A well-maintained furnace should get your home warm fast and keep it warm. But if it still runs after your home has reached the temperature you set on the thermostat, you might have some problems.
First and foremost, it can get uncomfortably warm in your home. Your furnace running unnecessarily uses more energy, driving up your heating costs while creating more wear and tear on the parts in your furnace. This sets up potential breakdowns which can shorten its life expectancy.
But don’t worry—Depew Energy is here to help! Our trained, experienced service technicians can fix your furnace so it’s running safely, properly, and efficiently.
However, before you set up a service call, do some sleuthing around your furnace. You may be able to solve the problem on your own and not have to wait—or pay for—a service call! Here’s what you should do:
What is the temperature setting for your thermostat? It you have it set for the upper 70s or into the 80s, your furnace going to have to run longer to reach that temperature and will cycle on more frequently to maintain that desired temperature.
The United States Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat for 68˚ Fahrenheit when you’re home and awake for the right combination of comfort and efficiency. Turn the thermostat down 7˚ – 10˚ when you’re away from home or sleeping to save on heating costs.
Between work, family, and other commitments, you may have forgotten to check and change your furnace’s air filter. If it has been more than a month since you checked—or you can’t remember when you last checked—do it now. A dirty air filter can get clogged and reduce air flow through your home’s heating system. This means the air your furnace is heating isn’t reaching your living spaces and causing your furnace to cycle on more often and work longer while it’s on.
Set a reminder on your calendar to check the air filter once a month and change more frequently if needed.
While your furnace is running, go around your home and feel the air coming out of the vents. If the air is warm, both the furnace and the blower are running. But if the air is cool or cold, only the blower is running. If that’s the case, go back to your thermostat. If it is set to “on” and not “auto,” switch it to “auto” to see if this solves the problem.
If nothing changes once you switch your thermostat setting to “auto,” the thermostat may be the problem. A wiring problem, or worn-out batteries, could be behind it. If replacing the batteries doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to replace your thermostat. Take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat that helps keep your home comfortable and help you better control your energy costs.
Should none of the above remedy the problems at-hand—pick up the phone and give us a call. The trained, experienced and certified HVAC service technicians at Depew Energy are happy to help. If major repairs are needed, we’ll discuss with you all your available options—whether you’re choosing to upgrade or are dealing with an emergency replacement.
We’ll work with you to choose the right boiler or furnace for your home’s size, as well as your heating needs and your budget. We offer top names brands including: PurePro, Burnham, Buderus, Peerless, Lochinvar, and more!
Our technicians are certified experts, excelling at both boiler installation and furnace installation. We show up when we say we will, get the job done right the first time, and clean up after ourselves before leaving.
Contact us for today prompt, professional furnace and boiler service—as well as replacements and installations, too!