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Great product. Unhelpful instructions. I'm glad I made the purchase.
on March 11, 2011
The blower and controls for a Heat n Glo fireplace is $240 + $17 tax from the local fireplace store. They came down to $170 + tax but wouldn't move close to the Amazon price. I went with Amazon, placing the order on a Tuesday afternoon and receiving the product on Thursday. Surprisingly excellent service.
The blower appears well constructed and substantial. I adjusted the fan to a medium speed, fast enough to move air and slow enough to be silent.
The 'five minute installation' took me about 90 minutes because I had to drive to the fireplace store and ask, "Huh!?"
The following are intended to be helpful instructions:
*****Warning: Kill Power before doing any wiring. Call an electrician if you aren't handy. Electricity kills. ******
*****Warning: The following is considered "OPINION". It is not expert advice. ******
*****Warning: I am not an electrician. I am not a fireplace installer. I am not a fireplace fan expert. ******
1. Locate a bolt on the bottom side of your fireplace. The thermo switch (thermo thingy bolts to the bottom of your fireplace using a wing nut). Don't mount it upside down.
2. Locate your power junction box. Older style boxes have two wires protruding that are most likely connected to each other. Newer junction boxes have obvious connection points.
3. Test that you have power to the junction box by plugging a light or radio or ??? into the outlet labeled 'fan'. I didn't have power to the junction box. An electrician friend said, "You may have to fish for wires, or wires are probably running to an outlet nearest the fireplace and they haven't been connected." Then he asked, "Is there a switch near the fireplace that doesn't work? If so, that's probably the problem." I flipped the switch, and that was the 'fix'.
4. Mount the rheostat (speed control) on the right side of your fire place in the obvious spot where it goes. You'll need something to tighten the nut onto the plastic thingy.
5. Attach the ground wire running from the fan to metal. I attached my ground to the thermo switch plate.
6. Attach one wire from the rheostat to the thermo switch.
7. Attach one wire from the thermo switch to the one of the power junction box wires or 'clips'.
8. Attach one wire from the junction box to the rheostat.
9. Attach the cord to the fan.
10. Plug the fan into the "fan" outlet on the power junction box.
11. Slide the fan to the back of the fireplace and then move it forward about 1/4 inch per the instructions that came with the fan.
12. Power up.
13. Turn on your fireplace and wait a couple minutes for it to warm up enough to trip the thermo switch. Adjust fan speed as necessary.