How to Install a Wall Switch to Gas Logs

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Things You'll Need

  • Old-work single-gang box

  • Pencil

  • Drywall saw

  • Wall switch

  • Two-conductor, low-voltage wire

  • Wire crimpers

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat screwdriver


Leave the switch in the control panel in the "Off" position. The wall switch will control the fireplace.

With gas logs, you never have to shovel ashes again.

Gas logs provide the warmth and beauty of a wood-burning fireplace without the work or mess. The fireplace uses natural or propane gas and synthetic logs to provide an attractive heat source. A thermostat, remote control or switch turns the flames on and off. Most gas fireplaces have a switch mounted in the front, under the fireplace. For a more convenient control option, you can install a remote switch in a location that is more accessible.

Step 1

Turn the control switch on the gas fireplace to the "Off" position.

Step 2

Choose a convenient mounting location for the wall switch in accordance with the fireplace manufacturer's instructions. Place the included gang-box template on the wall in the chosen location. Trace the template with a pencil and cut along the traced line with a drywall saw. Slide the gang box into the hole in the wall and tighten the retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Step 3

Run a section of two-conductor, low-voltage wire from the single-gang box to the control panel of the gas fireplace.

Step 4

Strip 1/2 inch of insulation from the ends of the wire. Slide the provided spade connectors onto the stripped ends of the wires in the gas fireplace control panel. Crimp the connectors securely to the wires. Slide the spade connectors onto the spade terminals on the back of the switch in the control panel, or connect them directly to the pigtail wires, if installed.

Step 5

Turn the wall switch to the "Off" position. Slide the stripped ends of the wires in the single-gang box into the terminals on the back of the wall switch. Press the wires into the terminals until they are secure.

Step 6

Tuck the wires into the gang box and slide the wall switch into the box. Tighten the retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Place the cover plate over the wall switch and tighten the retaining screws with a flat screwdriver.

Step 7

Turn the wall switch to the "On" position to activate the fireplace.

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David Young

David Young has written for the website for the Save Darfur Coalition and is currently writing articles for various other websites. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Western Carolina University.