Countertop wine cooler – Wine coolers come either as stand-alone models or built-in models – some are capable of being one or the other type. When installed as an integrated device, the granite countertop should not be affected, as long as the existing cabinet is the correct size for the wine cooler since the weight of the granite is distributed evenly over the entire length of the slab. Contact your local authority to obtain information on the necessary building permits before starting any work in an existing cabinet.
Measure the internal dimensions of your cabinets’ and compare them to the recommended cutting dimensions for the countertop wine cooler you purchased. Choose a cabinet that has the proper dimensions and a wall socket in the back wall within reach of the power cord. Remove the cabinet door with a screwdriver or a drill. Cut out the bottom of the housing and the outer cover, front panel with an alternative saw if necessary to determine the size. You must do this if the refrigerator will not sit in the proper interior of the cabinet. Reinforce the cabinet, if the structure is compromised, with transversal braces along the sides and backward.
Make sure it is the minimum distance between the refrigerator door and the wall cabinet or side so that the door opens properly. The required distance varies according to the model. Level the product as needed. Although the appliances vary, most have adjustable legs that increase and decrease the refrigerator. The countertop wine cooler usually has to be plumb with the cabinet. Plug the refrigerator into a grounded, three-prong outlet on the back. Never pull the cable to reach it or use an extension cord. Slide the wine cooler into the cabinet. If an anti-tip bracket is included, be sure to follow the installation instructions to reduce the risk of injury or damage to the unit.