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Whether by interest or by need, a wine chiller is a handy appliance when it comes to wine storage and aging. Wine chillers might not a popular appliance among common homes it still serves a very good purpose for wine lovers. Studies say that drinking 8 ounces of wine daily could lessen the risks of heart problems. So if you are thinking of storing your wines at home. The wine chiller is your go-to appliance for the best tasting liquor. 

Some wine chiller owners think that the maintenance of this appliance is similar to the usual fridge. Actually yes, it is. Whether you’ve just got your brand new wine chiller or already had one for many years, it is also vital to make sure that you are keeping it running smoothly.  Although these appliances are very low maintenance, there are a few things you can do to help boost its efficiency and longevity.

Check out some wine chiller maintenance tips for the wine lover in you.

1. Install it in a proper location

Installing cooling appliances like refrigerators and wine chillers in a proper location are vital.   This could place out all the difference in helping you chiller run efficiently. It should always be a flat surface. Always make sure that the ground is flat and should be elevated up to 3-6 inches above the ground. That way you can make sure that the appliance floor is not touching the earth for insulating purposes. In this manner, the air temperature is also distributed properly among the racks and interiors of the wine chiller. The mentioned ventilation should also be done on the back and left and right sides of the wine chiller. 

For your wine chiller to run smoothly and to keep its life longer it should be properly ventilated. This includes the installation of the appliance in a proper location.

 2. Never overload

Just like the usual rule of thumb with the refrigerator and freezers never overload wine chillers.  On the box of the wine chiller and even on the manual, you will be able to check its maximum capacity. Don’t worry as all classic wines have uniform bottles and packaging. So you don’t have to worry about its loading capacity. It’s always best to buy a unit with a larger capacity than needed, rather than try to force your varied collection into a too small wine refrigerator. 

If the capacity of the wine chiller is exceeded, you are running into the risk of developing warm areas within the appliance. This often leads to your wine to go bad and taste rancid.  If this issue continues, the overworked wine chiller will likely start to experience other operational issues along the days.

3. Operational Cleaning

It should be a common to-do duty to wipe up the shelves inside your wine chillers.   Wiping is a good practice to get rid of the unwanted things inside the wine chiller. This practice will ensure a bacteria-free environment inside the appliance. But the job only starts from there. In order for your wine chiller to run efficiently and properly, an overall clean up is still needed. You can also perform the process of dusting and vacuuming and the exterior of the wine chiller to eliminate dust on the coils. The coils of the wine chiller are the most essential part of the machine to properly cool the overall storage of the appliance.

You can maximize your cleaning by removing the back panel covers of the wine chillers. In order for your wine chiller to run efficiently make it a habit to do an overall clean up inside out every once in a month.

4. Gasket and Rubber Check

All of the cooling appliances’ doors are circulated and secured with rubber gaskets. This component locks up the cold temperature and makes sure that it properly circulated. In order for you to maximize and properly maintain the wine chiller’s efficiency in its performance, check the gaskets periodically.  There are sometimes that moisture tends to make these rubber brittle. It pays for you to dry wipe the insides of the wine chiller including all of its rubber enclosures. You can actually do the actual pinching test to make sure they are still in shape to perform their job. You have to pinch the rubber and gasket seals. If they went back their original immediately, then the gaskets are still good. If it took them a longer period of time, then it is time to call a wine chiller repair expert to help you change them.

You can also do the paper bill test. Slip a paper bill on the fridge’s door before closing it. Once the bill has been placed, close the refrigerator’s door. Try to move it upwards or downwards, if it moves, it means that there is some air that escapes along the seal, which means it has to be changed.

5. Gentle Operation

Just like any other appliances, the way we operate our wine chiller will surely say a lot about its performance. We should always be more considerate when it comes to operating our appliances especially the wine chiller. It has been proven not only by science but even by experience that gentle operation will help you maintain all things. This starts with the loading and unloading of bottles inside the appliance. This reminds us that we should not let the bottles bang or scratch the inner or outer surface of the chiller. If so, this will make some damages on the styro-coating found on the middle layer of the appliance’s built. Making it even harder for the insulation to cover the areas for a cooler interior.

Wine bottles should not also be placed on top of the unit or allowed to press up against the surface either. This might cause some breakage on the bottle, and might cause liquid drips. This will also make the room of the appliance crowded, and will then lead to overloading.  And might have some more serious issues mentioned earlier. 

Best meals are always accompanied by a fancy and healthy drink. Wine is your best option. So if you already have one, or planning to buy one, always make sure that these simple steps are followed. In this little way, you can add up to an extra 5 years to your wine chiller’s lifespan. You don’t only get to have the best-tasting wine, you also make sure that you are having your investment maximised.