Cleaning traditional fireplaces is never an easy job, and such fireplaces require more frequent & thorough cleaning. Let alone the traditional fireplace’s chimney can take hours for a proper cleanup; yet, the results are unimpressive. On the other hand, the contemporary chimney-less and smokestack-free electric fireplacesare incredibly easy to clean & simple to maintain.
Homeowners no longer need to worry about all the unwanted soot, ash, and creosote damaging the fireplace’s interior & diminishing its beauty. Besides this, these fireplaces also don’t produce any kind of harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. The unique electric-powered heating process of these innovative fireplaces put an end to all the complexities linked with the traditional ones.
Above everything else, the low maintenance and simple cleaning are still good enough reasons to switch your old fireplaces for these new fancier ones. These fireplaces require very rare maintenance and whenever the maintenance is required doing so is easy as counting 1-2-3.
Here we will give you an overview of how to clean & maintain smokeless innovative fireplaces;
Replacing an Old Electric Bulb
Electric bulbs are the primary source of heat in an electric fireplace unit and replacing these often resolve all the major issues relating to its thermal efficiency. Normally, it is best to replace Halogen light bulbs every two years while the LED ones require no replacement and are designed to last the products’ lifetime. Changing the fireplace’s electric bulbs require no expert help and every homeowner who owns a screwdriver can replace these bulbs with ease.
Most importantly, it is essential to make sure the fireplace is turned off and unplugged before proceeding any further. It is recommended to give the fireplace 15-20 minutes to cool down if it has been recently used. The back of the fireplace unit homes the all-important electric light bulbs and can be easily accessed by removing the rear control panel. There is a detailed guide to finding the rear panel of the fireplace in every fireplace’s instruction manual and once located all you need to do is detach the screws.
Once you are inside the fireplace’s interior, it’s time to grab on to the light bulbs and remove them in a counterclockwise motion. Afterward, install the new ones in a clockwise motion, move out of the fireplace’s interior, fasten the screws, and you are all done. Important to remember, it is essential to identify which type of bulb is suitable for your fireplace. If you own a halogen-powered electric fireplace, it is recommended to use gloves while handling the bulbs as skin oils damage the glow and performance of the light bulb.
You can refer to your product’s instruction manual for all the important details and can also find one online. Kudos! Now you know how to replace the old electric bulbs of your amazing electric fireplace.
Cleaning Fireplace Glass
In terms of thermal efficiency & performance, electric light bulbs matter the most while for the aesthetic beauty & visual appeal, the fireplace glass means everything. Maintaining the exterior is equally as important as maintaining the interior as nobody likes a dirty and cloudy fireplace. The contemporary fireplace is a focal point of modernistic homes and must always look apart.
The good thing is that maintaining the fireplace glass or exterior is even easier than replacing the electric light bulbs. Cleaning the fireplace’s display can make your fireplace feel and look new and allows the light & warmth of the electric bulbs to flow seamlessly into the room. Another cool thing about cleaning the fireplace glass is you never have to go out shopping to buy the best cleaning products. The most effective cleaning solution for the fireplace glass is available in every home that is a warm water & soap solution and a towel or damp cloth.
It is best to avoid external glass cleaners as they may contain inflammable chemicals. Besides, abrasive cleaners must also be avoided as they scratch and damage the surface of the glass. The cleaning procedure for the electric fireplace glass is incredibly simple and easy. Firstly, you need to gently buff the fireplace glass with a moist cloth or towel. Secondly, let the glass dry and keep an eye for water spots & stains. Finally, remove the residual dust particles with the aid of a dry towel or cloth.
Cleaning the Fan
The electric bulbs produce heat and the fireplace glass makes the unit look exceptional. However, the fan is the component that delivers the heat and warmth into the room. That’s the reason why cleaning & maintaining the electric-powered fireplace’s fan holds pivotal importance. The best way to identify if your fireplace’s fan requires maintenance is to inspect its running pattern. A fireplace fan must always run smoothly and any resistance in its operation means cleanup is required.
Dust & lint is often the reason for the accumulation of dirt on the axles & blades of the fun. This can easily be removed with the help of a small brush and a vacuum cleaner attached with a wand nozzle. With these, you can easily remove the dust, dirt, and debris from the fan and make it rotate & function smoothly as ever. Cleaning the fireplace’s fan merely takes a few minutes and requires no expert technique or skill.
A properly cleaned & maintained fireplace fan delivers maximum heat to the room and functions with minimal operational sounds. However, it is essential to remember turning off the fireplace is always the first step for cleaning the fan. In a nutshell, everything about the electric fireplaceis low maintenance.
All you need to do is replace a few light bulbs every couple of years and frequently do dusting and gentle cleanup. Compared with the need for frequent and thorough maintenance & cleaning of the traditional ones, these innovative fireplaces are perfect in every way. In addition to this, you no longer need to worry about all the unwanted soot, ash, creosote, and pollutants damaging your fireplace & polluting your home.
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