If you haven’t ever had a furnace short cycle, this happens when your furnace turns on only to shut off shortly after. This is a problem because it is hard on your furnace and incredibly inefficient Which means it’s hard on your wallet. You won’t only pay more for you’re heat, but your home won’t be heated evenly. A lot of the time, when you’re experiencing short cycling with your furnace, it is due to the fact that your furnace is too large for your home. However, there are other problems that can cause this as well. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about short cycling and what some of the causes could be.
What Would Cause a Furnace to Short Cycle?
There are a few different problems that can cause short cycling outside of an oversized unit. Here are some of the other leading reasons for furnace short cycling.
– Dirty Filter: Your furnace needs proper airflow to run effectively. If you have a filter covered in dust, there are going to be problems with its operation. Short cycling can happen because your furnace is shutting off in an effort to avoid overheating.
– Blocked Vent or Flue: If your furnace doesn’t vent properly, there are dangerous gases including carbon monoxide that can become a problem. These gases are vented out a vent pipe or a flue. It isn’t uncommon for obstructions to cause venting to become much more restricted. This can come from big nests, dead carcasses, or even leaf litter. When this happens, there is a flue limiter that is there as a safety mechanism to avoid these dangerous gases leaking into your home. It can be a cause for the short cycling.
– Damaged Igniter: If you have a hot surface ignition system, there is a component that gets hot and ignites the gas. If this is malfunctioning, the system will shut down before any gas can get ignited. This is another situation where the furnace will kick on to get started only to shut off moments later.
– Damaged Flame Sensor: There is an important flame sensor in your furnace that will ensure there is always a flame to ignite the gas so that gas isn’t leaking into your home. If natural gas builds up, it can become an extremely dangerous situation for your home. If that sensor starts to deteriorate or is covered in dust so that it can’t work properly, it will cause the system to shut down. Routine maintenance can help you avoid this problem.
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If you’re having a problem with a short cycling furnace, you can count on Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to get to the bottom of the cause. We will be able to diagnose your issue and come up with a solution to the problem. Call us today!