examine the Air Filter

A dirty air filter creates issues for numerous homeowners and their HVAC system. Here's why. It restricts airflow, making your furnace work harder and run longer to satisfy your desired temperature.

This multiplies usage on your furnace, as well as the likelihood of a malfunction 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 faster, it can increase your heating bill and make your home feel uncomfortable.

We encourage replacing flat filters once a 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 detect 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 problem when your heat won't turn off. If not, we recommend checking your thermostat settings next.

Check Out the Thermostat

Your thermostat runs your furnace and basically tells the unit when to turn on and off. It's often the problem when your furnace won't stop running.

Sometimes having the heat turn off is as simple as changing an incorrect thermostat setting.

Make Sure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

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

“Auto” means the furnace blower will only run when the furnace does.

“On” indicates the furnace blower will operate constantly. 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 set to "on," it will seem like your furnace is not shutting off, but it's really just the furnace blower you're noticing. Switching it to "auto" should solve 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 area temperature. If it's higher than the room air temp, your furnace will keep running until it reaches your desired temp.

Keep in mind that if it's extremely cold outside, your furnace will have to run 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 check, you can try decreasing the thermostat to correspond with the room. Then, wait a couple of minutes. This should make the furnace shut off momentarily.

Replace the Batteries

If you use a programmable thermostat, it's probably 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 switch 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 spots 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 locate the breaker marked "furnace." Push the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
  2. Next, search for the specific power switch to your heating system. It looks like a light switch and can be found on or close to your furnace. Push the switch down to cut power.
  3. Your furnace should be shut off now.

If you had to turn off your system at the breaker, contact us at 217-689-2469 for professional service, as you may need furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

Sometimes correcting this problem can be as simple as replacing your air filter or adjusting thermostat settings. In other instances, you might need a professional when your heater won't turn off.

Fan Limit Switch Needs Replacing

The furnace fan limit switch controls your furnace's blower motor. If the switch goes out, it might sound like your furnace running nonstop, 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 speak through a flashing red light on the front of your heating system.

Our Experts can diagnose and correct any issues you're having with your furnace blower motor. Sometimes this can involve replacement parts, like the control board, faulty wiring or the fan switch itself.

Bad 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 installing a smart thermostat.

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

Air Ducts Are Leaking

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

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

Rely on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace issues can be annoying, particularly 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 field. You can rely on our ACE-certified technicians to solve your problem quickly and affordably. And what's even better, we back our HVAC system repairs with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year.* Contact us at 217-689-2469 to book your appointment today.

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