Your Danby wine fridge will not be able to function properly without being set up properly, and there are several things that you will need to do in order to ensure that your Danby wine fridge runs smoothly. The instructions provided in this article will allow you to properly set up your Danby wine fridge, so you can enjoy it for years to come!
Assemble All Parts
Before you begin, make sure you have all of your parts. Double check all of your packaging and make sure that every piece is accounted for and properly identified. Keep in mind that some large appliances come pre-assembled, while others require users to put everything together themselves. Before you get started with any installation, be sure that there are no missing pieces or components, and read over instructions carefully. You may also want to consider familiarizing yourself with the instructions before you start assembly so that you have a rough idea of what goes where.
Plug In All Cords
After making sure that you’ve moved your new appliance out of its box, you will want to plug it in. It doesn’t matter whether it is a desktop or a countertop fridge, there should be at least three cords: one for power, one for water and a third for refrigerant. Ensure that all are fully plugged in before proceeding.
Place in Location
Pick a spot with plenty of ventilation, but still out of direct sunlight. The recommended temperature range for your new fridge is between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so place it somewhere where it won’t get hotter than that in summer and colder than that in winter. If you think you might have trouble remembering where you placed your Danby wine fridge later on, pick an area with high visibility like next to your front door or kitchen counter. This way, when you come home from work or drop by at night, you’ll see it right away.
Unbox your new Danby wine fridge and remove it from its packaging. Make sure you have a damp cloth nearby because there will be a lot of Styrofoam bits in need of cleanup. Place your wine cooler on a level surface (it should remain there for most of its lifetime) and flip open the doors. Hook up your water line, turn on your electricity, and let it sit for 12 hours with no bottles inside; filling with water can take 24 hours, so patience is key during these first few steps. After adding some H2O you’ll hear a few loud gurgles as air bubbles are pushed out.
All refrigerators have their own idiosyncrasies, but in general, you should be sure that your wine is at a cooler temperature than you want it to stay at. Most modern fridges will have a cool setting—try setting your fridge as cold as it’ll go without freezing. If your wine is too cold, move it out of the fridge and let it warm up slightly before serving. Remember: you can keep wine in a cooler for weeks or months on end, just be sure not to expose it to extreme heat until right before you’re ready to drink it.
Remove Cardboard Tabs
Upon receiving your new refrigerator, remove all of those cardboard tabs and plastic wrappers before plugging it in. Yes, they will make it easier for you to get into your fridge later on (and if you’re anything like me, I hate stuff that makes any kind of assembly more difficult), but they can do damage. They provide a very cool surface for mold and bacteria to form, which means you’ll have to clean out your fridge much sooner than you anticipated. If that doesn’t scare you, just know that your food will go bad even faster when stored on them! Upon removing these materials, wipe down all parts of your refrigerator with warm water and soap.
Screw In Feet
The first step in setting up your wine fridge is to screw in its feet. The Danby wine cooler model # CWC1509 has pre-drilled holes located on all four corners of the bottom panel of its body. Simply align these holes with those on your floor and press down on each foot until it makes contact with your floor and stays firm. The feet help keep your wine cooler in place and level, helping to prevent accidental spillage from outside vibrations or overturning from people walking into it as they pass by.
Put Casters On Top Shelf
As tempting as it is, don’t place wine bottles on top of your fridge’s door. The heat from inside will likely cause them to explode and fall off eventually anyway. Instead, add a few casters (like these) to each shelf and make that your wine fridge’s permanent home. Now you can bring out a bottle of red at any time without worrying about its safety or space constraints!
Let Stand 48 Hours
Allow your wine fridge 24 hours with its doors closed and another 24 hours with its doors open before you load it up. This will ensure that both sides are equally cooled, so that your wines aren’t unevenly stored and can be accessed easily. It also gives you time to set up your racks, which should be placed in a grid formation according to type of wine rather than by vintage or brand. You’ll end up rotating them much more frequently if they’re divided by type, so keep that in mind when deciding how you want to organize things!
Buying a wine refrigerator can be an overwhelming task, especially when you’re looking for a unit with as many features as your own personal needs demand. However, if you know what kind of features you need and which ones can wait until later then it will help narrow down your search immensely. Another way of narrowing down your search is to look at some customer reviews on various models of wine refrigerators, but only after reading through some professional reviews.