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Vinotemp VT-34TS Owner's Manual
VT-34 TS & VT-34 TSWV (34-bottle)
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Your Wine Cellar
This unit can be used for storage and/or service. The unit has a glass door and
a soft interior light to elegantly display your wine.
Serving Wines
Storing wines at the proper temperature is important. To preserve them as long
as possible, wine should be stored at approximately 55° Fahrenheit. However,
the chart below suggests the optimal drinking temperature for the different
styles of wine.
Wine Style
Armagnac, Brandy, Cognac
Full Bodied Red wines, Shiraz
Tawny Port
Medium Bodied Red Wines
Amontillado Sherry
Light Bodied Red Wines
Full Bodied White Wines
Medium Bodied White Wines
Rosé, Light Bodied White Wines
Vintage Sparkling
Fino Sherry
Non Vintage Sparkling
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General Operating Instructions
Remove all external and internal packaging from your wine cellar. Be sure that
all parts have been included before discarding any packaging materials. You
may want to keep the box and packing materials for use at a later date.
Upon receipt and inspection of unit, the supply cord must be replaced if it is
damaged. Contact our customer service at 1-800-777-8466 or
Let the unit rest UNPLUGGED for 24 hours once you have it placed in your
Please fully read the instruction manual.
Save these instructions.
Please read and follow all safety rules
and operating instructions before using.
To register your product, visit:
Register your warranty within 10 days of receiving the unit.
Please be sure to retain your proof of purchase.
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Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ........................................................... 5
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION ......................................................................... 6
PARTS AND SPECIFICATIONS ..................................................................... 7
WINE CELLAR INSTALLATION ..................................................................... 8
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ....................................................................... 8
TEMPERATURE CONTROL ........................................................................... 8
CONTROL PANEL LOCK .............................................................................. 9
CLEANING AND CARE ................................................................................ 9
MOVING YOUR WINE CELLAR ..................................................................... 9
TROUBLESHOOTING ............................................................................... 10
TERMS OF SALE AND WARRANTY.............................................................. 11
SERVICE & IMPORTANT NOTICE ............................................................... 12
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To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using
your appliance, follow these basic precautions:
Use this appliance only as described in this manual. Other uses are not recommended and may cause fire,
electric shock or injury.
This product is intended for indoor, household use.
To protect against electric shock, do not immerse unit, plug or cord in water or other liquids. Avoid locating
the unit in moist areas.
Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the unit.
Unplug from the outlet when not in use, when moving from one location to another, or before cleaning.
To disconnect the appliance, grip the plug and pull it from the wall outlet. Never pull by the cord.
Do not operate the appliance in the presence of explosive and/or flammable fumes.
Do not place the appliance or any of its parts near an open flame, cooking or other heating appliances.
Do not operate the appliance with a damaged cord or plug. If the product malfunctions, or if it is dropped
or damaged in any manner, do not use.
The use of attachments is not recommended and may be hazardous.
Do not operate if the housing is removed or damaged.
A loose fit plug may cause overheating and a distortion of the plug. Contact a qualified electrician to
replace loose or worn outlet.
This appliance is designed for freestanding use only (not meant for built-in installation).
The wine cellar is intended for use in a controlled ambient location such that the ambient temperature
does not exceed 90°F.
Locate the unit away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight
may affect/alter the outside color of the appliance.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or personal injury, unplug or disconnect the appliance
from the power supply before servicing.
WARNING: Risk of child entrapment. Before you throw away your old wine cellar, take off the door and leave
the shelves in place so that children may not easily climb inside.
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Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock.
If the power cord is damaged, frayed or shows cracks or abrasions across
its length, have it replaced at an authorized service center.
For your protection, this unit is equipped with a 3-conductor cord set that has a molded 3-prong groundingtype plug, and should be used in combination with a properly connected grounding-type outlet.
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong from the power cord supplied.
For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.
The cord should be secured behind the unit and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental
A standard electrical supply (120V AC only, 60Hz), properly grounded in accordance with the National
Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances, is required.
Never unplug the unit by pulling the power cord. To disconnect the appliance, always grip the plug
firmly and pull straight out from the wall outlet. When moving the unit, be careful not to damage the
power cord.
The unit should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet with a voltage rating that
matches the rating label on the unit.
Extension Cord
CAUTION: It is strongly recommended that you do not use an adapter
or an extension cord with this unit.
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1. Control Panel
2. Hinge Cover
3. Light
4. Standard Shelf
5. Display Shelf
6. Foot
Item Number
Bottle Capacity
Dimension (HxWxD)
Power Consumption
Cooling System
Ambient Temp. Range
Temperature Range
Rated Voltage
Rated Frequency
Input Power
1 Temp.
VT-34 TS & VT-34 TSWV
Approx. 34
57 Lbs
0.0858 kW.h/24h
*Note: This wine cooler is designed to store up to 34 standard Bordeaux 750 ml bottles. Storing large and/or
oddly shaped bottles (including champagne and sparkling wine bottles) will decrease the capacity of your wine
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Remove the exterior and interior packaging before use.
Check to be sure you have all of the parts and an owner’s manual.
Place your wine cellar on a flat, dry surface that is strong enough to support the unit when fully loaded.
This unit is designed for free standing installation only.
Do not place heavy objects on top of the unit.
Unit is not designed for installation in a garage, basement, or any other location where a controlled
ambient environment between 50° and 90°F cannot be maintained.
Do not place the unit in direct sunlight or near sources of heat. Extreme hot and cold ambient
temperatures may cause the unit not to perform properly or increase electrical consumption.
Do not place the unit next to a major appliance that emits large amounts of heat, such as a
dishwasher, microwave, oven, etc.
Do not plug unit into the same outlet as a refrigerator or microwave.
Before connecting the appliance to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 24 hours.
This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during
Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth before first use.
The unit is designed for freestanding installation only. It is not designed to be installed under a
counter, inside a cabinet, or in any location that does not allow the proper clearances on all sides.
IMPORTANT: To function correctly, wine cooler needs a minimum of 10-12 inches clearance on each
side, 6 inches of clearance at the rear, and unlimited clearance at the top of the cooler.
Gently place/slide the racks into the wine cellar.
Determine the best temperature setting to use.
Place bottles inside the cooler.
Plug the power cord into a standard grounded electrical outlet.
Limit the frequency of opening the door to conserve energy and maintain proper storage temperature.
Turn the interior light on and off by touching the button labeled with a light on the control panel.
Important: When using the wine cellar for the first time, allow at least 24 hours for the internal temperature to
adjust properly. Make sure at least three to five bottles are in the unit.
Your wine cooler has a touch screen control panel located on the upper part of the glass door.
Setting the temperature:
You can manually adjust the temperature inside your wine cooler. Simply press the down
arrow button on the control panel to decrease the temperature and the up arrow button to
increase the temperature by 1 degree increments. The temperature range for this unit is
from 39°F (4°C) to 65°F (18°C).
To switch the temperate display from showing Celsius and Fahrenheit, press the C/F button.
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Your wine cooler is equipped with an AUTOMATIC control panel lock function. This function will
prevent any unwanted changes to your temperature or power settings.
The lock function will activate automatically 12 seconds after the last time a button is pushed on the
control panel.
To unlock the control panel, press and hold the down arrow button and up arrow button for three
seconds, then the control panel will beep and blink, indicating the control panel is active and the
settings can be changed.
Important: In order to operate efficiently, this product should be in an environment with an ambient
temperature of less than 90°F.
Always unplug the wine cellar before cleaning.
Do not use benzene, scrubbing brushes or chemical cleaners as these will damage the unit.
Use only a mild, nonabrasive cleanser to clean the exterior of the cabinet.
Clean the stainless steel door and handle by wiping with a warm water and baking soda solution. The
solution should be about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.
Wash the racks with a mild detergent solution.
Always dry all parts with a clean dry cloth before plugging the wine cellar back into the receptacle.
If the unit will be used for a period of less than three weeks, leave the cooler operating. If the
period of inactivity is several months, remove all items and turn the unit off. Clean and dry the
interior thoroughly. Leave the door open slightly to prevent and possible moisture build-up.
Always unplug the wine cellar before moving.
Always remove all bottles before moving the wine cellar.
Securely tape down all loose items (shelves) inside your appliance.
Tape the door shut.
Be careful of cabinet legs to avoid damage when moving.
Be sure the wine cellar stays in the upright position during transportation.
Protect the outside of appliance with a blanket or similar item when moving as needed.
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You can solve many common wine cellar problems easily, saving you the cost of a possible
service call. Try the suggestions below to see if you can solve the problem before
contacting Vinotemp at
Door will not close
Unit does not
operate—does not
have power.
Power is ON but the
unit will not cool.
The wine cellar is not level.
The shelves are out of position.
The door was reversed and not properly installed.
The door gasket is dirty.
A bottle in the cellar is too long.
Check that unit is plugged into the wall socket.
Make sure the wall socket has power. If outlet is controlled by a
wall switch, make sure switch is set to on. Test wall socket
functionality by testing another electrical appliance in the power
Make sure there are at least 3 to 5 bottles in the unit. When using
the unit for the first time, it can take up to 24 hours to reach the
desired temperature.
If the room temperature is at the high end of the ambient
temperature range, it may have more difficulty achieving a low
internal temperature.
To achieve accurate temperature control, the unit should not be
used or operated in any of the following locations:
o In a sunny place, a room with poor air circulation such as a
garage or near another heat-producing appliance such as a
dishwasher, oven or refrigerator.
o With an outlet shared with a refrigerator, as the refrigerator will
drain power from the wine cellar.
Make sure the cooler has proper clearances at side and rear and is
located in a well-ventilated area.
Door is not closed tightly or is being opened too frequently.
Fan is always
Check to make sure the wine cellar is level.
Frost appears in
cabinet (on back).
Inside light flashes.
Either too much humidity or too low of temperature inside cooler.
Unplug cooler and allow to manually defrost. Reconnect when ice
has melted. If problem persists, contact the manufacturer for
service instructions.
In some instances, this is normal. The light may flash when the
automatic defrost function starts to work.
Set temperature is higher than interior temperature. Adjust
temperature to resolve.
This is simply a function of the cooling system. The lower the
setting, the more the fan will run. If the room is very warm, the
cooler will run more.
The unit has been designed to run continuously when operating at
the lower temperatures.
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(wood) wine cabinets made in the U.S.: all cooling unit parts for a period of 5 (five) years; cabinetry and labor (uninstalled) for a period of
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(twelve) months from date of sale. Thermoelectric Units: 90 (ninety) days from the date of sale (including Wine Coolers, Beer Dispensers,
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no warranty on parts purchased separately. Removal and re-installation of unit is not included in warranted labor. Purchaser’s exclusive
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Upon receipt and inspection of unit, the supply cord must be replaced if it is
damaged. Contact our customer service at 1-800-777-8466 or
The manufacturer has a policy of continuous improvement on its products and
reserves the right to change materials and specifications without notice.
Please do not place the unit within reach of children.
For adult use only.
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