Newport, KY Heating Guide: Why Your Furnace is Short Cycling

It is important that your Newport KY home’s furnace be operating at optimal performance and efficiency levels when the cold weather arrives. Be sure to have your furnace professionally inspected, maintained and, if necessary, repaired before the winter weather arrives. Remember, just because your furnace is coming on does not mean that is working properly. One problem you may notice is what is called “short cycling.”

Short cycling describes the problem of a furnace that frequently turns on and then off repeatedly. This may not sound very serious, but short cycling can be indicative of a larger problem and can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your home heating system. Luckily short cycling is fairly easy to recognize, and it can be caused by a number of factors and conditions that do not require serious repair work.

If you notice your furnace short cycling the first thing you should do is check your air filters. Refer to an owner’s manual or call a professional if you do not know where to locate the filters or are not comfortable checking them yourself. Short cycling can be cause by restricted air flow and dirty air filters are one of the most common causes of this condition. Replacing the filter is a good habit to get into to keep air flowing freely. Other causes of restricted air flow that may be leading to your furnace’s short cycling include blocked air vents and registers. Makes sure that nothing is blocking the air registers throughout your home such as furniture or clutter. If neither of these issues seems to be the problem, call in a professional as soon as possible to diagnose the cause of your furnace short cycling in Newport, KY.

There are a number of other possible causes of short cycling that only a professional should deal with. Problems with the blower of a furnace are common culprits of short cycling. Older model gas furnaces used a belt and motor to drive the wheel which would blow air into the house. Nowadays most furnaces use what’s called a direct drive blower which does not require maintenance. However, if your furnace is older it is possible it is still using the separate motor and belt system type and a little lubrication could fix your short cycling problem. It may sound simple, but be sure that a professional handles the job. Changing an air filter is one thing, but when it comes to maintaining and repairing any inner workings of your furnace there is just no safe way to do it, for you or your furnace, without the training and experience that professionals have.

If you would like more information about short cycling or common furnace problems in Newport KY, call Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to share our knowledge and expertise with you. It’s important for you to understand the basics about the way your home comfort systems work and we can help you do that.


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