How to Install an Electric Fireplace Insert

Winter is coming! During these cold months, there’s nothing quite like the warm and inviting glow of a fireplace to create a cozy ambiance in your home. 

However, traditional wood-burning fireplaces may not be an option for everyone since they require a chimney and need lots of maintenance. That’s where electric fireplace inserts come in. They offer all the charm of a real fireplace without the mess or the need for a chimney. 

Below, we’ll explain how to install an electric fireplace insert to bring warmth and comfort to your living space.

Tools and Materials You’ll Need

Before you begin, gather the following tools and materials:

  1. Electric fireplace insert
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Level
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Power drill
  6. Wall anchors (if necessary)
  7. Extension cord (if needed)
  8. Safety goggles
  9. Stud finder
  10. Pencil
  11. Electrical outlet (if not already in place)

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

1. Choose the Location

Select a suitable location for your electric fireplace insert. It should be near an electrical outlet and clear of any flammable materials. 

PRO TIP: Keep in mind that these inserts often come with a mantel or frame, so make sure you have enough space for the entire unit!

2. Find Wall Studs

Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs in your chosen location. This will help you securely attach the insert to the wall later. Mark the stud locations with a pencil.

3. Prepare the Wall

If your electric fireplace insert requires wall anchors, drill holes into the marked stud locations and insert the anchors. This will provide extra stability.

4. Mount the Frame or Mantel

If your insert comes with a frame or mantel, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure it to the wall. Use a level to ensure it’s perfectly straight.

5. Assemble the Fireplace Insert

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the electric fireplace insert. This typically involves attaching the front glass panel and other components.

6. Plug It In

Plug the insert into the nearby electrical outlet. If there’s no outlet in the vicinity, you may need to hire an electrician to install one.

7. Attach the Insert to the Wall

Carefully mount the electric fireplace insert onto the wall, making sure to align it with the frame or mantel if you have one. 

Use screws and a screwdriver to secure it to the wall studs. Be cautious not to over-tighten and damage the unit.

8. Conceal Wires

Tuck the power cord behind the unit and secure it to the wall or baseboard using cord clips or adhesive cable organizers. This will help maintain a clean and tidy appearance.

9. Turn It On

Finally, plug in the fireplace insert and turn it on. Most electric inserts come with remote controls or built-in controls for adjusting the heat and flame settings. 

Enjoy the warmth and ambiance of your new electric fireplace!

Safety Tips

Remember: safety first! Don’t forget to follow these tips:

  1. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.
  2. Keep flammable materials away from the fireplace insert.
  3. Regularly inspect and clean the unit to ensure safe operation.
  4. Use caution when handling electrical components, and if you’re not comfortable with electrical work, consult a professional.

Need Help With Fireplace Installation? Contact Supreme. 

Learning how to install an electric fireplace insert is a fantastic way to add both style and warmth to your home without the hassle of a traditional fireplace. 

If you’re looking for help with installing an electric fireplace insert (or any kind of fireplace), contact us at Supreme.  In fact, we have fall specials happening now to help you get your fireplace ready to keep your home warm all year.

Our knowledgeable and licensed fireplace team will get the job done, so you and your family can enjoy the cozy ambiance of a fireplace!