If you have an electric fireplace, there’s a good chance the fuse is in a difficult-to-reach location. Here’s how to find it and change it.
Most of the time, the electric fireplace fuse is close to where the circuit starts, near the plug. But the fastest and best way to find it is to look at the diagram of the whole fireplace in the manual if you still have it.
We’ll go into more details below.
How to Find the Fuse in an Electric Fireplace?
If your electric fireplace has stopped working, check the fuse and the power supply first.
The fuse is an important safety feature that stops electrical problems from damaging the fireplace.
If the fuse has blown, it needs to be replaced before you can use the fireplace again. Here’s how to find the fuse in an electric fireplace:
- Check the owner’s manual for your electric fireplace as a first step. There should be a picture in the manual that shows where the fuse is.
- If you can’t find the manual, look on the fireplace for a power switch. The switch may be behind a panel on the side of the fireplace or the back of the unit. Once you find the switch, turn it so that it says “Off.”
- Behind the power switch, check for frayed wires or insulation. Do not fix the damage yourself. Call an electrician to check the wiring first.
- Find your home’s fuse box and open it up. Find a new fuse with the same amperage rating as the one that blew. You can find this information on the inside of the fuse box cover.
- Unscrew the faulty fuse from the fuse box. Put the new fuse in the hole and tighten the screw. Too much tightening can ruin the socket.
- Turn your fireplace’s main switch back to “On.” Check to see if the problem with your fireplace has been fixed.
- Turn your home’s main power switch off and back on if the problem continues. This will reset any breakers in your home’s electrical system that have been tripped, which may fix the problem.
- If none of these work, call an electrician or the company that made your electric fireplace to discuss other solutions.
Why the Fuse is Important on An Electric Fireplace
The fuse is important to an electric fireplace because If more electricity flows through a fuse than it was designed for, the fuse heats up so much that it melts. This opens a gap in the circuit, which stops the flow of electricity and protects the more expensive components from damage.
The fuse is near the power switch on the back of the fireplace. Most of the time, the fuse is behind a small panel. Check the manual for your fireplace’s model number if you can’t find the fuse.
How to Replace the Fuse on An Electric Fireplace?
Before changing the fuse, try a few things.
- Check the power switch. Electric fireplaces won’t work if the power switch is off. If the power switch is on, check for loose or damaged wiring. Before using the fireplace again, correct loose or broken wiring.
- Burning motor issues are also common. An electric fireplace’s flame motor creates dancing flames. No flames if this component isn’t working.
- Turn on the power switch and look for flame movement to test the motor. If there’s no movement, replace the flame motor.
The heating element may be broken. The fireplace’s fan creates convection currents that circulate heated air through the room. If this element fails, air won’t get hot enough to generate convection currents and heat the space.
- When the unit is on, place your palm near the exhaust vent to test the heating element.
- Ventilation should be warm. If there’s no heat, replace the heating element.
Lastly, the main switch may have been turned off by mistake, or the temperature may be too low for the fireplace to turn on automatically.
Often, manufacturing problems can only be fixed by contacting the manufacturer for troubleshooting or part replacement.
The fuse assures that your electric fireplace doesn’t get too hot and start a fire. You can easily find a blown fuse in your electric fireplace if you need to change it. Look near the power switch on your electric fireplace.
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