Myth Busted: Mounting TV Over Gas Fireplace Damages TV | Debunked
You might have heard that mounting a tv over a gas fireplace can damage the TV or cause neck strain. Neither is true. If by chance you’re thinking about mounting a tv above your gas fireplace, Samsung says, have no worries: In the hands of a custom tv mounting specialist, these false myths hold no merit.
Mounting a TV Over A Gas Fireplace Reasons
To liberate your cluttered Living Room, mounting a TV over a gas fireplace might be what the doctor ordered. Fireplaces are the most aesthetically pleasing, attractive, and outright gorgeous focal point of the house. For mounting TVs, they are some of the most structurally sound places to mount. Often the theme of a home will feature the fireplace as the focal point in a living room or great room– mounting your TV to the fireplace can free up much need space for other pieces create a wow factor to the room while also alleviating a TV tip-over tragedy.
The Three Most Common Fallacies About Mounting A TV Over A Gas Fireplace
There’s no way to run power to the TV at all, or at least not without visible wires.
The angle of an LCD TV against the fireplace will strain your neck.
The heat or soot from the fireplace combustion will detrimentally affect the bottom edge or insides of the TV mounted above the mantel on a stone or brick fireplace.
No Truth in Myths: Mounting A TV Over A Gas Fireplace Is Safe
Fireplace TV Wire Concealment
Prewiring or outlet relocation is a straightforward process in many cases. In other cases behind wall wire, concealment, while possible, may not be economically feasible. If you have a more recent home, your fireplace is probably already prewired for electrical, HDMI, and coax. Even if you do not have a prewired fireplace, the ability to become properly wired is possible, be it at a higher cost than you might be willing to pay. There is also the option of wire tracking to conceal wiring. While not invisible, it offers an attractive alternative to the more expensive option of hiring an electrician, drywall, and painting crew. Then you still have to mount the tv afterward. While many fireplaces can be post-wired, due to housing code and fire-blocking, many can’t be done without extensive work. As I mentioned earlier, anything is possible but are you willing to pay for it?
TV Mounting Over Gas Fireplace Causes Neck Strain
When mounting a TV above a fireplace, we recommend either a tilt mount or an articulated mount. Articulated mounts tilt both on a Y and X-axis– which means no glare or sore neck. While the use of tilt mounts is acceptable, using a reasonably priced, commercial grade full motion arm or “swivel” bracket to hold the flat screen will allow you to alter the angle and the axis of the flat screen for superior viewing.
Mounting A TV Over A Gas Fireplace Damages TV
First off, the heat and soot are minimal in wood-burning and non-existent in gas fireplaces 24 inches over a firebox. Have you ever touched the top of your fireplace? Was it warm? Like a laptop or most electronics, a flat panel or LCD TV will give off a certain amount of heat during normal working conditions. Still, a TV properly mounted over your gas fireplace, even wide-open, will not trigger the TV to become any hotter than normal. Gas fireplaces are always safe. Would burning fireplaces be a little different and must be treated that way. Most wood-burning fireplaces must meet the basic residential building code is constructed to trap all the heat and smoke of flames inside the flue– and are so well-insulated that no smoke or heat should ever ruin your TV. If your friends go crazy stoking the fire and a flame is leaping out your firebox, nothing’s safe.
Honestly, the fireplace TV mounting experts at South Charlotte Services have done hundreds of brick, sheetrock, and stone fireplace TV installations in the Charlotte area. Our specially-trained techs have the practical know-how and experience that comes with daily exposure to these and other types of specialty installations. No two fireplaces are precisely the same, but our experts have never come upon one which was impossible to mount. We know what we’re doing, period. This means your installation, whether above a fireplace or on a ceiling, will be of the highest possible quality and will always meet or go beyond your exact expectations.
Below is a video that shows the proper method of mounting a tv over a gas fireplace. In this case, it was a stacked stone fireplace, which required commercial still toggles. We never compromise the stacked stone by drilling directly into it. Hammer drills can break the stone’s cleats, causing displacement. Using 4-inch commercial toggles, we can go through the mortar joints and backer board, ensuring a sturdy tv wall mount without damaging the expensive stonework.
If you would like a free online quote or would like to learn more about fireplace TV installs, contact the audio/video tv installers at South Charlotte Services at 704-442-7019 or visit southcharlotteservices.org for more information.