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If you have a wine cellar cooling unit in your wine cellar that’s made by a leading manufacturer such as Wine Guardian, CellarCOOL, or Koolspace, you can be confident that your wine is in a safe environment. Every cooling unit has a lifespan, however. There comes a time when you need to replace your custom wine cellar cooling system. The last thing any wine lover wants is for their cooling system to go out without their knowledge, causing wine to potentially get too warm, which can spoil it quickly. It’s very helpful to know signs to watch out for so that you know your wine cellar refrigeration system may need to be replaced.
Making Strange Noises
Wine refrigeration systems are usually very quiet. If you ever hear noises, it could be an indication that the unit needs to be repaired or replaced. The following provides an idea of various sounds a cooling unit makes plus what may be causing it:
- Squealing is an indication that the fan belt may need to be replaced.
- Rattling could mean that a panel is loose or perhaps that the motor or fan blade is rubbing against another component of the cooling system.
- A hissing noise usually means you have an air or refrigerant leak. This usually occurs near the reversing valve or the compressor.
- A gurgling sound could be a sign that there is excess air in the lines.
Temperature or Humidity Inconsistencies
Important aspects of wine storage include maintaining a constant temperature of 55° to 58° F and a certain, consistent humidity level. Sometimes a faulty thermostat is the problem and all that’s needed is to replace batteries or the thermostat itself. If humidity has become a problem, however, it could be the refrigerant levels in your cooling system are low. Contact a professional technician to determine the refrigerant levels and add more, if it’s needed.
It’s normal for wine cellar refrigeration units to need repair for water leaks. Condensation is produced on evaporator coils on normal days, and it drips into a condensate pan that drains the water. If the drain becomes clogged, the pan will overflow and leak onto the floor. Refrigerant can also leak, but that’s far less common.
If you have your wine cellar built by the dedicated experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars, your cooling unit will be professionally installed and can also be maintained by experts. Always call professionals for wine cellar cooling unit repair as soon as you suspect a problem. Remember that wine cooling units by even the best manufacturers, such as Wine Guardian, CellarCOOL, and Koolspace, have a lifespan and eventually need to be replaced. It’s unnecessary for your wine to get spoiled in the switch from one wine cooling system installation to another.
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What type of cooling system is best for your wine cellar? Is it a self-contained, through-the-wall system (covered in a previous post on this site)? The ductless split wine cellar cooling unit is another of three primary types of refrigeration systems for wine cellars. The third is the ducted split air handler wine cellar climate control system.
No other component of a wine cellar does as much as the cooling unit to provide the ideal wine storage environment. Choosing the right kind of refrigeration unit is essential. Experts like the builders at Rosehill Wine Cellars know which to recommend, based on location, size, and other aspects of the wine cellar. The following is information about a ductless-split wine cellar refrigeration system and a ducted split air handler wine cellar cooling system.
Ductless Wine Cellar Cooling System
There are two mechanical components to a ductless split wine cellar cooling system, and they are: The condensing unit and the evaporator unit. The “split” aspect of the system means that the two primary components are in separate locations. The evaporator coil is placed inside the wine cellar. It doesn’t produce any noise, since all of the noise and heat are produced by the condenser, which is installed in a separate and remote location. The two parts of the unit are connected with small copper tubing and electrical wiring.
Benefits of a ductless split wine cellar cooling unit include the following:
- Maintenance and repair is performed on site.
- The unit is durable and has a long life expectancy.
- There is no fan noise or any other noise produced by the unit in the wine cellar.
- There is no heat exhaust.
- Servicing can be done on site.
Ducted Split Air Handler Wine Cellar Climate Control System
The ducted split air handler wine cellar cooling system is very similar to the above-described unit. The primary difference is that the wine cellar has no visible equipment inside of it. Cooled air is ducted to and from the wine cellar. With a split air handler, the evaporator and condenser are in separate locations7, both of which are outside the wine cellar. The other type has a self-contained air handler, meaning the evaporator and condenser are housed in the same unit.
The Importance of the Cooling Unit
Choosing the right cooling unit is very important and is a decision best left to experts like the pros at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Factors that are considered in determining the size of a cooling unit include size of the wine cellar, insulation, any outdoor walls, whether or not there are glass doors or walls, and the number of wine bottles to be stored. Getting it right is worth it because it all comes down to preserving wine for maximum enjoyment. If you are ready to have a custom wine cellar built, contact Rosehill, where wine cellar construction is what we specialize in.