What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

It's not unusual for heating systems to have a problem once in a while. It could be as straightforward as a broken thermostat or an electrical issue. If your gas furnace won't turn off, here are a few steps you can take to get a correctly working furnace again.

Check the Air Filter

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

This multiplies wear and tear on your furnace, as well as the odds 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 repeating this process when your furnace turns on. This is known as short cycling. In addition to wearing out your furnace faster, it can drive up your heating bill and make your home feel uncomfortable.

We recommend replacing flat filters monthly and pleated filters every three months. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your furnace filter, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If you can't see light through your filter, it's too dirty and you should get a new one.

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

Check Out the Thermostat

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

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

Make Sure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

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

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

“On” means the furnace blower will operate constantly. This constant air flow can help with heat circulation but will also increase your power bill and lead to wear and tear on your furnace.

If your thermostat is set to "on," it will seem like your furnace is not turning off, but it's really just the furnace blower you're hearing. Changing it to "auto" should solve the problem. It will also help you save money on your energy costs.

Confirm 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 hits your desired temp.

Keep in mind that if it's very cold outside, your furnace will have to operate much longer than usual to keep your home warm. This is because of a big temperature difference between the cold air outside and the warm indoors.

As a test, you can try decreasing the setting to correspond with the room. Then, wait a few minutes. This should make the furnace turn off in a few minutes.

Replace the Batteries

If you have a programmable thermostat, it's likely battery powered. You can test replacing the batteries to see if that resolves the problem. If it doesn't or if there's wiring to your electrical system, switch it to "off."

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

Turn Off the Power

Thermostat seems to be working fine but your furnace still won't shut off? There are two spots you can cut the power to your heating unit: at the breaker box and at its dedicated power switch.

  1. Head to your breaker box and locate the breaker labeled "furnace." Move the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
  2. Next, look for the dedicated power switch to your heating system. It's similar to a light switch and can be found on or close to your furnace. Push the switch down to shut off power.
  3. Your furnace should be shut off now.

If you had to switch off your system at the breaker, contact us at 704-705-8135 for professional service, as you may require furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

Sometimes fixing this problem can be as easy as replacing 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 to Be Replaced

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

You might notice a furnace error code if there's an issue with the limit switch. Your furnace will communicate through a flashing 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. Often 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 wear out over time and need to be replaced. If it's time for a new one, ask us about getting a smart thermostat.

These thermostats make it easy to save energy, because they develop an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule based on your needs. Plus, you'll be able to adjust and keep tabs on your thermostat from just about anywhere with your phone.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

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

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

Rely on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace problems 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 resolve 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 704-705-8135 to book your appointment today.

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