When consumers decide to replace old fireplace inserts the process can sometimes seem complicated and arduous. Fortunately, by following some simple guidelines, we can help make replacing a fireplace insert a quick and painless process. Before beginning however, it is important that you identify the appropriate category of electric inserts that you need. For most, this will mean a plug-in electric fireplace, designed to slide directly into per-existing mantel packages. The other option is a built-in unit which includes fireplace inserts that are designed to be recessed into a wall. Regardless of which type of unit you need, there are several key steps to take which will help simplify the process of replacing an insert.
The first step everyone should do is to call the manufacturer of their original unit and inquire about recommended replacement inserts that are available. For most consumers this will mean contacting either Dimplex (1-800-668-6663) or Twin Star Inc. (1-866-661-118). After you have discussed your options, the next step is to verify the measurements of the old unit compared to the measurements of the new unit, which you can find online. This is a crucial part of replacing fireplace inserts because even the slightest discrepancy in size can lead to week long shipping delays and frustration.
When your unit arrives, the first thing you should do is a thorough inspection to determine if any damage occurred during transit. If damage did occur you can chose to reject delivery or accept the package and immediately inform the retailer from where you purchased. Following this key inspection, the unit should be un-boxed and slid into place. If the measurements were calculated correctly the installation of your new fireplace insert should be completely painless. Taking the time to cross reference the dimensions of your old and new units can save you weeks of headaches and hours of stress.