Are electric fireplace Noisy?

Electric fireplaces continue to become popular compared with wood and gas fireplaces. There are so many reasons for its popularity, such as its elegant design, ease of installation, do not require chimney or gas lines, safe to use, and so on.

It’s amazing news for electric fireplace manufacturers like YC Tech. And it has a huge increased sales on Amazon in recent years.

Despite the fact that most electric fireplaces are far quieter in use than other types of appliances in the home. Anyhow, we still see some complaints about too much noise as it’s in use.

Today I’d like to share some points about how it happens. It might be helpful to choose the right electric fireplace manufacturer in China.

First of all, the cause of noise in electric fireplace mainly comes from 2 parts -Flame motor & Fan heater.

–Flame Motor:

When the flames are on without the heater running, it makes a minimal amount of noise

Most flame motors in the market are AC motors. To reduce the noise to a minimum degree, usually, there is a rubber pad beside the motor as pictures below.

–Fan Heater

The level of fan heater noise mainly depends on the quality of the materials and blower motor.

In some way, it’s the most important part of electric fireplaces and can decide the durability of electric fireplaces. It includes many key components, such as the over-heat protection device, the lubricant, the blower motor, and the heating element. IT MUST be of very high quality.  

Among all these parts, the blower, lubricant, and blower motor are directly related to noise standards. I will explain the reasons in the next post.

However, there is the general noise standard for electric fireplaces, namely, less than 41DB at 10 cm distance for flame motor, less than 45DB with full heat at 1-meter distance. You won’t get complaints if your purchased electric fireplaces meet this standard.

When choosing a new electric fireplace manufacturer, you also can consider this standard 

Some high-end brands may need 30-35DB with full heat at 1 meter. In this case, we may change the flame motor from AC motor to DC motor, which generates far less noise than the AC motor.

But, if you still receive users’ complaints such as making a funny noise in electric fireplaces after products are tested and inspected with this standard before shipment. In this situation, perhaps something else goes wrong in the electric fireplaces.

Several tips might be helpful.

1. Vibrating Noise-Check the hardware connections.

Loose parts can sometimes cause a rattling or chattering noise. For instance, if the flame motor and fan heater come loose, it can create a slow and continuous chattering sound.

2. Grinding Noise-Check Flame reflector/Rod.

The function of the flame rod is to generate the flame features of electric fireplaces. A damaged or bent or loose flame rod can cause clearance issues and begin rubbing on other parts, making the clicking noise. Besides, also check the other parts around the flame rod, and make sure nothing falls on it.

  • Whirring Sound-Check the blower fan, and clear the dust, dirt, debris, and other objects, which can cause a whirring noise from the electric fireplace.

Here is our noise test method for electric fireplaces for your reference.

1. Put the electric fireplace sample in the center of the soundproof test room.

2. Put a noise detector on the side flame motor at a 10 cm distance.

3. Put a noise detector in the front of the heater vent

4. Turn on the electric fireplaces without heat, record the data

5. Turn on the 1/2 heat, and records the data.

6. Turn on the full heat, and records the data.

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