Fireplace and Appliance Performance - Sacramento CA - A to Z Chimney
A to Z Chimney Website Header
a to z window screens banner
Select Page

review us

Home » A to Z Chimney & Fireplace Services » Chimney Troubleshooting » Fireplace & Appliance Performance

Troubleshooting Your Fireplace or Heating Appliance

Are you concerned about how your fireplace or furnace is performing? If you detect a funny smell or there seems to be too much smoke, these are definitely things to pay attention to. The longer you ignore problems with your fireplace the more they have the potential to worsen and to endanger your safety. Dirty or “sick” fireplaces and furnaces can catch fire or create an environment in which carbon monoxide can flourish and leak into your living space.

Knowing how to care for and maintain a fireplace isn’t second nature. At A to Z Chimney Services we enjoy educating our customers about how to make certain that your appliances are working as safely and efficiently as possible. When you light a fire, you should be able to sit back and relax, completely confident that everything is as it should be. We can help you enjoy your fireplace without worry.

How to Diagnose Fireplace Problems

An inspection will allow one of our trained and certified fireplace technicians to determine what, if anything, is wrong with your fireplace. The problem, however, usually doesn’t lie within the heating appliance itself—though most appliances can benefit from a good sweeping — but within the chimney. The chimney is the engine of your fireplace or furnace—and problems that seem to manifest themselves in your firebox can usually be traced back to your chimney. Issues that we commonly see and correct for Sacramento area homeowners include:

Only a professional will be able to tell you for sure what is causing the problem with your heating appliance. Our inspection process involves the use of a closed-circuit camera that allows us to examine the length of your chimney at close range. A technician can then show you exactly what he or she finds inside your chimney or fireplace so that you can feel confident that any suggested repairs are needed. You will also be able to have a look at our work once it’s completed. Read more about our inspection process here.

Make an appointment with A to Z Chimney Services today. Email us at or fill out our online appointment form.


A smoking chimney can be annoying and possibly hazardous to your health. Let us troubleshoot this common chimney problem to see what needs to be done.

screen site button

call button

Request an appointment online

waterproofing chimney service

We Accept Credit Cards

We Accept Credit Cards

Certifications & Associations

NCSG Member

NFI Logo

CSIA Certified Logo



Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Follow Us



Awards & Reviews

Angie's List Super Service Award


Everything from your company has been done in a professional manner! The person who came out to sweep my chimneys answered all my questions with pictures and a book full of before and after pictures of the most commonly needed repairs, and I was very impressed. Later on, you came back out to install chimney caps on both fireplaces. I was very please with all your work. And yes, when I need another chimney cleaning, I’ll definitely use A to Z again. You are professional and I give you very high marks!
~ Steve and Paula Nagrabske, Folsom, CA
Read more »
Service CEO
ServiceCEO Chimney Sweeps Software Business Solutions