My Furnace Won’t Stop Running. Help!
Posted: February 28, 2020
A well-maintained furnace will usually do a great job keeping you warm through the long Massachusetts winter – but sometimes it can get a little too eager for its own good.
If you’ve noticed that your furnace keeps running even after it reaches the temperature on your thermostat, or if it keeps running but never reaches the target temperature, it could be costing you in the form of higher heating bills or prematurely worn out heating equipment – two things you definitely want to avoid.
So what should you do if your furnace is running nonstop? Here are some suggestions.
If your furnace runs but never reaches your desired temperature:
- Check your thermostat – Make sure your thermostat is set to a reasonable temperature (the U.S. Department of Energy recommends 68°F in winter for the best balance of comfort and efficiency). If it’s set too high, your furnace could run for a long time without ever reaching your thermostat temperature, especially on a cold day.
- Check your air filter – A dirty or clogged furnace air filter will reduce airflow in your heating system and prevent warm air from reaching your living space. Check your filter once a month during winter, changing it as needed.
- Check for duct leaks – Seals, joints, and even straight sections of ductwork will eventually leak, causing warm air to escape; if 10 to 15 percent of the warm air produced by your furnace doesn’t reach your living space, the furnace will have to make up the difference. Seal visible ductwork leaks and consider having your ducts evaluated and sealed by professionals every three to five years.
- Seal air leaks in your home – One reason why your furnace may be laboring is because your home is fighting against it. Leaks around windows, doors, and within walls and ceilings can rob your home of 15 percent or more of its conditioned air. Adding insulation, sealing windows with plastic, installing doorsweeps on exterior doors and replacing old caulking and weatherstripping will all help in the fight against air leaks and drafts.
If your furnace runs even after the target temperature has been reached:
If none of these solutions fixes your problem heating system, contact a heating professional at Pioneer Oil and Propane for service. Our expert heating oil technicians and propane technicians will diagnose the problem and fix it quickly so you can enjoy the cozy warmth of your central Massachusetts home.
For expert heating oil and propane furnace repairs in Worcester, MA and surrounding areas, trust the pros at Pioneer Oil and Propane. Contact us today to learn more.