We Repair & Replace Rusty, Old Fireplace Dampers

A broken damper may be a somewhat small part of the chimney system, but it can cause big problems. This component is responsible for opening and closing off the flue, but it can break, rust, or get stuck in place, making its job simply impossible. Here are the problems:

  • If you can’t open the damper fully, when you go to light a fire in your fireplace, smoke will pour back into your home instead of going up and out of the chimney. Likewise, you won’t be able to achieve the proper draft needed to maintain a good fire.
  • If you can’t close the damper fully, when you’re not using your fireplace you’ll experience downdrafts and waste money heating or cooling your home, only to lose that air to the outside.

In other words, this little part of the chimney system plays a big role in the functionality and safety of your chimney and fireplace. But when it breaks, what can you do?

From Damper Repairs To Top-Mounted Damper Installation — The Chimney Doctor Does It All

If your damper is broken or stuck, don’t worry — The Chimney Doctor has a cure. It may be a simple fix that takes no more than a couple of minutes, and since we keep our trucks stocked with common damper repair parts, you won’t have to wait and wait for something that shouldn’t take long.

If the problem is bigger or the damper needs to be replaced, we can help with that as well. We proudly install top-mounted or top-sealing dampers, which are dampers that do twice as much work as traditional throat dampers.

Here’s what you need to know:

Throat dampers are installed below the flue, but top-mounted dampers are placed up at the top of the flue. Because of their placement, these top-sealing dampers are able to protect the flue against water damage and bird and animal intrusion. They also have a silicone or rubber gasket, which means that, when these dampers are closed, there’s no water or air getting into the chimney and no conditioned air escaping.

What does that mean for you? Energy savings and extra protection against chimney leaks, water damage, and Jack Frost.

Call Today For Damper Repairs & More

If you’d like to learn more about top-sealing dampers and how they can save you money or you need to have your throat damper repaired, call The Chimney Doctor at 901-388-8097. We’re certified, licensed, and insured full-service chimney professionals serving the greater Memphis, TN area with excellence. Call or request an appointment online with a trained and experienced team of professionals today.


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