Factory built fireplace systems are a cost-efficient alternative to traditional masonry built fireplaces. Unfortunately, these prefabricated units often have a shorter lifespan than their masonry counterparts. Consequently, because of this, they need to be replaced more frequently.
Many homes built in recent years include factory built – not masonry – fireplaces. Due to this, some of these homes now have units that need to be repaired or replaced. Having a chimney professional swap out your prefabricated fireplace can be a safe, fast, and an easy way to get your fireplace system up to date.
Lifespan of factory-built fireplaces.
Factory built fireplaces are made to be decorative heating appliances, not primary heat sources. Because of this, they are typically used with less frequency. So, with regular care, upkeep, and maintenance, these fireplace systems can often last for 20 to 30 years.
When do factory built fireplaces need to be replaced?
Like their masonry counterparts, factory-built fireplaces need to be regularly swept and inspected in order to burn safely and efficiently. This includes repairs and part replacements as necessary. One of the most common reasons prefabricated units need to be swapped out is because their original replacement parts are no longer available. When this happens, installing a new unit is often much easier than attempting an after-market repair.
Installing a new unit may also be recommended in cases of serious damage to the fireplace or chimney. Water damage, rusting of the chimney chase cover, cracked refractory panels, or damaged chimney liners are all cases in which replacing the fireplace system may be as cost-efficient as repairing the existing unit.
Benefits of a new unit.
There are a number of benefits to installing a new factory built fireplace unit.
- Improved efficiency. The newer a factory built fireplace is, the more efficient it is likely to be. New prefabricated fireplaces are required to meet strict safety and environmental standards set forth by the EPA. This allows them to burn more efficiently, produce less smoke, and particulate emissions than older models.
- Zero clearance installation. Because of the insulating air blanket built into their construction, prefabricated fireplaces can be installed remarkably close to wood framing and other combustibles. This gives homeowners freedom in choosing where they would like their fireplaces to be installed.
- Safety. Factory built fireplaces undergo rigorous testing in order to meet the standards. These standards are set by both Underwriters Laboratories and the American Gas Association. This can give homeowners peace of mind that their new fireplace can be used safely for years to come.
- Limited warranty. Many factory-built fireplaces include limited lifetime warranties. These warranties often cover damaged parts and other manufacturer errors. In addition, it can even help cover the cost of a replacement unit.
Investing in a new factory built fireplace is a great way to update your home and make your chimney system safer to use. For more information on how a new prefabricated fireplace can add value to your home, contact ChimneyTEK today!