To repair, replace or remove an electric fireplace

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Posted by: from North Vancouver
2/27/2013 at 12:29:52 PM

We've a home improvement idea for our condo to build a entertainment wall unit. But to do so, I'm not certain whether we want to keep the electric fireplace that is the focal point of the wall.

We do not use this electric fireplace because it is loud and does a poor job in heating the room, but this electric fireplace is controlled by a thermostat and is the ONLY heater source for the room.

Removing will no doubt mean installing something like an electric baseboard heater but in doing so I'd like to be clear what permits, building codes and such needs to be adhered to so that I can move forward with making a decision to repair, replace or remove the fireplace altogether.

The whole idea around removing the fireplace is to repair and fix the wall behind it to build a entertain unit on that wall with some cupboard space and slelving space.

Any help out there by professionals might be appreciated.

Thanks for help in advance!

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Jonathan from Colleester in Niagara Falls
Date/Time2/27/2013 at 1:23:52 PM

Contact your local city hall. Ask for the building and permit department and they should be very helpful.

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Date/Time2/27/2013 at 10:46:51 PM

I would first call an electrician to find out if the power required for the baseboard is the same as the fireplace. If the wire and breaker size are right it should be quite easy to do.

Where I am, some electric fireplaces use 110v and 14awg wire which wouldn't be allowed to run a baseboard. 240v & 12 awg is required and running a new wire in your condo could be difficult (aka expensive).

There are other electric heating options you could use that will run on 110 that your electrician will know of. I'd try him before going to city hall, he knows the codes (hopefully).

Good luck!

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