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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.

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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.

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance Los Angeles by M&M Wine Cellar Cooling

A wine cellar refrigeration system is a crucial component of cellaring wines.  The cooling unit is responsible for keeping temperature levels between 50°F and 55°F, and the relative humidity at around 60%.  Maintaining a stable and consistent storage environment is essential to preserving and improving the quality of wines for a prolonged period of time.

Types of Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling System

Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling System

Wine cellar climate control systems are used in both residential wine rooms and commercial wine displays.  There are three different types of residential and commercial wine cellar cooling units on the market: self-contained “through the wall” systems, split cooling systems, and self-contained ducted units.  Each refrigeration unit has unique specifications, and requires regular preventative maintenance and service from licensed HVAC personnel.

A self-contained “through the wall” wine cellar cooling unit is the most economical and the easiest to install.  It is simply mounted on the wall, and vents through an adjacent room.  The room must be well-ventilated and should not exceed 80°F.

Split Wine Cellar Cooling System

Split Wine Cellar Cooling System

A split wine cellar cooling system houses the evaporator unit and condensing unit separately.

Separating the units provides flexibility in wine cellar cooling installation options, that can help minimize the impact of noise, heat, and vibration.  A line set is used to connect the condensing unit (placed in a remote location) to the evaporator unit (installed inside the wine room).

Ducted Self Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Ducted Self Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

A self-contained ducted cooling unit provides efficient performance.  This entire cooling unit can be located within or near the wine cellar (e.g. attic, adjoining room, etc.).

Air ducts are used to supply cold air into the wine room, and return air vents pump air out of the cellar and into the system.

Since the unit can be installed outside the wine cellar, the absence of mechanical equipment inside the storage space can increase total bottle capacity, as well as add to the aesthetics.

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance

The absence or lack of wine cellar cooling installation can cause irreversible damage to a wine collection.  Proper support infrastructure (e.g. insulation and a vapor barrier) must also be in place to ensure that the ideal climate conditions are maintained and the refrigeration system does not overexert itself, which could otherwise lead to overheating and costly damage.

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance by Wine Cellar Cooling Los Angeles

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance by Wine Cellar Cooling Los Angeles

Applying insulation to all walls and the ceiling helps maintain a consistent wine storage temperature.  The cool environment of a wine cellar can promote moisture migration, which can consequently lead to mold growth.  A properly installed vapor barrier prevents vapor diffusion and halts mold presence inside the wine room.

Routine wine cellar cooling maintenance and annual inspection service is highly recommended to ensure the optimum performance of climate control systems.  Proper service and maintenance conducted by a certified HVAC professional will keep the refrigeration equipment running smoothly and prevent higher cost repairs down the line.

An HVAC professional is a licensed technician that specializes in the maintenance, repair, and installation of various equipment, including commercial and residential wine cellar cooling systems, air conditioning, refrigeration, humidifiers, heating units, hermetic compressors, and intake and exhaust fans.

Preventative wine cellar cooling maintenance Los Angeles allows HVAC professionals to identify a potential problem that may lead to a major breakdown of a residential or commercial wine cellar cooling system.  Sudden failure of wine cellar climate control systems exposes wines to temperature swings that can completely ruin the overall taste and flavor of wines.

A preventative maintenance plan for commercial or residential wine cellar cooling systems provides early detection of mechanical failure.  Regular wine cellar cooling maintenance and inspection service enables a licensed HVAC professional to formulate and implement corrective measures and actions that can greatly reduce the probability of equipment malfunction and complete system breakdown.

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance Los Angeles

Wine Cellar Cooling Maintenance Los Angeles

HVAC preventative wine cellar cooling maintenance checklist includes monitoring and adjusting refrigerant levels, operation of compressor, fan motors, amperage and voltage readings, superheat and sub-cooling measurements, as well as checking electronic relays and controls, and wiring connection.  Routine inspection service of wine cellar cooling installation helps maintain the efficiency of the refrigeration equipment.

M&M Cellar Systems offer a proactive wine cellar cooling maintenance Los Angeles plan that allows their team of technicians to conduct periodic health checks to commercial or residential wine cellar cooling systems.  A general inspection of the cooling system keeps the equipment running smoothly at all times, and minimizes the risk of exposing wine collections to unfavorable climate conditions.

M&M Cellar Systems is a Los Angeles based company that specializes in the design and installation of residential and commercial wine cellar cooling systems.  The company offers top notch wine cellar refrigeration equipment product sales that are backed by a team of specialists that provide quality wine cellar cooling maintenance Los Angeles services.  The refrigeration solutions they supply are from the best manufacturers in the industry:  US Cellar Systems, CellarPro, Wine Guardian, and WhisperKOOL.

Wine Cellar Construction and Wine Cellar Insulation – Factors to be Considered

Refrigerated Wine Cellar Construction – Facts You Need to Know

Refrigerated wine cellars must be carefully designed and constructed in order to achieve and maintain the optimum conditions for storing and aging wines.

Custom Wine Cellar Construction Los Angeles

Custom Wine Cellar Construction Los Angeles

Installing a wine cellar refrigeration system without preparing the room properly will not only cause damage to the cooling unit itself, but also to the walls, ceiling, and a large part of the wine collection.

Proper room preparation is a fundamental component of wine cellar construction, as it will help create the best possible wine storage environment by controlling environmental elements that could otherwise negatively impact the overall quality of the wines.

Well-constructed wine rooms are properly insulated and sealed, to maintain the ideal climate conditions for storing wines over a prolonged period of time.

How to Properly Apply Wine Cellar Insulation Materials

Wine Cellar Insulation and Vapor Barriers

Wine Cellar Insulation and Vapor Barriers

Wine cellar insulation must be applied to the walls and ceiling, using polystyrene (rigid foam), blown-in insulation, or fiberglass.

A minimum rating of R-32 is recommended for the ceiling, and a minimum of R-22 for interior wall surfaces.

Applying wine cellar insulation with sufficient R-value provides better cooling.

The absence (or lack of) proper wine cellar insulation may cause temperature fluctuations that can lead to the ultimate breakdown of the cooling system, as the unit tries to compensate for the excess heat.

What are Vapor Barriers and How Can They Help?

Vapor barriers are essential to wine cellar construction, because they help regulate humidity inside a wine storage space.  To ensure a proper and complete vapor barrier, apply it to the warm side of the walls, ceiling and flooring.

Six millimeter or eight millimeter plastic sheeting is recommended, in order to prevent moisture migration.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Wine Cellar Door?

The right type of wine cellar door will provide a complete seal in a wine storage space.  An efficient wine cellar door is constructed from laminated veneer lumber (LVL), which prevents the entry door from warping and provides insulation.

Stylish Wine Cellar Doors

Stylish and Efficient Wine Cellar Doors

A wine cellar door must be weather-stripped on all four sides, and equipped with an automatic door bottom that seals the gap at the bottom, ensuring a tight seal in the wine room.

Wine Cellar Cooling Installation – HVAC Cooling and HVAC Heating

All crucial components of wine cellar construction must be addressed before wine cellar cooling installation takes place.  Addressing these factors first hand will help determine the proper climate control system for a wine storage room.

An HVAC cooling unit must be integrated into the design and construction of a wine cellar, to ensure that it suits the cooling needs of the storage space.

Wine Cellar Cooling Installation by M&M

Wine Cellar Cooling Installation by M&M

Wine cellar climate control systems are essential to creating a constant and stable wine storage environment.  There are three types of wine cellar HVAC cooling systems to choose from:  self-contained cooling units, ductless split refrigeration systems, and ducted split climate control systems.

Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

Self-Contained Wine Cellar Cooling Unit

A self-contained cooling unit fits between wall studs and vents through the wall.  It is the easiest to install, and the most affordable climate control system.  This refrigeration unit requires venting into a large, well-ventilated, adjacent room.  Possible rooms that can accommodate the heat and noise generated by the cooling unit are mechanical rooms, basements, or even a garage.

Ductless split refrigeration systems consist of an evaporator unit and condensing unit.  Splitting them allows for multiple installation options, as well as efficient and quiet operation.  A ductless split system uses a line set to connect the evaporator (usually placed inside or near the wine room) to the condenser (installed outdoors).  A line set is composed of electrical wiring and copper tubing.

Ductless Split Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

Ductless Split Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

A ducted split climate control system has the advantages and benefits of a ductless split refrigeration system.  The only difference is that the evaporator can be placed in a different location, thus allowing for the maximum capacity of storage space, and adding to the aesthetic nature of the room.

For this particular climate control system, ducting is required to distribute cool air to and from the wine room.Ductless Split Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

Both ducted and ductless split systems need to be installed by a professional HVAC heating and cooling specialist.  An HVAC heating and cooling technician ensures that the units are properly installed, and that they always function at their optimum levels, as damages and breakdowns are bound to arise down the line.

There are several factors that must be taken into account prior to wine cellar cooling installation.  These factors are wine room size and location, ambient climate, intended use, frequency of door opening and closing, the quantity of wine bottles, etc.  It is always recommended to consult a professional, to ensure that the wine cellar cooling installation is done properly, and that the specific cooling unit suits the needs of a wine room.

M&M Wine Cellar Cooling Installation Expert

M&M Wine Cellar Cooling Installation Expert

Wine cellar designers and builders perform a heat load calculation that will help decide on the proper climate control system that will efficiently cool a wine storage space.  They provide clients with specific options regarding the type of HVAC cooling unit, along with the different models that will best address the cooling needs and requirements of a given wine cellar.

Most wine cellar builders carry a wide selection of wine cellar climate control systems, from some of the leading manufacturers of HVAC heating and cooling systems in the country.  They offer a range of cooling units for various applications, from small wine cabinets to large custom wine cellars.

Custom Wine Cellar Cooling Los Angeles is one of the best wine cellar cooling systems provider and wine cellar cooling installation experts.  Our line of wine cellar cooling units are of high quality and efficiency.

We offer and install wine cellar cooling systems from US Cellar Systems, CellarPro, WhisperKOOL, and Wine Guardian.  These four manufacturers have been trusted for years by wine cellar companies.

Wine Cellar Cooling Los Angeles is a fully licensed company that caters both residential and commercial wine cellar owners who need a wine cellar construction specialist and wine cellar cooling installer.

For inquiries about our wine cellar cooling products and services, contact us at +1 (323) 578-3330.