For the 2nd time in 2 years, our Dimplex B8000 electric fireplace insert has had the heater/blower element “die” on us.
I’ll define “die”:
- fireplace works great… for 10 minutes, then shuts off and never turns on again.
- blower works but never puts out heat
- nothing turns on or off as far as blower OR heat.
Always, the “flame” worked. Just the heater/blower combination didn’t work.
Before getting started
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Replacing the Heater Element on an RV Fireplace
I was able to call Dimplex and get them to send a replacement blower element, even though my insert was NOT on warranty anymore. It doesn’t hurt to make a phone call. After all, the WORST they can say is “no”.
Once I had the replacement element, I did something SUPER DUPER CRAZY and WIERD. I read the Dimplex manual. Find the manual for the rv Dimplex Fireplace BT8000.
There was an entire section on replacing the heater element. After reading it, I knew it was easy and the pictures will tell you how easy it truly was.
First, there are probably ONLY four screws holding in your fireplace.
You can see in the next four pictures the locations of those screws. Sorry about the bad photography, unattractive subject, and poor choice of clothes. Its only when you go to put pictures into a blog post that you actually panic!
After the screws are out, the fireplace really just pops out. It is VERY lightweight. Surprisingly so.
In the next picture, you can see the unit removed. I thought there would be wiring, but it is a standard household 110Volt plug-in just like you would use for your vacuum cleaner or stereo. So all you do is just “unplug”.
The hardest part is removing the 4,397 screws that hold the heater/blower element in place. Just remove them.
I didn’t say LOSE them! Keep track of them, you’ll need them in 10 minutes.
The next picture shows the heater element already removed. There are two wires you have to unplug to remove the unit. Watch what you do as you’ll have to plug in the new heater element in the very same way.
Now just reverse the steps and you’ve completely fixed you RV Fireplace and saved the $200 from the RV repair person bill. This one is just too easy to have them do.
No, I like to reserve the really YUKKY stuff for the repair guy so I get my complete $200 worth.
Finally, I put some Amazon searches below so you can maybe find a cheap replacement for your heater element.