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5 Steps to Make Sure Your Fireplace is Ready for Winter


With temperatures quickly dropping, it’s time to crank up the furnace and turn on the fireplace.

Here are some quick steps to provide some TLC to your electric fireplace as you head into fireplace season:

1. Disconnect the Power

Before cleaning any electric fireplace, be sure to check the owner’s manual for instruction specific to your unit.

Once you are ready to begin, disconnect all power supplies.

If your fireplace is a plug-in model, ensure it is unplugged, otherwise, turn off the power at the breakers.

2. Mantel Surface Cleaning

If the fireplace has been used recently, allow adequate time for the unit to cool down before cleaning any internal surfaces.

To remove dust, dirt, fingerprints or other marks, wipe the exterior of your fireplace with a damp cloth. If required, a mild detergent can be used. Avoid using abrasive cleaners on any surface as it could cause damage to the interior and exterior of the product.

To prevent any water spots from appearing, and to avoid surface damage, the exterior should be completely dried with a lint free cloth.

3. Front Glass Cleaning

As with most glass surfaces, dust can easily and quickly be removed by using a clean, dry cloth.

To remove fingerprints or other marks, the glass can be cleaned with a damp cloth, or for stubborn marks, a traditional glass cleaner can be used.

Similar to the exterior surfaces, to prevent any water spots from appearing, the surface should be completely dried with a lint free cloth.

4. Purifire Filter

Some Dimplex electric fireplaces and electric stoves feature the Purifire Filter. This filter is reusable and washable.

To clean the filter, gently tap the filter on a hard surface to dislodge any loose dirt or debris and then gently clean with water. We do not recommend using any soap or cleaning products on your filter.

5. Functionality Check

Along with cleaning your fireplace, it is also a good idea to check to make sure the unit is in good working order. Look for any lights that may have gone out over time.

Light bulbs need to be replaced when you notice a dark section of the flame or when the clarity and detail of the log exterior disappears.

Replacing them now, and you’ll be all set for maximum enjoyment once winter settles in.

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This blog was produced in partnership with Dimplex, North America’s leading manufacturer of electric fireplaces.