Installing a built-in wine cooler is much easier than some think. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, or you have decided to replace a cabinet or appliance with a built-in wine cooler, let’s get you started on how to install a built-in wine cooler.
Before going to a cooler shop, there are some things to consider purchasing a built-in wine cooler. For example, you’d have to consider the vent at the front and prevent obstruction; you’d have to consider the glass door from colliding with other doors.
If there is a built-in wine cabinet already, you must be keen about the temperature of the surrounding environment. This is majorly why thermoelectric cooling systems are not recommended for built-in temperature fluctuations.
Let’s dive right into the steps and things to consider:
1. Measure the space available
Even if you are not planning on installing it yourself, an expert will demand to know the space available. Check online for specifications and dimensions of the cooler you want to buy to ensure it fits with the already measured space. Be sure that you add power supply clearance at the back.
2. Consider the doors
You do not want your wine fridge colliding with other doors to prevent breakage or scratching. Therefore, you can opt for reversible doors or mind the arrangements of the other cabinet doors.
3. Have a power supply ready
A dedicated power outlet for your cooler must be handy before starting the installation. If there aren’t, contact an electrician to do it for you.
4. Create a surface to place the cooler
Let your wine cooler rest on a framework, probably the hard floor surface, and not on carpets to support the cooler’s weight. Metals or plastic sheeting are good materials to be used as stands.
5. Gather the tools
If you are yet to create the space, this is where you begin. The tools for cutting cabinets without creating damage to the cabinets are a sander, level, tape measure, and saw. If you are doing it yourself, you have to be extra careful. If you can’t, you should quickly reach out for help.
6. Remove the existing cabinet doors
Cut the cabinets to accommodate the cooler based on the dimensions. Afterward, remove the shelves from the cooler and place them gently elsewhere. Fix the cooler into the space and see if it fits. If it needs some more adjustments, remove the cooler before proceeding.
7. Carefully place the cooler
Wine coolers are fragile and should be carried and placed with care. Use the level to position it into place. Arrange the shelves back into the cooler.
8. Wait for some hours before connecting to the power
This is to allow the refrigerant to settle and cool before powering.
The above steps should be followed carefully to enjoy a long-lasting operation of the wine fridge. If you do not understand some functions of the wine cooler and how it operates, read instructions from the manual. If it is still obscure, contact an expert for help. You should also have a drip tray at home if there is a leakage in the one that came along the wine cooler.