Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

A common question when it comes to HVAC furnace operation and efficiency is whether or not it is normal for a furnace to be running all the time. The answer to this question is no, no it should not. Living in Canada, it may seem like a furnace might need to run all winter to keep us warm, but this is not the case. If your HVAC heating unit is running non-stop, that is good indicator that there is a problem with the system. What causes a Furnace to run Constantly? There are several factors that may contribute to your HVAC heating system running 24 hours a day. Typically, when a furnace is running continually, it results in one of two outcomes: The furnace is running constantly, but never actually heats the space to the desired temperature The furnace does in fact heat your space to the correct temperature, but then it keeps running Either way, you have a problem here that should be addresses as soon as possible. Constant Usage, but Insufficient Heat With first scenario, the furnace is always running but the temperature just never reaches the intended setting. This type of problem is generally caused by one of three possibilities: The thermostat temperature has been set incorrectly There are blockages in the system There is a leak in the system Incorrect Thermostat Settings If your thermostat settings are set to automatic, then the fan should only be blowing when the thermostat is in the midst of a heating cycle. If the fan is blowing constantly, then it could mean a thermostat problem, such as: Thermostat is...
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