There are many reasons why people are moving from gas fires to electric fires, they are cheaper to run, safer to install, and safer for young children and animals. With a huge range of electric fireplace styles, you can replace a gas fire with an electric fire easily without compromising on your interior design.
How easy is it to fit an electric fire to replace a gas fire?
Whether you are hiring someone to fit your electric fire or doing it yourself installing an electric fire is quick and easy. If you are replacing a gas fire there are a few additional steps to take, to make sure your fireplace is ready for an electric fire.
Natural gas is highly flammable so it is very important to turn off the gas properly, you may want to get help from a professional for this.
How to remove a gas fire
- Remove fireplace surroundings.
- Once the fireplace trim is removed you can disconnect the gas line.
- Carefully remove your gas fireplace and pull it out of the surround.
- Plug the gas line with a safety cape and apply pipe sealing around the threads of the cap to make sure this is a tight fit.
- Spray a mixture of soap and water onto the cap
- Turn the gas back on, if there are bubbles in the soap mixture this means there is a leak
- Reseal and tighten the cap until no bubbles come out.
Depending on the style of the electric fire you are installing, you may want to plaster up the indent of the fireplace.
Fitting an electric fire
- Make sure the area is prepped for installation (see above for gas fires)
- Make sure you have access to a power socket without the need for an extension cable
- Use a spirit level to make sure the installation is straight
- Drill holes in the wall to attach the fire to a wall
- Plugin and enjoy
Some fires may have additional installations or features so always refer to the manufactures instructions.