Informational Guide

Fixing a Noisy Electric Fireplace

Heating up a home is a vital part of modern-day life. Noisy electric fireplaces are unfortunately common. We teach you how to fix this common problem.

by Josh M

An electric fireplace allows you to enjoy a calm atmosphere and style while adding more heat options to your home. You’ll want to ensure it’s in good condition to get the most out of it.

If you need to know how to fix a noisy electric fireplace, then this article is for you!

Most electric fireplaces have a small sound when running- it often sounds like a slight, electrical humming noise. However, it shouldn’t be too loud. If you notice popping or grinding noises, there’s likely something wrong with your electric fireplace.

Most electric fireplaces are supposed to be quiet, especially modern ones. Older models may make some noise, but not a lot. It shouldn’t bother you much.

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Common Fireplace Noise & Their Causes

Rattling Noise (Vibration)

Loose parts can often lead to a rattling noise in the electric fireplace. Make sure that you check the fan’s motor. It may be jostling some loose nuts, screws, or bolts around. You’ll want to tighten everything inside the fireplace at least once per year to avoid this.

Buzzing Sound (Flame Speed Control)

If you’re hearing a buzzing coming from the fireplace, you should first check the control panel. It may have a defective flame speed. This can lead to a humming or buzzing sound when you have the flames turned on. You’ll probably need to contact the brand for a replacement control.

Wiring Sound (Blower Fan)

A wiring sound can mean that the fan is clogged with dust or debris. The debris can travel to the motor and make a lot of noises. You’ll want to make sure to clean your electric fireplace from time to time. You should at least do it once per month since these units tend to attract dust.

Grinding Noise (Flame Rod)

The flame rod inside the electric fireplace is what links to the motor. Its job is to create the stunning flames that you see. When damaged, it can grind against other internal parts and make a lot of sounds. You’ll want to stop using the fireplace until you can replace the flame rod- it’s causing damage to many other parts otherwise.

Also see – Installing an electric fireplace insert

Intermittent Noises (Heater Blower Motor)

Finally, noises that are far apart might indicate something is wrong with the blower motor. When you run only the flames without heat, you shouldn’t hear any noises. You’ll want to replace the heater blower when you can. If you’re still in the warranty phase, make sure to use it.

How To Quiet Down Your Electric Fireplace? (Diagnosing & Troubleshooting Tips)

You should be able to fix an electric fireplace on your own as a DIY project. We recommend looking into what’s wrong with your fireplace, then attempting one of the below fixes. You may want to hire a pro if you’re not confident in working with the internal parts.

Rattling Noise and Buzzing Sound

Start by checking the hardware inside the machine. Next, you’ll want to go over every screw that you see and tighten it. A wrench and a screwdriver should help you complete this task. Then, test the fireplace. If you still hear sounds, you may need to check deeper in the appliance.

Additionally, bent tubes can lead to a rattling sound. Carefully unbend any dented, bent tubes with a tool. Then, check the machine again by running it.

Wiring Sound

Clean the blower with a slightly damp cloth. This should pick up any dust or dirt on it, which should help with some of the noise. While you’re working on the blower, make sure to remove any lint that you find as well.

Grinding Noise

Most often, a grinding noise results from the fire rod. You’ll need to lubricate it. To do this, open the electric fireplace’s panel and add a metal lubricant.

Intermittent Noises

You may want to replace the heater blower if you can’t figure out exactly what’s causing the noises. The blower may just be dirty, so make sure that you clean it out often.

People Also Ask (FAQ)

Which is quieter, space heater or electric fireplace?

Any infrared heater is going to be the quietest option. However, you can find infrared space heaters and fireplaces. Many electric fireplaces today are made to be quiet, so they’re less noisy than traditional space heaters.

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What kind of electric fireplace noise should I be most worried about?

You should be the most worried about a constant grinding noise. These sounds indicate that something is slowly destroying the other parts in the fireplace- which can become an expensive fix the longer you let it go on.

Should an electric fireplace make noise when I turn it on & off?

When you first start up the machine, it’s normal for it to make some noises. These are just the components of the unit  “coming to life” and preparing to work.

To know more about how an electric fireplace work, read more in a separate post we made.

Do electric fires use a lot of electricity?

Most use the same amount of electricity as a normal space heater, making them effective and efficient. This is due to the fireplace connecting to your normal outlet. This means they use 120 volts, draw 1,500 watts, and use 12.5 amps.


Overall, your electric fireplace shouldn’t be making a ton of noise. You don’t want it to be constantly making loud, annoying sounds- it’s an indication that something’s wrong with it.

Also consider checking other heating systems for your home.

Last Updated on November 23, 2021

Josh M

My name is Josh and I am obsessed with the HVAC industry. I created this website to help HVAC techs of all levels get the best out of their heating & cooling systems. I have spent thousands of hours studying air conditioners, heaters and home air products so you can learn & buy with confidence. Learn more about the team here.