Replacing fireplace insert doors
doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Follow these steps to save money on installation and do it yourself.
Removing Old Doors
Lay some newspaper or a tarp before you begin as things can get messy. Locate the brackets on the inside of each door. These are generally found on both the top and bottom near the flange. Loosen the screws in the brackets and then just lift the old doors out. Unless the inserts themselves have suffered damage, you shouldn't have to remove the entire inserts.
With the old doors out, remove the grate and give it a good cleaning. The doors aren’t in your way now, and you’ll be able to maneuver around with more ease.
Add New Doors
The new doors will go in the same way you took the old ones out. Line them up with the brackets and tighten the screws. Make sure you tighten the screws with a hand screwdriver as opposed to a drill. Hand tightening is the best way to avoid stress cracks and other problems.
It’s a very smart idea to insulate around the doors. Check the insulation around the entire insert as well. This will help to prevent drafting from occurring and, in turn, will make a more efficient and warmer fireplace for you and your family.