HeatingWhat Causes Short Cycling?

There are few things more frustrating on a chilly winter’s night than to have your heater started up, begin to warm your home to a comfortable level, only to then shut off before the job is complete. This is an issue that many homeowners will encounter at some point, and it is called short cycling. If your heater is short cycling, there is a good chance that you will need heating repairs in Everett, WA. Of course, as is the case with so many heating problems, there are also a number of different reasons as to why your heating system may short cycle. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to get to the root of the problem.

Improper Sizing

If your heater is new and is short cycling, or if it has always had issues with short cycling since you’ve owned it, then the issue may actually be that your system is not of the right size for your home. When it comes to a heater, bigger does not equal better. Your system may bring the temperature in your home up too rapidly, which will cause your system to cycle on and off more frequently than it would, or should, otherwise.

Thermostat Issues

Your thermostat could also be the source of your short cycling problems. In a best case scenario, you may simply have set your thermostat incorrectly. Its batteries could also be dying, or it may actually be malfunctioning and require replacement. We’ll figure out if your thermostat itself is to blame for the issue.

Faulty Thermocouple

There are a number of safety features on modern heating systems. If you have a combustion based system, then you have a thermocouple that senses heat in the combustion chamber. If temperatures are not hot enough for the safe combustion of gas or propane, then your thermocouple will stem the flow of fuel. This is why a faulty thermocouple can lead to what appears to be a simple case of short cycling.


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