I have a Preway installed in 1982. I live in Maryland. This week an inspector for a potential buyer found that the outside top of the unit (visible through the upper air vent) has a lot of rust. And now the damper won't open. I assume due to sitting all summer.
The fireplace has worked great even during the past winter. What are my options now? I assume someone can free up the damper but can the outer rust be removed?
I see from this thread that Preway is gone. Is there any manufacture whose unit would fit? How much am I looking at.
I would see if you can get a certified chimney sweep out there to inspect and sign off on the unit and flue. If the damper can be freed up I am not sure why the surface rust would be a problem, but you need a fireplace expert to check it out and not some home inspector.
If the sweep condemns it you might have to sell the house with the fireplace as-is and let the buyer replace it with whatever they want. We have seen this done a lot around here. It does not make sense to replace it for the buyer, what if its not what they want? A lot of people are tearing those old Preways out and putting in Gas units.