Electric Fireplaces: No Special Wiring Needed
LESLIE: Virginia in Texas is looking to get cozy by an electric fireplace. How can we help?
VIRGINIA: Well, I just wondered if I needed special wiring or do they have to tear out a wall or do they just sit in here?
TOM: Well, generally, the electric fireplaces are essentially an appliance that just gets plugged into your existing outlet structure. I will say, though, that some of the larger electric fireplaces have bigger burners on them. Some of them, you know, can deliver sort of like a space heater; you know, maybe 5,000 BTUs or something of that nature.
TOM: And in those cases, just like any large appliance, be it a space heater or a big vacuum cleaner, you may, in fact, plug it into an outlet that’s pulling from other areas of the house and end up tripping circuit breakers or blowing fuses. But short of that, you should just be able to plug it in.
VIRGINIA: Oh, that sounds real good. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.