Furnaces by Treat’s Heating & Cooling

As the temperature of your home changes, the thermostat operates the furnace system to bring the home to a desired room temperature; this is known as a furnace cycle.  When your furnace operates on then off for very short periods of time, this is called short cycling.  Short cycling will decrease energy efficiency and could potentially be a serious problem within the heating system.

Most times a furnace will short cycle due to a lack of airflow.  One of the common causes for reduced air flow is a dirty filter.  Replace the filter with a new one and get into the habit of changing the filter quarterly and checking it at least one time per month. 

Sometimes home décor can impact the air flow because they block the air vent registers, inspect your home for closed or blocked air registers.

Thermostat location can cause short cycling.  To ensure proper operation the thermostat should be mounted on an inside wall in a frequently occupied areas of your home.  Thermostats need to be away from drafts and windows.

Short cycling can be cause by furnace overheating.  Most modern furnaces have safety devices which monitor temperatures.  Short cycling can occur when the heat exchanger overheats and the burner automatically shuts off to prevent damage.  If you feel you furnace is short cycling due to overheating, turn it off and contact Treat’s Heating & Cooling for service 360.825.0800

The Maple Valley, WA furnace experts at Treat’s Heating & Cooling offer high quality installation, repair, maintenance, and other heating and air conditioning services throughout Western Washington including Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Sumner, Puyallup, Tacoma, Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Maple Valley, Federal Way, Kent, & Seattle WA.