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We Clean and Install Boiler Liners

The majority of homes in the United States are heated with either a furnace or boiler, and boilers are commonly seen in the Northeast, including All Season Chimney’s service area. The difference between a furnace and a boiler is that furnaces heat air and distribute this heated air throughout a house via ducts, and boilers heat water and provide either steam of hot water to heat the home. Steam heats a house via pipes to steam radiators, and hot water heats via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems. If you have an older furnace or boiler, you have a naturally drafting chimney through which the combustion gases exit your home using only their buoyancy combined with the height of the chimney. Many homeowners believe that since there is no fireplace, there is no need for maintaining a chimney of a boiler or furnace. This is not exactly true as these chimneys also need to be taken care of just like the chimney of a fireplace. Our chimney sweeps at All Season Chimney can take care of your boiler’s chimney as we clean and install boiler liners, which are a necessity for boilers’ chimneys. We would like to share some information with you from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to tell you why it is so important to maintain the chimney of your boiler.

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What will All Seasons Chimney perform during a maintenance check of my boiler’s chimney?

When one of our certified chimney sweeps visits your home, he will do the following maintenance tasks:

Check the condition of the vent connector pipe and chimney.

Over time, parts of the venting system may become damaged or deteriorated. Our sweep will look for any damage or other problems.

Look for any blockages that may be present in your chimney.

If there is a blockages in your chimney, it could lower the heating efficiency of your boiler.

Clean and examine the condition of the liner of your chimney.

Just as the venting system, the liner of your boiler’s chimney can deteriorate over the years. Quite possibly, the chimney may not even have a liner. If the liner is damaged beyond repair or if there is no liner, we can reline the chimney with a lifetime-guaranteed stainless steel liner.

If my boiler system needs to be replaced, does my chimney liner need to be replaced as well?

When you replace your old boiler with a new one with an efficiency rating of 80% or higher, your chimney needs to be prepared to handle the higher risk for deposits of acidic condensation droplets that comes with these heating appliances. All Seasons Chimney can size a new stainless steel liner to fit both your new boiler and the combustion water heater, if present. If a chimney is larger than the heating appliance and/or water heater, you can experience problems with condensation and inadequate draft. We want your new boiler to be as efficient as possible, and installing a custom-sized liner is the best way to get the most out of your new heating appliance.

If you have an old boiler, contact All Seasons Chimney today. We will be happy to clean its chimney liner as well as examine it to see if it needs repairs or replacing.

The Benefits of a Top-Mounted Damper

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a damper is an important component of every chimney. Essential for an energy-efficient home, the damper keeps the heat in and the cold air out of your house, which saves you money on heating bills. Your damper is also used to control the flow of smoke, gases, and the other byproducts of combustion up the chimney to exit your home. Available in two different types, you can choose between the throat damper and the top-mounted damper. Also known as the traditional fireplace damper, a throat damper is installed right above the firebox and is found in many old masonry chimneys. However, this type of damper has many flaws and issues. At All Seasons Chimney, we strongly recommend the top-mounted damper over the throat damper. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of these dampers.

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This clip is courtesy of Richie Baxley at Environmental Chimney Service in Asheville NC.

A top-mounted damper serves two functions, allowing you to “kill two birds with one stone.”

One of the main benefits of a top-mounted damper is that it also serves as a chimney cap when the damper is closed, and, to be honest, this type of damper actually gives you better protection than an ordinary chimney cap. Equipped with a silicone rubber gasket that seals in heat and air conditioning as a damper, a top-mounted damper also gives you an air-tight seal to keep out water, debris, birds, squirrels, and raccoons — just as a chimney cap would. When our customers need a new chimney cap, All Seasons Chimney will recommend that they install a top-mounted damper instead of a chimney cap. Some models of top-mounted dampers come with caps, so even when the damper is open, your chimney is still protected from debris and animals.

A top-mounted damper will save you both energy and money.

Throat dampers just do not completely seal as well as top-mounted dampers. You will not have to worry about cold air, ice, and snow entering your flue to create a cold core in your chimney. A cold core tries to cool your home at the same time that your heating system is trying to warm it up, which wastes both fuel and money. As a top-mounted damper sits atop your chimney, cold air never even has a chance to get anywhere inside because your entire flue is sealed air-tight with the silicone rubber gasket. Believe us when we say you will save money on both cooling and heating bills when you install a top-mounted damper.

A top-mounted damper is easy to operate.

With some throat dampers, you must practically stick your head up the fireplace to open and close them. When you have a top-mounted damper, opening and closing the damper is simple. A stainless steel cable from the damper drops down the chimney and connects to an easily-accessible handle which is mounted inside the firebox. Different models will have different opening and closing methods, but All Seasons Chimney guarantees you will find all easy to use.

Want to know more about the benefits of top-mounted dampers? Contact All Seasons Chimney to find out even more advantages to this type of damper.