Whether you’re doing your homework on a prospective fireplace or trying to figure out how to keep your electric fireplace working like new, it’s always a good idea to be proactive about preventative maintenance. Ahh, maintenance and cleaning; the two reasons you’ll absolutely love owning an electric fireplace!
Here’s the big secret; there’s virtually no maintenance required! Below are some things that we advise to make sure that you get the most out of your electric fireplace.
How to Maintain an Electric Fireplace Insert
Owning an electric fireplace means that you will never have to clean out ashes again! Don’t worry about setting off smoke alarms or paying astronomical fees to have your chimney serviced either. The truth of the matter is, the only thing you’ll need to do is inspect and change a few light bulbs.
Replacing Light Bulbs on an Electric Fireplace
The Flame Effect creates a virtual flame that mimics the motion of real fire. This glow is the result of candelabra lights that are hidden on the inside of your fireplace. These bulbs need to be replaced every 2 years or so. Replacing the bulbs are simple and easy. You can check out this guide to learn How to Replace Light Bulbs on an Electric Fireplace.
We always advise customers to run inspections on wiring and plugs just to make sure that there is no metal exposed. This will happen on rare occasions but it recommended in an effort to prevent serious hazards. Rats love gnawing on electrical wiring so they can sometimes cause trouble in situations where you don’t realize you have an unwelcome guest. Furniture can pinch wires causing malfunctions and a potential fire hazard. Make sure that you inspect the full length of your electrical fireplace cord.
Never use electrical cords that have been frayed! No matter how short a time period you plan on using them, it’s not safe and should be avoided at all costs. Faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of many house fires!
Avoid Extension Cords
Another common question we receive about electric fireplaces goes something like this, “Can I use an extension cord to connect my electric fireplace?” The answer; no! Instead of sounding like a broken record, you can check out this post that tells you exactly why you shouldn’t use extension cords on your electric insert.
Aside from dusting and wiping down your fireplace mantel, all you have to do is maintain a comfortable seated position as you take in those warm waves of heat that keep you nice and toasty. Maintaining and electric fireplace is effortless and pleasurable. You’ll be glad that you made the decision to go electric!
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