Basics on Furnace Short-Cycling

At All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating & Cooling, we’re here to keep you and your family warm and cozy for the entire winter. Our furnace repair, replacement and service offerings will keep your system working properly throughout the cold season.

One of the most common furnace issues many homeowners run into this time of year? Short-cycling, which is when the furnace starts and stops too quickly and far too often. This issue is actually more common with air conditioners but can happen to furnaces as well. Let’s look at some reasons why it happens, and what you can do about it.

Possible Reasons

There are a couple common reasons why furnace short-cycling takes place:

  • Size/power: In many cases, short-cycling happens to newer furnaces that are simply too large or powerful for the space they’re installed in. There is absolutely such thing as a furnace that’s too large or too strong – it can consume far too much energy just to maintain your basic thermostat settings. This could also mean air doesn’t get distributed properly, which is often the cause of the machine starting and stopping so often. This will drive up your utility costs and wear out your HVAC fan quicker than normal as well.
  • Overheating: In other cases, the furnace is shutting itself down to protect from overheating damage. An overheating furnace can lead to heat exchanger cracks, which can be extremely dangerous. It’s usually caused by restricted airflow, which traps hot air close to the exchanger – usually due to a dirty air filter, blocked vents or a blocked exhaust vent on the roof.

Thermostat Considerations

The furnace takes all its orders from the thermostat, and a malfunctioning thermostat can be another source of short-cycling in the furnace – or other issues, such as a furnace that won’t turn off at all. Even if the thermostat is fine, it can cause short-cycling if it’s installed near a major heat source like a stove or a sun-facing window – these can trick it into thinking the home is too hot, leading to short-cycling.

For more on dealing with short-cycling, or to learn about any other elements of our furnace service, speak to the pros at All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating & Cooling today.

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All Hours Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Heating, and Cooling provides affordable plumbing, HVAC and fireplace services in Salt Lake City, UT. We offer 24 hour emergency services and we’re dedicated to providing the absolute highest quality service at the best prices. We don’t over bid, and we don’t under bid with the idea of tacking on hidden fees; we simply give honest prices with honest answers.

Our complete lines of Salt Lake City plumbing and HVAC services include everything from drain cleaning and water heater replacement, to air conditioning repair and furnace maintenance. No matter what you need (or when you need it!), when it comes to your plumbing or HVAC, we have you covered. Reach out to us when you need plumbing, HVAC or fireplace help, and we’ll show you how easy it can be to get your home’s systems working well again soon!

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    Honest Pricing

    Honest Answers

    We won’t underbid or overbid your project. The price you see on your quote is the price you’ll pay for the work we do.

    Clean Home

    Guarantee

    We will leave your work area cleaner than when we arrived, or we will pay for a cleaner to come through.

    Always On Time

    24/7 Services

    No matter when you call us, someone will answer the phone. And once help is on the way, we'll always arrive on time.

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