How to Replace the Bulbs in an Electric Fireplace

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How to Replace the Bulbs in an Electric Fireplace
Replace bulbs in your electic fireplace. (fireplace with fire image by Kirubeshwaran from Fotolia.com)

Electric fireplaces are a low-maintenance option for homeowners. Even apartment-dwellers can enjoy the ambience of a crackling fire with an electric fireplace. They are available as both free-standing units and wall inserts, and installation and set-up is fairly simple. There is no need for a vent or a chimney and, with no burning logs, cleanup is virtually nonexistent. An electric fireplace has simulated flames, logs and a heater. With continuous use, the light bulbs burn out and need to be replaced.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • User's manual
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement bulbs

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your electric fireplace. Wait for at least 10 minutes for the bulbs and fireplace to cool.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the screws securing the doors to the fireplace to remove the cover or doors. Some free-standing models require turning the entire unit around and removing a back access panel. Read the user's manual to determine how to access the bulb assembly.

  3. 3

    Lift the logs and grate out of the fireplace. You may need to remove the fireplace trim before you can take the logs out of the fireplace.

  4. 4

    Rotate the burnt-out bulb counterclockwise to remove it.

  5. 5

    Install the new bulb by turning it clockwise.

  6. 6

    Reassemble your fireplace. Reverse steps 1 through 3.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the user's manual for the correct type of replacement bulbs for your electric fireplace.
  • Always be sure the fireplace is cool before doing any cleaning or maintenance.
  • If your fireplace uses halogen bulbs, avoid touching the glass part of the bulb with your bare hands. Wear gloves to prevent getting fingerprints and oil on the glass. The oil from your fingers weakens the glass, and the bulb could burst the next time you turn it on.

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