For many wine cellars, the wine cellar cooling units are some of the most important components of the whole system. They ensure that the wine is kept at a temperature that allows it to age at a reasonable pace without compromising its quality. In many cases, you will find that the cooling units will be the most important items in the cellar which will directly influence the final quality of the wine.
However, one of the problems most wine storage lovers run into is finding that the cooling units are a bit more expensive than they have had anticipated. There are many ways of reducing the overall cost of getting and using the cooling units, and one of these is by making sure that you get the right one straight from the start. In addition to that, you also have to be keen on warranty issues. Some of the ways of doing this include:
Go through the warranty details before investing in the cooling unit
Before spending any money on the cooling unit, you should go through the warranty fine print first. Some of the things you should be looking for include the terms of the warranty, and what types of damage you can fix under the warranty. Most high quality manufacturers will have very attractive warranty terms, since they know that the chances of people having to fix their products under warranty will be minimal. If you are not sure about the details in the fine print, you should consider consulting the customer care line for the manufacturer. Most of them will be very happy to help you figure it out.
Ensure that you will be using the cooling units in the right environment
One of the commonest reasons why manufacturers decline repairing such products under warranty is when they find out that the cooling units are not being properly used. For instance, if you buy a cooling unit that is far too small for the cellar you are using it in, you will end up overusing it. As a result, the chances of it failing will be higher. Depending on the terms of the warranty from the manufacturer, you may find that they will not agree to fix it under warranty in such settings.
Doing proper installation
Once you buy the cooling unit, you will need to have it installed. If you are not careful, you could make mistakes that could void the warranty during installation, and this means that any future repair and maintenance will be expensive. The best way to avoid this is by having the company you bought from to do the installation for you. If this is not possible for any reason, you should consider consulting a professional firm that has been offering such services for a long time. The fact that they will have been experienced in cooling unit installation means that they will be more likely to do it without damaging the unit.
In some cases, you may find it reasonable to do the installation yourself. This is most common the cooling unit is small. The only way to avoid voiding the warranty in such settings is by avoiding improvising when it comes to installation tools. You also need to thoroughly understand the installation instructions before starting the project. Watching a DIY video or going through the user manual is usually enough.
Negotiate the warranty terms
In a few cases, the terms of warranty for such appliances are very strict, and there is not much you may be able to do to change them. However, it’s still possible to have the terms of warranty modified to suit your needs in many other cases. All you need to do is consult the company you intend to buy the cooling unit from, and then work out some sort of mutually beneficial warranty plans after negotiation.
This is usually most effective when you want to get a large order of the cooling units, such as when you need them for a large cellar or multiple cellars. In such cases, the fact that you will be spending a lot of money on the units will give you a lot of leverage for negotiation. You can use the opportunity to bargain for warranty terms that are not common, such as extensions of the warranty duration for a much longer period.
In summary, if you intend to use wine cellar cooling units and are looking for a way to make owning one cheaper, you should consider focusing on the warranty as one of the many things you could do to achieve this. When you follow the above, you will be in a better position to end up with a warranty that will be beneficial to you, and will make it cheaper for you to run and maintain these cooling units.