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We Do Damper Repair And Full Damper Replacements!
The damper is a component that can be adjusted (typically by a firebox handle) to control air flow within the chimney system. To increase air flow and allow for a bigger fire, the damper can be opened; to decrease air flow or stop air flow altogether and control draft, the damper can be closed. The damper is typically kept closed when the fireplace is not in use to help preserve conditioned air within the home. When a damper is not functioning properly, there can be problems with draft and temperature control within the home, which can cause frustration and energy/money loss. Smoke and carbon monoxide problems are also commonly associated with a damaged damper. When a damper is closed or incapable of opening fully, it can keep smoke and carbon monoxide from exiting the chimney. As a result, there may be a backflow of these hazardous fumes which can threaten your family’s health and the overall enjoyment of your heating appliance.
Some of the most common damper repairs require only simple adjustments or part replacements:
- Many times a damper will not effectively open or close as a result of improper maintenance. When a chimney is not regularly swept, creosote can build up within the system and keep the damper from freely opening or closing. In this case, a New Buck Chimney Services can sweep your entire chimney system, removing creosote and other debris within the chimney. We will also thoroughly clean your damper to ensure that it is not covered in flammable creosote.
- Your damper may have a lever problem or may have come disconnected somehow. In this case, you may simply need a lever adjustment or a reconnection of damper components.
- It’s possible that your damper was damaged as a result of water or animal intrusion. If this is the case, you may need to have the damper completely replaced.
Should you need a complete damper replacement, you may want to consider an energy-top damper, which can kill two birds with one stone. Energy-top dampers are dampers that are attached to the top of the flue and can completely replace a chimney cap. These dampers are known for saving incredible amounts of energy and being discreet in appearance.
At New Buck Chimney Services, we have access to the best dampers on the market and would be happy to discuss your options with you. Contact us today!
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