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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right wine cooler for your home or business can be an overwhelming task due to the various options that are available to you. At Chill Cooler, we have all the information you need to help pick out the best wine fridge for you and your family so you can enjoy wine at it's very best.

Which wine fridge will suit me best?

See our Wine Coolers Buyers Guide.

Do you supply models that are not listed on the website?

Yes. In some cases, not all units are listed on our website. If there is a particular model you require we can still provide this for you considering we have the brand listed on our website. Use our 'contact us' section or give us a call and we will do the rest.

What temperature should I store my wines at?

Temperature is a crucial storage condition that needs to be controlled. If temperatures are too warm or too cold your wine will spoil. A general ideal temperature would be around 13ºC for both short-term and long-term storage but this varies from wine to wine. Wine should never be stored below -4ºC as wine will freeze, or over 20°C as the aging process will speed up and volatile compounds will be destroyed. The temperature should be kept constant with no temperature fluctuations which will cause the cork to expand and contract allowing air to seep in and wine to seep out.

White wines:

7-8°C: Sparkling wine and simple champagnes, muscats & simple sweet wines.

9-10°C: Sweet wines, late harvest Alsace wines, acidic or light dry white wines.

11-12°C: Dry white wines, medium-dry white wines (Pinot gris d'Alsace, Vouvray), Gewurztraminer, fine champagnes, fine sweet wines, noble grapes.

13-14°C: Best dry white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, vin jaune ("yellow wine") and other oxidative wines.

Rosé wines:

7-8°C: Simple rosé champagnes and other sparkling rosés. 

11-12°C: Classic rosé wines & fine rosé champagnes.

3-14°C: Structured rosé wines & Burgundy rosé wines.

Red wines:

11-12°C: Light & fruity red wines (Gamay).

13-14°C: Low-tannin wines, Beaujolais, Banyuls and other sweet wines.

15-16°C: Rhône, Burgundy & Loire valley wines, & red wines of medium structure.

17-18°C: Bordeaux wines & Port wines. Good structured wines.

19-20°C: Uncommon, developed wines.

Do I need a single or dual temperature zone wine cooler?

This will depend on your needs. A single zone wine cooler can only set to one temperature setting, so this will facilitate the storage of one wine type (e.g. red or white only). A dual-zone wine cooler can set two different temperatures  which can accomodate two wine types (e.g. both red and white).

Why do I need a wine cooler?

Whether you’re ageing wine long-term or simply storing your collection for the right time, they must be kept in the perfect conditions. These conditions need to protect your wine since the slightest variation in temperature or light can permanently damage your wine.

These ideal conditions have always been found in underground cellars, but isn’t always accessible to the average wine collector. Fortunately, with the aid of a modern wine cooler, storing and ageing wines has never been easier.

In order for wine to be stored correctly, four elements need to be controlled: temperature, humidity, light and vibration. These are natural enemies of wine that a wine cooler is designed to control.

What's the difference between a Freestanding, Built-in and Integrated wine cooler?

We can't tell you which model is right for you but with the information below you should be able to decide on what model suits your needs the best.

Freestanding

This type of unit will stand freely from other units and appliances. Freestanding units are more common in larger rooms with more space such as kitchens and basements.

These units have the potential to store large quantities of wine, especially taller models. They are commonly found with glass doors and internal shelving. Units with lots of shelves can hold wine bottles in a horizontal position which is ideal for wine quality, while other units with less shelves can hold units upright depending on preference. Freestanding units can be placed where you like which is a major benefit to freestanding models. 

Can I install a freestanding wine cooler under my counter?

As long as the units are provided with adequate ventilation on all sides the unit can work effectively in maintaining the perfect environment for your wines. Ensure a 2-3 inch space on every side including the roof of the unit to avoid overheating as a result of overcompensation by the compressor. Providing airflow in this way is very important and without it your wine coolers lifespan will be shortened and your unit will not run as effectively.

Built-in

A built-in unit is similar in appearance to a freestanding unit. The major defining characteristic is that they can be built into existing kitchen cabinetry as front vents are provided which allows air to dissipate freely.

Integrated

These units can be discreetly built into existing kitchen counters and cabinets. It can be completely disguised behind a cabinet door that matches your kitchen colour scheme. Door may be either transparent allowing you to showcase your wine selection or opaque, if you prefer to keep your bottles out of sight.

Do wine coolers require maintenance?

Just like a regular fridge, they need to be kept clean and dry to work effectively. Ensure there is no build up of water inside.

How do I clean my wine cooler?

1) Plug out your wine cooler

2) Remove all contents of fridge

3) Clean the inside using a mild cleaner and a cloth/sponge

4) The outside surface can be cleaned the same way

5) Dry any wet areas with a cloth

How can I save energy in dual zone coolers?

When there is a large temperature difference between the upper and lower zones this requires more energy. Aim for a temperature difference below  5 ° to mimimize energy consumption.

What is the product guarantee?

All our products come with a warranty covering parts and labour. This warranty is specific to each brand and you will see the warrany duration on each product page on our website. If any part of the machine fails or a fault develops through normal use, we will repair if for you free of charge.

Customers must install appliance as per manufacturers instructions. Accidental damages to parts are not covered. Service calls must be carried out by authorised engineers.

How can I buy the products?

- By using our site at www.chillcooler.ie

- Sending us an email at info@chillcooler.ie or by using our 'contact us' page.

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