Vinotemp | VT-32TSFE-SM | Owner's Manual | Vinotemp VT-32TSFE-SM Owner's Manual

VT-32TSFE-SM (33 bottles)
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Your Wine Cellar
This unit can be used for storage and/or service. The unit has a glass door and 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
-Save these instructionsTo 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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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS .................................................. 6
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION ............................................................... 7
PARTS AND SPECIFICATIONS ........................................................... 8
INSTALLATION ............................................................................... 9
OPERATING YOUR WINE COOLER .................................................... 10
CARE AND MAINTENANCE .............................................................. 12
TROUBLESHOOTING ...................................................................... 13
TERMS OF SALE AND WARRANTY .................................................... 14
SERVICE & IMPORTANT NOTICE ...................................................... 16
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To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using your
appliance, follow these basic precautions:
Do not operate this or any other appliance with a damaged cord.
Do not operate if housing is removed or damaged.
Exercise caution and use reasonable supervision when appliance is used near children. Never
allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance. Keep packing materials away
from children.
Before performing any maintenance or cleaning, ensure that the unit is unplugged or that the
power line is disconnected.
Do not clean appliance with flammable fluids. 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.
Exercise caution when moving and installing the unit. The cooler is heavy and may require two or
more people when moving the unit to prevent strain or 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 and below 90°F.
Locate the unit away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc).This
unit is intended for indoor use only and must be installed in an area protected from the elements.
Place the appliance on a solid, level surface.
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.
Connect to properly polarized outlets only. It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only
your appliance be provided. Use receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Be sure that the plug is fully inserted into the receptacle.
To protect against electric shock, do not immerse appliance, plug or cord in water or other liquids.
Avoid locating the unit in moist areas.
This appliance is designed to be built-in (fully-recessed) or freestanding.
Do not use this appliance for other than its intended purpose. For indoor, household use only.
Do not operate the unit with wet hands, while standing on a wet surface or while standing in water.
Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents or abrasives on the interior of the cooler. These
cleaners may damage or discolor the interior.
Keep fingers out of pinch point areas and be careful when closing doors if children are around.
This appliance is designed for storing and cooling wines. Do not store perishable food or medical
products within the unit.
When disposing of refrigerated appliances, special handling is often required. It is the consumer’s
responsibility to comply with federal and local regulations when disposing of this product.
WARNING: Risk of child entrapment and suffocation. Before you throw away this or an old unit,
take off the door. 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
grounding-type plug, and should be used in combination with a properly connected grounding-type
• 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 injury.
• A standard electrical supply (115V 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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Model No.
AC 115V
60 Hz
Ambient Temperature Range
60°- 90°F
Control Temperature Range
40°- 72°F
Power Consumption
Input Power
Net Weight
81 LBS
Gross Weight
87 LBS
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Box Dimensions (W x D x H)
14.75” x 22.5” x 33.125”
16.3” x 24.8” x 33.5”
*Note: This wine cooler is designed to store 33 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 cooler.
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Remove all packing material before using your wine cooler.
IMPORTANT: Before connecting the unit to a 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 transportation.
Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water and a soft cloth.
This unit is designed for freestanding, indoor use only. Position the unit in a dry and wellventilated place. Avoid placing the wine cooler near any source of heat or moisture, or in direct
sunlight. Do NOT install the unit in a location with an ambient temperature that will fall below
For built-in installation, leave a ¼” (6.35mm) space on each side and at the top of the wine cooler
to ensure proper air circulation to cool the compressor and condenser. Also, be sure to not
obstruct the front exhaust vent with any objects as this may affect the unit from performing
For freestanding installation, 6” of space at the back, 10-12” of space on each side, and unlimited
clearance at the top of the wine cooler are suggested to ensure proper air circulation to cool the
compressor and condenser. Do not place underneath a table, counter top, or anything of the sort
as this will not allow for proper air circulation.
Place the wine cooler on a level surface strong enough to support it when it is fully loaded. To
level the wine cooler, adjust the front leveling legs at the bottom of the wine cooler.
For best performance it is recommended that you install the appliance in a location with an
ambient temperature between 72°-78°F. If the ambient temperature is above or below
recommended temperatures, the performance of the unit may be affected.
It is recommended that you do not install the appliance near an oven, radiator or other heating
source. Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical
consumption. Don’t install in a location where the temperature will fall below 60°F (16°C). For best
performance, do not install the appliance behind a cabinet door or block the base grille.
Avoid locating the unit in moist areas.
Plug the wine cooler into an exclusive, properly installed-grounded wall outlet.
Pull away the door gasket in the area where the
handle is to be installed. The gasket is easily
removed by hand, no tools are necessary.
Insert the two (2) Phillips head screws with the lock
washers and flat washers through the gasket side
of the door frame until the screws pass through the
door frame. Follow the sequence shown in the
Align the handle with the screws installed in the
above step. Tighten the screws using a Phillips head
screwdriver until the handles secure tightly against
the door frame. (DO NOT over tighten as this will
cause damage to the handle assembly).
Replace the door gasket to its original position.
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To control this appliance turn on/off. To turn OFF the appliance, touch and hold the
mark for 5
To control the inner light turn on/off.
Used to raise (warm) the set temperature by 1°C or 1ºF.
Used to lower (cool) the set temperature by 1°C or 1ºF.
ºF/ºC Selector
Select the temperature display setting in Fahrenheit or Celsius degree. To change the temperature
from Fahrenheit to Celsius or from Celsius to Fahrenheit, touch and hold
mark for 5 seconds.
The controls will be locked automatically after two minutes. To release the lock, touch the
marks at the same time for at least 5 seconds.
• You can set the temperature as required by pressing the UP or DOWN button. When you press the
two buttons for the first time, the LED readout will show the original temperature set previously (the
temperature preset at the factory is 54ºF/12°C).
• The temperature will increase 1ºF/1°C if you press the UP button once, or the temperature will
decrease 1ºF/1°C if you press the DOWN button once.
• To view the “set” temperature at any time, press the UP or DOWN button, the “set” temperature will
temporarily “flash” in the LED display for 5 seconds.
• The internal storage temperature will appear in blue color in the temperature display window.
NOTE: When using the unit for the first time or after a long period of inactivity, there may be a
variance of a few degrees between the selected temperature and the temperature indicated on the
LED readout. This is normal due to the length of inactivity, and will correct itself after the unit is run for
a few hours. If the unit is unplugged, has lost power or is turned off, wait 3 to 5 minutes before
restarting the unit. The unit will not restart before this time delay.
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The Dynamic Cooling feature enables the relative humidity inside the unit and the temperature to be
distributed evenly around the interior so you can store all your wine under exactly the same excellent
conditions. If you would like to use the unit to store wine long term, the dynamic cooling is a must.
This will create a continuous climate in the cabinet which imitates that of a wine cellar.
In the Dynamic Cooling mode, the interior fan circulates the inside air evenly until the set temperature
is reached. Dynamic Cooling is the factory preset mode. To change to Silent mode, touch and hold
the UP key for approximately five seconds. The wine cooler will beep three times to confirm silent
mode is on. To change back to Dynamic Cooling mode, touch and hold the DOWN key for
approximately five seconds. The wine cooler will beep five times to confirm Dynamic Cooling mode is
While bottles may vary in size and dimension, approximately 33
traditional Bordeaux 750ml bottles can be stored in your wine
cooler with 5 bottles on each full size shelf and 3 bottles on half
size shelf.
Bottle capacities are approximate maximums when storing
traditional Bordeaux 750 ML bottles and include bulk storage.
5 Bottle Arrangement
NOTE: Wine bottles on bottom shelf cannot be longer than
approx.12 inches.
3 Bottle Arrangement
To avoid damaging the door gasket, ensure that the door is fully opened when pulling the shelves out
of the rail compartment.
The slide-out shelves allow bottles of wine to be viewed and removed more easily. Any of the
shelves can be removed to store larger bottlers.
For easy access to the storage bottles, you must pull the shelf approximately ⅓ out of the rail
compartment, however this unit was designed with a plastic post on each side of the shelf track to
prevent bottles from falling.
When removing the shelf from the rail compartment, make
sure to remove all items first. Then move the shelf to the
position where the notch of the shelf is exactly under the
plastic post and lift the shelf. In order to replace the shelf,
repeat steps described above in reverse.
Your unit is provided with a lock and key combination. The keys are located inside the plastic bag that
contains the Owner’s Manual. Insert the key into the lock and turn it counterclockwise to unlock the
door. To lock the door do the reverse operation making sure the metal pin is engaged completely.
Remove the key and place it in a secure place for safekeeping.
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IMPORTANT: Always unplug the unit before cleaning or performing maintenance. Never use harsh
cleansers or scouring pads to clean any part of the unit.
• Turn off the power, unplug the appliance, and remove all items including shelves.
• Wash the inside surfaces 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 shelves with a mild detergent solution.
• Wring excess water out of the sponge or cloth before cleaning control panels or any electrical
• Wash the outside cabinet with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Rinse well and wipe dry
with a clean soft cloth.
The evaporator behind the rear wall of the unit defrosts automatically. The condensate collects in the
drainage channel behind the rear wall of the unit, and flows through the drainage hole into the drip
tray by the compressor where it evaporates.
Most power failures are corrected within a few hours and should not affect the temperature of your
appliance. If the power is off for an extended period of time, proper steps should be taken to protect
your wine.
If the unit will not 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 any possible moisture build-up.
Before moving your wine cooler, first be sure to remove all items from the cooler.
• Securely tape down any loose items, such as shelves, inside the unit.
• Turn the adjustable leg up to the base to avoid damage.
• Tape the door shut.
• Ensure that the unit stays securely in the upright position during transportation. Protect the
outside of the appliance with a blanket or similar item.
• The unit should be located in the coolest area of the room away from heat sources or direct
• Ensure that the unit has proper allowances on all sides for proper ventilation. Never cover any
air vents.
• Only open the cooler door for as long as necessary. Frequent opening of the door will affect
internal temperature.
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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
Wine Cooler does
not operate
Ensure unit is plugged in to an electrical outlet.
Check if unit is turned off.
Check for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
Check the temperature control setting.
External environment or ambient temperature may require a
higher setting.
Check if door does not close completely or is open too often.
Check if door gasket does not seal properly.
Wine Cooler turns
on and off frequently
The room temperature may be hotter than normal.
Check if door does not close completely or is open too often.
Check if door gasket does not seal properly.
The temperature control is not set correctly.
Wine Cooler light
does not work
Ensure unit is properly plugged in.
Check for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
Check if the light switch is OFF.
Wine Cooler makes
too much noise or
Check to ensure the unit is level.
The rattling noise may come from the flow of refrigerant. This is
As each cycle ends, you may hear gurgling sounds caused by
the flow of refrigerant in the unit. This is normal.
Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause
popping and crackling noises.
Wine Cooler is not
cold enough
Wine Cooler door
will not close
Check to ensure the unit is level.
The door was reversed and was not properly installed.
The gasket is dirty.
The shelves are out of position.
Display shows “EL”
or “EH”
The air temperature sensor in the corresponding temperature
zone has failed.
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lift the goods. Any claim for damages incurred during shipment by the carrier of the goods are insured and handled directly with the
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the Limited Warranty, below. If the item is damaged by the freight company, Purchaser may cancel the order only by paying for freight
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Furniture style (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 12 (twelve) months.
Metal cabinet wine units: parts and labor for cooling system and cabinetry for a period of 12 (twelve) months.
For Designer Series units: parts and labor for a period of 12 (twelve) months from date of sale, compressor parts 5 years.
Thermoelectric Units: 90 (ninety) days (including Wine Coolers, Beer Dispensers, Humidor, Portofino Wood Cellars, and Refrigerators).
Wine-Mate Split and Ducted Systems and other installed products and parts only for 1 year, no labor. Other Wine-Mate Cooling
Systems are 5 years parts, 1 year labor.
Wine Accessories, Racking Systems and Other items are not warranted. There is no warranty on parts purchased separately. If a
purchaser claims a product is “defective”, they must obtain a letter from a qualified refrigeration technician at the customers cost, to
verify that the unit was installed properly, with proper ventilation and the unit is truly malfunctioning due to manufacture defect.
Removal or re-installation of unit is not included in warranted costs. Purchaser’s exclusive remedy is limited, at Seller’s option; to repair
or replace defective part[s] with either new or reconditioned part[s]. Purchaser is responsible for shipping the unit pre-paid to designated
facility and Seller will pay return shipping charges in the continental United States for items repaired under warranty within 12 (twelve)
months from date of sale. Since the natural variation in texture, density, grain, color, tone and shade of wood is unavoidable; Seller
does not guarantee the texture, color, tone or shade of the wood: nor does seller guarantee the colorfastness of wood or against peeling,
chipping, cracking or scratching. Note: Unfinished wood is subject to warping; all wood surfaces must be sealed before placing cellar into
service. Improper repair or placement of the unit will void the warranty. Any third party repair facility must be pre-approved in writing
by Seller, before providing replacement parts under warranty.
IL Romanzo units: Warranty 90 (ninety) days. Replacement part 12 (twelve) months from the date of sale.
Non-New Units (Scratch & Dent/Refurbished/Floor Models), warranty for compressor units is 90 days from your dated invoice and 30
days for thermoelectric units (parts for function only, not cosmetic defects). These units are refurbished and sold as is; Purchaser
assumes risks to the quality and performance of goods and assumes the costs of all necessary service or repair not covered herein.
Element Grills (via Element Products LLC), grills have a 1 year parts warranty and a thirty day limited parts warranty on grill
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house wine or cigars or other items. Purchaser assumes all risk of using these units, including risk of spoilage, humidity variations,
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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
Please do not place the unit within reach of children.
For adult use only.
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