Can A Freestanding Wine Cooler Be Built In

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Wine coolers are a highly desirable appliance for wine lovers to own. They cool different types of wine to their perfect temperature in order to get the best out of their flavors. They are also good for collecting wine as well as storing expensive opened bottles of wine.

From the variety of wine coolers available, some are freestanding, and some are built into cabinets. In this article, we look at a question which is often asked, and that is ‘Can a freestanding wine cooler be built into a cabinet?’

What are Freestanding Wine Coolers?

Freestanding wine coolers are a type of wine cooler that can be placed at any location within reach an electric power outlet. The fact that they can be used just about anywhere, and are so easy to use, makes them very popular.

Some are small enough to be placed on a countertop or strong table, and the taller ones have the advantage of a greater capacity and can thus accommodate more bottles of wine.

Freestanding wine coolers tend to be manufactured as either a single-zone or a dual-zone cooler. The number of zones is the number of areas in a wine cooler whose temperature you can independently control. The reason this is an advantage is because you can store different types of wines at their most optimum temperatures.

What are Built-In Wine Coolers?

Built-in wine coolers are the type of wine coolers meant for integrated use within kitchen cabinets or cabinets within a professional setting. They are normally located inside cabinets under a countertop, but they can also be placed in cabinets that are higher up.

Built-in wine coolers can be found in restaurants, hotels, and bars as well as in the homes of wine enthusiasts. As they are integrated, proper planning is normally required to incorporate them into the  cabinet units as they are being installed.

Coolers of this type also require an electric connection in the cabinet as they work on the same thermoelectric principle as freestanding coolers.

Can A Freestanding Wine Cooler Be Built In

Construction of the Two Types of Wine Coolers

Both freestanding and built-in wine coolers are meant to perform the same function. However, the difference in their location asks for a different construction as well. If you look at the two types of wine coolers, you will notice there is a vent present in the front of built-in coolers whereas there is no vent in the front of freestanding coolers.

This is the key difference in the construction of these two coolers; therefore, to build an electric cooling appliance, such as a wine cooler that can operate inside a cabinet, a proper means of ventilation needs to be incorporated into the design.

In case of built-in wine coolers, this is done by providing a vent in the front of the appliance. As the heat exchange takes place in the wine cooler, the inner chamber cools down, but the outside heats up. This results in hot air in the area surrounding the core of the cooler.

This air needs to escape in order to disperse the heat, and this is facilitated by the aforementioned vent in the front of the cooler.

Bear in mind that freestanding coolers also require a vent to let the heat out but in these it is located on the back of the unit.

Using Freestanding Wine Coolers Inside a Kitchen Cabinet

As just mentioned, there is a primary difference between freestanding and built-in coolers in respect of where the vent for dissipating heat is located. This difference in positioning of the vent makes it unsafe to use freestanding wine coolers in a cabinet.

These vents allow hot air to escape and if placed inside a cabinet, the air stays trapped inside it due to the vent being at the rear. This can cause very hot air to build up over a period of a few hours usage and can result in the wine cooler overheating.  This can damage the exterior, and other parts of the cooler which are not designed to withstand such high temperatures.

The high heat level also means the unit has to work harder to keep the wine inside cool and this puts more electric load on the thermoelectric system. This increased load can cause electrical components to fail, or worse, burn out, with the potential danger of an electrical fire being started.

So, in response to our original question, ‘Can A Freestanding Wine Cooler Be Built In?’ for several reasons, the answer is ‘No!’

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