Your chimney’s damper blocks off the flue when it’s not in use, which serves two functions: it keeps rain, snow and other elements out and it keeps the heated or cooled air in your home from escaping.
A chimney damper can get stuck in place due to debris or corrosion. If you’re experiencing issues with your damper, an experienced A-1 Chimney Specialist technician can assess whether it can be repaired (usually by adjusting and/or lubricating the moving parts), or whether you’ll need to replace the damper.
Most fireplaces were installed with throat dampers, which are located at the top of the firebox, blocking off the flue there when closed. Throat dampers are generally controlled either by a knob above the fireplace or with a handle inside the firebox.
When a chimney is properly maintained and routinely swept, these can be good and functional dampers. But they can break, get stuck or come off the track they sit on.
If your damaged throat damper is still in reparable condition, an A-1 Chimney Specialist technician will be glad to help restore it. If your throat damper gets damaged beyond repair, a top-end damper can be a beneficial replacement, and we can install one that works with your system.
A top-end damper is installed at the very top of your flue and is usually controlled by either a chain that runs through the flue or a handle at the side of the firebox.
These dampers can bring several benefits, first and foremost being energy savings. Top-end dampers are highly efficient, with a gasket that forms a tight seal over the flue, effectively closing your chimney off from the elements. This means you’re not paying to heat the cool air in your chimney during the winter, or cool the hot air during the summer.
Many homeowners are choosing to replace their throat dampers with top-end dampers to take advantage of this energy efficiency boost.
Chimney leaks are frustrating and complicated, but there are several places that we commonly find leaks originating from, including the: chimney cap, chimney crown, chimney flashing and the chimney damper.
If your chimney is leaking, have an A-1 Chimney Specialist technician take a look. We’ll check your damper during a thorough inspection and repair or replace it if it isn’t functioning correctly.
Do you need to repair or replace a chimney damper? Call to have one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified technicians help you find the best option for your home.
A professionally installed chimney crown may be exactly what you need to keep your chimney dry and free of moisture. Ask us for more details about this chimney product repair or installation today.