Wall mounted electric fireplaces will be found installed on the wall of a home and plugged into a nearby electrical outlet.
Removing a wall mounted electric fire can typically be done in the reverse order to how it was originally installed, but sometimes you may not have the owner’s manual for reference or simply just don’t know where to start.
To remove a wall mounted electric fireplace:
- Check the owner’s manual, if available, for any information on how the fireplace was originally installed or can be removed.
- Look for signs on how the fireplace is attached to the wall, such as screws at mounting locations, brackets or even being partially recessed into the wall.
- Remove any covers or trim to gain access to the mounting locations.
- Remove any loose items before removing the fireplace.
- With the help of one or more persons holding the fireplace, remove the screws holding it onto the wall and remove the wall mounted fireplace.
We’ve recently installed a wall mounted electric fireplace in our bedroom and so we know what to do when it comes around to removing it, whether that’s when we move house or when the fireplace needs fixing or replacing.
We’ve therefore put together this guide to explain how to remove a wall mounted electric fireplace to let you know what you can expect to have to do when removing yours.
How To Remove A Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
1. Check The Manual
The owner’s manual for a wall mounted electric fireplace will outline the steps needed to firstly install the fireplace on the wall.
Manuals won’t typically outline how to remove the fireplace (ours doesn’t) but you can simply follow the steps in reverse order.
If you don’t have a paper copy of the manual you can look to see if there’s any mention of the product code on the fireplace and search for an online copy.
2. Check The Fireplace For Mounting Locations
A wall mounted electric fireplace will be attached to the wall at one or mounting locations.
The manual may outline where these mounting locations will be and what they are, as the fireplace could either be:
- Mounted directly onto the wall using screws
- Mounted onto a bracket(s) which in turn is mounted onto the wall
Our own wall mounted electric fireplace is installed straight onto the wall using screws at the top and the bottom of the unit as shown below.
Other models of electric fireplace may be supported underneath the unit by a bracket.
3. Remove Any Covers Or Trim
In order to access the mounting locations for the fireplace you may need to remove any trim or covers.
For example, our wall mounted electric fireplace has a glass cover that needs to be removed before we can get to the screws.
This glass covers is secured in place with two screws underneath to the main unit. After removing these screws, the cover can be lifted to remove.
With this cover removed we have better access to the screws and are able to use a screwdriver more freely.
4. Remove Any Loose Objects
Some models of wall mounted electric fire will have had certain parts added onto the unit after being installed that helped make the installation process easier.
These components should be removed from the fireplace prior to removing the fireplace itself from the wall.
Such parts could be any media placed at the base of the fire. For example, we’ll need to remove the plastic crystals located at the base of our appliance before removing the fireplace, otherwise they’ll go everywhere.
5. Unscrew The Fireplace And Remove
Wall mounted electric fireplaces are commonly installed straight onto a wall using screws and so all that there is to do is unscrew the screws for the fireplace to come away from the wall.
We used a standard screwdriver to install our fireplace and so we’d use the same again to remove it from the wall.
These electric fireplaces can be heavy appliances and so it’s best to have one or two other people holding the fireplace while you remove the screws.
With the screws removed, a wall mount fireplace will typically come away from the wall.