Welcome to our comprehensive wall mount electric fireplace review the Warm House Valencia VWWF-10306 .
Spoiler Alert: We really like this 50″decorative fireplace for several reasons which will soon be revealed. primarily it is a focal point to anchor any wall in the room. It has sleek fashion forward lines and very realistic flame effects
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The many features of the Frigidaire Warm House VWWF-10306 Valencia Widescreen Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace will be examined in this review. This is a well designed and stylish black framed fireplace which will work well in any kind of room.
The Warm House Valencia has very clean lines, and will blend perfectly with the decor of your living room, bedroom or even your office. There is a very warm glow produced by the LED light flames that is very relaxing. Touching the fireplace will never result in burns due to the heat resistant tempered glass. The fireplace has a remote control, so you can kick back and enjoy this feature packed fireplace.
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The flickering flame effect of the Warm House Valencia is pretty realistic, and the flame intensity can be brightened or dimmed using the remote control, or the manual control panel which is situated on the right hand side of the fireplace.
This electric fireplace heater is going for the natural effect – there is no back lighting or different flame colors. There is no crackling sound associated with the flame effect. Check out the video below:
The fireplace has four bulbs which provide the illumination for the flame effect, and these are replaceable. All of the flames are created by LED faux, long life lighting. It is not possible to change the LED’s on this fireplace. The unit produces yellow and orange colored flames.
There is heat resistant tempered glass at the front of the fireplace and this is cool to the touch. Thick fire logs at the bottom of the Warm House Valencia add to the glowing fire effect, and look like a real fire is burning. The overall glow and the flame effects are very soothing. The logs can be replaced with items of your choice such as stones if you wish, but you will have to do this yourself.
Before we even get going, be aware this is a top discharge heater. The heat goes straight up the wall. Without a ceiling fan or deflector you will lose a lot of heating effectiveness. Though this type of heat dispersion is not unheard of in electric fireplaces we think it is just poor design.
Heat is forced out of the top of the Warm House Valencia by a fan blower. People have built shelves above it as a deflector. It is not recommended to mount under a TV or other electronics.
When the fan is switched on it is not noisy, and it certainly wouldn’t disturb most people sleeping in the bedroom. There is a single speed fan in the fireplace.
The heater has three temperature settings which are high heat, low heat and no heat at all. The low heat setting produces 2500 BTU and 750 Watts and the high heat option produces 5000 BTU and 1500 Watts. The fireplace has been designed to heat rooms up to 400 square feet.
I believe it is very important that everyone purchasing an electric fireplace heater be aware of the limitations of these units. With very rare exceptions and this electric fireplace heater is no exception, an electric fireplace heater is best thought of as a supplemental heat source. Or part of a comprehensive zone heating plan. Quite simply they will not heat your whole house.
So how much house will it heat? Well in reality, that depends. If you have a closed room such as a bedroom it will heat it pretty well. If it is mounted in an open concept living room with flow through kitchen or dining room the heat effects will be minimal. You may, however be able to lower your thermostat setting a few degrees which will help on overall heating costs. If you are looking primarily for a heater, you may be better served by an infrared space heater. Of course they will not be as cozy and are no fun to look at and cuddle in front of with that special someone.Controls
The Warm House Valencia has two methods of control which are the fixed manual control panel on the side of the unit and a remote control. The manual control panel is located on the right of the fireplace and includes an on/off switch, a sensor for the remote control and an LED indicator panel which shows the heat mode selected and any timer settings that have been selected.
From this control panel you can change the heat settings, set the timer and control the brightness of the flame effect. When the fireplace is first plugged into a standard outlet it will be in standby mode. The on/off button needs to be pressed to turn the fire on. Pushing the on/off button again will return the fireplace to standby mode.
To initiate heat you need to press the heat control button once and the low heat mode will be turned on, and ten seconds later the fireplace will dispense warm air. If the heat button is pressed again then the high heat feature will be enabled. A further push of the heat button will turn off the heat after ten seconds.
The flame effect brightness is easily brightened or dimmed using the + and – buttons. The timer can be set from 30 minutes to 7.5 hours and the heat will automatically shut off once the time has elapsed. The remote control has exactly the same functions as the manual control panel, and the range is 11 feet 6 inches.
Lastly be aware the electric cord is black and thick, it will need some camouflage, be it some furniture or paint-able cord covers (see Accessories, below).
- Do not operate any unit with a damaged cord or plug
- Do not use outdoors.
- The electric heater is not intended for use in bathrooms, laundry areas and similar indoor locations. Never locate heater where it may fall into a bathtub or other water container.
- Do not run the cord under carpeting, furniture, or appliances. Do not cover cord with throw rugs, runners, or the like. Arrange cord away from high traffic areas, where it will not be tripped over.
- Always plug heaters directly into a wall outlet/ receptacle. Never use with an extension cord or re-locatable power tap (outlet/ power strip).
The firebox is UL approved, which means it meets industry standard safety regulations and guidelines. For more information see electric fireplace safety tips.
To set up this wall mount electric fireplace on the wall is a 2 person job. There are 3 mounting slots on the rear of the fireplace spaced 16″ apart so in most houses you will hit studs.
Complete set up instructions can be found in the owner’s manual. Click Here
Assembly Tip: For detailed instructions on how to hang a wall mounted electric fireplace: Click Here
Cost Of Operation
The cost of operation is very comparable to other fireplaces in the same class. There is a big difference in cost between operating the fireplace with the flame and heat together and just the flame effect alone.
- Flame Effect = Less than 1¢ per hr
- 5000 BTU’s = about $.16¢ per hr
What does that mean? If you use your unit in high heat mode for 2 hours a day for a month it will bump up your electric bill by about $10.00per month. In flame effect only mode, same conditions your bill would go up by, maybe a $1.00.
For a very detailed look at calculating the cost in your state and for more details on efficiency, Click this link: Electric Fireplace Cost of Operation and Efficiency
The Warm House Valencia measures 21.7 inches high by 5.5 inches deep by 50.4 inches wide. It weighs 41.8 pounds. The unit is fairly straight forward to install. The fireplace comes with a standard electrical plug on a 5 feet 10 inches long black cord. The fireplace is finished in black.
- Overall Height – Top to Bottom: 21.7 inches
- Overall Width – Side to Side: 50.4 inches
- Overall Depth – Front to Back: 5.5 inches
- Overall Product Weight: 41.8 lbs
- Volts: 120, 60hz
- Amps: 12.5
- Watts: 750/1500
- BTUs: 5000
There are 3 accessories that will enhance your enjoyment of your fireplace; one will provide provide crackling fire sounds, another provides a low tech solution to hide the cord, and lastly and easy way to add program-ability to your fireplace.
1. Crackling fire sound machine. Take your enjoyment of your new electric fireplace up a notch and add the sounds of a crackling fire. For approximately $30 you can add this sound machine, The device is about 2 1/2 ” x 3″ and you can attach it out of site to the fireplace body. Click Here for: Fire Crackle Sound
2. Hide the cord with a paint-able wire channel. Paint to match the color of your walls. These are available at any hardware or big box store or just Click Here for: Wire Covers
3. Socket over heating protection. For an extra layer of protection you may want to consider the ‘Safer Socket’ Fire Prevention Plug, which comes in white. Protects you from overheating wall sockets or surge protectors.Easy to install – no wiring necessary, simply plug into your existing wall outlet and you’re done. Safe Socket
Pros and Cons
I believe the pros far outweigh the cons, but here is a bullet point presentation of the high and low notes:
Real customer reviews were used to produce this list of Warm House Valencia Fireplace advantages:
- “It looks really good”
- “The fireplace is good value”
- “Very easy to hang”
- “The fireplace is realistic”
- “It produces a good amount of heat”
- “Easy to use and the controls are good”
- “A good quality fireplace”
- “Very relaxing”
In many of the reviews it was stated by the customers that they thought their fireplace was “beautiful” and “stylish”. A lot of customers said that they had received many compliments about it from visitors to their homes. Several customers felt that the Warm House Valencia represented very good value for the money that they had paid for it. Quite a few of the customer reviews specifically mentioned how easy it was to hang the fireplace on the wall at home. The installation instructions were good.
There were numerous comments about how realistic the flame effects and burning logs looked. One customer replaced the logs with faux diamonds and said that it looked amazing. A number of customers felt that the heat output of the Warm House Valencia was good, and that it produced sufficient heat for their needs. There were several comments about how easy to use the fireplace was, and that the controls were very intuitive. A lot of the customers really liked the soothing glow that comes from the Warm House Valencia. Customers thought that the fireplace was well made and built to last.
These problems have all been selected from real customer reviews:
- “The heater blows out of the top”
- “It only worked for a few months”
- “You need two people to install the fireplace”
- “There was Styrofoam stuck to the glass”
We are not crazy about top heat discharge fireplaces and a few customers agreed. One or two people did not like the fact that the heat comes from the top of the fireplace. A small number of customers stated that their fireplace only worked for a few months. This was certainly not the general viewpoint and there is a warranty. This came up a few times in the customer comments. This depends on how strong people are to lift the unit in place, and is not a big problem. A handful of people mentioned this. The Styrofoam is used for packing, and any remnants can be easily taken care of by
removing the glass.
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Overall the Frigidaire Warm House Valencia Electric Fireplace is very stylish, and has a realistic fire effect that will create a very nice atmosphere for rooms in your home or office. It will adequately heat a room that is no more than 400 square feet, and the controls are intuitive and responsive.
There were 83% positive ratings for the fireplace (4 and 5 star ratings) provided by customers that had purchased the unit. There were a few negative reviews, but they were rare and not typical of the majority of comments made by users.
This wall mount electric fireplace will be a standout feature in any of your rooms and is a recommended purchase.
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