Asked on Dec 17, 2018

How do I clean out the dust inside this electric fireplace?

Tosha Smith
by Tosha Smith

Dust has gone through the wire grate covering the fake wooden logs. How do I get in there to clean it? This electric fireplace came as one piece with the entertainment center that we had to put together, then the fireplace slid in from the back. I don’t know how to access the inside if at all though.

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    • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Dec 17, 2018

      Sorry. But William has the right idea, too. I would start at the source.

  • William William on Dec 17, 2018

    Check the owners manual or Google the brand/model number to get a manual.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 17, 2018

    Hi. Spray an old sheet with water to make it damp. Tape it in front of the fireplace. Put a leaf blower in one end and blow around into the fireplace. The damp sheet will grab the dust. Happy cleaning!

  • Pamela Pasteris Marx Pamela Pasteris Marx on Dec 18, 2018

    I called for the units disassemble map/ information from the company. If the back of your unit has dozens of visable screws? It’s like mine! Oh boy’ It took 4 hours to take apart and am an ikea building champ. It doesn’t even come close to coming apart like youd think either. If blower works. LMK I’m trying that way next time! Good luck. Share what works for you!

    • Tosha Smith Tosha Smith on Feb 14, 2020

      Wow I’m just now seeing this! Yikes! That doesn’t sound fun! But I just may have to do it!

  • Joyce balharrie Joyce balharrie on Feb 11, 2020

    Why does elect fireplace groan when on?

  • Nichole Espindola Nichole Espindola on Oct 26, 2020

    So I’m new at this and had no idea I had to clean it out before use again. Turned it on and it immediately smelled like a heater starting back up for the winter. Next thing I know it shut off and was blinking red and blue lights. I couldn’t catch the code on it. I’m guessing it just needs a cleaning. Found your feed and was wondering the best advice for cleaning it ... I see taking it apart off the back and leaf blowing. Any other advice since post started?

  • Laura Laura on Jan 01, 2023

    How did you do it?? We have the same fireplace and found we have tons of dust in it too :(. I don’t even know the make of the fireplace.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 01, 2023

    Clean Interior of Electric Fireplace

    It isn’t generally recommended to open up your electric fireplace to access its internal electric components. With that said, it may be necessary to open up your fireplace if there is a build-up of dust on the blower or flame effect components.

    Take note that It’s especially important to ensure your electric fireplace is disconnected from any power source before touching or cleaning its internal components. For a plug-in model, unplug the unit from the wall completely; if your fireplace is wired in, disconnect it using your fuse box. It’s also essential to use a dry cloth instead of a damp one to clean the fireplace’s interior.

    Clean the Blower

    If your electric fireplace uses a fan-forced heater, one of its internal components will be its blower. To clean the blower, use a dry microfibre cloth or a vacuum to remove all visible dust and debris. Take care when cleaning the blower so as not to damage it.

    Clean the Flame-Effect Generating Components

    In addition to its heating element, your electric fireplace will contain the components that create the flame effect. These are most typically a set of mirrors attached to a motorized rod, and a light source, either being an LED strip or halogen bulb. Again, use a dry microfibre cloth to clean these components carefully.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Feb 02, 2023

    Here's are some dusting hacks that might help you

  • RayLet RayLet on May 21, 2023

    I wish I had an answer. I have the exact same entertainment center and the same dust problem. I'm going to continue to research.

  • Patty Carroll Brown Patty Carroll Brown on Aug 25, 2023

    My husband and I used a can air spray like you use to clean a computer. It worked great. After we sprayed putting the sprayer right up to the screen the dust stuck to the screen. Then we took the vacuum hose and vacuumed it off the screen. Hope this helps.

  • Patty Carroll Brown Patty Carroll Brown on Aug 25, 2023

    We used a can air sprayer. Like the kind you used to clean a computer. Then when the dust got on the screen from spraying we vacuumed the dust off the screen. Hope this helps

  • Use a vacuum with attachments or canned air - used to clean computer keyboards.

  • Kat89391526 Kat89391526 on Sep 11, 2023

    What if you had a cat pee through the glass when it was in storage?

    • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 11, 2023

      Ask you question at the top right of this page where it says Ask DIY Question, then you'll get more responses.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 11, 2023

    Hi Tosha, I got a small compressor and put the air blow end on it have the vac running and give little spurts of air into the venting allowing the vac to capture what blows up. It takes some time but does work.