How to Install an Electric Fireplace Insert How to Install an Electric Fireplace Insert

What You'll Need
Screwdriver
Level
Measuring tape
Fireplace
Owners manual
Electrical outlet
Masonry bit
Cold chisel

If you’ve been wondering and worrying about how to install an electric fireplace insert, worry no longer. Nowadays, it’s rather easy to do. Electric fireplaces are one of the best solutions to give heat to that special resting area of your home. With just a few adjustments, you’ll be enjoying the comfort of this amazing product. 

Step 1 - Considerations Regarding Electric Fireplace Inserts

If you want a fireplace in your home without needing to deal with gas or traditional wood bundles, then buying an electric fireplace will be the perfect addition. You won’t even need to plan for the construction of a venting area in the corner of your home where you imagine a fireplace. Installing an electric fireplace is like plugging in a TV. It’s as simple as that. Don’t even worry about fumes. Your electric fireplace shouldn’t produce any. If you notice that it does, then you’ll want to look into troubleshooting the issue or you’ll need to change that malfunctioning model immediately. This is why it’s important to thoroughly read the owner’s manual before you begin installation.

Step 2 - Choose the Space

Choosing the space for the fireplace is the most important step before making your fireplace purchase. If for some reason you fail to select the correct unit and the fireplace doesn’t fit, you have two options. You can either call immediately for a replacement or you can place the oversized fireplace in front of the fireplace opening you had planned. If you want to take advantage of your existing space then you can go with a builder box program. Call the retailer providing this feature and give accurate measurements of the fireplace area. Once they have all the correct measurements, they’ll give you a unit with those exact dimensions.

Step 3 - Install the Electric Fireplace Insert

If your kit comes with mounting hardware, install it first. This step is different depending on the manufacturer. If you’ve gone with the builder box program, you won’t need to worry about this step. If your fireplace area doesn’t come with an electrical outlet, then you must drill a hole with a masonry bit and cold chisel to extend the cable through it to the next nearest outlet. After you take care of this detail, install the electric fireplace insert. Be careful when moving it to avoid any accidental bumping that could damage the case. Get help from a friend for this step. Once the fireplace is placed in its position, plug it into the outlet and turn it on with the remote control. It should now work just fine. 

Step 4 - Precautionary Measures After Installation

It’s recommended that you always unplug the unit when you aren’t using it. Once in a while, check the condition of your electrical outlet to prevent any sudden malfunction. Never attempt to use the fireplace in your bathroom, as it’s not designed to work there. If possible, don’t use an extension cord to plug it in to avoid overheating the system.

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