As fireplace dampers sit nearly above the fire, extreme heat and fluctuating temperature can distort and damage it, thus, needing a replacement. Cracks caused by rapid heating and cooling may ruin your damper’s function, leading to more disastrous problems. It may not seem so, but you can replace your fireplace damper yourself with these three easy steps.
Most people tend to skip cleaning the damper, causing them to get injured because of falling debris while doing the replacement process. Remove any debris up where the fireplace damper is along with the firebox itself. Any ash remains in the firebox must be cleaned and thrown away. Aside from falling debris, beware of uncooled ashes as you might get burnt while cleaning them. You can place the ashes that you have gathered into a metal can.
This process is simple to understand but also a bit delicate task for beginners like you. Start the removal procedure by using a wrench to loosen the nuts to remove the metal rod attached inside the chimney. You can now twist the damper off and remove it from the fireplace. However, if the rod and its nuts have severe rusting, you need to replace them. In this case, you might prefer to consult a professional in choosing a new damper or take it with you to compare dimensions for a proper fit.
If you have bought a new and suited damper, it’s time for you to install it. Slide the damper onto the rod and secure it with the rod’s nuts. Fasten it tightly so that it will not be wiggly, which may fall and cause an accident. Before testing your new damper with fire, make sure that you have followed the manufacturer’s instruction as it may differ according to their intentions. If it still doesn’t work, consult a professional for safety and amendment.
Instead of paying a sum of money over fireplace damper replacement services, follow these simple steps to save more money. However, be cautious as this task is risky and can be disastrous or might compromise your safety.