INSTRUCTION MANUAL
BUILT-IN WINE COOLER
MODEL:MWR-542
BEFORE USE, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
Allavino has a policy of continuous improvement on its products and
reserves the right to change materials and specifications without notice
ALLAVINO
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Table of Contents
Diagram and Description
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Safety Tips
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Installation Instructions
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Operation Instructions
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Setting Temperature
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Racking Configuration
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Care and Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Technical Specifications
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Warranty Information
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Diagram and Description
1. Control Panel
2. Circulation Fan
(UPPER ZONE)
3. Interior Light
(UPPER ZONE)
4. Cabinet
5. Door
6. Door Handle
7. Long Shelf
8. Short Shelf
9. Leveling Feet
10. Interior Light
(LOWER ZONE)
11. Circulation Fan
(LOWER ZONE)
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Safety Tips
Before using this appliance, it must be properly positioned and installed as described in this manual, so please read the
manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using the appliance, follow these basic
precautions. Failure to heed these safety requirements may result in severe personal injury or death.
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Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet. Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong
from the power cord supplied, do not use an adapter, and do not use an extension cord.
It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your appliance be used. Do not use outlets that can be
turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Never clean appliance parts with flammable fluids and do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors
and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
Unplug the appliance or disconnect power before cleaning or servicing. Failure to do so can result in electrical
shock or death.
Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your appliance unless it is specifically recommended in this
manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
Use two or more people to move and install appliance. Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.
To ensure proper ventilation for your appliance, the front of the unit must be completely unobstructed. Choose
a well-ventilated area with temperatures above 60°F (16°C) and below 90°F (32°C). This unit must be installed in
an area protected from the elements, such as wind, rain, water spray or drips.
• The appliance should not be located next to ovens, grills or other high heat sources or in areas of extreme cold.
• The appliance must be installed in accordance with state and local codes. A standard electrical supply (115 V AC
only, 60 Hz), properly grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code and local ordinances is required.
• Do not kink or pinch the power supply cord of appliance.
• The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.
• It is important for the appliance to be leveled in order to work properly.
• Never allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance. Child entrapment and suffocation are
not just problems of the past, junked or abandoned appliances are still dangerous. When no longer using your
old appliance, take off the door and leave the shelves in place so that children may not climb inside easily.
• Do not use solvent-based cleansers or abrasives on the interior as they may damage or discolor the interior.
• Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, it is strongly recommended that you do not use an
extension cord with this appliance. However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it
be a UL/CUL-Listed, 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and
that the electrical rating of the cord be 115 volts and at least 10 amperes.
• If the appliance is going to be used in an area that is prone to power surges/outages, it is suggested that you use
a power surge protector. The surge protector that you select must have a surge block high enough to protect
the appliance it is connected to. Damages due to power surges are not considered a manufacturer covered
defect and will void your product warranty.
• The cord should be secured behind the appliance and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental injury.
Never unplug the appliance by pulling the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the
receptacle. Repair or replace immediately all power cords that have become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do
not use a cord with cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When moving the appliance, be
careful not to damage the power cord.
• Do not use this apparatus for other than its intended purpose.
• California Proposition 65 Warning: This product may contain a substance known to the State of California to
cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Failure to heed these safety warnings may result in extensive product damage, serious personal injury, or death.
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Installation Instructions
BEFORE USE:
• Remove the exterior and interior packaging.
• Before connecting the unit to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 8 hours. This will reduce
the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during transportation.
• Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.
• This appliance is designed for both freestanding and built-in use.
• Place the unit on a flat, solid floor that is strong enough to support it when it is fully loaded. To level the
appliance, adjust the front leveling leg at the bottom of the unit.
• When moving your wine cellar, please do not incline it more than 45 degrees.
• Locate the appliance away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight
may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. Extreme cold ambient
temperatures may also cause the unit to perform improperly. The optimal ambient temperature range is 65°F 80°F
• Avoid locating the unit in damp areas.
• Plug the wine cellar into an exclusive, properly installed and grounded wall outlet. Do not under any
circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord. Any questions concerning power
and/or electrical grounding should be directed to a certified electrician or authorized products service center.
• After plugging the appliance into a wall outlet, allow the unit to cool down for 3 to 4 hours before placing wine
bottles or beverage cans in the appliance.
• Note: In a built-in application, the door should protrude at least 1" beyond the surrounding cabinets.
Operation Instructions
The wine cellar should be placed in an area where the ambient temperature range is between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the ambient temperature is above or below this range, the performance of the unit may be affected. For example,
placing your unit in extreme cold or hot conditions may cause interior temperatures to fluctuate.
Your Allavino Wine Cellar includes an operating panel on the front of the unit. The operating panel includes several
features to operate and control the temperature of the wine refrigerator, including:
ON/OFF Switch - Turns on/off the appliance
Temp Set - Displays the desired temperature on an LED display for each temperature zone
Display - Displays the actual temperature on an LED display for each temperature zone
Light - Turns the interior light on or off
Switch - Toggles the temperature display between Fahrenheit and Celsius
IMPORTANT: IN ORDER FOR THIS UNIT TO FUNCTION AT OPTIMUM LEVEL, THE LOWER COMPARTMENT
SHOULD BE SET AT LEAST 4-DEGREES (F) HIGHER THAN THE UPPER COMPARTMENT.
Indicator lights show what type of wine is generally stored at the selected temperature range, if the display is in
Fahrenheit or Celsius and which zone is being displayed. The select button toggles between upper and lower zones.
The unit has a locking door and two keys are provided. To lock the door, turn the key clockwise and turn it
counterclockwise to unlock the door. Keep the keys in a safe place.
If you are going on vacation, you may leave the wine cellar operating during vacations of less than three weeks. If the
appliance will not be used for several months, you should remove all items and turn off the appliance. Clean and dry the
interior thoroughly. To prevent mold growth, leave the door open slightly, blocking it open if necessary.
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Setting Temperature
Different varietals of wine require different temperature settings. Red wine is generally stored between 50 and 65
degrees Fahrenheit, while white wines are stored between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Allavino Dual-Zone Wine
Cellar allows you to store both your red and white wines at the same time, you can set both zones to 50 degrees if you
are only storing one type.
You can set the temperature as you desire by touching the UP or DOWN button. When you touch the buttons for the
first time, the LED readout will show the original temperature set at the manufacturing facility. Each push of the button
will adjust the temperature by one degree in the desired direction. Please be aware that the desired temperatures may
fluctuate depending on whether the interior light is ON or OFF and depending on the orientation of the bottles.
PLEASE NOTE:
• In the event of a power interruption, all previous temperature settings will be automatically saved and each
compartment will return to the previous temperature setting.
• If the unit is unplugged, loses power, or is turned off, you must wait 3 to 5 minutes before restarting. Attempting
to restart the wine cellar before this time has elapsed may prevent it from starting.
• When you use the wine cellar for the first time or restart the wine cellar after having been shut off for a long
time, there will be a few degrees variance between the temperature you select and the one indicated on the
LED readout for the first few hours of operation. After a few hours of operation, the temperature will normalize
to the displayed temperature.
Racking Configuration
Disperse your bottles evenly throughout the unit so as not to concentrate weight in any one area. This also helps to
provide an even temperature range throughout the unit. Make sure that bottles are not all grouped together either at
the top or bottom of the cabinet. The maximum capacity per shelf is 55 lbs. Never try to pull out more than one rolling
shelf at a time as it can cause the appliance to tip forward. Also, be careful that your bottles do not touch either the back
of the cabinet or the step at the bottom because contact with these cold surfaces can cause ice to form in the bottle.
The Allavino Wine Cellar has wood presentation shelves that glide smoothly on ball-bearing tracks which allow easy
access to your entire collection. The top 5 shelves will hold up to 9 regular size bottles, and the bottom shelf will hold an
additional 6 bottles. The overall bottle capacity will vary depending upon the size of your bottles. If you have larger
diameter bottles, you can remove a shelf to accommodate them, but that will affect your overall bottle capacity.
You can remove a shelf to accommodate larger diameter bottles on the shelf below it. To remove a shelf, pull it out as
far as you can. There are levers on each side of the shelf near the rollers. Left the lever on the left hand side and push
down the lever on the right hand side to remove the shelf from the tracks.
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This wine cellar has 5 sliding shelves that can hold up to 9 bottles each and a stationary shelf that holds an additional 6
bottles for a maximum bottle capacity of 51 bottles. The maximum capacity is based on the standard Bordeaux size
bottle. Your total bottle capacity may vary depending upon the size of the bottles in your collection. Refer to the
information below for more specific information about how bottle sizes may affect your total bottle count.
To reach the stated bottle capacity, the sliding
shelves can hold up to 9 bottles alternating the
necks in the middle of the shelf, as shown in the
upper image to the right. The stationary shelf at the
bottom will hold 6 bottles for a total capacity of 51.
With this configuration, not every bottle will be
cradled between the slats so there may be some
shifting when you remove a bottle from the rack.
You can fit 6 bottles across on each sliding shelf so
that each bottle will be cradled between the slats
and will not move. There is enough room in front of
the bottles to store and additional 2 bottles, for a
total of 8 per sliding shelf. The two front bottles will
not be cradled and may shift as you move the
shelves in and out. This configuration will reduce the
overall bottle capacity to 46.
The above bottle capacities are based on the standard Bordeaux bottle. The shelves are removable so you can take one
out to accommodate larger bottle sizes, however, this will also affect the overall capacity.
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Care and Maintenance
Cleaning your wine cellar:
• Turn off the power, unplug the appliance, and remove all items including all shelves.
• Wash the inside surfaces with warm water and baking soda solution. The solution should be about 2
tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.
• Wash the shelves with a mild detergent solution.
• Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth when cleaning area of the controls, or any electrical parts.
• Wash the outside cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
• Do not use steel wool or steel brush on the stainless steel. These will contaminate the stainless steel with steel
particles and rusting may occur.
• Dust the front grill and back of the unit twice yearly. Make sure the power is off before cleaning.
• It is recommended to clean the unit completely inside and out yearly to maximize the longevity of the product.
Moving Your wine cellar:
• Remove all bottles and any other items you may have inside the unit.
• Securely tape down all loose items (shelves) inside your appliance and tape the door shut.
• Turn the adjustable leg up to the base to avoid damage.
• Be sure the appliance stays secure in the upright position during transportation.
• Protect the outside of the appliance with a blanket or similar item.
Troubleshooting
There are many common issues you may experience with your wine cellar that can be solved very easily, without the
need of a service call. Try the tips below to troubleshoot your unit should you experience any problems:
PROBLEM
Wine cellar does not operate
Wine cellar is not cold enough
Wine cellar is turning on and off frequently
The light does not work
Vibrations
The wine cellar seems to make too much noise
The door will not close properly
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POSSIBLE CAUSE
Not plugged in or the appliance is turned off
The circuit breaker tripped or a fuse has blown out
Check the temperature control setting
External environment may require a higher setting
The door is opened too often
The door is not closed completely
The door gasket is not sealing properly
The room temperature is hotter than normal.
The door is opened too often.
The door is not closed completely.
The temperature control is not set correctly.
The door gasket does not seal properly.
Not plugged in.
The circuit breaker tripped or a fuse has blown.
The light bulb has burned out.
The light button is “OFF”.
Check to assure that the Wine cellar is on a level surface.
A faint humming noise may come from the flow of the
refrigerant, which is normal.
As each cycle ends, you may hear gurgling sounds caused by the
flow of refrigerant in your wine cellar.
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause
popping and crackling noises.
The wine cellar is not on a level surface.
The wine cellar is not on a level surface.
The gasket is dirty.
The shelves are out of position.
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Technical Specifications
Bottle Capacity
Up to 51 Bottles
Dimensions
34 1/2" H x 23 3/4" W x 24 5/8"
Weight
113 lbs.
Voltage / Frequency
115v / 60 Hz
Running Amps
2.3 A
Operating Temperature
Upper Zone 41°F - 50°F
Lower Zone 45°F - 64°F
Ambient Temperature
65°F - 80°F
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Warranty Information
WHAT IS COVERED LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY:
For one year from the date of purchase by the original owner, Allavino will, at its option, repair or replace any part of the
unit, which proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use. During this period Allavino will provide
all parts and labor necessary to correct such defects free of charge, so long as the unit has been installed and operated
in accordance with the written instructions in this manual. Allavino will provide you with a reasonably similar
replacement product that is either new or factory refurbished. In rental or commercial use, the warranty period is 90
days. All Allavino Appliances of 3.5 cubic feet capacity or less must be brought/sent to the appliance service shop for
repair.
LIMITED SECOND THROUGH FIFTH YEAR WARRANTY:
For the second through the fifth year from date of original purchase, Allavino Products will provide a replacement
compressor free of charge due to a failure. You are responsible for the service labor and freight charges. In rental or
commercial use, the limited compressor warranty is one year and nine months. Cost to move the appliance to the
servicers’ shop and back to the user's home, as may be required, are the user's responsibility.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED:
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Content losses of food or other, due to spoilage.
Incidental or consequential damages.
Parts and labor costs for the following will not be considered as warranty:
o Door springs, and/or frames.
o Inner door panels, door rails and/or door supports.
o Light bulbs and/or plastic housing.
o Plastic cabinet liners.
o Punctured evaporator that voids the warranty on the complete sealed system.
o Repairs performed by unauthorized servicers.
o Shipping and handling costs associated with the replacement of the unit.
o Service calls that do not involve defects in material or workmanship such as customer education, door
reversal, or proper installation.
o Surcharges including, but not limited to, any after hour, weekend, or holiday service calls, tolls, ferry trip
charges, or mileage expense for service call to remote areas, including the State of Alaska.
o Service calls that are related to external problems, such as abuse, misuse, inadequate electrical power,
accidents, fire, floods, or acts of God.
o Replacement of house fuses or resetting circuit breakers.
Failure of the product if it is used for other than its intended purpose.
This warranty does not apply outside the Continental USA.
SERVICE FOR YOUR WINE CHILLER:
With the purchase of your Allavino appliance, you can have the confidence that if you ever need additional information
or assistance, the Allavino Customer Service team will be here for you. Whatever your questions are about our products,
help is available. Just call us toll-free.
ALLAVINO PRODUCT CUSTOMER SERVICES:
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