Cool weather has come to Mesa, AZ, and while that is a relative term out here, we still need our heaters to keep us warm during those chilly desert nights. That means you need to pay close attention to your system and act promptly when any problems arise. Otherwise, it could leave you without any heating just when you require it the most. Among the most common and problematic issues with your furnace is short cycling, where it turns off and on rapidly multiple times throughout the day, often without adequately heating your home. Why is your furnace short cycling and what can be done about it? Read on for the answers.
Why This Is a Problem
Your furnace uses the bulk of its power starting up and shutting down, and comparatively less when it’s running. Ideally your furnace should run at last fifteen minutes at a clip in order to make the most efficient use of its energy. Short cycling means wasted energy, but more importantly, it means heavily increased strain on the system, which means higher bills and an increased risk of breakdowns. Systems that short cycle tend to suffer more repairs than normal and need replacing well before they should. Never allow your system to run while it is short cycling. Shut it down and call for repairs instead.
Some Possible Causes
The possible causes of short cycling are numerous and take a trained technician to diagnose. In some cases, they can stem from problems with the fan motor, or a thermostats misdiagnosing the temperature. The ignition system can create short cycling problems as well. Perhaps the most damaging is a clog in the system which keeps the hot air in the furnace and forces it to shut down over and over again to keep from overheating individual components.
John’s Refrigeration offers solutions to short-cycling problems, so call us today!