Wine Cellar: Wait 24 Hours before Turning on Your Cooling Unit

This is a common question from customers – is it really necessary to wait 24 hours before running the system? The answer depends on whether how the unit has been shipped, stored or installed in the previous 24 hours. If the unit has been flat and upright for 24 hours, you don’t need to wait 24 hours before running the unit.

Why after the test run must one wait 24 hours to turn the unit on for good?


The compressor uses thick, viscous oil to lubricate its internal components.

The oils needs to be in the bottom of the pan when the compressor starts up, otherwise damage will occur to the components. The damage may not be immediately noticeable, but the lifespan of the components will be reduced.

If you want to maximize the lifespan of your cooling unit, take care of it – like you’d take care of a car engine when you get a new car. Ease the temperature down over time, make sure the cooling unit stays upright, keep the coils clean – and enjoy your perfectly-aged wine!

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