Installing an Electric Fireplace Insert Installing an Electric Fireplace Insert

What You'll Need
Electric fireplace insert
Glass cleaning solution
Extension cord
Paint brush
Painter tarp
Dust pan
Small vacuum cleaner
Wood plank
Measuring tape
Paper and pen

If you are not using your old fireplace but would still like to use the space you can install an electric fireplace insert. They are generally cheaper to operate than a gas fireplace, produces no emission and requires no venting. A electric fireplace insert will fit right in place with your old fireplace and is a simple install in just a few steps.

Step 1. Sizing for Fireplace Insert

The old gas fireplace needs to be measured in order for you to buy an insert with the correct dimensions to fit into place. Measure the width and height with a tape measure and write down the measurements on a piece of paper. The fireplace insert should fit snugly into place, filling up the entire opening leaving and no gaps.

Step 2. Buying the Right Fireplace Insert

Buy a fireplace insert that has the look and style you want. Do not focus on the temperature, as an electric insert is more of a heater and cannot get as hot as a real fire. Also, review the energy efficiency of the fireplace inserts you are considering. Electric fireplace inserts can use a lot of energy very quickly, which means a cheap one can have some major long term costs.

Step 3. Clean Out the Gas Fireplace

If you have gas in your old fireplace, it needs to be turned off completely. Lay down a painters tarp in front of the fireplace to catch any debris that fly out while you clean. Begin cleaning the old fireplace by removing log holders and any other objects that are still inside. With a big painters brush you want to sweep out all of the debris into a dust pan and throw it away. You could also use a portable vacuum cleaner if you want to pick up any extra mess that you could not clean up with the brush.

Step 4. Range of Electrical Outlet

Place the insert on to the ledge of the gas fireplace and see if the cord can reach the electrical outlet. If the cord is too short you will want to attach a extension cord to the insert to make the range to the outlet. Otherwise, if you want the fireplace insert to be permanent, you can call an electrician to add a electrical outlet into the back of the fireplace so you can hide the cord.

Step 5. Clean Glass and Place Fireplace Insert

Clean the glass with glass cleaning solution and a rag to remove any marks or fingerprints. Plug the cord into the outlet that you have outside or inside the fireplace. If your ledge drops off into the fireplace opening you should use a small piece of wood and place this in the center so the insert will be in level with the edge of the fireplace. Carefully shimmy and slide the insert into the back so it is flush with the fireplace opening. Turn on the power to the unit and you have a new clean electric fireplace insert.

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