People go for electric fireplaces for different reasons. Some go for them because they come in different modern designs that give their homes an elegant look. Others install them as they don’t produce smoke and creosote thus they don’t need to undertake regular chimney cleaning. Regardless of the reason why you install the fireplace, you need to take good care of it for it to continue working effectively. Here are some of the things that you should do to keep your unit working effectively:
Regularly replace the electric fireplace bulbs
Just like the bulbs in the other areas of your home, it’s common for the bulbs inside the fireplace to get burnt. For you to see the inside of the unit and retain the good look of the fireplace, you should replace the bulb as soon as you notice that it has burnt. Bulbs are located towards the back of the fireplace and you can get access to them through the rear panel. You should remove the bulbs in a counterclockwise motion and install the new ones. If your fireplace uses halogen bulbs, always wear gloves or a piece of cloth. Hands contain oils that might affect the glass surface resulting in weaker bulbs, shortened lifespan, and duller lights.
Regularly clean the electric fireplace’s glass display
The glass display is what the people see. To maintain a great appeal you should regularly clean it. The cool thing is that unlike in a wood burning fireplace, there is no creosote thus it’s easy to clean the display. You also don’t need to hire a chimney sweeping professional to help you with the cleaning.
All you need to do is a damp cloth and warm soapy water and you are good to go. When cleaning, avoid using glass cleaners or abrasive cleaners that might contain flammable chemicals that might interfere with the lifespan of the unit. You should moisten the piece of cloth and gently buff the exterior surface just like you do on other surfaces. To prevent water spots, ensure that you thoroughly dry the glass.
These are tips on how to maintain your electric fireplace. In addition to the above tips, chimney inspection professionals recommend that you should also regularly clean the fan. The best way of determining if the fans require cleaning is checking the rotating patterns of the fans. A fan that doesn’t have dust or lint should spin without hesitation.