It is possible that the damper is blocked by sand, soot and other debris. This could prevent the blade from moving. Clean the chimney if this is the case. It is a known fact that a quality chimney can remove all kinds of smoke in a quick time.
Also, inspect the bottom edge and the damper blade. There may be metal tabs or notches that are designed to fit in slots or holes within the housing. You may need to remove the handle mechanism from the housing if the blade is not properly set.
You should probably call a professional right away. Otherwise, you might end up with a lot of parts and no idea what to do with them. Be careful if you do decide to give it a try. Be careful not to drop any pieces. Cast-iron parts can break easily and you may inflict injury on your own.
Fixing top-sealing dampers
A chimney professional is the best person to help you adjust a top-sealing damper. Top-sealing dampers are usually relatively easy to adjust, but sometimes cables or debris can cause problems.
Check the instructions for the installer if you suspect that the damper has become frozen shut. Sometimes, the damper has a feature that allows you tug on the cord sharply to engage a lever-type device that breaks the ice seal.
Fireplace Door Difficulties
For optimal heat efficiency and enjoyment of your fireplace, a good set of fireplace doors are a must-have accessory. They can also be frustrating if they are not properly installed or damaged. Most fireplace door problems can be fixed by a chimney professional.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
Glass doors can be broken! Wear appropriate eye and hand protection.
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Adjusting fireplace doors
First check to make sure the door opens and closes smoothly. There is often an adjustment at the door’s attachment to the frame that allows each door to be moved to one side or the other. This can correct a poorly functioning or binding door.
The door frame could be incorrectly installed if it isn’t adjusted or there isn’t enough adjustment to solve the problem. It could cause doors to “out of square” and make them less efficient if it is too loose, crooked or uneven.
A clamp assembly is used to attach most doors at the top. The clamp assembly is secured to the lintel-bar, which is the angle-iron piece that holds the bricks up above the fireplace opening. The doors are typically bolted to the inner hearth at the bottom. This is how it works.
You can adjust the clamps if the doors are crooked or loose. You should always have someone to hold the door steady before you adjust anything. Otherwise, the door may fall.
You will need to replace the doors if the door frame is damaged or worn.
Tempered glass is used to protect fireplace doors from heat. You can open and close the fireplace doors with better quality doors. However, there are some things that can cause damage.
It is possible to avoid the terrifying experience of a glass door exploding by learning a bit more about each type of door and their intended use.
Checklist: What to Avoid, as they could cause damage to your fireplace’s glass
- The fireplace should not be over-fired
- Use doors made of thin, low-quality glass
- Place the grate no closer than 6 inches to the doors
- Slamming a log, or fireplace tool in the doors