5 Maintenance Tips for Free Standing Electric Fireplaces
A well-built, high quality electric fireplace is an investment that will bring many years of enjoyment and comfort to your family. This type of appliance is low-maintenance, particularly when compared to traditional, wood burning fireplaces. Even with all of the benefits that modern electric fireplaces have to offer, there are specific precautions you should follow if you want to maximize your fireplace’s efficiency and lifespan.
Electric stoves and electric fireplaces work in a similar manner. With the simple push of a button or flick of a switch, the fireplace fires up, and an internal fan begins to blow the hot air out of the room. You can count on your electric fireplace to emit approximately 4,500 to 5,500 BTUs worth of heat. When your electric fireplace is not in operation, it will remain cool. Electric fireplaces offer a reliable source of heating for any room. Traditional, wood burning fireplaces can lose up to 80% of their heat output through the chimney, but because an electric fireplace does not require a flue or chimney, its heat output is evenly spread throughout the room it is placed in.
Here are 5 tips on how to protect your electric fireplace:
- Minimize electrical hazards. Take a look around your fireplace and where its electric cord sits. Are there any objects nearby that could create a safety hazard? An electric fireplace should never be placed anywhere near a water source. Sinks, water heaters, and fish tanks all pose a particular threat.
- Keep a close eye on your electric outlets. It is imperative to ensure that your electrical outlets are capable of handling the load demand placed upon them by the fireplace. Just like with other types of electrical equipment, you do not want to blow a fuse when you first plug in your new fireplace. Accordingly, the outlet your fireplace is plugged into will need to be kept free of any other load.
- Keep flammable objects far away. An electric fireplace is still a fireplace, and it does have an open flame. For this reason, the immediate area surrounding your electric fireplace needs to be kept free and clear of flammable objects. This includes pets.
- Regularly change your lightbulb. In order to ensure that your fireplace remains in peak working order, the light bulb will need to be regularly changed – according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In most instances, this will need to be done once every 1 to 3 years.
- Dust your fireplace inside and out. As aforementioned, one of the benefits of having an electric fireplace is that it does not require the use of a chimney, which is one less thing that you are required to clean; however, it is important to regularly dust your electric fireplace inside and out. A soft, dry cloth can be used to gently wipe it down to remove dust and other types of debris that could form a fire hazard.
If you follow these simple maintenance tips, along with the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions, your electric fireplace will provide you with many years’ worth of clean heat and ambient lighting.
- Aldyn Miller