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How To Remove Heatilator Fireplace Doors

Removing old bifold doors from your Heatilator fireplace is simple. Here’s 6 steps to make this process as quick and easy as possible:

  1. Make sure your fireplace is off

    • Double check that your fireplace has completely cooled and is safe to approach before beginning to remove the doors.
  2. Fully open doors

    • Open the fireplace doors all the way until completely folded.
  3. Locate the tension clips

    • The tension clips (or spring brackets) are the holes located at the corner of the fireplace where the fireplace door pins get inserted.
    • Location of tension clips on fireplace door frame
  4. Push up on the top clip

    • With the doors folded and open, push up on the top tension clip. You may do this with a screwdriver. This will reduce the pressure on the door and allow the door pins to slide out.
  5. Slide top door pin out of clip

    • While pushing up on the tension clip, slide the top door pin out and gently angle away from fireplace
    • How to remove fireplace door
  6. Remove bottom door pin

    • With the top door pin removed from the tension clip, you should be able to easily remove the bottom pin

Removing the frame (optional)

If your fireplace doors were attached to a frame, you’ll need to remove it before installing new ones. Once you’ve removed the doors, using a screwdriver or drill, remove the screws that attach the frame to the firebox and slide out the frame.

Removing additional parts

Sometimes you may need to remove some of the original parts of your Heatilator fireplace to ensure a proper fit for your new doors. This is common and nothing to worry about. Just keep in mind, the metal face around your fireplace is usually connected to the unit and cannot be removed. Only the doors and frame can be removed safely.

Additional fireplace parts to remove Removing old top door track

Having trouble? Leave your questions and comments below!

6 thoughts on “How To Remove Heatilator Fireplace Doors

  1. I would like to remove the screen rails on my El36 for a cleaner look. How do you do this?


    1. Hello! If you’d like to send us an email with some pictures so we can see the pieces you’re referring to, we’d be happy to assist further. Our email is [email protected]

  2. My wood-burning fireplace has been converted to gas logs. We have a Heatilator fireplace with screens only. Can this be converted to one of your glass doors?

    1. Hello Larry. Most Heatilator fireplaces can be fit with one of our door sets. Please send us an email to [email protected]. If you know your model number, include that in your email. We’d be happy to assist you further from there.

  3. Hi,
    I have a Heatilator fireplace, model #EL36, and wanted to know if a replacement doors option ($199) will fit. I do not see EL36 model list on here so is E36 is the same? Also, could you please show how to measure the height with photo? I think my model is 36″ wide and 20.5 inches tall but then I see the standard dimension for EL36 and E36 is 36″ x 20 15/16″.


    1. Hi Tony, Give us a call M-F 800-897-7175 ET. The $199 door is not an option based on the small recess depth. We can show you other options.

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