How To Remove A Built In Wine Fridge

Removing a built-in wine fridge from your kitchen can be daunting, but follow these 10 steps and you’ll have this project knocked out in no time. Before you begin, take some time to research the cost of buying and installing a new wine fridge if you decide to replace it after removal.

That way, you can assess the financial risk of removing it yourself. If you live in an older home, you may need to hire an electrician to come out and check the wiring before starting this project—and that may cost more than the fridge itself!

1) Buy the wine fridge removal kit

If you’re lucky enough to have a custom-built home, odds are there’s an interesting (or useless) feature or two that came along with it. If your dream house has a wine fridge built into one of its walls, chances are you can remove it.

But don’t attempt to do so on your own: You will need specialized tools and know-how before you start hacking away at your drywall. Contact an appliance repair store or local handyman who specializes in appliance removal and ask if they carry any specific kits for removing wine fridges.

Typically there is either an epoxy sealant or screws that need to be removed first and then replaced when you’re done.

2) Disconnect the power to the unit

Unplug your refrigerator. If you have an electrical model, disconnect its power cord from your wall outlet. If you have a gas unit, turn off its propane tank valve. Get your tools: The wine refrigerator is most likely built into a cabinet or wall.

To remove it, you’ll need some basic tools like screwdrivers and socket wrenches to detach bolts that hold it in place. A hacksaw will also come in handy if your wine fridge has wooden panels that need to be removed as part of its removal process.

Measure twice, cut once: Before making any cuts, measure twice—and then make all your cuts at once to prevent additional work down the road due to mistakes later on.

3) Loosen the shelves inside

To loosen up each shelf, use pliers to remove every other screw at every other level. That way, you can pull out individual shelves to avoid damaging anything. And don’t worry about messing up your measurements; if you’re careful and move slowly, you can replace everything exactly as it was when you began. Then again, maybe it will be better if it isn’t perfect—if there are gaps between some of your shelves and their holes, that just gives more room for bottles!

4) Disconnect all of the plumbing lines

In order to remove a built-in wine fridge, you must first disconnect all of its plumbing lines and drain them. This is important to do before you take apart any other part of your refrigerator because it will prevent you from making a mess or accidentally damaging any important components.

If your refrigerator has an internal water dispenser, it may also be connected to one or more plumbing lines, so be sure to stop using these functions before taking it apart. It’s best to leave these things turned off until your new wine fridge is installed.

5) Remove all shelving

Most built-in wine fridges consist of four pieces—the fridge, shelving and a door on each side. Remove both doors and shelves. Now you’re left with just the fridge. Take note of how they were attached to make it easier to put them back later when you’re ready for that red wine...

6) Disconnect it from the wall

Before you can begin removing any components from your wall, you’ll need to disconnect your refrigerator from its power source.

To do so, turn off your circuit breaker and detach any power cables running to your refrigerator. Then, remove any mounting brackets or screws that secure it to your wall; if it’s built into a cabinetry, pull it away as far as possible.

There should be three holes in the back of your fridge–one on each side and one in front–use these as access points for pulling out wires attached inside.

After all, wires are disconnected from inside and outside of the fridge, remove all food items from the fridge and unplug the appliance from the electrical outlet before continuing to the next step.

7) Cut wires where they can be reached

The most dangerous aspect of removing your built-in wine fridge is that you must operate within a space that’s too small to stand up. That means leaning over broken glass, sharp edges and multiple live wires.

The first step is to safely remove as many of these dangers as possible by cutting any electrical wires or glass lying around or within reach. Make sure all pieces are properly labeled, just in case you need to reference them during reassembly; it’s better to be safe than sorry when there’s potential for injury!

8) Completely remove it from your home

Built-in wine fridges aren’t always easy to remove, especially when you have it built into your home. The removal process is simple but time-consuming, so don’t expect it to be quick and easy.

Do your research first by reading about other people’s experiences with removing their own wine fridge. This will give you an idea of what will happen during and after removing your wine fridge.

Ensure that you keep all of your parts/pieces/accessories such as shelves or drawers while they are being removed or they might be damaged or lost during removal.

9) Load it into your truck and take it away

Believe it or not, you can actually hire some companies to come and haul away built-in appliances like old fridges.

The guys who do it will be able to tell you exactly how much they’ll charge to remove your fridge; it’s generally much less than what it costs to buy new one (and definitely cheaper than taking apart).

Look online and you’ll find options based on how far away your fridge is from where they are located. Best of all? They will deliver it right back to your house so that you can keep using it as long as possible!

10) Call in an electrician to do any rewiring if needed.

Depending on your current setup, you may not need an electrician. But it’s best to err on that side. You don’t want to be responsible for fire damage or something equally dangerous.

It’s worth paying someone else to check out your situation and make sure everything is safe before you move forward with removal (and installation of your new unit). It should cost $200 or less. If it costs more than that, find someone else!

Final Word

Where To Start Removing a Built-in Wine Fridge. Pulling out built-in appliances is one of those odd jobs that can feel intimidating, but it’s actually easier than you might think. It doesn’t matter whether your wine fridge is on legs or not; either way, there are some common steps you can follow to remove it successfully and safely.

What follows are detailed instructions for removing most built-in wine fridges without calling in an expert—just keep these general tips in mind: When possible, allow your refrigerator to cool before beginning work.

Then turn off your electricity at least 24 hours ahead of time so you don’t face an unexpected electrical shock during removal. Most importantly, take your time during disassembly and preparation!

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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