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Factory Built Fireplace Troubleshooting

Having Trouble With Your Factory-Built Fireplace? We Can Help!

Nothing’s more frustrating than having a fireplace that you can’t enjoy as we know. Billows of smoke can take the relaxation right out of the fireside experience. If your factory-built fireplace is giving you fits, we can help! Our team has years of troubleshooting experience and can help identify the source of your fireplace woes and offer expert fireplace solutions. Some of the most common problems we encounter are related to:


Smoke/Draft Problems

Are you noticing a lot of smoke when you sit down to enjoy a fire? Is your fireplace burning through a lot of fuel? Are cold drafts bringing a chill to your home? Smoke and draft problems are common, and can be traced back to a variety of things. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your damper is open. Dampers can sometimes rust into place or cease to fully open due to creosote buildup. If your damper is not the cause of your smoke/draft problems, it could be that your flue pipe is too big or too small for your fireplace opening, your home is too air-tight, your chimney is too short, you have a flue pipe obstruction, or another appliance in your home is competing for air. Whatever the cause, we have a fireplace solution for you!


Chimney Leaks & Water Damage

Is your metal firebox rusting or hosting pools of water? Are you noticing rust streaks down the sides of your chimney chase? The team here at The Chimney Sweeper has extensive experience troubleshooting and locating chimney leaks. Whether your cap, your chase cover, or some other area of your chimney system is to blame, we can help! We install manufacturer’s termination caps and can even fabricate a new chase cover that perfectly fits and protects your chimney. Water can swiftly destroy your factory-built fireplace and chimney, so if you think water is a concern, give us a call right away!


Inefficiency Or Functionality Issues

Each factory-built fireplace is designed to work with a specific factory-built chimney. Together, each system is tested by the manufacturer for safety and efficiency. When purchased, each factory-built system comes with a specific set of installation instructions which must be followed precisely if the system is to work as it was designed to. If any installation steps are skipped or altered, or if any components of the system are missing, the chimney and fireplace cannot be expected to operate properly. In fact, improper installation has been found to be the cause of many factory-built fireplace issues.


When having your factory-built fireplace installed, it’s imperative that you leave the work to an experienced professional with a knowledge of local codes and manufacturer’s installation instructions. A professional will make sure there is proper clearance to combustibles and that all parts of the system are properly installed and working together, per the manufacturer’s instructions.


Whatever The Problem, We Have A Solution

If your factory-built chimney and fireplace give you more trouble than joy, give the team at Smokestack Sweep a call! We’ll troubleshoot your system and offer customized fireplace solutions to meet your needs. We can even locate difficult-to-find replacement parts or we can custom fabricate compatible parts. We also install firebox walls, screens, and glass doors! To request an appointment to have your system evaluated, call 616-555-555 or click here!

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