Why Your Electric Fireplace Not Blowing Heat? (Solutions Added!)

There is a saying, that fireplace will stop working on the coldest night of the year. Though it gives you the comfort you need in winter, but nothing is disappointing than the fireplace not blowing heat when you needed it the most. So, what is the most common reason for the fireplace not working? Can you fix it by yourself?

In the case of an electric fireplace, the main problem can be a dysfunctional plug. It means a disturbed power supply eventually leads to not blowing heat on an electric fireplace. 

In this case, there is not much you can do at home unless you are a professional. Call an electrician who can easily solve this problem.

But this is not the only problem behind the fireplace not blowing heat. I’ll discuss those later on in this article. 

Reasons Why Your Electric Fireplace Not Blowing Heat

Other than dysfunctional plug there can be many reasons within the fireplace for not blowing heat. Here are some of them and what you can do to solve those problems.  

Low Thermostat 

When you notice the fan and fire flickers of the fireplace are working but it does not produce any heat. 

It can happen when the thermostat is set below the room temperature so that it cannot get the room. It can also happen when the wire gets lost. 

The Solution: 

To solve this problem first check all the wire connection is alright. After that, check the thermostat. If the problem is with the wire, call the technician. Otherwise turning the thermostat high can be the easy solution. 

Insufficient Power Supply   

Some of the fireplaces need more power than your usual line supplies. It can be a reason for the fireplace not turning on or not functioning properly. 

The Solution: 

To avoid this major problem, you need to double-check before you buy the fireplace in the first place. 

If you have already bought it talk to the manufacturer or your technician about how you can solve it. 

Burnt Fuses  

Properly functional fuses are a very important part of an electric fireplace to heat the room properly. 

If the fuses are burnt, the fireplace most likely will not work and blow heat. 

The filament inside the fuse will look black and broken if it is burnt. 

The Solution:

In that case, check the fuses in your fireplace if they are alright and working. 

To replace the fuses, reach for the fuse box which is most probably located in the back of the fireplace, it differs according to the model. 

The fuse looks like a clear cylinder with a filament inside it. Use a screwdriver to lift it and replace it with a new one. 

Dirty Fan

Electric fireplace contains blowers or fans to circulate the heat into the room. 

Over time dust and debris built up on the fan and does not work properly. 

As a result, heat does not circulate to the room as it supposed to be.

The Solution: 

inspect the fans and clean them if needed. Most of the blowers are located at the lower part of the fireplace. Look for the manufacturer guide for the exact location and to know how to pull the fan.

After that, take a small bristle brush to dust out all the loose dirt it contains. Take a vacuum cleaner and suction the leftover dust. After cleaning properly, set it inside the fireplace. 

Fails to Turn on   

There can be several reasons if the fireplace does not turn on. 

There can be a problem with the main power line or fault in the wiring inside the fireplace or the remote control can be also the reason for this problem. 

The Solution: 

When something like this happens, identifying the problem is the best you can do. 

Check the following one by one to determine what is causing the problem then act according to that. 

Things to Keep in Mind to Prevent Further Problems 

Prevention is better than cure. This old saying is applicable even in the case of fireplaces. 

A well-maintained fireplace will serve you longer than a neglected one. 

Here are some things to keep in mind for electric fireplace longevity:


Check every time if the fireplace is overheated. You can check it in the front glass if it is hot by touch. It can damage the fireplace in many ways. 

Check out the blower, maintain and clean or replace if necessary. Fixing the fan can check the overheating problem. 

Airflow Restriction 

Never restrict the airflow in the room where the fireplace is. Because a constant flow of oxygen is needed to blow the fire. Otherwise, it will not burn efficiently.

Always keep the fireplace in a well-ventilated room where there is less furniture and good air circulation. 

Temperature Setting

Make sure the temperature is accurate for the environment. If you set the temperature too high it can cause various problems afterward. 

Always try to install it inside. Because if it is installed on an outside wall where it is exposed to direct sunlight it can also cause overheating. 

Annual Maintenance  

Clean the fireplace as much as possible at the beginning of the end of every season. It can prevent dust and debris build up inside the fireplace. 

If you fail to do this, many parts of the fireplace can be blocked and cause many other problems. 

It is recommended for maintenance by a professional. Because it is not only the dust, there is chemical residue as well which can cause blockage in the fireplace.   


An electric fireplace is the modern version of old wood or gas fireplace. It needs the least maintenance among all the other fireplaces.

If you can make sure to maintain it well, there should not be many problems to face. 

Yet, amongst all the issues, the fireplace not blowing heat is the most common one. But keeping it up to date every season can prevent you from facing it in the middle of a cold night. 

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