5 Tips To Keep Your Portable Wine Cooler Running Smoothly
by Jennifer Kristensen on Jan 24, 2023
Having a portable bottle wine cooler is an incredible experience for any wine enthusiast. It allows you to store and chill your favorite wine anywhere in your home, keeping every wine bottle at the right temperature. As long as you take good care of your portable bottle wine cooler, you can also expect it to last for years.
When you’re actively using your wine chiller to store your favorite wine bottles, it’s essential to ensure that the appliance continues running smoothly. Luckily, portable wine coolers don’t require much maintenance to stay at their best. This article shares the best tips you can use to keep your portable wine cooler running smoothly and your favorite wine at the perfect temperature.
Why Is Maintaining My Portable Wine Cooler Important?
Whether you’ve had your portable wine cooler for years already or you’ve just started to install it, you might be wondering why maintaining your portable wine cooler is essential. After all, the appliances are advertised as extremely convenient, and it wouldn’t make much sense for them to require intensive work.
A portable wine refrigerator is indeed a low-maintenance device, but there are still a few steps you need to take to keep everything working as it should. Taking the time to do these basic maintenance routines every few months will ensure you don’t have wine spoilage, which can quickly end up saving you a lot of stress (and money!) in the long run.
1. Watch Out for Mold and Mildew
As far as disasters go, one of the absolute worst things that can happen in your portable wine cooler is the buildup of mold and mildew. For this reason, you’ll want to remain extra vigilant as you use your wine cooler to ensure that your cooler or bottles in your wine fridge aren’t damaged.
If you notice early signs of mold or mildew forming in your portable wine cooler, you can generally get rid of it by just wiping it off. If the mold or mildew seems to have spread, you can use specialized cleaners to kill the mold and ensure it’s completely gone.
2. Don’t Overload Your Portable Wine Cooler
You want to keep your favorite wine bottle at the ideal temperature (link to Wine Cooler Temperature Guide - 5 Steps For Storing Wine). If your wine cooler is overloaded past its capacity, it won’t be able to keep all of the wine bottles properly chilled.
Generally, you should keep the number of bottles in your portable wine cooler at or below the capacity for which the wine chiller is rated. If you put extra bottles into the cooler, you may find that certain sections of the cooler stay slightly warmer — causing perfectly good bottles of wine to spoil.
It’s important to note that wine coolers are generally rated on how many Bordeaux-style 750ml wine bottles they can hold. If you have bottles of another size, you can estimate using the milliliters to determine if your fridge is under or over capacity.
Clean Your Portable Wine Cooler Regularly
It’s safe to say that one of the most important things you can do to keep your portable wine cooler running smoothly is properly maintaining it. While portable wine coolers don’t need much actual maintenance, you can keep the appliance in good condition by regularly cleaning it. This will keep the components of the cooler working smoothly.
To deep-clean your portable wine cooler, you can start by checking if the manual that came with your wine cooler provides specific cleaning instructions. You’ll also need to remove all of the cooler's contents, including each wine bottle and the shelves. Finally, you’ll need to completely power the wine cooler off before you start.
You should wipe the wine refrigerator's interior using non-abrasive cleaning supplies, taking extra care to clean the fans and visible components. The best cleaning material you can use is a clean and dampened cloth, but sponges are also a good option. You should clean your wine fridge at least every six months.
Before putting everything back into place, you should also ensure that your wine cooler is still filtering correctly. Many wine coolers come with built-in carbon filters that help buffer odor buildup, but these filters become less effective as time passes. You should change the filters in your portable wine cooler every six months.
4. Install Your Portable Wine Cooler Correctly
There are a lot of advantages to having a small, portable wine cooler. It’s easy to install, and unlike traditional appliances, it requires very little commitment. As you install your portable wine cooler, however, it’s essential to ensure that you do so properly. The best way to start is with the manual that comes packaged with your wine cooler.
There are a few tips every wine lover can use to make the installation process go as smoothly as possible, though. You should allow the portable wine cooler to sit upright for at least 24 hours after you unbox it, ensuring that all components can settle properly inside before turning it on.
You should also ensure that the cooler is properly placed using a carpenter’s level. If it seems to be sitting at an angle, most wine coolers are built with leveling legs that you can use to adjust it.
5. Place Your Portable Wine Cooler Properly
If you’re planning on installing a new portable wine cooler in your home, it’s safe to say that you want it to function at its best. Depending on where you place your wine cooler, however, you may notice that its performance differs. You should place your new wine cooler outside of direct sunlight in a location where it will be adequately ventilated.
It’s essential to keep your portable wine cooler outside of direct sunlight or beside appliances that produce heat because the heat can impact the cooler’s ability to refrigerate. Wine is susceptible to heat, and if the wine cooler is improperly placed and unable to cool, the quality of the wine may suffer.
You can’t forget to ventilate your wine cooler, either properly. If your wine cooler is ventilated from the front, you can place it in any open or confined space you desire. Wine coolers ventilated from the sides, however, should be kept in the open. If ventilation is impeded, your portable wine cooler won’t be able to function correctly.
Keep Your Portable Wine Cooler Running Smoothly
There’s no doubt that portable wine coolers are an incredible addition to the home of any wine lover. If you want to continue enjoying all the convenience your wine cooler has to offer for years to come, it’s important to ensure that the cooler is properly maintained. If you use these tips, you won’t have any issues keeping your wine cooler running smoothly. Get ready to grab your favorite bottle of sparkling wine, red wine, white wine, or champagne and a bottle opener for a perfectly chilled drink.