We Offer Chimney Damper Installation & Repair Services to Noblesville & Surrounding Areas

Let’s say your chimney seems especially drafty. Or maybe your fireplace fires are sending smoke back into your living space. Or maybe your energy bills seem to be soaring lately. Believe it or not, all of these issues can often be linked to a broken fireplace damper.

Beck’s provides chimney damper repair and replacement services for homes in Noblesville and Central Indiana. Talk to us about inspecting the damper in your fireplace. When it comes to chimney and fireplace repairs, we’re confident we can resolve any and all issues. Call or book online now.

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What Is a Chimney Damper?

Your fireplace damper is a movable metal plate located in your chimney that controls the airflow of gases and smoke in and out of your fireplace. When your fireplace is running and heating your home, your damper opens up to ensure smoke and fumes safely escape. When things are shut down, your damper closes to keep heat and conditioned air in.

Fireplace dampers are typically made of steel or cast iron, and they’re an incredibly important part of your chimney anatomy. Without a working damper for your fireplace, you could risk smoke entering your living space and potential damage to your home. A damper that can’t close can also cause pests, drafts, and moisture to enter your home.

That’s why, if yours seems to be experiencing issues, calling in damper repair services right away is a must.

Who can you call for damper repair near Noblesville? Call Beck’s for Central Indiana damper repair services.

Need Chimney Damper Replacement Services?

Sometimes a damper repair job just won’t cut it. If you can hear the wind whistling through your chimney, even with your damper closed, there could be an issue with broken seals and gaskets. These parts of your damper can deteriorate over time and can cause a lot of energy loss in your home.

Dampers are also prone to rust, as well as wear and tear, which can cause issues for your chimney.

Beck’s can replace your damper with a new one that will create a tighter seal – and will be much safer the next time you light a fire. Talk with us about upgrading to a top-sealing damper. We’d love to help you out!

How Do I Know if My Chimney Damper Needs To Be Replaced?

Clearly, replacing your broken chimney damper as soon as possible is a must. So, how can you know when that time has come? Well, some signs are quite obvious, while others might be more subtle. Keep an eye open for the following:

  • Difficulty opening or closing the damper. If you notice that your chimney damper is becoming increasingly difficult to open or close, it could indicate mechanical wear and tear or rust buildup.
  • Rust or corrosion appearing. Rust or corrosion on the damper mechanism is a clear sign of deterioration. Rust can weaken the damper’s structure and cause it to malfunction, leading to potential safety hazards.
  • Physical damage or warping. Inspect your chimney damper visually. Look for any signs of physical damage such as cracks, warping, or missing parts. Damaged dampers may not seal properly, allowing air and moisture to enter your home when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Chimney drafts or leaking smoke. If you notice drafts or smoke leaking into your home, even when the damper is closed, it could indicate that the damper seal is compromised or that the damper itself is not functioning correctly.
  • Increased home energy bills. A faulty chimney damper can lead to heat loss from your home, which can cause your heating bills to rise. If you notice a significant increase in energy costs, it could be due to a malfunctioning damper.
  • More creosote than usual. If you regularly inspect your chimney and notice a significant buildup of creosote, it could indicate that your damper is not functioning properly. A properly functioning damper helps control airflow and reduces creosote buildup.
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Also, keep in mind how old your fireplace damper is. Like any mechanical component, chimney dampers have a limited lifespan. If your damper is several decades old or shows signs of significant wear and tear, it may be time to consider replacing it, even if it hasn’t yet exhibited obvious signs of malfunction.

Noticed any of these signs recently? Have them addressed by a professional promptly to ensure safer and more efficient operation of your fireplace. Here at Beck’s, we’d be happy to look things over and make appropriate recommendations. Call or schedule something with us online now.

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Can a Chimney Damper Help Prevent Downdrafts or Backdrafts in My Fireplace?

Yes, a chimney damper can help prevent downdrafts or backdrafts in your fireplace. Here’s how…

When your fireplace is not in use, your damper can close tightly to restrict airflow. This helps prevent downdrafts by reducing the amount of outside air that can enter the chimney and push air – as well as any foul chimney odors – back into the home. This will also help keep those energy bills in check.

Top-sealing dampers are particularly effective at preventing downdrafts and backdrafts because they create a physical barrier to the outside elements right from the top of the chimney. They also seal with a rubber gasket, meaning nothing will be getting in – or out – anytime soon.

All that said, while chimney dampers can be effective at preventing downdrafts and backdrafts, it’s important to choose the right type of damper for your chimney – and ensure it is installed correctly too. Consult with us about your needs today.

Can I Install a Chimney Damper Myself?

DIY chimney damper installation…is it possible?

This is a classic situation where you need to remember that “can” and “should” are two very different things. While it may be possible to install your new fireplace damper yourself, we strongly advise against this practice.

In fact, consulting a professional chimney sweep for any work related to your chimney or fireplace is always best practice. If anything goes wrong or even a minor step is missed or overlooked, your chimney and fireplace – and, as a result, your home and household – will suffer because of it.

Also, remember that installing a chimney damper may involve working at heights, handling heavy materials, and dealing with potential hazards such as sharp edges and hot surfaces. Is it really worth putting your safety at risk?

Finally, consider that some jurisdictions may require permits or inspections for chimney damper installations, especially if modifications to the chimney structure are involved. Hiring a licensed professional ensures that the installation meets all applicable codes and regulations.

How Can I Prevent My Chimney Damper From Rusting & Corroding?

Preventing rust and corrosion on your chimney damper is essential for maintaining its functionality and prolonging its lifespan. Here are some tips to help prevent any damage:

  1. Start with quality materials. When purchasing a chimney damper, opt for one made from rust-resistant materials such as stainless steel or cast iron. These materials are less prone to rusting than traditional steel or aluminum dampers and can better withstand exposure to moisture and heat better.
  2. Prevent water invasion. Moisture is one of the primary causes of rust on metal surfaces. Ensure that your chimney stays leak-free by promptly repairing any damage in the chimney structure or its flashing. Your chimney should also be equipped with a quality chimney cap and crown/chase cover.
  3. Invest in professional upkeep. Have a professional check your chimney damper regularly for signs of rust or corrosion. They can clean the damper and remove any dirt, debris, or soot buildup that could contribute to rust formation, as well as perform any needed repairs.
  4. Maintain good airflow and ventilation. Proper ventilation in the chimney can help reduce humidity levels and prevent moisture buildup – both of which can contribute to rust formation. Ensure that your chimney is properly ventilated and consider installing a chimney fan or vent to improve airflow if necessary.

By taking proactive steps to prevent rust on your chimney damper, you can ensure that it remains in good condition and functions effectively for years to come.

Give Us a Call

At Beck’s Chimney, we understand the importance of a well-maintained chimney for your home’s safety and efficiency. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing top-notch chimney services, from thorough inspections to meticulous cleanings to damper repairs.

Trust us to keep your chimney in optimal condition, so you can continue to enjoy cozy nights by the fire with confidence. Call or book online today.


Can your existing fireplace radiate more heat? Yes! Talk to us about installing a fireback (and any other chimney repair you might need).