The coldest days of winter are on their way and will put a strain on your furnace. Your furnace may normally cycle on and off a few times every hour or two, but you may also notice your furnace cycling more frequently when the temperatures get low.

Cycling is normal, especially with newer more advanced thermostats, however… frequent cycling can indicate that your furnace is struggling to keep up.

How Many Times Should My Furnace Cycle Per Hour?

Generally, a standard furnace can kick on anywhere from 3 to 5 times per hour. This number will vary greatly depending on the insulation in your home, the size of your home, and the outside air temperature. If your furnace is cycling on and off every few minutes, this is known as short cycling. Short cycling often indicates something is wrong with your furnace and should be looked at by a furnace specialist as soon as possible.

How Long Should A Furnace Run in Cold Weather?

If you notice your furnace running for longer than 20 minutes (or more) per heating cycle, it’s in overdrive trying to heat your home. Obviously the harder you push your equipment, the sooner it breaks down and needs drastic repairs.

Schedule Beaverton, OR Furnace Repairs and Maintenance

When you need furnace repairs, trust the experts at North Pacific Mechanical. Our HVAC technicians have decades of combined experience necessary to accurately diagnose your furnace and repair it. Short and sweet. Consider getting your HVAC system under a preventative maintenance agreement and take the stress away! We’re the top choice for furnace repair in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and the surrounding areas.

Call us today at (503) 939-1900 to schedule a repair service call!