How to turn on electric fireplace [An easy to follow step-by-step guide for 2022]

how to turn on electric fireplace

An electric fireplace is a great way to add ambiance and warmth to any room.

Turning one on is a simple process and takes just a few steps.

While dealing with an electric fireplace is not rocket science, it is always good to be aware of the safety and fire hazards involved.

The first step in turning on an electric fireplace is to make sure it is plugged into the power outlet.

If there is any exposed wire or lose connections, then make sure to fix them before continuing.

Once this is done, ensure the on/off switch is in the on position.

How to turn on electric fireplace

how to turn on electric fireplace

Turning on an electric fireplace is usually universally simple. 

You can generally turn the fireplace on using a control panel located on the front of the fireplace, or with a remote if your fireplace came with one.

Your fireplace’s control panel design and location will vary depending on the model you have.

Some control panels are touch control, some are dimmed so you cannot see them when not in operation and some are physical buttons and knobs.

Whatever model you own, your user manual should tell you exactly where the control panel is located on your fireplace.

If you have a freestanding electric fireplace the on/off button and other controls are usually at the top or bottom of the fireplace, behind the door.

If you have a recessed or hanging electric fireplace the control panel is often a touch screen that only lights up when in use, so it can sometimes be difficult to locate at first.

The control panel is normally located on the top or bottom right of the fireplace’s edging.

How to turn on electric fireplace with remote

how to turn on electric fireplace with remote

The remote of your electric fireplace can come in very handy; it gives you more time to relax with your family or friends while the fire in your fireplace is running smoothly.

The remote control of the fireplace will also help you control the flames from a distance. You can turn it on or off, change the flame size, and select the settings that you would like all from the comfort of your sofa.

To turn on an electric fireplace with a remote, follow these simple steps:

  1. Ensure your fireplace is plugged in to an outlet
  2. Locate the on button on the remote
  3. Turn on the fireplace and make sure there is nothing blocking the remote.
  4. The generic on/off button is often used to turn on the flame effects only
  5. If you would also like to turn on the heating element, there is usually a button indicated via a flame symbol to turn on the heat.

If you choose to use the remote to control your fireplace, be sure that the batteries are in good working condition, as if you try to use the fireplace without changing the batteries you may experience problems.

Also, make sure that the fireplace remote is in the right mode; some can only be in either On/Off mode or timer mode, others will have several different presets available.

Check the lighting and placement of the remote for an electric fireplace – make sure the remote has a clear line of sight to the fireplace and is located in a place that will allow you to easily reach it while sitting or standing in front of the fireplace.

How to turn on electric fireplace without remote

Turning on your electric fireplace without a remote control should be super simple. Especially if you have the user manual with you.

If you have the user manual, simply find the page that tells you where the control panel is located.

The on/off button will usually be indicated via the universal on/off symbol.

Once again, ensure that your fireplace is plugged in.

Locate the control panel on the fireplace.

This is often either physical buttons or knobs or a dimmable touch screen.

If it’s a dimmable touch screen it may be harder to locate, but is often found on the right-hand side at the top or bottom.

You will have options to turn on just the flames, turn on the heat plus flame brightness and temperature settings on certain models.

The generic on/off button is usually always for turning on just the flames with no heat, and there will be a separate button to turn on the heating element.

Final thoughts

Turning on your electric fireplace should be a super simple process, particularly if you have the user manual in front of you.

Just remember, the generic on/off symbol is usually used to turn on the flames of the fireplace and not the heat. A flame symbol is usually used to indicate the option to also turn on the heating element.

However, make sure you always turn on the electric fireplace via the generic on/off symbol first.


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