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Problem: Furnace comes on, doesn’t run long then shuts off. Will work if thermostat is turned way up.

Problem: Furnace comes on, doesn’t run long then shuts off. Will work if thermostat is turned way up.

Answer: This sounds like a thermostat problem or an over-heating problem. I would suggest taping the furnace door safety switch closed so it allows the furnace to stay on so you can test the controls.  Test with a volt meter set to volts AC and see if you are getting 24 to 28 volts between the W and C (com) terminals on the control board from the thermostat when the furnace shuts off. If you see that 24 volts goes to zero between W and C when the furnace shuts off then the thermostat is cutting the furnace off and you have a thermostat problem. If you continue to get 24 to 28 volts between W & C then you have another control shutting the furnace off. This could be a safety control like a limit, rollout switch or pressure switch cutting the furnace off.  Test the limit with you volt meter.  If the limit is going to zero (open) then you would have a furnace over-heating problem which could be caused by a slow blower motor, (please check the capacitor) could be a stopped up filter, AC evaporator coil or the gas valve maybe outputting too much gas into the furnace.  Below we have a YouTube video that was made by Grayfurnaceman which shows how to troubleshoot a furnace limit. I hope this video will help you out. Thanks to Grayfurnace man!  Thanks so much for your interest in our website! If you have any questions please feel free to email us at: or respond in the comments section near the bottom of this page. We hope you have a blessed day! Steve & Barbara Arnold

3 thoughts on “Problem: Furnace comes on, doesn’t run long then shuts off. Will work if thermostat is turned way up.

  1. I have a nordyne mobile home furnace.had a tecnition out yesterday.he replaced the thermocouple.and cleaned ignitor it ran for about 1hr then wouldn’t heat again. So he turned it all the way down and back up to 75. Then it ran all so warm I turned it down about 4 am so it must never have worked again very cold in here….the tection says he don’t know what’s wrong if he can’t fix I’m not paying him. Please help need heat in ia

    1. Hi Judy! I am very sorry to hear that you are cold and your furnace is not working. I am very sorry, but about the only way to tell what is wrong is by testing the wiring and components with a volt meter. Where the voltage stops is generally where the problem is located. You will need to troubleshoot the furnace and I know some mobile home furnaces are not in the easiest to get to locations. We have lots of furnace troubleshooting advice on the following page: I would suggest going through the troubleshooting flow chart to see what is wrong: We also have lots of troubleshooting questions and answers on the following page: If you have any specific questions please let me know. Thanks! I hope you can easily find and fix the problem. Steve

  2. I will be happy to try and answer any questions you have. Thanks so much for your interest and support in our website! Hope you have a blessed day! Steve Arnold

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