Originally Posted by Almost There
This might be a dumb question but if the fireplace only uses 110V power and 12V is not required for the controls wouldn’t you accomplish the same thing by turning off the breaker for the required time?
Sure would be less involved than removing trim and all those mounting screws.
Well there are a couple of factors there. Actually its a good question!
1st I really like to have everything in the rig working like its supposed to. (I am weird about that LOL) We use this fireplace daily when in the rig during cool months for its fantastic heating capability.
Second there are numerous features on the control panel we utilize- i.e. temperature, time setting, flame type and others we like. We could get nothing to work properly on the switch panel- only on the remote which always seems to be lost.
Third - when it started coming on and shutting off by itself that spooked us and told us something on the control board and switch electronics were really messed up. I sensed some electrical danger lurking with the way it acted. Attempting to access the VERY tight areas for the control switches and control board was miserable. My fat fingers were not meant to attempt to make repairs in that area!
Finally and the biggest reason- on our rig getting to the breaker panel is simply horrid. With slides in, one has to get down on the floor, crawl into a restricted space under the bed at the rear (opposite end) of the rig, open a very tight panel, get a flashlight to search for the breaker. Then somehow retrieve your body from the gruesome position. I only use breakers only when I have to!
Removing the trim was exceptional easy. A slight gentle pry with a sharp putty knife and the whole trim panel popped right off intact. It popped back on with the gently pop from the heel of my hand. Mounting screws were nothing to remove on the flange with the electric screw driver. It really took me less than 10 minutes to do a complete removal and to install the new fireplace. The hardest part of the whole deal was throwing the old fireplace into and over the top of the county dumpster.
Its a very easy replacement and what's neat is we like the new one better than the original.