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Things You Should Know About Wine Cooler Maintenance

For a wine enthusiast, having a wine cooler to store your prized collection is a must. Wine coolers are similar to refrigerators and are designed to store wines at a certain temperature and humidity to preserve its flavours and quality. Generally, wine coolers are low-maintenance appliances but there are a few things you can do to keep your wine cooler running without any hiccups. 

 

Placement

 

The right placement or location of a wine cooler is extremely important as it determines how well the appliance will function. A wine cooler must be placed on an even floor and have adequate space around it for ventilation. Avoid placing a wine cooler on carpeting. If your wine cooler has front ventilation, you can place the wine cooler under a counter or a cabinet. Otherwise, keep up to 4 inches of space on each side for proper ventilation.

 

The wine cooler should also be situated away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as windows, ovens, and dishwashers. 

 

Installation

 

Now that you’ve found the right place for your wine cooler, the next step is installation. If the cooler has not been in an upright position, let it stand in the upright position for up to 24 hours before you plug it in (check your manufacturer installation guide for the specific time period). Install the wine cooler as per instructions provided with the appliance and ensure that all attachments are installed securely. The wine cooler may take some time before the cooling process starts. Wine coolers are typically designed to store wine between 55 – 80◦F and you should check the temperature setting once the cooling process starts.

 

It is imperative that the wine cooler is not overloaded. Overloading the wine cooler can affect the way it maintains the inside temperature. Consistent temperature and humidity are a must when storing wine. Before you close the wine cooler door, make sure that none of the bottles is hanging out and that the door closes tightly.


Cleaning

 

Keeping the wine cooler clean is an important part of its upkeep. Before you clean the wine cooler, make sure you switch it off and disconnect it first. Remove all of the wine bottles and shelves. Wipe clean the interior and exterior with a non-abrasive cloth. You can also use a mild solution to clean. Air the unit out before you place the bottles back in the wine cooler and switch it on.


Maintenance and Repairs

 

Some wine coolers have a carbon filtration system that may need to be changed every few months. Typically, the parts that may need repair in a wine cooler are parts such as lights, wiring, rubber gasket, or compressor. During your cleaning process, check to make sure everything is running smoothly. Even if there are small gaps in the rubber gasket around the door, for example, cold air can escape from inside the cooler and affect the temperature inside.

 

Correct placement, installation, and maintenance are key to keeping your wine cooler running smoothly. With regular cleaning and checks, your wine cooler can store your wine collection adequately and preserve its quality.

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