It's not uncommon for heating systems to have a glitch 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 properly working furnace again.
Examine the Air Filter
A dirty air filter causes issues 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 odds 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 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 unpleasant.
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 linked to a clogged air filter, putting in a fresh filter should fix this common issue 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 basically tells the unit when to turn on and off. It's usually the problem when your furnace won't stop running.
Sometimes having the heat turn off is as easy 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 run when the furnace does.
“On” means the furnace blower will run 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 switched 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 resolve the problem. It will also help you spend less money on your energy costs.
Confirm Your Temperature Setting
If your thermostat won't turn off heat, check the temperature setting to the room temperature. If it's greater than the room air temp, your furnace will keep operating 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 normal 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 decreasing the setting to match the room. Then, wait a couple of 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 try putting in new batteries to see if that solves the issue. 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 move it to "off," you will need to turn off the power.
Cut 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 specific power switch.
- Go to your breaker box and locate the breaker marked "furnace." Push the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
- Next, look for the dedicated power switch to your heating system. It looks like a light switch and is located on or near your furnace. Move the switch down to cut power.
- Your furnace should be turned off now.
If you had to switch off your system at the breaker, call us at 631-406-9220 for professional service, as you may require 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 notice a furnace error code if there's a problem with the limit switch. Your furnace will communicate using 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. Often this can involve replacement parts, like the control board, faulty wiring or the fan switch itself.
Like anything else in your home, your thermostat can break down as time passes and need to be replaced. If it's time for a new one, ask us about installing a smart thermostat.
These thermostats make it easy to save energy, since they develop an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule according to your needs. Plus, 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 running constantly since 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 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 involves furnaces, there's a reason why we say we're Experts in our field. You can depend 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 631-406-9220 to book your appointment now.