Do You Need a New Fireplace? Keep These 5 Factors in Mind!

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While many fireplace problems can be fixed and repaired, this isn’t always the case. In some cases, the best way to resolve issues with gas and wood-burning fireplaces is to replace them completely.

Of course, installing a new fireplace can cost more than a simple replacement. Conversely, replacing old wood-burning or gas fireplaces with new ones can address several problems at once and provide several benefits, too. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home’s fireplace but aren’t sure if it’s time, here’s a look at five factors you should keep in mind.

Old and Decaying Materials

When the materials of your fireplace — such as fire brick and mortar — begin to show signs of aging through decay, cracking, and spalling, it is a good idea to consider a replacement. Compromised materials can lead to decreased efficiency and safety hazards, including the risk of fire escaping into adjacent structures. 

As such, installing a new fireplace, whether you opt for a wood-burning fireplace or a gas insert, can restore the functional integrity and safety of your heating system. Plus, a brand-new fireplace can potentially improve the value of your property if you’re planning to put it on the market.

Not Enough Warmth

If your current fireplace does not adequately heat your room, replacing it is a practical solution. Modern fireplaces offer improved heat output and energy efficiency, which allows them to provide more warmth with less waste. A properly installed fireplace can elevate the comfort of your home and make it a more inviting space during the colder months of the year.

Constant Maintenance

A fireplace that requires constant maintenance or frequent repairs can be a significant drain on both time and resources. However, upgrading to a new fireplace — particularly models with gas inserts or fireplace inserts — eliminates the hassle of ongoing maintenance. 

These newer models are designed with ease of service in mind, featuring components that are more durable and accessible. Further, this shift not only reduces repair costs but also ensures that your home heating system remains reliable for years to come.

Noticeable Draftiness

Does it feel drafty in the room with your fireplace? This can indicate issues with the structure’s integrity or installation flaws that you shouldn’t ignore.

Replacing your old fireplace with a new, well-sealed unit can eliminate drafts, enhance overall energy efficiency, and increase the comfort level in your home. Options such as fireplace inserts are engineered to fit securely into the existing firebox and provide a tight seal that prevents cold air from entering and warm air from escaping.

There’s Leaks

Leaks in or around a fireplace are serious problems you should resolve as soon as possible, as they can lead to structural damage and potential health hazards from mold growth and mildew. Installing a new fireplace or upgrading to a more robust fireplace insert can resolve these issues. 

New installations are completed with sealing and protection against moisture in mind, which makes sure that your home remains dry and safe. It’s also worth noting that opting for a new installation also offers an opportunity to upgrade to a more efficient and aesthetically pleasing model.

To Schedule a Fireplace Installation for Your Home, Give Us a Call

Is it time to say goodbye to your old fireplace? Then the Chimney Heroes team will be there to help. In addition to providing professional fireplace installations, we also offer chimney inspections and other services to ensure your home is kept safe and warm. Whether you’re interested in a new gas fireplace or need maintenance for your existing one, don’t hesitate to give us a call!