So, you have made the choice to finally purchase a wall mount electric fireplace. You have made a great choice indeed. Electric wall mounted fireplaces are great for many reasons. Which I am sure you are aware of, which is why you decided on one. Well now that you have taken care of the hard part, which was deciding on the right one now it is on to the next step.
That next step is how to install wall mount electric fireplace. While installation is not as complicated as other types of fireplaces, there still is some installation. You want to make sure that installation is done right to assure your safety and satisfaction. Believe me the last thing you want is to be enjoying your fireplace then all off a sudden it falls to the ground.
How to Install Wall Mount Electric Fireplace | Step By Step
Before just going at installing it make sure you have picked where you want it for sure. You also want to make sure that the space is large enough to accommodate the wall mounted fireplace. You will also want to make sure that you locate the studs in the wall. Since those are going to provide you with the support you will need. Easiest way to located studs in the wall is with a stud finder. If you donâ€™t already have one you can find one at your local hardware store.
One other thing to also make sure to consider when considering location is where the outlet is located. You want to make sure it is within reach of an outlet easily. It is not recommended to use extension cords when operating an electric fireplace. Also take proper precautions if you have little ones running around as well.
Tools you may need are:
- Either a tape measure or a yardstick.
- Phillips head screwdriver, flat head screwdriver or a star one. You can look ahead of time, but I always like to have a couple other options in case something I didnâ€™t know pops up.
- A hammer as well, just in case you need to tap in an anchor bolt or otherwise.
- Corded or cordless electric drill, which ever your choice may be.
- A carpenterâ€™s level as well to make sure you end up with a clean even install.
- Yes, even the instructions if you have them as well.
Now we can move on to the actual install steps, so you can get to enjoying your fireplace. Most wall mounted fireplaces with come with a mounting bracket. These instructions are directions for that type of install.
Once you have located the studs either manually or with a stud finder make sure to mark them the distance apart that you need. You donâ€™t need to make a large mark, but something you can see. They will be covered up anyways by the fireplace. You can use a pencil, sharpie or a chalk line. Chalk lines are easiest to remove if you are worry about it.
You donâ€™t have to draw a line between the two, but it would be recommended. You can use the level either way to make sure that they are level with each other though. Otherwise you will not be happy with the end results. Then it just converts to more holes and more work.
Now if you have run into a problem where both bolts donâ€™t land on a stud, no worries. Just make sure at least one side is supported by a stud. The other side that isnâ€™t can be supported by an anchor bolt(s). Always make sure the anchor bolt used though meets the rating needed for the weight of the fireplace. Anchor bolts are especially important when attaching to drywall.
If you are going to be mounting to something harder like masonry or brick, you will be probably needing more than what typically comes with a kit for installation. Some may offer the bolts but again that depends on the manufacturer or seller. You also want to make sure that the screws/bolts are long enough to match the thickness of the wall. Especially when it comes to anchor bolts.
If the diameter of the hole in the mounting bracket are different from the anchor bolt, you will have find a way to get past that. There are a couple of ways to remedy that problem if you run into it. You can drill out the size of the whole on the mounting bracket or you can use the anchor bolt to attach a piece of wood to the brick or masonry surface where you want to mount. You can then attach the mount to the wood instead.
Back to the typical installation, it is probably easiest to pilot/ pre-drill the hole for the screws and or bolts for the mounting bracket. It just cuts down on the job and makes installing so much easier. Then line up you bracket and install the bolts/screws that it came with.
Next you will attach your fireplace in the fashion that the instructions state. Some are common sense, but always reference instruction booklet if there is one. There are different styles so they will each go on differently.
Once everything is in place, now you can move to the final step of plugging it in. Make sure you plug into a grounded outlet. After that you are ready to use your fireplace, see relatively easy, right?
So, those are the instructions for most straight forward installation of wall mount electric fireplaces. I hope you have the answer of the question "How to Install Wall Mount Electric Fireplace".Almost everyone can install a wall mount fireplace on their own. Which is great because you can save yourself some money as well as feeling good about doing it yourself. Help is always great and recommended especially if you have chosen a larger wall mount fireplace. Also, some can be heavier than others depending on the design and materials used. No matter which style and design you choose, they all have one thing in common they are all beautiful.