Troubleshooting an Electric Fireplace Making Funny Noises

An electric fireplace can start making funny noises for several reasons. Although this is not a common problem, it does happen on occasion. This post will help you troubleshoot an electric fireplace making funny noises.  In order to eliminate these pesky sounds, all you have to do is go through this troubleshooting checklist and all of your problems will be quieted! If only everything in life was so simple!

1. Rattling Noise – Vibration

Loose components can sometimes cause a rattle or a chattering sound to be heard from within your electric fireplace. One of the main causes of a vibrating sound coming from an electric fireplace is the fans motor. When the fans oscillating blades are in rotation, it can create a slow but continuous movement that has a jarring effect on parts located within your rear access panel. This causes nuts, screws, and bolts to come loose. For this reason, it’s a good idea to tighten down all the screws on your electric fireplace at least once a year just to make sure that everything is in good shape.

2. Buzzing Sound – Flame Speed Control

In the instance that you hear a buzzing  or a humming sound coming from the control panel, you have a defective flame speed control module. To resolve the issue, simply replace the flame speed control with a new factory replacement.

3. Whirring Sound – Blower Fan

As the fan inducts air through the vents of your electric fireplace, dust can also be transported inside. If you’re fan or motor becomes contaminated with dirt, dust, and/or debris, it can cause a whirring noise from your electric fireplace. You can refer back to this post to learn how to properly maintain your electric fireplace.

Quick Tip: Use a damp cloth or a vacuum to remove dust from your electric fireplace.

4. Grinding Noise – Flame Rod

One uncommon cause for unusual noises can be caused by the flame rod. The flame rod is located inside of your electric fireplace and attaches to the flame motor. The function of the flame rod is to orchestrate the visual and auditory features of your electric fireplace. This is why you’re the flame speed/size coincides with the auditory sounds that your electric fireplace produces. A damaged flame rod can cause clearance issues and begin rubbing on other parts. It’s best to replace this as soon as possible to prevent further damage to other internal components.

5. Intermittent Noises – Heater Blower Motor

If you notice that you only hear the sound when the heating element is activated, it’s most likely a bad blower motor. This explains why the sound can only be heard when your electric fireplace is producing heat. Replace the bad blower motor to return your electric fireplace to its normal state. Before purchasing new parts, make sure you contact your manufacturer to see if it’s covered by warranty!

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Additional Resources:

  1. Why You Should Not Use Extension Cords on Electric Fireplaces
  2. Why Your Electric Fireplace Stopped Working
  3. How to Replace Electric Fireplace Light Bulbs–Video Demonstration!

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