The Guide to Electrical FirePlace Maintenance
Fireplaces brighten up your home in the summer and keep you warm in the winter. Maintaining it throughout the year is critical for the longevity and safe operation of your fireplace. At least twice a year, every homeowner should perform routine fireplace maintenance. When caring for your fireplace, always follow these basic guidelines as well as the manufacturer's recommended maintenance procedures. In this post, we'll go over whether cleaning an electric fireplace is necessary, as well as provide step-by-step instructions for cleaning an electric fireplace both inside and out.

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Is it necessary to clean the fireplace?

There are no real flames in an electric fireplace because there is no actual fire. As a result, an electric fireplace produces no waste and does not require venting. Both flames and heat are created artificially.  Cleaning requirements for an electric fireplace are frequently less stringent than those for a wood-burning fireplace. Electric fireplaces are thus far more user-friendly than other popular types of fireplaces and are just much easier to maintain. 

Steps for cleaning the fireplace.

Although frequent and continuous cleaning is not usually required for electric fireplaces, it can help keep the fireplace looking great and the heater running as efficiently as possible.

Step 1: Turn Off before cleaning or performing maintenance on your electric fireplace.  If your electric fireplace is wired into your home's electrical system, you should turn off the power to it at the fuse box. After disconnecting your electric fireplace from any electrical sources, wait until it has completely cooled before cleaning it.


Step 2: Clean the Outside Because electric fireplaces are electrical appliances, avoid using excessive amounts of water or liquid cleaning supplies when cleaning the outside of the unit. One of the main reasons you may need to clean your electric fireplace is dust accumulation. Cleaning the glass display can significantly improve the visual performance and realism of the fireplace. There are no streaks in a real fire. To keep your display clean, simply use a wet cloth or towel and warm, soapy water. Please avoid using glass cleaners or other abrasive cleansers on your collection because they contain combustible chemicals and may even shorten the lifespan of your unit. Simply dampen your cloth and begin buffing gently.

Step 3:  Before cleaning the interior of an electric fireplace, unplug it from the outlet or, if hard-wired, completely isolate the electrical supply. From here simply clean out the accumulated dust with a dry cloth or duster.

Step 4: Clean the Glass Both Inside and Outside.  Depending on the model of the fireplace, the method for removing it the glass panels may differ. After removing the glass panel, wipe down the glass insert on both sides with a soft cotton cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or wipers and take precautions to keep the glass as scratch-free as possible. To remove the filth, use a slightly damp soft duster. If there are any water stains, proceed with caution when removing them.

Step 5: Replace the Light Bulbs Allow your fireplace to cool down after use before changing the light bulbs. Wait 15 to 20 minutes after unplugging the fireplace. Locate the light bulbs and learn which replacement bulbs to use by consulting the owner's manual. The lights are accessible from the back panel and close to the back of the fireplace. You may need to remove any screws with a screwdriver before removing the board. Before handling old light bulbs, it is recommended that you wear gloves or cover your hands with a cloth. These will also keep the new light bulbs from flickering.

Step 6: Clean the fan.  When adding more heat to your room with an electric fireplace, the fan is the most important component. Fortunately, most electric fireplace motors and fans, if not all, come pre-lubricated and require no additional maintenance. The best way to tell if your fan needs to be cleaned is to watch how it rotates. A properly functioning fan should spin continuously and be lint and dust free.  Remove the grille first, then gently wipe it down with the brush, making sure each blade is debris-free. 

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Conclusion

Electric fireplaces typically do not require continuous, routine cleaning, but any dust accumulation from use over time may need to be removed to improve the appearance or function of the fireplace. A moist cloth should be used to clean the exterior of an electric fireplace, including the front screen. The interior of an electric fireplace should be cleaned with a dry microfiber cloth. It is not advisable to use a damp cloth. An electric fireplace should not be cleaned with any cleaning supplies, and soapy water should be used to remove any more severe stains or marks.


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