Freestanding Wine Cabinet:
Freestanding wine coolers are designed to stand alone and not be built in to any cabinetry at all. This type of unit requires a minimum of 3-5 inches around the sides, to the rear and above. This is to allow cool air to circulate correctly but also to allow warm air that has been expelled from the system to escape above.
Freestanding units should never be built into cabinetry as they do not have the necessary parts to create the necessary air flow to enable the cooling process. If there is a lack of ventilation, the performance of the wine cooler will be hindered and may lead to the sealed system (compressor/condenser/evaporator) to overheat and burst or leak.
Please follow the manufacturers instructions carefully when installing a freestanding wine cabinet.
Built-in / Undercounter Wine Cooler:
A built in wine cooler is designed to sit on the floor but with cabinetry enclosing the unit from all sides, just leaving the door exposed. These units have fans on the under side and a grille to the front, this allows cool air to be drawn in to enable the cooling process. Warm air is expelled via another fan or out of the small gaps in the sides depending on the size of the unit.
It is imperative that this type of units grille to the front is not blocked by the plinth or skirting board. If you wish to run a plinth along the front of the unit, a grille must be installed in the plinth so that the unit can still draw in cool air.
Built in wine coolers that are narrower, for example 15cm, 30cm and 40cm wine coolers require a minimum of 0.25cm ventilation space around the sides to allow warm air to dissipate out. Failure to allow the necessary breathing space will hinder the units cooling performance and may void the manufacturers warranty.
Built in wine coolers also require a minimum of 1cm of breathing space, to the rear of the unit to allow for the necessary air flow, but also to ensure that the unit is not touching the rear wall/cupboard as this may cause unwanted vibrations.
Here is an example of a built in wine fridges installation: Installation Diagram.
Integrated Wine Cooler:
Integrated wine cabinets are similar to built in wine coolers but are designed to slot into cupboards to create a floating look.
Integrated wine cabinets require that they are not fully enclosed and have ventilation space to the rear of the unit. A grille must be installed in the plinth and a small duct at the top of the cabinets; this is to allow cool air to enter the system at the back of the wine cooler and warm air to escape above the wine coolers.
Here is an example of a integrated wine fridges installation: Installation Diagram.
Thermoelectric Wine Cooler:
Thermoelectric wine coolers are designed to sit on the floor and should never be built in or integrated to any cabinetry of any kind. They are the most sensitive to changes in ambient temperatures and any installation that does not allow a lot of ventilation space will drastically hinder the cooling performance.
Ensure there is a minimum of 5-10 inches around all of the sides with this type of wine cooler as they do not have the same cooling components as a compressor driven wine cooler.
If you have any questions, regarding the installation of your wine cooler or which unit you need, please contact us before purchasing.