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At Ed’s Woodshed, we are ready to help you keep up with the ever-changing home décor trends. Luckily, fireplaces kept up with the changes in design and functionality.

Fireplaces should be replaced every 10-15 years for optimal functionality, like most other appliances. They should also be serviced and repaired regularly to get the most out of your fireplace.
Whether you are looking to update your fireplace or redo your entire room, the experts at Ed’s Woodshed can help make sure you have the perfect fit.

Here’s a couple of things to consider when replacing your existing fireplace:

Pittsburgh Gas Insert

  • Does your current fireplace burn wood or gas?
  • Do you want your new fireplace to burn wood or gas?
  • Is your home’s style traditional, contemporary, or undecided?
  • Do you want to update the facing material around the fireplace?
  • Do you have a vision of the final, updated fireplace?

Fireplace Replacement

Factory-built fireplaces are prefabricated quality heating appliances that are made in a factory and mounted inside a surround when installed in your home. If you own a newer home, chances are your fireplace was constructed in a factory.

The entire unit is totally removed from the surround and a brand new unit replaces it during a fireplace replacement. Ed’s Woodshed also inspects, repairs, or replaces other components like the chimney, flue, or vents.

There are tons of options and choices available when replacing your fireplace. You could change the fuel source or change the appearance to something trendier. Factory-built fireplaces are cost-effective and good for the environment. EPA-certified wood-burning fireplaces are up to 50% more energy-efficient, burn up to 30% less fuel, and leave less creosote which reduces energy costs and increases safety.

Gas Vent Fireplaces

By opting to replace your current fireplace with a gas-vented fireplace insert, you get the beautiful fire with the convenience of gas. All you have to do is flip a switch to ignite the flames and spread the warmth of heat throughout the room without wasting energy through the chimney.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

If you are looking for something more traditional, a high-efficiency wood-burning fireplace inserts with roaring flames and the scent of burning wood cannot be beaten.

Fireplace Repair

Are you having trouble with your fireplace? Maybe it’s not turning on or there’s not enough heat? It could even be having battery issues or emitting carbon monoxide. At Ed’s Woodshed, we can fix these issues and more.

If your fireplace isn’t working correctly, you may be tempted to fix it on your own. However, it’s important they are maintained, cleaned, and repaired by experienced fireplace experts like Ed’s Woodshed. Repairs and replacements can prolong the life of your fireplace.

Common fireplace issues include pilot light issues, damaged or loose wiring, thermocouple sensor testing, strong odors, rumbling noises, fan replacement, or general service and cleaning. There are many reasons your fireplace may not function properly.

Is your damper fully opened? Many people forget to fully open the damper. Sometimes dampers will not open fully because of water damage or soot damage. A professional cleaning will usually solve the problem.

Problems with the chimney can also prevent your fireplace from functioning properly. Chimneys should be at least 10 or 12 feet in overall height, clearing it by at least 2 feet of buildings or trees within its radius. The gradual accumulation of soot can be detrimental to the performance of your chimney. Thick layers of soot can restrict the flue, so there is no longer enough free area to vent the fireplace properly.

You will want to make sure your flue is large enough for the fireplace opening. An undersized flue cannot handle the volume of smoke that is produced, and some of it will spill back into the room.

You will also need to consider if your home is too tight or too loose. A house that leaks to much air to the outside can set up its own draft or chimney effect strong enough to overpower your fireplace chimney. You will want to make sure the attic access door and upstairs windows are tightly closed.

Though easy to use, like any appliance, fireplaces do not come without the occasional problem – especially if not professionally maintained, cleaned, and inspected. At Ed’s Woodshed, we perform these repairs:

  • Gas valves
  • Odors
  • Soot build-up
  • Pilot lights
  • Thermostats
  • Fans and blowers
  • Remote switches
  • Piping
  • Thermal pile and coupling
  • Glass replacement and cleaning

Here at Ed’s Woodshed, we have pretty much seen it all and can repair nearly any problem with your fireplace. No matter how simple or complex the issue, we will provide you with an honest evaluation and an affordable solution. Call Ed’s Woodshed today for all of your Southwestern Pennsylvania fireplace repairs needs. We can be reached at (412) 257-0492.


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