3 Troubleshooting Tips If Your Furnace Is Over-Cycling

Over-cycling of your HVAC systems doesn't mean your system is working efficiently or is staying on top of the temperature changes. In fact, it isn't good at all. This over-cycling can result in costly energy bills or could cause your system to breakdown prematurely. It will wear out the moving parts of your system and you could end up making repairs more often. If your furnace is over-cycling, you can do a little bit of troubleshooting to find the issue and then make the repair. Read on for three troubleshooting tips.

1. Check The Air Filter

The air filter may be clogged in your system. If it's clogged it could cause your system to breakdown or it may also cause your system to over-cycle. The air filter in your HVAC system should be replaced every two months. When the air filter is full it isn't allowing air to get to your system consistently. Without constant air, the system may try to over-cycle in an effort to reach temperature. It could also simply breakdown altogether. If this happens, you will need to reset the limit switch. If you aren't sure where this is on your system, aren't sure how to change the air filter or need any help with this task at all, hire a professional repair technician for help.

2. Inspect The Thermostat

Your thermostat may be the problem, and not your furnace at all. If your thermostat isn't functioning properly it could be causing your furnace to over-cycle. Check the temperature you have the thermostat set to. If it's too high, your furnace may have a problem keeping up with the temperature. Try to adjust the temperature a bit lower to see if this helps. If this didn't do the trick, check the wiring at the back of the thermostat and even follow it to the furnace to be sure it is still in good shape and you don't see any issues. Also, check that you don't have the thermostat near a draft or anything that could block the thermostat and give a false reading. If you have an older thermostat, such as a dial thermostat, it may need to be replaced with a newer model.

3. Clean Your Furnace

If your furnace is too dirty it can lead to all types of issues with your system. Turn off your furnace and clean the interior of the unit to remove as much built up dirt and debris as you can. When finished, turn the system back on and test it. If it isn't over-cycling any longer, you've made the repair. If it's still over-cycling, call a repair technician for help.

If you are having issues with your furnace such as over-cycling or any other problem that you aren't sure how to repair, call a professional HVAC technician from a place like IMS Heating & Air Inc  for help.