Oil and Gas Appliances: Relining

Gas & Oil Appliance Relining Image - Suffolk NY - Chief Chimney ServicesOil and gas appliances are some of the most efficient on the market. They burn cleanly and use almost all of the heat produced to heat the home. This makes it even more important for a chimney liner to be installed, and for it to be properly sized. If the liner is too big, and the fire exhaust is not hot enough to push the toxins up the large chimney space, it settles in the chimney. The chimney walls will then become coated in these toxins, soot, and creosote, damaging the liner, and essentially allowing carbon monoxide to penetrate the masonry, entering the home. Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic poison that can cause a host of health problems, organ failure, and essentially death.

Your Older Chimney

Older oil and gas appliances were not operating at such a high efficiency when they were installed, so their chimney flues were larger. This is the main reason why a chimney inspection is required any time you install new hardware. The newer appliances are highly efficient and require much smaller flue liners. So when you wish to change appliances, fuel type, or make other changes to the chimney system, you should schedule a level 2 inspection with a certified chimney sweep. Your sweep can tell you if the flue liner is correctly sized for the capacity of your new appliance.

Our chimney sweeps at Chief Chimney Services are experienced and trained in chimney inspections, as well as installation of gas and oil appliance, and relining. We encourage homeowners to schedule inspections and chimney sweeps before burning season so that repairs and relining can be completed before winter. It’s our goal to keep your family and home safe and warm this winter. This starts with the liner.

Your New Liner

The best choice for a new chimney liner is the stainless steel liner. Most often, especially in old chimneys, it is lined with clay tile. Your chimney sweep will remove this tile and reline the chimney with an appropriately-sized metal liner. Stainless steel is the best option as it’s the longest lasting, and works with any fuel type. However, aluminum is a cheaper option often chosen for that reason, but aluminum is only compatible with gas appliances, and it isn’t as durable as stainless steel.

Chief Chimney Services can install a stainless steel or cast-in-place liner designed specifically for an oil-fired appliance. We choose these specific liners due to their durability and years of safe use with gas and oil appliances.

Are you concerned your liner is damaged, sized-incorrectly, or simply interested in an update to a longer-lasting liner? Schedule an appointment online, give us a call at 631-863-2460!

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