Often a stiff wind will open vent dampers, causing them to periodically clang shut. If the noise drives you crazy, new spring-loaded backdraft dampers ($9 to $30, depending on the size) should solve the problem. Measure the diameter of the vent pipe and order the dampers from a duct supply company (hvacquick.com is one source). Start by replacing the backdraft damper directly above the vent hood. If that doesn't solve the problem, install a second damper near the wall or roof discharge cap. The second damper will greatly reduce the clanging problem.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Tape measure
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
- Backdraft dampers
- Small sheet metal screws