Is it really necessary to wait 24 hours before running the system? The answer depends on how the unit has been shipped, stored or installed.
If the unit has been flat and upright for at least 24 hours, you can run it right away. If you are unsure what state the cooling unit was in during shipment, it is always safest to wait 24 hours first.
Why Do I Need to Wait?
The compressor uses thick, viscous oil to lubricate its internal components. The oils need 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, just like you’d take care of a car engine when you get a new car.
Once the cooling unit is turned on, ease the temperature down slowly, making sure the cooling unit stays upright. For long-term maintenance, keep the coils clean, replace the filters often, and enjoy your perfectly aged wine!