How to Install a Wine Cooler

It’s very easy to get a wine cooler installed in your home. There are some things you need to consider first, and then it’s a pretty straightforward process to get you up and running. In this nifty guide, we’re going to detail those steps and inform you how to install a wine cooler in your own kitchen.

Whether its freestanding or built-in, we’ll give you all the information you need to set your wine cooler up and take your collection to the next level. Before we get into the how, it’s important to know the what and why.

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What Type of Wine Cooler Should You Choose?

One of the first things you need to consider is whether you go for a freestanding wine cooler or a built in one. We’ve already created an article that addresses this comparison. Check out our guide on freestanding vs integrated wine coolers here.

If you can’t read our guide, the main points are these:

  • The designs are very similar in terms of internal layout. You can choose different storage options such as wooden shelves or metal bottle racks to suit your collection.
  • For more capacity, go for a freestanding wine cooler. Some models will store over 200 bottles whilst integrated models tend to hold less than a 100.
  • If you’re limited on space, a freestanding model can be installed and moved anywhere. An integrated model will blend seamlessly with the design of your kitchen if you have room for it, making it a sleek design feature.

Think about whether you want an upright wine cooler, an undercounter model or a wine fridge with multiple temperature zones. Think of the width and where it will go in your home. There are three things to keep in mind when picking the location:

  • Light – Try and keep your wine fridge out of direct sunlight. Some models come effaced with glass that protects against UV rays, but this shouldn’t be your only countermeasure against the sun.
  • Air flow – This only applies if you’re installing in a cabinet, but your wine cooler needs a couple inches of space behind it, a couple more on top and an inch either side to work properly.
  • Temperature – Placing your wine fridge next to your dishwasher, oven or in direct sunlight gives it more work to do to keep your bottle refrigerated.

Once you’ve taken all these factors into consideration, you can then choose your wine fridge. Once you’ve chosen your wine fridge, you need to know how to install it.

How to Install a Built-In Wine Fridge

If you’ve opted for a built-in wine cooler, here are the steps you need to follow to install it. You need the following items:

  • Spirit Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Scrap Wood (if wine cooler doesn’t have adjustable feet)
  • Manual for Wine Cooler

Follow these steps to get your built in wine cooler up and running:

  1. Check your power supply. Make sure your wine cooler will be within reach of a power source. Try to avoid using an extension lead unless absolutely essential. This will also be discouraged by the maker of your model and could disqualify any warranties.
  2. Make your measurements. Using your tape measure, measure out the space your wine cooler will be going in. Make sure there’s room to fully open the doors and there’s some space for the cooler to ventilate. Many built in models will come with ventilation on the front but you also need to make sure the side ventilation isn’t blocked and that it won’t overheat.
  3. Carefully position your wine cooler into the space you have prepared. Plug it in but don’t switch it on. If your wine cooler has mounting plates, fasten these to the cabinet to secure it. Use your Phillips head screwdriver to do this.
  4. Make sure the cooler is level. You don’t want bottles to roll in your cooler, so make sure that your shelves and storage are level inside the unit. If it isn’t level, there should be adjustable feet to the bottom of the unit. You can normally adjust these by hand but consult the manual of your model to make sure you you’re adjusting correctly.
  5. Leave for two hours. The coolant inside the unit needs to settle after moved in before using it. Let the gases settle for a couple hours before switching it on.

There you have it, that’s all you need to do to get your built in wine cooler up and running. You’ll only need to do some straightforward measuring, crewing and levelling. Make sure you exercise caution when moving the unit. Do not attempt to lift the cooler by yourself and take care not to damage your flooring.

How to Install a Freestanding Wine Cooler

You can install your freestanding wine cooler by following the exact same steps as above except with less hassle. There’s no need to fasten any mounting plates. You simply move it to where you want it and plug it in.

If you’re installing a freestanding unit underneath a counter in your kitchen, then make sure you’ve allowed for ventilation as freestanding models don’t always have front ventilation.

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