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Hansen & Sons Chimney & Fireplace Co.

Phone: (608) 244-9466 Fax: (608) 223-0940 850 E Broadway, Madison, WI 53716 View Additional Email Addresses

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This company offers chimney cleaning and repair, chimney building, fireplace repairs and new gas or wood fireplace/inserts. 

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  • Length of time business has been operating.
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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

3 Customer Reviews on Hansen & Sons Chimney & Fireplace Co.
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 1
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 2
Total Customer Reviews 3

Additional Information

BBB file opened: August 23, 2005 Business started: 01/01/1955 in WI Business started locally: 01/01/1955 Business incorporated: 06/19/1979 in WI
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Ave. Room 112, Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. William Hussel, Owner
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. William Hussel, Owner
Business Category

Chimney Builders & Repair Home Improvements Mason Contractors Fireplaces Chimney Cleaning Chimney Cleaning Equipment & Supplies Contractors - Retaining Wall Masonry Contractors (NAICS: 238140)

Products & Services

Hansen & Sons Chimney & Fireplace Co. sells the following brand(s): Regency

Hours of Operation
M: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
T: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
W: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Th: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
F: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
S: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Refund and Exchange Policy
This company has a "You Cant' Make a Mistake" Policy: 
- No Mess Guarantee
- 100% money back guarantee
- Lifetime Warranty - most items
- Guarantee low price policy
Service Area
All of Dane County
Alternate Business Names
Hansen & Sons MW Industries of Wisconsin, Inc.
Industry Tips
Contractor Certification (Dwelling) Home Improvements

Additional Locations

  • 850 E Broadway

    Madison, WI 53716 (608) 244-9466


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Complaint Detail(s)

3/18/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: In December we contacted ****** & Sons about installing a new fire place to replace the existing one. **** ****** came to the house did an assessment, and on his recommendation we agreed to a Regency EX90 wood burnign fireplace to replace our old one. **** told us the fireplace could be used to supplement the heating upstairs ( the fireplace is in the family room in the basement) and reduce the use of our furnace. I asked if the fireplace would be hooked up to the hot air ducts fir the house; **** said they would only need to install two cold vents into the cold air ducts and the hot air would go thru them to bring the heat upstairs ( this didn't sound right to me but **** insisted it would work). The work was done Jan. 20. Upon completion we couldn't get any haet upstairs and notified **** ****** about it. Feb. 7 ********** came out to the house to look at the installation, and said it would be solved by enlarging the cold air duct recently cut into the ceiling and adding three more. **** had **** ( one of the employees who had installed the new fireplace and cold air return in the basement) come out February 18 to enlarge the existig cold air return and add three more (all wewre 4" x 10"); **** then told us he had measured wrong abnd only three of the ducts ere hooked up to the old air return and the fiourth was a dummy. I called **** ****** Tue. Feb 19 to let him know the installation of the three ducst and about the dummy, and we still had no heat going upstairs. **** said he would see about having the fireplace ducted to the hot air ducts from the furnace but he ahd to discuss it with **** ****** before it could be done. Feb 27, **** ****** called and said he would have the fireplace ducted to the hot air ducts in the house; later he called and said he changed his mind and would duct the fireplace to the cold air ducts. He came to the house March 1 and siad the furnace didn't have enough suction to draw the heat from the family room into the cold air ducts, so something had to be wrong with the furnace; I told I had talked with ******** who installed the furnace, and they said because it was high efficiency, the fan operatesd at a slower speed. (I asked **** if he or **** had checked the type of furnace before deceidng on how to do the installation, and he sadi even if he had checked it, he didn't see that kind before so it wouldn't have meant anything to him --I assumed checking the customer's type of furnace and heating system was a part of the process determining the installation). I asked again about ducting the fireplace to the hot air ducts but **** insisted on hooking them to the cold air ducts (other fireplace installers told me they duct the fireplace to the hot air ducts). Mar. ( ***** and **** from ******'s came and ducted the fireplace to cold air ducts as they were told. Some heat from the fireplace does go to the ciold air ducts and into the furnace; however, by the time the hot air from the fireplace gets into the furnace it has cooled off. In addition, this also requires that I have the blower on the furnace at full speed, even if the furnace itself is not on thereby causing me to have to run the furnace MORE instead of LESS as I was told at the time of signing the contract. My wife and I told we felt like he was using our house to experiment with and we didn't appreciate it; He told me he had done the same thing for a customer in Milwaukee area and it worked well- was this the only other installation of this kind he had done with the cold air ducts. I feel although I amde it clear to **** ****** that I wanted the fireplace ducted to the hot air ducts, it was his priority to duct it to the ciold air ducts for his own purposes. I now have a fireplace that I have to use the furnace blower at full speed constantly to try and move some heat from the fireplace through the rest of the house, contrary to what I was told initially, and have three unnecessary cold air ducts in the family which are blocked off in addition to another dummy return. We also had to have a wall removed ( enclosing the fireplace) which we finished; the wall will be repalced with dry wall but we will again have to finish the drywall to be consistent with the rest of the fireplace enclosure. I do have pics of the finished work the first time, the side wall being removed for the duct hook up to the cold air return, the new duct hook up, and of the four ducts in the family ceiling.

Desired Settlement: I would like to have a significant adjustment to the bill for all the inconveniences we've gone through over since westarted this in January and feel **** ****** shoud be reprimanded for basically guessing at how he did our installation. I assumed suince he had been doing this for fifty years he would have checked the kind of heating system we had and plan the installation form there; instead he deceide on an install and after it didn't work right, hye finally called the furnace manfacturer who convinced him the furnace was operating correctly and he ahd made incorrect assumptions about how to install the system. I am tired of dealing with this the last two months and want it to end I am still waiting to hear when he will send the people out to finish enclosing the fire place.

Business Response:

I met with *** **** on March 13, 2013 for approximately 2 hours and I believe we have satisfactory answered his questions.  He stated he would be conveying this to you.
**** ******
Hansen & Sons
Cell Phone: ###-###-####

Consumer Response: On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM, *** **** *********************** wrote:

I met with **** ****** ( *****) and his *** **** with my wife at our house, Wednesday Mar. 14. We reviewed the complaint and Mr. ****** and I agreed there were misunderstandings on both sides, and some of the ensuing probelms occurred because of Mr. ******'s efforts to correct the installation errors.
We decide Mr. ****** would take some additional steps to correct the snags with the operation of the fireplace as it is currently.  These efforts include sealing the unnecessary vents in the cold air returns, other minor adjustments, and enclosing the finished ductwork. We also agreed to negotiate to compensate me for the loss of the use of the fireplace as intended during the past months.
I am confident these actions will be taken, as Mr. ****** has been forward, timely and cooperative in his efforts to resolve this issue.  As a result I am requesting that the this  complaint be cancelled and rescinded so it does not appaere on ****** and Sons record.
If you have any questions you can contact me at ###-###-####.
Thank you for your assistance,
*** ****