How Long Do Electric Fireplaces Last?

In this article, I’ll teach you how long electric fireplaces last and the nuances to determine how to estimate.

In general, electric fireplaces can last anywhere from 2 to 20 years; the range is so big because it depends directly on the quality of your product, its parts, and your usage.

I will go into detail below.

How Long Can an Electric Fireplace Run For?

Some parts have a lifespan range of 2 to 20 years. Still, you can generally operate electric fireplaces for as long as possible (up to 20 years) when you follow all manufacturer guidelines for maintenance. For some cheaper models with economy-level parts, such as from some private labelers that ship to amazon, you may find parts with much lower lifespans that’s why it’s normally suggested you choose brand names with warranties.

Here’s an idea of the warranties of the most common models so you can see when these manufacturers think they are most likely to start breaking down.

Duraflame1 YearNapoleon2 YearsDimplex1 Year
R.W.FLAME1 YearReal Flame1 YearDimplex2 Years
Amantii2 YearsRemii2 YearsFire Sense1 Year
Evolution Fires1 YearSierra Flame2 YearsModern Flame2 Years
Firenado1 YearSouthern Ent.1 YearSimplifire1 Year

Though warranties aren’t always a great gauge of a lifespan, they can provide a good look into appliance life. When looking at grills, for example, Weber grills offer a 10-year warranty because they expect their grills to last over that age, and they feel comfortable making the promise.

These warranties are a bit smaller for electric fireplaces, which can depend directly on the fact that a customer’s situation greatly affects its use. For example, suppose you live in an area with many power outages or have a bad electrical connection. In this case, you can easily fry the circuits of the fireplace, which would not be completely the fault of the appliance and out of the control of the company.

Factors Influencing the Lifespan of Electric Fireplaces

When an electric fireplace is plugged into a standard home electrical outlet or is hard-wired into your home electrics, the components of the electric fireplace can run endlessly.

Although the flame effects in the electric fireplace aren’t usually a major safety problem, the issue is with the heater.

There is no denying the numerous advantages of a standard electric fireplace, particularly for those who stay in incredibly cold climates. There is no better way to keep the home warm; it would be ideal if the electric fireplaces could last indefinitely. However, several factors influence lifespan.

1. The Environment

The climate in which you operate your electric fireplace will directly impact its lifespan. It would be best if you had a home that is not a victim of frequent power outages and has proper wiring throughout the house. Sometimes surge protectors can help a home that has many power outages and can be victim to surges that can fry the components of the fireplace.

Not having the proper grounding in a home can also be an issue that can lead to fried components.

Knowing where you will install the fireplace in your room and how you’ll turn it on (frequently or infrequently) is also critical.

2. Care and Upkeep

It is critical to use the electric fireplace correctly to extend its life. To ensure the unit works properly, you must clean it and the filters inside it. If you are unsure how to operate the electric fireplace to prolong its lifespan, consult the equipment’s instruction manual.

3. How Often Do You Use Your Fireplace

Moreover, the frequency with which the appliance is used directly defines its lifespan. The more you keep it on it, the less lifespan it will have. Recall if you want your fireplace to stay for a long time, you should not leave it running all night.

4. Insulation and Installation

A few fireplaces are not properly insulated. Consequently, dust and moisture may enter, and the strain on the equipment grows. Ensure your unit is installed correctly and insulated. 

5. Design

Several analysts claim that properly designed electric fireplaces will last considerably longer than badly constructed fireplaces.

Safety Precautions When Using an Electric Fireplace

The user manual for a specific fireplace model depicts the recommended safety precautions to follow when using the fireplace. Not that there is no reference to how long your electric fireplace can run before being turned off.

Other safety precautions that are common when using any home space heater should be considered when running electric fireplaces for extended periods.

Electric Fireplace Manual — Safety Measures

The manual foremost electric fireplace models recommend the following precautions to reduce the risk of using an electric fireplace:

  • It is not permitted to leave the unit unattended.
  • When not in use, always disconnect the appliance.
  • It is not necessary to cover the unit, particularly the heater outlet.
  • Allow one meter between the fireplace and any surrounding objects.
  • On carpets, refrain from using the fireplace.

Thermostat-Controlled Electric Fireplace Heaters — A Safety Feature

Most electric fireplaces can also be fitted with an integrated thermostat, allowing the electric fireplace to toggle off when the desired room temperature is attained. A thermostat-controlled electric fireplace turns on and off to regulate the room. 

Countless electric fireplaces also include many safety features; for instance, an automatic thermal shut off if temperatures when the unit gets too hot after prolonged use.

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Electric Fireplace

If safety precautions are followed, an electric fireplace can be used for as long as necessary. When leaving an electric fireplace unattended, it should be turned off first.

Always check the instructions for your specific model of electric fireplace heater for any maximum time it should be used.

During the winter, use your electric fireplace stove for 1 to 4 hours at a time to heat your room to a comfortable temperature.

When using an electric fireplace for long periods, always make certain that:

  • You plug your electric fireplace heater into a wall socket rather than an extension lead.
  • The electric fireplace unit is sitting on a flat surface.
  • There is plenty of room around the unit for ventilation.
  • Nothing obstructs the heater outlet in the electric fireplace.
  • When you leave the room, we turn off the fireplace.


Is It Safe to Use an Electric Fireplace?

Yes, electric fireplace heaters are not just safe for your family, but they are also environmentally friendly. It’s a simple decision to make. A burning flame left on overnight starts many house fires. You will not be concerned about this with electric fireplace units. Wood fireplace ashes and effluents can harm the lungs of people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Electric units emit no toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, leaving the home healthy and happy.

What is the Price of a Decent Electric Fireplace?

Electric fireplaces can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.  Small wall-mounted fireplace heaters and tabletop gadgets can be had for under 100 USD Heating capabilities, materials, and some special features all influence price.

What About the Flame Effect?

The flame effect is a configuration that simulates the characteristics of a real flame. The flame effect, first patented by Dimplex in 1995, allows homebuyers to switch to electric without sacrificing the visual appeal of an appealing flame.

Wrapping Up

An electric fireplace can be operational for as long as you desire, subject to the manufacturer’s specifications on usage time. As long as the overall precautionary measures and the operation prerequisites outlined in the instruction manual are followed, your electric fireplace will endure indefinitely. Electric fireplace heaters can effectively heat a room and may not be required for more than just a few hours of operation.

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About Sam Orlovsky

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Electrical engineering is my passion, and I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years. This gives me a unique ability to give you expert home improvement and DIY recommendations. I’m not only an electrician, but I also like machinery and anything to do with carpentry. One of my career paths started as a general handyman, so I also have a lot of experience with home improvement I love to share.

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