What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

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

Check the Air Filter

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

This increases wear and tear 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 off. Then it will keep repeating this process when your furnace switches on. This is called short cycling. In addition to wearing out your furnace faster, it can drive up 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 get a new one.

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

Check the Thermostat

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

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

Make Sure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

Your thermostat has two settings, “auto” and “on,” that control 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 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 set to "on," it will sound like your furnace is not shutting off, but it's really just the furnace blower you're hearing. 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 room temperature. If it's greater 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 big temperature difference between the cold air outside and the warm indoors.

As a check, you can try reducing the temperature to correspond with the room. Then, wait a couple of minutes. This should make the furnace turn off momentarily.

Put in New Batteries

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

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

Turn Off the Power

Thermostat appears 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 dedicated power switch.

  1. Go to your breaker box and locate the breaker marked "furnace." Move the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
  2. Next, search for the dedicated power switch to your heating system. It's similar to a light switch and can be found on or near 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, call us at 512-596-1257 for professional service, as you may need furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

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

Fan Limit Switch Needs Replacing

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

You might notice 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 diagnose and correct any problems 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 anything else 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, because they develop an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule based on your preferences. Plus, you'll be able to adjust and keep tabs on your thermostat from just about anyplace with your phone.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

Your furnace uses ductwork to circulate hot air to vents throughout your home. If your home or ductwork is older, your furnace might be operating all the time because the ductwork is leaking hot air in the attic.

Identifying this leaky ductwork and other airflow problems can be tricky to resolve 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 need.

Rely on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace issues can be annoying, particularly when it affects 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 back our HVAC system repairs with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year.* Call us at 512-596-1257 to schedule your appointment today.

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