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Frequently Asked Questions

Wood Wine Cabinet Placement
Designating the proper location for your wine cellar is important. There are several considerations which need to be made in order to receive the best performance results from your unit: Weight Factor, Ambient Temperature, Proper Ventilation, Noise Factor, and Electrical.
 
Weight Factor: You will need to take into account that the weight of your wine cellar, fully loaded with wine, can be substantial. This chart specifies the approximate weights of units both empty and filled with wine.
 
Model
Unit Weight
Max Bottle Capacity
Bottle Weight (3 lbs each)
Total Weight
700
550
440
1320
1870 lbs
440
350
280
840
1190 lbs
296
300
224
672
972 lbs
250
275
160
480
755 lbs
230
350
160
480
830 lbs
100
195
80
240
435 lbs
 
Ambient Temperature: The cooling system of your wine cabinet has the ability to cool a maximum of 25 degrees below the ambient temperature in the room. Therefore, you want to place the unit in a room which will not exceed 78 degrees. Otherwise, the unit will not have the capacity to keep the wine at a desirable 55 degrees. On the other hand, you want to make sure the temperature in the room does not fall much below 55 degrees. The unit only has the capacity to cool the wine inside and cannot exceed the ambient temperature of the room. In addition, the unit is designed only to cool to a minimum temperature of 50 degrees.
 
Ventilation: Place your wine cabinet in a properly ventilated location. The cooling system compressor of your wine cabinet will give off heat, which will need to dissipate away from the unit. If the wine cabinet is located within a restricted area and ventilation is not available, then the ambient temperature of the room will increase and thus will prevent the unit from cooling adequately. Be sure to find a location with good ventilation. For standard (rear exhaust) units, the rear of the unit should be placed 6 inches away from the back wall. In addition, there should be 12 inches clearance above the top of the unit and 12 inches on each side. This will assure adequate ventilation of the heat exhaust. (Periodically vacuum the grill of the cooling unit to keep dust from clogging the unit.)
 
Noise: These units are motor driven and do produce a nominal amount of noise while the compressor and temperature equalizer fans are in operation. The noise is comparable to the noise of a refrigerator when it is running. The unit will run continuously during the initial cool down period when the wine bottles are first placed inside the cabinet. After that, the unit will run as needed in order to maintain relative humidity and precise temperature tolerances. The amount of time the unit will need to run is based on the ambient temperature of the room. Front venting cabinets and the Wine-Mate 2500 upgraded cooling system are louder, due to design and size of the compressor. If the unit is placed on a hard surface such as tile or hardwood floors, it is recommended that you consider installing a small piece of carpeting underneath the unit to prevent the unit’s operating noise from echoing against the hard surface.
 
Electrical: We strongly recommend against the use of an extension cord. However, if you still select to use one, it is necessary that it is a UL Listed 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord. The marked rating of the extension cord should be 115V, 15A, or equivalent and not greater than 15 ft. in length.