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Cooling Unit Installation for a Residential Wine Cellar in Orange County

Awesome custom wine room in Orange County, California with cooling unit.

Awesome custom wine room in Orange County, California with cooling unit.

We at M&M Cellar Systems were recently contacted by Vintage Wine Cellars and asked for help on one of their projects. Vintage Cellars is one of the biggest wine cellar builders in the country. Their central office is in Southern California and they do a lot of projects in Orange County and Los Angeles, regularly asking us to assist with cooling unit installation.

This impressive wine room was to be built with traditional wood wine racks and modern stainless steel metal rods, merging both old and modern design aesthetics. The entirety of the room would be visible from the outside by large glass walls and doors. This residential wine cellar measures 16 feet wide, 5 feet deep, and 9 feet high.  The total bottle storage capacity is 1,150 wine bottles.

The Wine Rack Designs

Vintage Wine Cellars used a combination of different wine rack designs.  There are single bottle storage racks, horizontal display racks, solid diamond bins, case drawers, and stainless steel metal rods.  The wine rack designs are actually a mix of traditional and modern wine storage styles.

Finding the Best Wood Option

The wooden wine racks are made of Sapele Mahogany.  Mahogany is one of the best wood species, due to its natural beauty, longevity, workability, and compatibility with wood stains.  The stain used for the wooden wine racks is a dark walnut stain, with a clear lacquer finish.

Wine Cellar Doors

Different Wine Racks Designs Combined

Custom ladder is both helpful and beautiful.

A wine cellar door is an essential element in every wine room.

A Door That Protect the Wine Cellar’s Climate Conditions

In order to maintain the ideal humidity and temperature inside the wine cellar, it must have an air tight seal.  This is what wine cellar doors are for–they keep wine cellars insulated while providing a method of  access.

A Door That Offers Quality Design Elements

Aside from the functional aspects of wine cellar doors, they should also enhance the aesthetic appeal of a wine room. Wine cellar doors can be customized to reflect the style preference and personality of the owner.

Residential Wine Cellar Refrigeration Unit

Glass Wine Cellar DoorsThe wine cellar cooling unit used for this climate controlled wine cellar is an SLD split wine cellar cooling system.  This type and model of cooling unit is ideal for many residential wine cellars.

Initially, the wine cellar cooling unit installation was a bit of a challenge due to the size of the cellar and the all-glass-front.  At least 10,000 BTUs were needed to cool the room down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wine Cellar Cooling System Design

The first design had a fully ducted commercial grade high static system, which would be installed in the attic.  But it turned out that the attic did not have enough space because the air handler for the house was already kept there. This resulted in a redesign that allowed the evaporator coil of the cooling unit be hidden in the wine racks.

The SLD Split Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

The split wine cellar cooling system by SLD was chosen for this wine room because of its versatility and functionality.  It is designed for medium to high temperature wine storage spaces.

The wine cellar cooling systems team installed the cooling unit horizontally, and covered it with a louvered grill, which was made of the same wood as the wine racks.

Split Wine Cellar Cooling Systems California

SLD Split Wine Cellar Cooling System installed in wine cellar, without the grill cover.

Product Features and Specifications

Main Features

  • Extremely quiet operation
  • Low profile
  • Wall mounted
  • Uses R-22 refrigerant


  • Evaporator
  • Condenser
  • Standard thermostat
  • Indoor controls
  • Line set kit

Product Specifications of the EvaporatorWine Cellar Cooling Unit Installation

  • Height: 11 and 7/16 inches
  • Width: 41 and 5/16 inches
  • Depth: 9 and 3/8 inches
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 2,000 cubic feet
  • BTU: 10200
  • Electrical requirements: 115V/60 Hz.

Product Specifications of the Condenser

  • Height: 20 inches
  • Width: 26 inches
  • Depth: 20 inches
  • Weight: 125 lbs

M&M Cellar Systems – Specialists in Wine Cellar Cooling

M&M Wine Cellar Cooling Systems CaliforniaWe at M&M are pleased to offer optional products for this cooling unit. These include the outdoor condenser enclosure and the Ranco digital thermostat. Both are sold separately.

(Click here to see the installation guide.)

Your Local Refrigeration Company

M&M Wine Cellar Cooling Systems California is a family owned business based in California.  We have years of experience in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

Work With a Contractor That Specializes in Wine Cellars

We’re also one of the very few HVAC specialists in Los Angeles and Orange County with expert training and experience installing and servicing wine cellar refrigeration systems for homes and commercial properties.

We work closely with a number of local wine cellar dealers like Vintage Wine Cellars who need our expertise to complete their wine cellar projects.

Contact us now for a free consultation on your wine cellar design and wine cellar cooling unit installation project.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Wine Cellar Cooling Units in Corona Del Mar

Wine cellar cooling units must always be functioning properly, so that your wine collection is not at risk of spoiling. Regular maintenance is necessary to make sure that your wine cellar refrigeration system is constantly providing your wines with the climate conditions that they need. This service call to fix a wine cellar cooling system in Corona del Mar is a perfect example of why regular maintenance is very important. 

Wine Cellar Cooling Units – An Essential Part of Proper Wine Storage

Those who want to venture into the art of wine collecting know that wine is a wonderful investment. It is a product that increases in value over time as long as it is kept in the ideal conditions. To protect their investment, wine enthusiasts should make sure that they have an effective wine storage solution first, before starting their wine collection. The most ideal wine storage solution is a wine cellar built in the comfort of your own home.

Wine Cellar Cooling

Wine Cellar Cooling Units in Corona del Mar

Residential wine cellars allow easy access to your favorite wines, since you do not need to go elsewhere to get a bottle from your collection. Also, they provide an opportunity to be creative and a chance to flaunt your collection to your guests and friends.  Home wine cellars come in various designs and styles, that range from simple to elaborate.

A wine cellar refrigeration unit is an essential part of a residential wine cellar, because it is the unit that provides the cellar with the cool air that wines need. Each residential custom wine cellar needs a different wine cellar cooling system, depending on its storage needs.

The Need to have Regular Maintenance for your Wine Cellar Refrigeration System

Wine cellar refrigeration units are responsible for providing the cool air necessary inside a wine storage room. An efficient wine cellar cooling unit is one that can provide the ideal temperature and humidity levels with minimal to no fluctuations. You will know if your wine cellar refrigeration system is no longer functioning properly if the temperature and humidity are no longer in the ideal levels. Ideally, the temperature inside a residential custom wine cellar should be within 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while the humidity should be within 60% to 70%. There can be many causes a poorly functioning wine cellar cooling system, but in order to avoid most problems, and to prevent the worsening of existing problems, regular maintenance should be done.

Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units Maintenance by M&M Cellar Systems

M&M Cellar Systems is one of the most trusted wine cellar refrigeration systems manufacturers based in Los Angeles, California. They manufacture various kinds of wine cellar cooling units, that can meet your wine storage needs. They have wine cellar cooling systems for both residential and commercial wine storage solutions.

M&M Cellar Systems offers services that include determining the specific wine cellar cooling system most appropriate for your residential custom wine cellar. Besides installation services, they also provide wine cellar cooling unit maintenance services in California.

Service Call to Fix a Wine Cellar Cooling System in Corona del Mar

Ideal Wine Storage

Wines Need a Wine Cellar with a Cooling Unit Installed

One of the best examples of why it is very important to have regular maintenance services done on a wine cellar cooling unit is a recent service call that M&M Cellar Systems received. The service call was to fix a poorly functioning wine cellar refrigeration system in Corona del Mar, a city in Newport Beach, California.

The client’s wine cellar cooling unit was an LPQ 6600, which is generally a very reliable type of cooling unit. The client called to complain that the unit was no longer cooling the wine cellar, due to a leak found in the unit’s condenser. The client had never had this wine cellar cooling unit go through regular maintenance before, and had neglected it.

After inspection and investigation, it was found that the leak was possibly caused by the poor installation of the wine cellar cooling system. The refrigeration lines were found buried in the ground, with no protection cover. This also caused leaks.

Repair personnel from M&M Cellar Systems repaired the leak and did the necessary corrections. Fortunately, no permanent damage was caused by the leak. Also, it was a good thing that the client made the service call, because if they waited longer before acting on the problem, more serious damage could have occurred.

The client’s LPQ 6600 wine cellar refrigeration unit is now functioning properly, and cooling the residential custom wine cellar in the right temperature and humidity levels for proper wine storage.

The Importance of Addressing a Wine Cellar Cooling Problem Quickly

Wine Cellar Cooling

Wine Cellar Cooling Units by M&M Cellar Systems

Wines are a very sensitive type of beverage. There are many factors that can easily damage wine. One of wine’s worst enemies is heat. Wine easily loses its quality when exposed to too much heat. This is the reason wine bottles are generally dark tinted: to protect wines from exposure to light, which produces heat.

If a residential custom wine cellar cooling unit is not functioning properly, the wine collection is at risk of being damaged. The risk increases the longer the problem fails to be dealt with. This is why it is imperative that, once a problem is noticed in the wine cellar cooling unit’s ability to cool the wine storage room, immediate action should be taken.

Regular maintenance and servicing is important, so that you can identify problems with the wine cellar cooling unit immediately, and, consequently, you can have it fixed quickly. The faster the problem is solved, the safer your wines are. Never allow your wine collection to be in a place where the ideal wine storage temperature and humidity are not provided.

Contact M&M Wine Cellar Systems – Maintenance Plan

Prevent unnecessary wine spoiling by making sure your wine cellar cooling unit in Los Angeles, CA is always functioning at its prime. Sign up with M&M Cellar Systems for a regular maintenance plan.

For more information about M&M Cellar Systems and their products and services, contact them at (323)578-3330 today!