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You probably won't need a chimney sweep when cleaning electric fireplaces - just some know-how and a few helpful tools!

Tips to Keep Your Electric Fireplace Safe and Working Well

Compared to other fireplaces, electric fireplaces are very low-maintenance. However, there are some things you can do to ensure your fireplace keeps heating your home safely and efficiently all winter. Here are some simple maintenance tips for electric fireplaces that will keep your fireplace working well for years to come.

First thing’s first, make sure to unplug your fireplace before doing any maintenance and cleaning.

Replacing Light Bulbs

If you have recently used your fireplace, allow it to cool down before replacing the light bulbs. Wait 15 to 20 minutes after unplugging the fireplace. Refer to the owner’s manual to find the location of the light bulbs and to determine which type of replacement bulbs to use. If you don’t have a physical copy of the manual, you can easily find it online using the fireplace model number.

The lights are usually located near the back of the fireplace, accessible from the rear panel. You may need to use a screwdriver to loosen any screws before removing the panel. Prior to handling the old light bulbs, wear gloves or use a cloth to protect your hands. These will also keep your hand’s oils from covering the new light bulbs. To remove the old bulbs, turn them counterclockwise. And once the new bulbs are in place, turn them clockwise to secure them.

Cleaning the Fan

When the fans on electric fireplaces accumulate dust, they won’t distribute heat as effectively. Keep an eye on your fireplace fan, which is located behind the front grille. If you notice the fan is dirty or not rotating smoothly, it’s time for a cleaning.

After unplugging your fireplace, remove the front grille and use a small brush to clean off the fan’s blades. Then use a vacuum with an attachable wand nozzle to clean any remaining dust and debris. You should also remove dust from other accessible interior areas of your fireplace to keep it safe.

Cleaning the Exterior

To keep your fireplace looking great, clean off dust and smudges from the glass on a regular basis. Avoid using any flammable cleaning products, and stick to warm, soapy water. Moisten a damp cloth or lint-free towel, and buff the exterior, including the glass, until completely dry to prevent water spots. You can also lightly dust the exterior with a dry cloth in between these cleanings.

Safety Tips

Aside from regular cleaning and maintenance, here are some safety tips to consider to keep your fireplace and home protected from any hazards.

Avoid Electrical Hazards

Determine if anything could be an electrical hazard near your electric fireplace and its cord, such as water sources. Keep water sources far away from your fireplace—this includes fish tanks, sinks, and water heaters.

Secure Outlets

Make sure the electrical outlet for your fireplace can actually support the electrical load. If it doesn’t, you will blow a fuse. Also, avoid plugging anything else into the same outlet as your fireplace.

Avoid Flammable Objects

Keep away anything that could easily catch fire when exposed to heat from electrical fireplaces. Also dust the interior and exterior regularly to avoid fire hazards.

With these safety and maintenance tips, you can keep your electric fireplace safe and working well, ensuring that you and your family stay warm for many winters.