How to Replace Electric Fireplace Logs

By Charles Dovbish , last updated December 18, 2011

Electric fireplaces are a great way to have a low cost heating source. However, electric fireplaces are also good for setting the ambiance of a living room with little hassle. Traditional fireplaces have to be lit and cared for while the wood is burning, while an electric fireplace can turn on at the flip of a switch. Electric fireplaces come with logs that can get worn over time. If you would like to change out the logs in your electric fireplace, you can do so with little hassle. You don’t have to be an electric fireplace technician to perform this task. You can do it yourself in just a few minutes.

Turn the electric fireplace off and then unplug it from the wall outlet. Electric fireplaces are known to get very hot and retain the heat. Once you have turned the unit off and unplugged it, you might have to wait for an hour so the heat decimates. Once the heat is gone and the unit cool to the touch, you can start working on it.

Get a screwdriver and remove the screws that hold the doors on the fireplace. Most electric fireplaces will have doors that open to reveal a glass pane. The flame is on the inside of the glass pane. When you remove the doors, you will have access to the glass pane. If you have a freestanding unit, you might have to go to the back and remove the screws that hold the back panel onto the unit. Consult your user manual on how to get inside the fireplace if you have a freestanding unit.

For traditional electric fireplaces you will be able to pull the glass pane away from the unit and reach inside to gain access to the fire logs. For free standing units, you will have to remove the back panel to gain access to the fire logs. Use a cloth to pull the old fire logs out of the unit. They can have soot and grime on them that could be hard to get off of your hands.

Stack your new fire logs in the unit. Try to make the stack as similar to the original fire logs design. This will ensure that the fire log do not fall while in operation. Once you have the fire logs situated, you can close the unit back up. Put the back panel back onto the unit if you have a freestanding model. Replace the glass pane if you have a traditional electric fireplace.

Secure the doors on your unit if you have taken them off. Replace the screws that you removed and make sure that they are secured. Do not over tighten the screws or you could strip them. Plug the unit back into the wall and turn it on. The fireplace should light up and your fire logs should look great! If the unit does not power up, consult your user manual on what you may have done to keep it from lighting. Simply knocking the igniter while the unit was disassembled could inhibit it from lighting properly.

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