Wine coolers are essential to the storage of quality wines. In order to assure the wine cooler runs smoothly over the course of its life, there are installation and maintenance requirements you must adhere to.
1. Place your wine cooler in an appropriate location: Wine coolers require two ambient elements to run smoothly. First, keep the wine cooler out of direct sunlight. Second, provide ventilation for the wine cooler. The cooler the location, the less the motor will run - which will increase its lifespan. Also, the wine cooler needs the capacity to move warm air away from the cooling unit.
2. Install the wine cooler correctly: A wine cooler, like a refrigerator, has a cooling unit that contains freon. The freon must be stable prior to the unit’s activation. So, after moving the cooler to the location you’ve chosen, allow it to sit for 12 hours. Additionally, a wine cooler must be level or damage can occur to the motor if it runs at an angle for an extended period of time.
3. Stock the wine cooler to capacity, not over: The capacity of a wine cooler is not determined by the number of bottles that fit inside. The capacity of a wine cooler is determined by the number of bottles a cooler can keep at optimum temperature without overexertion. Every wine cooler is different, so read the manual to determine how many bottles you can keep inside it.
4. Clean the wine cooler regularly, especially around the motor: Keeping the front of a wine cooler clean is important for aesthetic purposes. However, to extend the life of your wine cooler, you need to clean around the motor, the cooling unit, and the filters regularly. Dust and debris will accumulate as air convection is a consequence of the cooling process. Wipe the electrical components of your wine cooler down with a dry rag regularly.
5. Replace carbon filters as scheduled: Most modern wine coolers have a carbon filtration system that prevents odors from damaging the wine by permeating the cork. The filters are not self-cleaning, so they must be replaced on a regular basis - anywhere from once every 3 months to once every 9 months. Follow the replacement schedule strictly to protect your wines.