Are you thinking about lighting a cozy fire in your fireplace, only to be disappointed when you can’t open your chimney damper? This is a frustrating experience that many homeowners face. Fortunately, it’s usually a problem with a relatively simple repair for Chimney Champions. So, let’s look at three common reasons chimney dampers get stuck and how our repair team can help!

Reasons Why Chimney Dampers Get Stuck

1. Rust and Corrosion

Over time, the metal parts of a chimney damper can become corroded due to exposure to moisture. If the damper hasn’t been used in a long time, it’s especially susceptible to rust buildup. Rust and corrosion can cause the damper to stick in either the open or closed position, making it difficult or impossible to use your fireplace.

2. Misalignment

Another common reason that chimney dampers get stuck is due to misalignment. If the damper isn’t properly aligned with the chimney flue, it can become lodged in place. This can happen if the damper is accidentally closed while something is blocking the flue, such as a bird’s nest or debris. If you suspect misalignment is the issue, it’s best to in the professionals for further investigation.

3. Warping

Finally, another reason that chimney dampers get stuck is due to warping. This occurs when the heat from the fireplace causes the metal to expand. Eventually, the damper warps, causing malfunction. Warping can happen in either the open or closed positions, further frustrating homeowners. To avoid this issue, ensure the damper is open fully when lighting a fire, and never leave a fire unattended.

We Keep Your Chimney In Great Shape

Chimney dampers can become stuck for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean you should try to correct the issue yourself. Instead, turn to the team at Chimney Champions in Jacksonville, FL. Our professional chimney inspectors will address any major issues (like a stuck damper) that could cause issues when you go to light a fire. We can also do a full chimney sweep and cap replacement. So, if your chimney needs a repair, schedule your appointment at (904) 268-7200.