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Gardner Fireplace Professionals

Browse these fireplace, stove, and barbecue services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gardner.

  • 38 years in business
  • 306 hires on Thumbtack
Paul L.
Verified review

Ricky showed up to correct the problems caused by another sweep. Even after 2 visits, the other sweep did not clean my chimney. What they did was pack the flue like a cannon barrel. They also installed a Cap that was too close to the flues causing extreme back-pressure. I had no draft in both of my stoves. Ricky unplugged the chimney, showed me the full bucket of thick creosote left by the other sweep, and removed the cap. My Stoves work like new again, don't smoke up the house, and are easy to light. I will keep Ricky as my sweep forever. Well....

PC Chimney Systems
4.7
from 73 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret V.
Verified review

My mother happened to meet Larry Pelkey in a grocery store parking lot. That's how I heard of him - from the business card she had. I needed a chimney sweep, as our regular chimney sweep is no longer in the business. I had a little concern, having dealt with a dishonest one in the past. . .But the chimney needed cleaning before I could fire up the wood stove, and when winter comes in New England, that's not an option, so we hired him! And were we ever more than pleased that we hired Larry! He is as honest as the day is long! His work is top-notch, and neat and clean, and timely. Not only did he clean out my chimney - - he emptied last year's ashes from the wood stove, too. (I've never had anyone do that before.) He laid down a heavy black cloth, so all the bits of dust and soot were on that. Again, I've never had that done before. Come to find out, as a general matter of normal maintenance, he always puts on a coat of breathable waterproofing (customer willing, of course). I've never known of a chimney sweep to do that as a matter of course. He is able to give you lots of information so that you're a fully-informed and educated wood stove and fireplace user. Not only is he an expert in the matter of cleaning of the flues and stoves, he is also a mason by trade. This means he can actually give sound, reliable advice about the structure of the chimney itself. This is, of course, invaluable, because often it isn't a simple matter of merely cleaning a flue. The structure itself needs to be properly maintained and one needs a reliable mason to speak to that aspect. So I'd like to share right here that I can recommend him gladly. It was refreshing dealing with PC Chimney Systems. I feel relieved to know right where to call next year when the chimney needs its annual cleaning.

5 Star Chimney Service
4.5
from 67 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Gerard N.
Verified review

This company is the best!! I actually called them the last week when the temperature was freezing here in Boston. They came out the same day and cleaned my fireplace and made sure that they worked properly. I was so impressive that I ordered fire logs, stones and glass. They came by yesterday to install them. When my wife came home yesterday, I had the mood set with them all burning. She was so surprised and excited. 5 Star Ventilation is the best!!! Our fireplaces stand out from everyone else.

  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Mike R.
Verified review

Chuck and Seth were very thorough and knowledgeable. They gave me multiple options to update the three fireplaces in my home which was built in 1862. They were careful not to damage the antique mantles when replacing the stone, and stood by their "no mess guarantee". I was very happy with the service, as well as, the helpful staff at the office, who helped the whole process go smoothly. I will definitely call Certified again, when I am ready to update my home on the Cape. Great job!

Northeast Residential
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Laura G.
Verified review

Job entailed cleaning the brick on our fireplace. Dave went the extra step and cleaned the glass on our wood stove insert and repairing a broken piece of slate on our fireplace hearth. Dave was very responsive and reasonably priced. We would not hesitate to contact Dave for additional projects.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas B.
Verified review

Michael has taken care of our stove, fireplace and chimney for many years.

Fireplace Village

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    About

    Fireplace Village has been providing homeowners' needs since 1972, instituting themselves as a relied national name in the hearth industry with over 25,000 units installed and serviced. Fireplace Village goes beyond broad selection to offer you incredible, all around fireplace, chimney, wood stove and pellet stove, and gas fireplace service. Certified, trained, and knowledgeable staffs provide product information, as well as installation and regular maintenance. Fireplace Village is here to serve you from gas connection to annual inspections. Professional cleaning services and safety inspection are also available to make sure your venting systems and hearth product are running safely and at the most favorable level.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much does refrigerator repair cost?

    Refrigerator repair generally costs a fraction of the price of a new fridge and shouldhave your appliance up and running again in no time. The problems your refrigerator is experiencing and the parts required to fix it will affect your repair costs. Where you live can affect labor rates, which will raise or lower your costs. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Diagnostic fees: $50-$100. Repair pros often have a service call fee or diagnostic fee to account for their time traveling to your location with all their tools to assess the problem. If you choose to have them repair the fridge, most pros then credit this fee toward your repair cost.
    • Parts: $20-$500. A new compressor averages $200, an icemaker $300, and computerized components such as touch screens and control boards average $300 or more.
    • Basic repairs: $180-$400, including parts. This price range can include repairing the evaporator or fan motor.

    How does a chimney get cleaned?

    A professional chimney sweep can clean your fireplace and chimney to help prevent chimney fires and keep your fireplace running in peak condition. Regular chimney cleanings are critical for removing the highly flammable creosote that can build up inside the walls of your chimney over time and cause chimney fires. When hiring a cleaning company, ask the chimney sweep if their cleaning fee includes removing soot, creosote and blockages from the chimney flue and liner, cleaning the smoke chamber and shelf, and cleaning the firebox and the damper to ensure that you’re getting a comprehensive cleaning. Expect the chimney sweep to cover the flooring around the fireplace and properly seal off your fireplace opening to catch any soot that comes out during the cleaning.

    Look for a chimney sweep who has been certified by a nationally recognized organization such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), Fireplace Investigation Research and Education (FIRE), or the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). This will help ensure that your chimney work will be completed in a professional manner and your home will be safe from a chimney fire.

    Do I need to clean my chimney?

    A fireplace makes a home cozy in winter, but it also requires cleaning to keep your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 28 percent of home heating fires are caused by a failure to clean solid-fueled heating equipment — primarily chimneys. On top of that scary fact, nearly 20 percent of all fire deaths are caused by home heating equipment. At a minimum, the NFPA urges homeowners to have chimneys and fireplaces inspected once a year to ensure there are no obstructions blocking the flow of air or any buildup of dangerous and highly flammable creosote. A certified chimney sweep will know what warning signs to look for and have the proper tools. Besides personal safety, saving money is a great motivation for having a chimney sweep regularly clean your chimney. If your chimney liner is not kept clean and in good working order, replacing it can cost thousands of dollars. A yearly cleaning is the baseline for a safe chimney. If your chimney is your main heating source, ask your chimney sweep whether you should have it cleaned more often. If your chimney is not venting properly and smoke is coming into your house, if you notice that the wood you burn is not burning efficiently (turning completely to ash), or if you have other concerns, call for a chimney cleaning and inspection right away.

    How much does it cost to have the chimney swept?

    The national average chimney sweep cost is $100 to $130. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having your chimney inspected at least once a year, but daily use and other factors might mean you need more regular service. Here are several reasons your chimney sweep cost may be higher than the national average:

    • Overly dirty chimney: If you haven’t cleaned your chimney in many years, or if you’ve just bought an older home and don’t know how long it has been since the chimney was cleaned, excessive grime could increase the cost of the job.
    • Roof height or chimney height: The chimney sweep may also charge an extra fee if your roof is too high for a ladder to reach or is too steep to safely climb on without a harness.
    • Frequency of use: If your fireplace is your primary heating source, the buildup of soot might be far greater than if you just use your fireplace a few times a winter when company comes over. This may impact cost.
    • Excessive debris: Leaves, twigs, and other debris that’s collected in your chimney is a fire hazard and should be cleaned immediately. An excess of junk may result in higher chimney sweep costs.
    • Live or dead animals: Prepare to pay extra if live or dead animals are in the chimney. Rodents, birds and bats can all set up camp in your chimney. A chimney cap can help prevent them from getting in, but once you hear something scurrying around, or smell the unmistakable scent of dead critter, call a chimney sweep immediately.
    • Geographic location: Chimney sweep costs may be higher in your city due to factors such as a higher cost of living or higher cost do business (insurance, overhead, employee wages, etc.).
    • Chimney repair: Any repairs that are needed internally or externally to your fireplace will increase costs. A thorough cleaning and inspection will reveal whether repairs to masonry, tuck-pointing, the back wall, bricks, the fireplace floor or the crown are needed.
    • Chimney cap installation: A chimney cap prevents debris from collecting in your chimney as well as preventing animals such as birds, mice, or raccoons from taking up residence inside. The cost of the chimney cap plus the labor for installation can increase fees.

    How long do fridges last?

    Refrigerators can last 10 to 20 years, although the most common lifespan is about 13 years. If your fridge is acting up, consider its current age when deciding whether to invest in repairs or buy a new one. Common easy fixes include faulty thermostats, dirty coils and clogged drain lines. Thermostats and dirty coils can be generally be fixed for an average cost of $80-$100. Clogged drain lines, which usually cause leaks, can often be fixed for under $200.

    More complex refrigeration repairs such as replacing a bad compressor or replenishing low refrigerant can cost more because of expensive parts and higher labor. A new compressor costs an average of $200, not including labor. If labor is an average of $75-$100 per hour, and the repair takes 3 hours, you’re looking at roughly $500. Consider the age and purchase cost of your fridge; investing $350 in a $600 fridge that is 8 years old may not be cost-effective.

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