How to install an electric fireplace?


The steps involved in installing an electric fireplace differ depending on the model. However, electric fireplaces are known for being simple and easy to use. We'll then explain how to install your electric fireplace without any hassle.
How to install an electric fireplace?

With their original, innovative design, eco-friendliness and economy, our electric fireplaces are a coveted feature of today’s homes, providing warmth and a touch of cosiness. While this electric fireplace system is based on innovative, recent technology, it inevitably raises questions about installation, which is often thought to be complex… wrongly so. In fact, Arte electric fireplaces offer a considerable advantage, with simple, minimal and rapid installation. You don’t need any special DIY skills, just a few tips and tricks.

Certain prerequisites must be met when installing your electric fireplace.
An essential element to consider when installing your electric fireplace is its wattage. It generally varies between 1,000 and 2,000 W, which represents a consumption of 10 A (amperes) when the electric fireplace is in operation and at full power. This amperage does not require any special connection or cable, but you do need to pay particular attention to the electrical circuit supplying your electric fireplace. In fact, it may already be connected to other electrical appliances (refrigerator, hob, electric radiator, TV…). It’s vital to ensure that the circuit breaker associated with your electric fireplace is compatible with this type of equipment, to ensure optimum safety around your electric fireplace.

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First of all, it’s important to know that not all our electric fireplaces are installed in the same way. Some are free-standing, while others need to be wall-mounted, built into a specially designed space or even integrated into an existing traditional fireplace.

Installing your electric fireplace is a multi-stage process.
To begin with, you need to determine the space andlocation the electric fireplace will occupy, bearing in mind that it can be installed in any room. Bear in mind that our electric fireplaces are equipped with a blower, and that we advise against placing wall-mounted electric fireplaces too close to other electronic devices (TV, game console, etc.). It is also necessary to leave a space of a few dozen centimetres (between 15 and 30 cm) to optimize the evacuation of the air generated by the chimney.

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Installing an electric fireplace couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is place it where you want it, and plug it into the mains. Your electric fireplace is ready to use in just a few seconds.

For wall-mounted decorative electric fireplaces, DIY equipment is required. Please plan ahead:

  • A drill ;
  • Gloves;
  • Goggles for your safety.

Installation can now begin:

  1. Drilling your wall ;
  2. Insert mounting brackets. The number of holes to be drilled depends on the size of your electric fireplace. If your wall is too fragile, you can opt for floor fixings to complement or replace them;
  3. Insert the dowels into the holes;
  4. Using a screwdriver, secure the electric chimney with the screws and installation brackets usually supplied with your chimney;
  5. Once the support is in place, you can carry out the final installation of your electric fireplace.

In the case of a traditional fireplace or insert, you’ll need to position your electric fireplace on the floor or fix it to the ends of the insert. Electrical connection is usually via a standard mains plug. That said, you may be asked to connect the electrical wires by dismantling an electrical socket for the connection. If you need to install or modify an electric insert, installation time can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

How do you install an electric fireplace in an old chimney?

Comment installer une cheminée électrique dans une ancienne cheminée ?

While electric fireplaces generally follow a contemporary, streamlined design, the combination of their modernity with the rougher, more authentic lines of a classic fireplace guarantees cachet and originality.

Installing an electric fireplace in a classic old chimney takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

First of all, it’s essential to be aware of your niche’s measurements. The space dedicated to the electric fireplace in the cavity should be neither too large nor too small. You should ensure that your fireplace is located close to a source of electricity; however, we do not recommend connecting it to a power strip or similar accessory.

At the same time, you’ll need to provide access for the electrical cable to pass through the chimney. If it doesn’t have one, it’s possible to create one and install an electrical socket at the bottom of the cavity to connect the electric chimney.

Then all you have to do is install it and enjoy warm moments by its side. Numerous accessories and decorations are available to decorate your electric fireplace.

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