What to Do When Your Heater Wont Turn Off!

It's not uncommon for heating systems to have a glitch every now and then. It could be as straightforward as a bad thermostat or an electrical problem. If your gas furnace won't turn off, here are a couple steps you can take to get a correctly working furnace again.

Examine the Air Filter

A dirty air filter creates issues for numerous homeowners and their HVAC system. Here's why. It restricts airflow, forcing your furnace to work harder and run longer to meet your desired temperature.

This increases wear and tear on your furnace, as well as the likelihood of a breakdown and premature failure.

It can also make your furnace get too hot and shut down for a time to cool down. Then it will keep repeating this process when your furnace turns on. This is called short cycling. In addition to wearing out your furnace faster, it can increase your heating bill and make your home feel uncomfortable.

We encourage replacing flat filters monthly and pleated filters every three months. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your furnace filter, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If you can't detect light through your filter, it's too dirty and you should replace it.

If the matter was connected to a clogged air filter, replacing it with a fresh filter should solve this common issue 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 simply tells the unit when to turn on and off. It's usually to blame when your furnace won't stop running.

At times having the heat turn off is as simple as adjusting an incorrect thermostat setting.

Ensure Your Thermostat is Set to “Auto”

Your thermostat includes two settings, “auto” and “on,” that control your heating system's blower motor.

“Auto” means the furnace blower will only operate when the furnace does.

“On” indicates the furnace blower will run continuously. This constant air flow can help with heat circulation but will also drive up your power bill and increase wear and tear on your furnace.

If your thermostat is switched 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 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 area temperature. If it's higher than the room air temp, your furnace will keep operating until it hits your desired temp.

Remember that if it's very cold outside, your furnace will have to operate much longer than normal to keep your home warm. This is because of 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 in a few minutes.

Put in New Batteries

If you use a programmable thermostat, it's probably battery powered. You can try putting in new batteries to see if that resolves the problem. If it doesn't or if there's wiring to your electrical system, shift it to "off."

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

Cut the Power

Thermostat seems to be working fine but your furnace still won't shut off? There are two places you can cut the power to your heating unit: at the breaker box and at its specific power switch.

  1. Head to your breaker box and find the breaker labeled "furnace." Move the breaker switch to the right to cut power.
  2. Next, look for the specific power switch to your heating system. It's similar to a light switch and is located on or near your furnace. Move the switch down to cut power.
  3. Your furnace should be shut off now.

If you had to switch off your system at the breaker, contact us at 330-235-1260 for professional service, as you may require furnace repair.

What Causes a Furnace to Keep Running?

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

Fan Limit Switch Needs to Be Replaced

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 running.

You might see a furnace error code if there's a problem with the limit switch. Your furnace will speak using a flashing red light on the front of your heating system.

Our Experts can identify and fix any problems you're having with your furnace blower motor. Sometimes this can involve replacement parts, such as the control board, faulty wiring or the fan switch itself.

Defective Thermostat

Like other things in your home, your thermostat can wear out 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, because they develop an energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule based on your preferences. Additionally, you'll be able to set and monitor your thermostat from just about anywhere with your phone.

Air Ducts Are Leaking

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

Identifying this leaky ductwork and other airflow issues can be difficult to resolve on your own, since it's concealed behind walls and ceilings. Our Experts can help with identifying and handling any air duct repair service that you require.

Depend on Our Experts for All Your Furnace Repair Needs

Troubleshooting furnace problems can be annoying, particularly when it impacts your comfort, energy efficiency and heating bill. When it comes to furnaces, there's a reason why we say we're Experts in our industry. 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.* Contact us at 330-235-1260 to book your appointment today.