How to Install an Electric Fireplace -- An Professional Guide
Do you want to add a beautiful electric fireplace to your wall?
Are you learning how to install a wall-mounted or recessed electric fireplace?
Actually, installing an electric fireplace in a wall is not as difficult as it may seem. Unlike wood-burning or fuel-powered fireplaces, the presence of an expert or qualified engineer isn’t quite necessary when it comes to electric fireplaces. So it’s perfectly possible that you can do this project on your own without the help of a professional.
Take an example of R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace, let's follow these instructions to install your new fireplace today!
Before You Begin
Just before we get started on your options, we thought that there are some questions you should definitely take into consideration first.
1.Where to install your electric fireplace?
You can install electric fireplace nearly anywhere in your house! That being said, you can add “luminary” to install one in an open stairway, the bathroom, a hallway, or the foyer. How about a fireplace in the bedroom, mounted three feet high on the wall so you can see it while lying in bed? Maybe an electric fireplace about four feet tall on a dining room wall? Use your imagination!
When it comes to living room, electric fireplaces take an exact role as an ornament than just a heating machine. Thus, a important factor that affect the fireplace's height is related to the customers’ viewing height. When it comes to determining how high an electric fireplace should be placed off the ground, the ideal height will be 40-42”from the floor onwards. Since many people like to have them at eye level from a seated position.
Others like to place them between their wall-mounted TV and the floor. Accordingly, this will help to give a clean and cohesive look to your house and will also add that touch of luxury to it.
The size of the room also determines how high the fireplace will be. Therefore, when it comes to a larger room, like a living room, a fireplace can be placed 36 to 42 inches off the floor. Additionally, when it comes to smaller rooms, like bedrooms, the fireplace will be somewhere 24 to 36 inches off the floor.
Actually, you can fit your electric fireplace anywhere on your wall so long as it meets any installation requirements.
2.Which size of fireplace do you need?
Electric fireplaces can be easier to install compared to other types of the fireplace but you’ll still need to consider a few things before installation: choosing a wall location and the right size of electric fireplace.
First and foremost, you need to measure the space you have available before purchasing the fireplace. Make sure that there is enough room for the unit and any furniture that will be near it. As an electric fireplace needs a source of electricity to work, there needs to be some form of electrical supply installed near to the fireplace.
There are various sizes of R.W.FLAME Recessed Electric Fireplace Heater available to you:
There should definitely be one size that suits your wall perfectly.
R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace can be installed with 2 options:
Since Recessed Electric Fireplaces are designed to fit inside a cavity, so there should be a cavity in your wall first. The appropriate cavity (1-2cm/0.4-0.8 inches bigger for each side) needs to be prepared according to the size of the appliance. Prior to installing the appliance, test to make sure the appliance operates properly by plugging the power supply cord into a conveniently located 120 Volt grounded outlet.
You may need a professional person to build a cavity first if you don’t have it. Other than that, there’s nothing that would require a professional. And, if you know how a wall-opening works, you can try it yourself.
Step 1. Removing the Glass Frame and the Mounting Bracket
Carefully remove the appliance from the box and remove the fixed screw in the lower-left corner (Do not discard it). Lift the glass frame 0.4-0.8 inches vertically. Then the entire glass frame can be removed from the front.
Take the glass frame 0.4-0.8 inches away from the appliance, and pull out the FFC connector with the help of others or put the glass panel down on the ground before complete separation.
Unscrew the two screws with a Phillips screwdriver from both ends (Do not discard them), then remove the pre-attached mounting bracket.
Step 2. Drilling & Installing the Wall Anchors
Put the electric fireplace in the cavity, and mark the holes which need to be drilled with a pen. Then take it out of the cavity again.
Drill the holes 7/25 in. (7mm) on the prepared marks.
Insert the wall anchors into the holes using a hammer.
Step 3. Placing the Pads and Fixing the Fireplace
Screws pass through the holes from the front of the fireplace with a screwdriver. Put the fireplace into the prepared cavity. Fasten the fireplace firmly into the wall by the screws for each side.
Step 4. Placing the Decorations
Carefully place crystal (together with the appliance) or other decoration into the bottom tray on the front of the appliance.
NOTE: Media bed kits may have sharp edges. Wear safety glasses and gloves when handling.
Step 5. Assemble the Glass Frame
Connect the FFC connector before attaching the glass frame to the appliance.
Gently engage the glass panel by aligning the hooks until the hooks snap into the corresponding positions (sinks down 1-2 cm/0.4-0.8 inches).
Secure the glass panel with the screw removed.
Thread the M4X12 screw into the threaded holes on the glass panel. Check the alignment of the glass panel and securely tighten the screws.
Step1. Find a safe location.
Minimum clearance between the ceiling and the mantel must be at least 8 inches (200mm); minimum clearance from the front must be at least 3 feet (900 mm). Choose a location near an outlet so an extension cord is not required.
Step 2. Drilling the Holes and Attaching the Mounting Bracket
Use a level to align the bracket and mark the holes which need to be drilled with a pen. Drill three to ten holes in the wall. The number of holes is dependent upon the model that you have bought. Each hole is 7/25 inches in diameter.
Insert the wall anchors into holes by using a hammer.
Attach the mounting bracket to the wall by fastening the Anchor Screws into the wall anchors.
Step 3. Hanging the Fireplace on the Bracket
Hang the slotting behind the appliance on the hooks at the left and right sides of the bracket.
(Please hold the appliance to avoid dropping down before the installation is finished.)
Step 4. Locking the Fireplace on the Bracket
Lock the bracket at both ends with a screw to ensure a solid combination of the fireplace and bracket.
Step 5. Placing the Decorations
Step 6. Hanging the Glass Frame and Refasten the Glass Frame
Congratulations! Now your electric fireplace is installed perfectly and you can enjoy year-round. It’s time to step back and enjoy your work.
The installation process above has many steps but it’s not as difficult as it looks. It can be done with basic DIY skills and tools which are readily available at any hardware store.
However, if you’re still unsure about how to install it, we recommend that you hire an professional for assistance.