How to Remove Fireplace Doors
Removing old fireplace doors is a simple process. Whether your fireplace is prefab (zero clearance) or masonry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the removal instructions for every situation:
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Removing Prefab Fireplace Bifold Doors (No Frame)
Set up: There is a tension clip (or spring bracket) with a hole in it for the door pen to go into. The tension from the clip keeps the door in place. Some manufactures use tension clips on the top and bottom of the door.
How to remove a fireplace door in 4 steps
1. Completely open each door to their respective sides.
2. Push up on the top clip to reduce the pressure so that you can get the door pin out of the clip.
3. Grab the each door and lift up the door until the “bottom door pin” can clear the “bottom receiving hole” located on the fireplace.
4. Gently angle out the the bottom of the folded door towards the center of the fireplace until the top of the door can be pulled away from the “top receiving hole” on the fireplace.
This picture illustrates how to properly remove the door. You will only need a screwdriver to press the clip down so that you may then slide top pen out of the clip.
Removing Prefab Fireplace Bifold Doors (With Frame)
Set Up: The frame is attached to the fire box with sheet metal screws that are either screwed through brackets on the back of the frame or through the side of the frame.
Materials Needed: A screwdriver and/or drill to remove these screws and take out the frame
The black metal face surrounding the fireplace opening is usually riveted to the the fireplace unit and cannot be removed. The doors and frame are the only thing you can remove safely from the unit without causing any damage.
Steps to Remove the Door & Frame
1. Remove the bifold doors as instructed above. Make Sure you do this before attempting to remove the frame.
2. Find where the frame is connected to the metal firebox with screws.
3. Using your screwdriver or drill, remove the screws and the frame will come loose.
Parts of a Prefab Zero Clearance Fireplace That May Need To Be Removed (Before Installing Your New Doors)
Removing Masonry Fireplace Doors
REMOVING SCREW BRACKETS
The first way is with masonry screws that are screwed through brackets on the back of the frame into a hole that has been drilled into your fireplace brick.
Materials Needed: Screwdriver and/or wrench, possibly a socket wrench
How to Remove: Simply remove the screws from the fireplace. Do this carefully so you can use the holes again when installing new doors to your fireplace.
REMOVING TENSION CLIPS
The second way masonry doors are installed is with tension clips that use screws without a pointed tip to provide tension to hold the door frame in place. These screws typically come with a standard screw head.
Materials Needed: Screwdriver and possibly an allen wrench for some doors
How to remove: Simply remove the screws from the fireplace.
Frequently Asked Questions About Removing and Replacing Fireplace Doors
Can I just replace the glass pane of my existing fireplace door?
This is a legitimate question that we get asked a lot. The answer is usually no. There are a couple of reasons for this. First it is very hard to take apart a bifold door replace the glass and then reinstall it. It is not impossible but it is a royal pain. It requires removal of the tension clips that hold the class in place and then reassembly with the original door. Cheaper doors are not made to be taken apart and put back together. Many times the factory in China will seal a door’s glass in a way that prevents it from being replaced. You also run into the issue that if the doors are very old the glass will frequently have stains and film that will not come off making the new glass stand out and ruin the appearance of your doors. Normally you are better off just replacing the entire unit.