The Future of Home Comfort: Mini Split Systems vs. Traditional HVAC

In the ever-changing world of heating and cooling, innovation is key to unlocking unparalleled comfort and efficiency for your home. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating an existing one, or simply looking to upgrade your current HVAC system, the decision-making process can leave you feeling confused.

As trusted HVAC professionals since 1913, Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning in Manhattan, Kansas, stand as pillars of expertise and reliability in the industry, serving Manhattan and its surround areas with distinction.

Today, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery as we dive into the benefits of mini split systems over traditional HVAC solutions.


So, what exactly makes mini split systems stand out? Let’s dive into the top benefits!


  1. High Efficiency
    The biggest benefit of a mini split systems is that it is far more efficient than your traditional HVAC system. They contain some very sophisticated technology when it comes to the HVAC industry that utilizes inverter technology to convert high-voltage electricity into DC voltage. This allows them to run with very little energy. SEER ratings for mini-split systems show ratings over 30 for both the heating and cooling sides of the unit comparted to the average 13-21 SEER in a traditional unit. They also utilize variable-speed compressors vs the one or two speed compressors that most traditional units have. This allows them to run as much or as little as needed instead of switching on and off more like your traditional unit. The high efficiency of the unit and it only running when the space is occupied will definitely save you money on energy bills. Give us a call at (785)776-5012 to learn more about mini split systems and our great financing offers.


  1. Built-In Zoning
    Another bonus of mini split systems is their built-in zoning. Since mini split systems can be installed in individual spaces or as a larger mini split system with multiple indoor units, you have the ability to heat or cool only specific areas. This allows for the precise control over your home’s comfort. If you have a room that never seems to be the right temperature, or rooms that are used more than others, this is an ideal solution to avoid having to heat or cool the entire house when you’re only using a smaller portion as you can control different temperature settings for each room. Mini split systems can also be used as a supplement to your traditional system for those rooms that with temperature control.


  1. Easier Installation
    Ductwork has several great benefits, but it can also be a major hassle. Cleaning, maintenance, and modifications can all rack up the cost and time. Some slab homes will lack ductwork entirely or don’t have room to have it installed. In these cases, a ductless mini split system is the best alternative. Another benefit of a mini split system is that installation does not require major construction work. Only a small hole is required to run the refrigerant piping and wiring between the outdoor and indoor units. This allows for installation how and where you want it, even when space is limited. The professionals at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning are highly trained in the installation of mini split systems – we’d love to help! Give us a call at (785)776-5012.


  1. Better Air Quality
    Unlike your traditional system that uses ductwork that can become dirty or clogged, a mini split system uses a small conduit to connect the indoor and outdoor units which eliminates the ductwork. This equals better air quality for your home because there is no chance of dust, allergens, or other debris accumulating inside the ducts and causing respiratory issues. Most mini split systems also have multi-stage filtration systems that will trap and remove harmful particles (such as dust, mold, and bacteria) from the air. This ensures that the air being circulated through your home is clean and healthy. If you or someone that lives in your home has allergy or respiratory problems, a ductless mini split system would be a great solution for indoor air quality.


  1. Quieter Operation
    Quieter operation is another big benefit of a mini split system vs. a traditional HVAC unit. Ductless mini split systems are much quieter than your traditional HVAC system. The indoor unit for a mini split are smaller and operate with much less noise. Never will you hear ductwork cracking, popping, or thumping as it contracts and expands throughout your house.

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  1. Space Saving
    Another great benefit of a mini split system is the space saving. There’s a reason that mini splits are called “mini”. They are much smaller than your traditional HVAC systems. These units are idea for small homes, apartments, and even odd shaped spaces. You don’t need a separate dedicated room for your unit. You will save this space by mounting a mini split directly to the wall.


  1. Ease of Maintenance
    The last benefit of a mini split system that we’ll highlight today is their ease of maintenance. Since these systems and smaller and more compact than traditional systems, there are far fewer parts and overall size. This will make the system easier to maintain over its lifetime. Standard offers our VIP Maintenance Plan for twice-yearly affordable maintenance for your comfort systems. You can learn more about all of the benefits here –


As we wrap up our discussion on mini split systems versus traditional AC units, we hope you’ve gained insight into the exciting world of home comfort solutions. At Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, our century-long commitment to excellence ensures that you receive the best guidance and service for all your HVAC needs.

Whether you’re intrigued by the customizable comfort of mini splits or considering alternative options, our team of experts is here to support you every step of the way. With our simplified language, we strive to make complex decisions easier for you, ensuring that your home remains a haven of comfort and tranquility. Give us a call anytime at (785)776-5012.

Thank you for joining us on this journey towards better home comfort. We look forward to serving you and your family for many years to come.

Navigating the Mini Split Maze: Busting Myths with Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning

In the world of HVAC systems, few innovations have garnered as much attention and curiosity as the mini split system. As residents of Manhattan, Kansas, and its surround areas seek efficient and versatile HVAC options, the allure of mini splits has grown exponentially. However, amidst the buzz surrounding these systems, misinformation and misconceptions often muddy the waters, leaving homeowners unsure what to believe.

Here at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of clarity when it comes to making decisions about your home’s comfort. With over a century of service to our community, we’ve seen it all, and we’re here to separate fact from fiction.

Join us as we dive into common misconceptions about mini splits, from concerns about efficiency and installation to doubts about performance and suitability for our local climate.


Here are the most common myths about mini split systems.


  • They can only be installed in new construction.

    One of the most common myths of mini split systems is that they can only be installed in new construction. While they are a very common choice for new construction, they will work in existing homes as well. A lot of homeowners choose to have a mini split system installed in addition to their existing HVAC system. Your mini split system will heat or cool the living space as much as possible and your HVAC system will kick on as a backup as needed.If you have a room or section of the house that you struggle to control the temperature, a mini split system is a great option to solve this issue.

    Give our team a call at (785)776-5012 to learn more about our mini split selection and great financing options.


  • Mini split systems are too expensive.

    Another common myth of mini split systems is that they are too expensive. In reality, a ductless mini split system can actually be a great way to save money. A mini split system uses the same equipment to heat and cool your home, so you don’t have to worry about buying a separate furnace and air conditioner for your home. Your total cost will be dependent upon a few factors such as efficiency and energy type.Mini split systems can be so efficient that they also allow you to save on your energy costs over their lifetime.


  • Mini split systems don’t work in cold climates.

    A mini split system not working in cold climates is another common myth. Mini split systems are not only an energy efficient air conditioner, but they are also one of the most effective and energy efficient heaters available. Since mini spit systems offer higher efficiency rates than boiler-based systems, this ductless heat option costs less to operate by maximizing the amount of heat generated from the energy consumed.If you’d like to learn more about mini split options, give us a call at (785)776-5012.


  • Mini splits are high maintenance.

    You’ve probably heard the common myth that mini splits are high maintenance. The good news is that mini split systems don’t require any more than the regular maintenance your traditional HVAC system needs. You will want to change or clean the filter as recommended, remove debris from the outdoor compressor, and follow a standard HVAC maintenance schedule.Since both the indoor and outdoor units of the mini split system are easily accessible, the ease of service is better than your traditional HVAC system.

    We offer our VIP Maintenance Plan for affordable maintenance from our skilled HVAC technicians. Learn more here –


  • Mini split systems heat or cool rooms unevenly.

    Another widely heard myth of mini split systems is that they heat or cool rooms unevenly. However, mini split systems can often keep your entire home at one consistent temperature more effectively than a traditional HVAC system. Modern mini split systems are just as powerful as your traditional system and will heat your rooms evenly and efficiently.A big benefit of mini split systems is that you can adjust for individual temperature needs for hard to regulate rooms and areas of your house, Traditional HVAC systems can’t adjust to the individual temperature needs of each room to reach a consistent temperature throughout your home.


  • Mini split systems are noisier than my traditional HVAC system.

    Many people believe the myth that mini split systems are noisier than a traditional HVAC system, but we’re happy to tell you that myth is not true. Thanks to modern technology in mini split systems, mini split systems are whisper quiet. Since the unit runs continuously with blower speed variations to regulate temperatures instead of the on/off system we’re used to with traditional HVAC, there is virtually no noise.We’d love to discuss this question and any others that you have about mini split systems. Give us a call anytime at (785)776-5012.


  • Mini split systems have bad air quality.

    This common myth of mini split systems is quite the opposite. Mini split ductless systems are shown to improve air quality. Mini split systems are equipped with excellent filtration systems to ensure that clean air is coming into your home. This is why they are an especially great option for people with allergies or respiratory issues.Without the need for ductwork, the risk for unhealthy air circulating through your home is greatly decreased since there is nowhere for the dirt, dust, and debris to build up and circulate throughout your home.


  • Mini split systems take a long time to heat or cool a room.

    It’s another common myth that mini split systems take a long time to heat or cool a room. We’re here to tell you it’s quite the opposite. A mini split system runs continually at an even pace to maintain the temperature in the room. This makes is easy to regulate temperature in each room as well as bring the temperature up or down easily.If you’d like to hear more about our mini split options, give us a call at (785)776-5012 anytime.


  • Mini split systems don’t last.

    Another widely spread myth is that mini split systems don’t last as long as traditional HVAC systems. The average lifespan of a traditional HVAC unit is 15 – 20 years with proper maintenance and repair. Mini split systems will last 20 years or longer with proper maintenance and repair.Like a traditional HVAC system, routine maintenance by an HVAC professional is key to ensuring your system operates for as long as possible. We offer our VIP Maintenance Plan for affordable maintenance by our HVAC professionals. You can learn more here –


As we conclude our exploration into the realm of mini split myths, we hope to have provided clarity and insight into this innovative HVAC solution. At Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re committed to empowering homeowners in Manhattan, KS, and beyond with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their comfort systems.

As you navigate the complexities of home heating and cooling, remember that our team is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re considering a mini split installation or simply seeking reliable HVAC advice, you can trust in our century-old legacy of excellence and service. Give us a call anytime at (785)776-5012.

Thank you for joining us on this journey to debunk common misconceptions about mini splits. We encourage you to stay curious, stay informed, and continue exploring the possibilities for enhancing your home’s comfort with Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning by your side.

My AC isn’t Blowing Air Out of the Vents

Welcome to the Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, where we strive to provide you with the most reliable tips and insights to keep your home comfortable year-round. As Manhattan’s trusted HVAC experts since 1913, we understand the importance of a properly functioning air conditioning system, especially during those scorching Kansas summers.

Today, we’re tackling a common issue that many homeowners encounter: the AC running but failing to blow air through the vents. Few things are more frustrating than feeling the cool air being produced but not experiencing the relief throughout your home. Fear not, our team of seasoned professionals is here to shed light on this perplexing problem and guide you through the steps to diagnose and resolve it effectively.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or prefer to leave it to the experts, we’ve got you covered. So, sit back, relax, and let’s dive into uncovering the mysteries behind your AC’s lack of airflow.


A large portion of issues with your air conditioning stem from these 2 causes:

  • Lack of Maintenance – Routine maintenance is key to keeping your system running efficiently for many years to come. Our Home Comfort Maintenance Plan offers affordable twice-yearly maintenance on your system to ensure small issues are identified and fixed before they lead to much larger issues.
  • Broken HVAC components – While routine maintenance is crucial to increasing the life of your system, you may still encounter broken or malfunctioning parts that require repair or replacement. A lot of these issues will go unnoticed until your unit stops working or air stops coming out of your vents.


Here are the 11 reasons why your AC is running, but there is no air coming out of your vents.


  1. Check Your VentsIf your AC is running and you are not feeling air coming out of your vents, you will first want to check all of your vents to see if you have an issue with just one or with multiple vents.

    If you notice a lack of airflow in just one area of your home, check to ensure that the registers in this area are completely open. Most vents have a switch or toggle to open and close the vents – you want to make sure that none of your vents have been inadvertently closed.

    You also want to check the vents for any obstructions that could be blocking the airflow. If you notice any, clear the obstructions and you will hopefully have fixed your issue.


  1. Thermostat Issues

    If you are still experiencing lack of air coming from your vents, your thermostat is the next likely culprit. Make sure that your thermostat is switched to ‘cool’, and that the temperature is set lower than the current temperature of your home.If you have a battery-operated thermostat, you will also want to check that your batteries aren’t in need of a change. Low or dead batteries can cause your thermostat to malfunction and not communicate effectively with your system and can ultimately impact your airflow.

    While at your thermostat, you will want to open the cover to check for any dust or debris that may be affecting your connection. You can remove any grime with a soft brush.

    If you notice any wires that are damaged or broken, it’s time to call in the professionals at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for a fix to get your AC back up and running –


  1. AC Blower Issues

    If you can hear your AC running, but the fan isn’t kicking on you will want to try lowering the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees. If your fan is still suspiciously quiet, this can be an indication of an issues with the AC blower.The AC blower pushes the cold air out to the ductwork and through your house. Excessive dust can accumulate on the blower blades and cause the blower motor to malfunction.

    To address this issue, turn off your AC and remove the covers on your indoor unit to expose the AC blower. Once open, gently wipe away any grime from the blower, replace the covers, and turn your AC back on.

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    If your airflow is still lacking, give us a call at (785)776-5012 and we’ll send one of my HVAC experts out to properly diagnose and resolve this fan issue for you.

  2. Check Your Air FilterOn the opposite side, if your AC and fan are both running and you still are not getting airflow through your vents, you will want to check for a dirty air filter. The air filter collects dust and debris and can block airflow through your system if not changed routinely.

    If left dirty and unchanged, it will greatly restrict airflow through your system and can cause your unit’s coils to freeze over.

    Very dirty air filter that caused an AC unit to freeze up with ice

  3. Frozen Evaporator Coil

    A dirty air filter or a blocked return vent can greatly restrict airflow through your unit and cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. When this happens, the air is blocked from passing over the coils and into your duct system to be pushed out through the vents.The first place that evaporator coils will freeze is within your air handler. If you notice ice forming on the lines or if they’re already frozen over, you will want to turn your thermostat fan to ‘ON’ instead of ‘Auto’ to help thaw the refrigerant lines.

    It’s very important that you do not chip away the ice or try to use a hair dryer to melt the ice. This can cause further damage to your unit.

    If you have changed your air filter and checked your return vents for obstructions and your evaporator coil continues to freeze over, it’s time for a call to Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning at (785)776-5012.

  4. Leaking or Blocked Ducts

    The ductwork is in place to deliver cold air throughout your home. With time and with lack of maintenance, your ductwork can become damaged or clogged. Issues with your ductwork can greatly restrict the airflow throughout the vents in your home.Have you done any recent work in your attic? This may have caused damage or a section of your ductwork to come apart.

    If you notice uneven cooling, dust in the air, or you notice twists in your ductwork, you will want to contact a professional at Standard or try to inspect the ductwork yourself.

    You will want to check for crack or holes within the ductwork as well as for leaks where the ducts join together. You will want to use foil-faced tape or mastic air duct sealant to seal any leaks or holes in your ductwork.

    Clean ductwork, air duct elbows

To check for ductwork blockage, you will want to check the airflow from individual vents to find any that are not blowing air at all. If you suspect a blocked duct, it’s best to call in the experts of Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning to efficiently resolve the issue –


  1. Over or Undersized Ductwork 

    Incorrectly sized ductwork can also cause airflow issues throughout your home.Ductwork that is oversized will have a hard time maintaining air pressure and will result in low air pressure throughout your vents.

    Undersized ductwork will cause the airflow to be heavily restricted and will not be able to distribute it evenly throughout your home, which will result in low airflow from your vents.

    If you suspect an issue with ductwork sizing, give us a call at (785)776-5012 for proper inspection.

  2. Limited Return Air 

    If your system is not receiving adequate air from your return vents, the air conditioning process will not work efficiently. To efficiently distribute cool air throughout your home, the same amount of air must return to be reconditioned and redistributed through the vents.You will want to check and ensure that the return vents throughout your vent are not blocked. If these vents are blocked, it can lead to a lack of air being pulled back into your system.

    If you are concerned that you don’t have the adequate amount of return air vents in your home, call on the HVAC experts of Standard at (785)776-5012 for a thorough inspection.

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  3. Condenser Unit is Dirty or Damaged 

    Leaves, dirt, and other debris can easily get stuck in your air conditioner’s outdoor unit. This will cause your unit to have to work harder and can lead to your unit overheating.Routine maintenance is key to ensuring that debris don’t accumulate in your outside unit and cause issues. We recommend our VIP Preventative Maintenance Program for affordable twice-yearly cleaning and maintenance that will ensure your unit continues to run efficiently for years to come. Visit or give us a call at (785)776-5012 to learn more.

    Graphic image promoting Standard’s VIP maintenance program for seasonal inspections on furnaces


  1. Low Refrigerant Levels 

    If your refrigerant levels are low, you may notice low or no air blowing through the vents as well as reduced cooling throughout your home.A lack or AC maintenance can lead to corrosion buildup in your air conditioner. This buildup can cause cracks and holes in your AC coil and lead to leakage or your refrigerant.

    Call on Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning at (785)776-5012 to refill your refrigerant to ensure the levels match exactly with the levels specified by your AC’s manufacturer.

  2. Aging HVAC Unit 

    A significant decrease in your air conditioner’s airflow can be an indication that your unit might be near the end of its life. Towards the end of life, a unit does not work as efficiently and cannot always maintain optimum airflow.Typical HVAC units last 15-20 years and up to 25-30 years with proper maintenance. Your HVAC unit will get less efficient as it ages. If your unit is older than this, one of our HVAC professionals can thoroughly inspect your unit and go over the best options for your individual needs.

    Give us a call to learn more at (785)776-5012 to learn more about our current specials and financing deals to get you into a new unit affordably.

If you have followed these troubleshooting steps and are still having airflow issues from your vents, it may be the sign of a bigger issues. There are a handful of issues that can limit the airflow to your vents and will require a call to Standard at (785)776-5012 to properly fix.

  • Indoor fan motor failure
  • Capacitor failure
  • Malfunctioning compressor
  • Mechanical problems

As we wrap up this discussion, we hope that you’ve found our insights helpful in troubleshooting your AC’s airflow issues. Remember, maintaining your HVAC system is key to ensuring optimal performance and energy efficiency, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning at (785)776-5012 for professional assistance.

With over a century of experience serving the Manhattan community, we take pride in being your go-to experts for all things HVAC, plumbing, and bathroom remodeling. From routine maintenance to complex repairs, you can trust us to deliver top-notch service and reliable solutions that keep your home comfortable year-round.

Thank you for joining us on this journey to unravel the mysteries behind your AC’s lack of airflow. Stay tuned for more valuable tips and insights from Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, your trusted partners in home comfort since 1913.

Furnace Blower Not Working

We’re here to help you when things go wrong with your heating and cooling in Manhattan, KS. Imagine it’s getting cold outside, and you’re ready to get cozy inside, but your furnace blower isn’t working. Don’t worry! We’re experts in fixing things like this.

We’ve been helping people in Manhattan for over 100 years, so we know what we’re doing. We want to ensure you feel good about your home, so we offer flat-rate pricing, so you’re never surprised.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive into the common reasons why your furnace blower might not be working properly. From simple DIY troubleshooting tips to when it’s time to call in the professionals, we’ve got you covered. So, whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or simply seeking guidance on resolving this issue, read on to discover how to get your furnace blower back up and running smoothly. Let’s ensure your home stays warm and cozy, even on the chilliest of days.

You might be asking yourself what a furnace blower fan is anyway. It is an electric blower that works with your furnace to distribute cool air so that your home can remain warm during the winter months. Dispersing the cool air allows your furnace to heat up more quickly and keeps your energy bills down. A blower fan also helps to circulate the heated air throughout the house by pushing warm air to the vents.

An unusual odor or burning smell is one of the most common signs that you have a problem with your blower fan motor or another piece of its assembly. This smell can come directly from the furnace and often will also make its way through your vents. When this blower fan stops doing its job, there can be a variety of reasons why.


Here are 8 common reasons your furnace blower motor isn’t working.


To verify if the fan is working, you can switch the fan on your thermostat to the ‘on’ position. If the fan starts running, this is an indicator that the problem is something other than the fan itself. If the blower fan does not spin, this could indicate a furnace blower motor failure. It is important to address this issue promptly to restore the proper functioning of your furnace and restore warmth to your home. Call in the experts at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning at (785)776-5012 to properly diagnose and fix any issues that could be causing your blower fan not to operate properly.


  1. If your furnace blower motor isn’t working, the first thing you will want to check is your thermostat and its settings. If the batteries in your thermostat have gone dead, it can cause your thermostat to malfunction and not properly communicate with your system. If the thermostat is properly functioning, make sure it is set to the ‘heat’ mode and that the temperature is set higher than the current temperature of the room.

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  1. If your furnace blower fan is still not working, you will want to check to see if there are any power issues. First, check the circuit breaker to make sure there are no switches that have been tripped or any blown fuses. You will also want to make sure that the furnace’s on/off switch on the unit is in the ‘on’ position.


  1. Restricted airflow can also cause the furnace blower to stop working. You will want to check your unit’s air filter to ensure it doesn’t need a change. The air filter collects dust, dirt, and other debris, which can limit the airflow and place unnecessary stress on the blower motor. You also want to ensure the filter was inserted into your unit correctly. Check the arrows on the air filter to make sure they are pointing in the correct direction.


  1. Resetting the blower is the next thing to try if your furnace blower fan is still not working. To do this, you first want to turn off the breaker connected to your furnace to ensure the power is off. Then, you will want to remove the blower cover, which is typically connected by a few screws in the front. Once the cover is removed, allow the blower to cool down to ensure it is safe to touch. If there is dirt or dust accumulated on the fan, you can use compressed air to clean it off. Once everything is cool, find the red reset button on the backside of the motor. You will want to push this button in to reset the furnace blower motor. Our HVAC technicians at Standard are highly trained if you feel more comfortable with an expert taking a look. Call us anytime at (785)776-5012, and we’ll get someone out quickly.


  1. While you have the blower cover off, you will also want to inspect the motor for any visible damage or signs of wear. You can also do a visual inspection of your furnace blower’s drive belt to verify that it is not worn down or cracked and needs to be replaced. If you do see any damage to the motor or worn-out or loose components, it’s best to call on the professionals at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning to handle any repairs –


  1. Another thing that may cause your furnace blower motor to stop working is lack of maintenance. Routine maintenance for your HVAC equipment is crucial to extending the life of your system. We offer our VIP Program for affordable twice-yearly maintenance on your comfort equipment. Give us a call at (785)776-5012 or visit our website to learn more –


  1. If you notice unusual noises coming from the furnace blower motor, this may point to a motor issue that a faulty capacitor could cause. You want to ensure these issues are addressed as soon as possible to ensure the proper functioning of your system. One of our HVAC experts at Standard can properly diagnose what is causing the motor issue and make the necessary repairs. Call us at (785)776-5012 anytime – we’d be happy to help!


  1. A defective control board may also cause your furnace blower to not work. The control board regulates the power supply to all components of your furnace, so a defective control board can cause issues with the blower motor. One of our experts can properly diagnose and replace your defective control board –


Sometimes, the cost of fixing your current equipment may outweigh the benefit, and it may be time to look at replacing your unit with a new, efficient system. Give us a call to learn more about our current specials and financing deals at (785)776-5012 or request an estimate here –

As we finish up this blog, remember that it’s ok to ask for help from the experts at Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning when you need it. Whether it’s been a hundred years or a hundred days since we started helping people in Manhattan, our goal is always to make sure your happy and comfortable in your home.

If you find that your furnace blower is still not working after these troubleshooting tips, give us a call at (785)776-5012 any time, and we’d be happy to take care of you. We promise always to give you a fair price, just like we always have.

Troubleshooting Your Furnace: Why It Keeps Turning On and Off

If you’re experiencing the frustration of your furnace turning on, only to shut off a few minutes later, you’re not alone.

This common issue can leave homeowners feeling chilly and scratching their heads for solutions. But fear not! In this guide, we’ll dive into the possible reasons behind this problem and provide you with some troubleshooting tips and tricks to try before you call in the experts at Standard.

Whether you’re in Manhattan, KS, or beyond, understanding the potential causes of your furnace’s behavior and learning how to address them can help keep your home cozy and comfortable throughout the colder months. Let’s get started!

A typical furnace will run three to eight heating cycles every hour; on average, these cycles will last 5 to 15 minutes. These cycles will vary depending on things like the temperature outside, the size of your home, the type of furnace, insulation, etc. If your furnace is turning on and turning back off after just a few minutes or starts more than eight times an hour, this is referred to as short cycling and is something you definitely don’t want to ignore. If left uncorrected, this will cause your furnace to struggle to heat your home, increase your energy bills, and put unnecessary stress on your system.


Let’s dive into the 11 common reasons your furnace is turning on and back off shortly after.


  1. The first common reason your furnace turns on and back off quickly is a lack of airflow that a dirty air filter can cause. When there is not adequate airflow through the system, the heat exchanger will frequently heat up and turn off when it has reached its maximum temperature, causing your furnace to turn off. If you haven’t recently changed your air filter, do a visual inspection and change if necessary. The air filter traps dirt, dust, and other debris and can block the airflow through your system if not routinely changed. Replacement every 90 days is the recommendation for a household free of allergies or pets and 60 days (or less) for households with pets or allergies.


  1. The next thing to check to ensure that your furnace doesn’t turn off for lack of airflow is your vents. You might have closed some of the vents in the past and forgotten to re-open them. You will also want to visually inspect the vents to ensure there are no foreign objects or debris blocking the airflow through the vents. It’s always best to keep all vents open to prevent any damage to your system from overheating. If you think there may be damage to your system, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Standard – we’re always happy to help! Give us a call at (785)776-5012.


  1. A dirty blower wheel is another likely culprit for your furnace turning on and back off too quickly due to airflow issues. The blower wheel has blades that are designed to push the air from your furnace to the vents. If these blades become dirty, it won’t work as efficiently or sometimes at all. Routinely changing your air filters will ensure that dirt doesn’t build up on these blades. One of our licensed technicians would happily help you with this repair –


  1. If your furnace is still turning on and quickly back off, your thermostat is the next place to check. A furnace turning on and back off too quickly can be a sign of a malfunctioning or broken thermostat. Several things can cause your thermostat not to work properly. If your thermostat needs new batteries, it will often malfunction. It’s also a good idea to do an inspection of the wiring to your thermostat to make sure they are not old and needs replacement. Lastly, a thermostat that has been placed too close to a heat source (like direct sunlight or a heat register) can skew the temperature reading and cause the thermostat to turn on and off irregularly. If you are concerned about old wiring or would like to relocate your thermostat, call Standard at (785)776-5012, and we’ll send out an HVAC technician to get you taken care of.

    Thermostat set incorrectly to OFF causes furnace blowing cold air


  1. A dirty or broken flame sensor is the next likely culprit for your furnace’s short cycling. The flame sensor is in place to detect the flame and signal the gas valve to open. If there is no flame or if the sensor is malfunctioning, it is a safety feature that will turn off the gas valve to keep gas from leaking into the house. The system will shut down and restart when this gas valve turns off. You can access and try to clean off the flame sensor or call in the professionals at Standard if you don’t feel comfortable or if you think the sensor needs to be replaced. Call us anytime at (785)776-5012. First, make sure you turn off the gas to the furnace and then remove the front panel, where you will find the ignitor or ignition sensor near the burners. If the sensor or ignitor is dirty, you can remove it carefully with a screwdriver and gently clean it – be careful not to break it. Once cleaned, replace it back how you found it, put the front panel back on, turn on the gas, and then turn your furnace on.


  1. Another possible cause of your furnace turning on and off quickly is an issue with your furnace blower motor. The purpose of the furnace blower motor is to circulate the warm air throughout your house. It’s rare for the system to run still when the blower motor is off, but it can happen, and this would cause your furnace to short cycle. When the furnace is running, check to see if air is coming out of your vents. If there is no air or minimal air coming out of the vents, you likely have an issue with your furnace blower motor. Routine system maintenance can ensure that these parts of your furnace are properly maintained and will minimize issues such as this. We offer our VIP Maintenance plan for affordable twice-yearly maintenance to keep your system running efficiently –

    Graphic image promoting Standard’s VIP maintenance program for seasonal inspections on furnaces


  1. Another thing to check if your furnace is short cycling is your flue pipe, otherwise known as your exhaust vent, which can be found on your roof. Debris, such as dirt, sticks, leaves, or a bird nest, could be blocking the vent. If this becomes blocked, it will cause hot gases to build up in your furnace, causing it to overheat. Your furnace is equipped with another safety feature that will shut your furnace down if it is overheating. Checking to ensure there are no obstructions to your flue pipe routinely is a great way to avoid these potential issues.


  1. A faulty pressure switch is another common cause of your furnace turning on and back off after a few minutes. The pressure switch is in place to close with the airflow from the draft inducer motor through the burner to indicate that combustion is safe. If your switch is defective, it will not let the system know that ignition is safe to continue. If this happens, the ignition will be paused after just a few minutes, and the furnace will then turn off. If you have a multimeter, it can help you determine if there is an issue with your pressure switch.


  1. Like the pressure switch, the inducer motor is another part of your furnace that can become faulty and cause your furnace to turn off after just a few minutes. The draft inducer motor draws air into the burner and pushes it out the flue, as well as bringing in enough air to allow the pressure switch to close and activate the ignition process. If this part becomes defective, it won’t let the pressure switch close to ignite the furnace, and it will ultimately shut the furnace off after a few minutes.


  1. Believe it or not, you can have too big of a unit for the size of your home, which can cause your furnace to short cycle. When the unit is too big for your house, it will heat your house too quickly and then turn off abruptly. When your home becomes cool again, the cycle will repeat. In this instance, the only resolution to this problem is to replace the unit with one that is appropriately sized for your home. If you need a new, properly sized system, call the experts at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning at (785)776-5012. We take the time to ask questions about your needs and are expertly trained to ensure we help you select the best unit for you. We offer a variety of financing options and can find a payment plan that works for your budget –


  1. There are a handful of other reasons that your furnace might be turning back off just minutes after it’s turned on. Our HVAC technicians undergo continuous training to diagnose and quickly fix any issue that may arise with your furnace, so call us today to get you back up and running – (785)776-5012!
    • Control board failure
    • Overheating heat exchanger
    • Damaged fan limit switch
    • Rust or corrosion to the system due to water damage


As we wrap up, remember that while some furnace issues can be resolved with DIY troubleshooting, others require professional assistance. If you’ve tried the tips and tricks outlined in this blog and your furnace continues to cycle on and off unexpectedly, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Standard Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning.

In business for more than 100 years in Manhattan, KS, we’re known as the HVAC experts. Our team of experienced technicians is here to diagnose the problem and get your furnace up and running quickly and efficiently. Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities. Stay warm and cozy, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you ever need assistance.

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