When you set your thermostat to a specific temperature, your furnace should run until it reaches that temperature, then it will shut off until the temperature falls, then it will run and shut off again. This is a typical cycle, but if your furnace just isn't reaching the temperature and runs continuously, or shuts off before it ever reaches temperature, there's a problem. If your furnace isn't reaching temperature, you could be leaving yourself and your family in the cold. Read on for a few things you can do if your furnace isn't reaching temperature.
Look At Your Thermostat
Determine if your thermostat may be the problem rather than the furnace itself. If your thermostat is on the older side, you may want to consider replacing it with a new thermostat. You can check your thermostat by placing a thermometer in your home to see what the actual temperature in your house is. Place it near your thermostat to see if you get a close reading to what your heater's thermostat shows, or to see if the temperature is close to the heat settings on your furnace. If your furnace is correct, the thermostat should be replaced. If your thermostat is correct, you need to do more investigating on your furnace.
Clean Your Furnace
Be sure your furnace is clean and the area around your furnace is clean and clear as well. If your furnace is not running appropriately, poor maintenance could be to blame. Remember that the air filter in your HVAC system should be replaced every 2 months to help with airflow to your system and to prevent a buildup of dust and dander in your ductwork and elsewhere in your home and furnace system. Turn off your furnace and clean it as best as you can with a shop vacuum.
Call A Professional Repairman
If you still cannot get your furnace to reach the proper temperature that you have set your thermostat to, you need to call a professional HVAC repair company to help you solve this problem. Your furnace running continuously to reach temperature can cost you a lot of money on your energy bills, or it could wear out your furnace and cause a premature breakdown.
If your furnace isn't reaching temperature, use the information above to help you. If you cannot solve the problem yourself, hire a professional repairman to repair your system for you. They can provide more information regarding heating services.