CellarPro 1800QTL-ECX Cooling Unit #1151
CellarPro's 1800QTL-ECX wine cooling units (1/8 Ton Nominal) were engineered to provide super-quiet temperature and humidity control for small to medium size wine cabinets.
Performance testing shows that this compact unit maintains optimal cellar temperature and humidity conditions more effectively than similar units from competing brands. 1800QTL-ECX units use energy-efficient EC fans and are significantly quieter than comparable units from other brands. Visit our learning center for performance and comparison tables and charts. Visit our Learning Center for data tables, performance charts and product comparisons among different brands.
CellarPro 1800QTL-ECX units are sized to replace Breezaire 1060 and Wine-Mate 1500 cooling units. Please confirm equivalent dimensions and airflow prior to purchase.
- On the hot side, this unit intakes from the rear, and offers a choice of top or rear hot exhaust.
- On the cold side, this unit intakes from the front and exhausts from the bottom (thus the front 8 inches of the cooling unit must be inside the cellar.)
- The 1800QT requires fresh air intake at the rear of the cooling unit. This unit was not designed to be ducted.
- For installation in environments below 40F, our compressor heater modification is required.
- For installation in environments below 20F down to -20F, we recommend our Fan-Cycling Switch (P/N 6972) combined with our compressor heater.
- A CellarPro cooling unit must always be used in the upright position, and should never be operated on its side or upside down.
All air-cooled refrigeration equipment requires fresh air intake to dissipate the heat generated by the cooling unit. The fresh air intake CANNOT come from the wine cellar space - it must come from space outside the cellar. Designed for indoor use only, 1800QTL-ECX units are preferred for temperature-controlled conditions that don't exceed 85F.
- Now with energy-efficient EC Fans on both the cold and hot sides, save $29.07 in annual energy costs vs AC fans (assumes 75% runtime and $0.15/kWh)
- This unit offers a choice of top or rear hot exhaust.
- Adjustable humidity control combines a high-output compressor with flexible fan cycles to maintain a recommended level of moisture inside your cellar.
- Extra-large coils generate maximum cooling power.
- Commercial-grade Electrofin coating protects the evaporator coils from leaks and corrosion.
- Intuitive LED display panel mounted on the evaporator with digital programmable thermostat is simple and easy to use. Remote thermostat is available as an upgrade.
- Energy-saver mode, quick-chill mode, and auto-defrost cycle provide convenient solutions to common cellar needs.
- Temperature set point range is 47F to 62F when the cooling unit is properly sized.
- Unit operates with minimal vibrations and less noise than comparable units from competitors.
- Audible and visual alarms and maintenance-needed indicator protect the cooling unit and the wine cellar.
- 8-foot power cord exits from the rear and plugs into standard 110V receptacles.
- Common dedicated 15-amp circuit is required to power the unit.
- 3-amp electric receptacle is provided to run a small lamp.
- Removable steel case provides access to the internal components for servicing and repair.
- CellarPro's 5-Year Standard Warranty, the most thorough in the industry, protects the unit against manufacturing defects.
- An optional Enhanced Warranty (#1835) is available for additional protection.
- ETL Tested and Certified to rigorous UL Standards for safety.
Size: 18w x 16 1/2d x 10 1/2h (in)
Weight: 60 lbs
115V AC / 60 Hz
- Running: 2.4 Amps
- Startup: 14.2 Amps
- Total Watts: 191
- Requires: Dedicated 15-Amp Circuit
- Recommended: Surge Protector
Decibels: 41 dBA (Rear)
Sizing Table: Click here to view sizing table
- Warranty Overview
- Limited Warranty - 5 Years (Entire System)
- Optional Extended Warranty (sold separately).
Click on one of the following links for more information:
- Spec Sheet
- Sizing Table
- Owner's Manual
- Product Brochure
- Configuration Options
- Installation Diagrams
- Adjustable Humidity Chart
- Sound Level
- Monthly Operating Cost
- Front, Rear & Side Views
- Top & Bottom View
- Rear Drawings - As Ducted
- Compressor Heater #1727: protects the unit when installed in environments that drop below 40F down to 20F.
- Fan Cycling Switch #6972: supports the unit in temperatures below 20F and as low as -20F when combined with our compressor heater.
Filters & Grills
- Use our filter & grill guide to find the cooling unit filter or duct filter and/or duct grill that is appropriate for your cooling unit.
Remote Control & Probe
- Remote Display #1603: lets you place the digital panel wherever you want, whether inside or outside the cellar. Includes 10 feet of wiring.
- Bottle Probe #1434: this remote thermostat with a 10-foot cord overrides the thermostat on the face of the cooling unit, and allows it to monitor air or liquid temperatures at various locations inside the cellar.
- Extension cords available in 25-foot (#1780) and 50-foot (#1781) lengths.
Other Options & Upgrades
- Condensate Drain Line: strongly recommended for wine cellar installations (but not required for wine cabinets), a drain line allows excess moisture to drain from the bottom (#7431) or rear (#1606) of the cooling unit.
- Condensate Drain Line plus Heating Element: combined with a drain line, we add a 100W heating element to burn of excess moisture. Available with bottom (#7432) or rear (#1709) drain lines.
- Power Cord Modification #1098: normally the cord exits from the rear of the cooling unit, which generally is outside the cellar; this modification moves the cord to the front of the cooling unit, so that it can be plugged into an outlet inside the cellar.
- Mounting Clips #1095: attached to the front of CellarPro 1800 Series cooling units, these clips are designed to be bolted to the ceiling inside the wine cabinet / cellar.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nobody protects your wine cellar better than CellarPro Cooling Systems! In the event your cooling unit fails and the failed components are covered by our warranty, we'll send a replacement cooling unit to you per the terms of our Replacement Unit Program
CellarPro Replacement Unit Program
If your CellarPro cooling unit fails and the parts that failed are still covered by warranty, we'll send a replacement cooling unit to you, as follows:
- Your cooling unit must be registered at CellarPro
- Your cooling unit must have been properly sized, installed and maintained
- Your cooling unit may not have been permanently modified, damaged or disfigured
- Replacement units are factory-refurbished cooling units with a similar build date as your original unit
- You are responsible for the shipping cost to send the replacement unit to you and return the original unit to us, and the cost (if any) to remove the original unit and install the replacement unit
- In order to send a replacement unit, we require a deposit, which will be refunded minus shipping costs upon the return and pending the inspection of the original unit
- If the original unit failed due to improper installation or use, the failure is not covered by warranty and we will deduct the cost of the repairs from the refund of your deposit
A: You should always use Sensible BTUH* when comparing different brands of cooling units, and when sizing a cooling unit for your wine cellar. Every cooling unit produces a certain amount of Total BTUH, which is the sum of Sensible BTUH (lowers the temperature) and Latent BTUH (lowers the relative humidity). Because our goal is to cool wine cellars while preserving humidity, wine cellar cooling units should have high Sensible BTUH and low Latent BTUH. The relationship between Sensible and Latent BTUHs is know as SHR (Sensible Heat Ratio), which is calculated as Sensible BTUH/Total BTUH. The SHR for CellarPro cooling units is greater than 90%, which means that CellarPro units provide maximum cooling power without stripping out humidity from the cellar environment.
*CellarPro Sensible BTUHs are calculated assuming 55F cellar temperature, 60% relative humidity and 95F ambient for all units except 1800 units (85F ambient).
How cold can the temperature be where the cooling unit is installed?
A: For installations in environments below 40°F down to 20°F, we recommend adding our compressor heater (P/N 1727), which is included as standard equipment on all outdoor units. Below 20°F, in addition to the compressor heater, we recommend adding our fan cycling switch (P/N 6972)
How do I choose between top exhaust versus rear exhaust? What about the fresh air intake?
The fresh air intake will always come from the rear of the cooling unit, and must pull air from OUTSIDE the wine cellar space - it must never be installed to pull air from inside the cellar. On 1800 Series cooling units, the hot air exhaust can exit from the top or the rear. Choose whichever configuration directs the exhaust to a space that is sufficiently large to accept the exhausted air, as long as the exhaust goes OUTSIDE the cellar and will NOT intermingle with the fresh air intake. If you plan to duct the hot side of the cooling unit, then the hot air will need to exhaust from the rear.
Can the cooling unit be located in a remote location and ducted to/from the wine cellar?
A: These cooling units can be installed above the wine cellar when used with our front intake hood.
Does the unit really need a dedicated circuit?
A: First, the background. Unlike our competitors, we build our cooling units with precision expansion valves, not cap tubes, which means that our cooling units aren't limited to a 30°F differential between the desired cellar temperature and the ambient temperature. Cooling systems with expansion valves are much more precise than cap tubes, and much more sensitive to low voltage conditions, which is why our units require dedicated circuits. When we say "dedicated circuit", we mean that the circuit shouldn't have any items that require heavy draws of electricity - eg other appliances, vacuum cleaners, big-screen TVs, blow-dryers - on the same circuit as the cooling unit. Lighting, computers or other low-draw items shouldn't be a problem on the same circuit.
Does the unit need to be installed through the wall, or can I install the entire unit inside the cellar?
A: These cooling units can be installed completely inside the wine cellar when used with our rear duct kit (P/N 1439), which allows rear supply and return airflows from a temperature controlled environment OUTSIDE the cellar to be ducted (with insulated ducting to minimize heat transfer inside the cellar) up to 100 equivalent feet (50 feet per duct).
What if I don't have sufficient space behind the cooling unit for the hot air exhaust to dissipate?
A: The rear of the cooling units can be ducted to another location by using our rear duct kit (P/N 1439), which allows rear supply and return airflows from a temperature controlled environment OUTSIDE the cellar to be ducted up to 100 equivalent feet (50 feet per duct).
Do I need the condensate drain line?
A: If you are using the cooling unit in a sealed cabinet, you probably don't need the drain line. If you are using the cooling unit in a cellar, we recommend the drain line, which can be drained inside (bottom) or outside (rear) the wine cellar. Choose the 100W heating element to reduce drainage as it helps to burns off excess condensate before it reaches the drain line.
Ratings & Reviews
by Ray Backman
I needed to replace my Breezaire unit that finally went out. Great experience with Cellarpro from start to finish. Bronson was super helpful when I called and the order was processed and shipped quickly (good thing because we were in the middle of a hot spell). The unit looks and works great, extremely quiet compared to my old Breezaire. I only went 4 stars because I have to due some minor carving/sanding on my wine cabinet to get the unit in (the two screw heads and the external outlet plug on the sides of the new unit were just a bit too wide for me to slide it neatly in to the rear of my cabinet). I highly recommend this unit and Cellarpro for anyone looking to replace their old Breezaire cooling system.
Works Great! Fantastic Service!
by T. Dean McInturff
I had a Breezaire unit in a cabinet system that I had to have repaired twice. Third time it went bad (leaks in the tubes) I decided to replace it. When I got my new CellarPro in and did the recommended check on it, I discovered that it had apparently been damaged in shipment and one of the fans was not spinning. The service person I dealt with, Mike, was fantastic. He was very courteous and accommodating. After we decided the damage was something I couldn't repair, he was quick to email a shipping tag for me to send back the damaged one and my new unit showed up in short order. The installation was fairly easy, although having two people to do it is a good idea. The unit works great and the service was fantastic.
Great replacement unit
I purchased this unit to replace a malfunctioning cold wall system in a Vinotheque cabinet. I didn't want to pay the $1400+ to repair that unit, so I removed it and cut the back of the cabinet to fit the 1800QTL. Not only did it go smoothly, but I much prefer the Cellarpro system as I don't have to call a refrigeration tech to constantly repair it.
I was extremely careful when cutting the cabinet (which was only required in my case because I was doing an atypical installation) and I was able to complete everything by myself with no help. Bronson, Cellarpro, and IWA are all great and I'm extremely happy with my purchase.
Keeping My Wines Cool this Summer
Installed an 1800QTL in my 75 square foot wine closet this week. It seemed the perfect unit for my needs. It was heavy - about 60 pounds - for a 71 year old to heft overhead but I used a shelf rather than clips and it slid in easily. The shelf tilts back per the installation instructions. Ah, the instruction! They seem to be in random order. It took me forever to realize that the unit does not start when plugged in. There is an On/Off button. Is the max run time for the initial checkout 5 or 10 minutes? Depends on whether you go by the label pasted on the unit or the instruction booklet. I needed more than 40" of butyl tape to seal the unit -- would it have killed CellarPro to send 2 packages? And why after the test run must one wait 24 hours to turn the unit on for good? Also my unit was manufactured 6/12. I hope these units are not like orange juice with a useby date. All in all it looks nice and is easily cooling my closet - I'm in the Pacific Northwest where summer starts July 4th or later. I intent to lower the preset of 58 degrees to 55 degrees but the instruction say wait 2 weeks. So far, so good!
by David Huisjen
So far, so good. I am still surprised at the high price, which I don't want to think about. So it better keep on running! Power supply configuration and exhaust grill configuration were not clear from the sales conversation and required some adaption at installation.
Love the new unit
Easy to install, but it did take two people because of weight and slightly awkward.
Instructions were perfect. So far working like a charm.
My breezeair worked for 13 years, I'm hoping this lasts longer.
On line assistance (Bronson) was great.
Do not think I needed the new clips (only wasted $10)- also could have used more of the sealing tape.
by James Mutz
I ordered my new unit after my Breezaire went out (after 5 years and 3 months). It arrived promptly and installed just as La Cache said it would. Works perfectly now. Thanks
Great product. Well made easy to swap out from a Breezeaire. Very quiet unit. Customer service very helpful and informative.
by Al D
Finally got a chance to drop you a quick note. Got my cooling unit installed within a few days of it's arrival. Perfect "swap out" with the Breezeaire - only took a short time to install. Like the filter holder design - easy to remove and replace. Also like the side outlet for the cabinet light - much better than the hard-wired arrangement on the old unit. Kudos to IWA for developing a great unit - look forward to many years of service. It's great to have my wine at a "comfortable" 55 again!
Thanks again for your help and prompt service!
Replaced Koolspace unit
by Gary Steele
We replaced a Koolspace unit that was a replacemant for a previously failed Koolspace unit. I was not interested in replacing it again in 3-4 years so we decided to try this unit. It required some cutting as it is larger but that was the only inconvenience. If you get this unit be sure to get the mounting brackets. This saved time and aggravation and is worth the price.
An inadequate amount of butyl tape for sealing was included. If directions are followed on cutting the hole size, 1/4" more than dimensions, the 1/4" gap on top requires a doubling of the already deficient amount of tape. (40" is included for a device with dimesions of
The documentation is not the greatest.
The unit is quiet.
Replacement for Le Cache Wine Cellar 500 (10500)
by Steve P.
Like others, my old Breezaire (top vented) went out and I replaced it with the 1800 QTL. Delivery was very prompt. Unlike other reviews however, the unit fit perfectly with no modifications to the back wall. Directions on this web site and with the unit were very good. I did the job myself, but can see where another pair of capable hands would have been helpful. Tips: start in the back, remove the grill and light connections (install a plug to the light as mentioned in another review); loosen the ceiling bolts/mounting clips ~3/4" but no need to remove - the old unit can be shifted side-to-side and lowered; as mentioned elsewhere, remove the front grill of the 1800QTL as this makes connecting the hanging clips very easy. Also, check all of the gaskets and seals - I had to replace some of the metal contact surfaces as they were warped and created gaps. This may have contributed to the demise of the old Breezaire, but may also have resulted from the cellar being "warm" for a week. CellerPro quietly reduced the temperature to 58DegF in less than a day despite the almost full cellar. Currently the fan doesn't turn off following the cooling cycle, but everything else works great.
I replaced my Breezaire 1060 unit after 15 years. The customer service rep was extremely helpful with the specifications and features of the CellarPro 1800QTL. After two weeks I'm very happy with the unit, which was easy to install, but needed a second person to put it place. The instructions were very helpful and like the LED temperature readout, which I didn't have on my Breezaire.
CellarPro 1800 QTL
Used this to replace my 25 year old Breezeaire. Customer rep was very helpful in finding the correct unit for my wine closet. It fit perfectly and the instructions were well done, and its working great!
I replaced my cooling unit after about 8 years. The new CellarPro works great. Easy to install.
Cellarpro QTL 1800
This replaced on a 17 year old Breeze Air that had been worked on a couple of times. The old unit at the end ran continuously, kept the wine at about 63 degrees, and was very noisy. The Cellar Pro runs so quietly I need to check to confirm it is running. I removed the old unit by myself with the help of some of the packing styrofoam but needed a helper to install the new unit. It went in easily and using the old clips was a breeze. It fit perfectly in the exisiting opening. The light for our storage unit was wired into the old cooling unit so I needed to spend the princely some of $2 to purchase a new plug. The trip to Home Depot was the most time consuming piece of the installation process. It has been in one week now with no problems. The digital thermometer and control is much better than using a bottle thermometer and screwdriver to set the proper temperature. This unit has the benefit of improved technology but it is much better than the old Breezeaire
Like previous reviewers, I had two failed Breezaires and didn't really want to go that route again. Researched the 1800QTL and it looked like a better choice. I needed someone to install it for me, and he and his helper got it in with no problem. So far it's working perfectly and is very quiet (it's in our family room). There's just a subtle hum when it's running.
CellarPro 1800 QTL
Like many other previous reviewers, I replaced a Breezaire WKCE 1060 for my credenza cellar unit. The Breezaire unit was only 7 years old and had been running noisily at 65-67 degrees for the last 10 months (I emptied out the cellar during most of this period). I was advised not worth repairing the Breezaire. For $200 more, I was recommended by an independent dealer to replace it with a CellarPro instead. The CellarPro was installed by a serviceman. He had to enlarged the rear window by 3/8 of an inch. He also had to install an electrical plug to plug-in the light inside the cellar. I have the CellarPro unit for more than 3 weeks now. So far, I am quite happy with the CellarPro unit. It runs very quiet and maintains a constant set temperature. I also suggested the same CellarPro recently to a friend for replacing a Vinotemp cooling system.
by Frank L.
After two failed Breezaire units under warranty, I upgraded to the CellarPro. Installation in my LeCache cellar was direct and easy. the new unit is quiter and is working as advertised so far. I like the additional operating features and display information.
I, too, replaced a worn out Breezaire. Installation was easy but it is a 2 man job, though the 2nd person is only needed for guiding and minimal lifting - the lead needs to be able to manipulate 60#. Here are some tips for replacing in a cabinet. If the old unit has clips, re-use them if at all possible - the screw holes are already drilled. The clips from my Breezeaire fitted better than the C'Pro clips. In fact my only criticism of the unit is that one of the new clips was really difficult to install even on the bench. In the event I didn't use it. I used a length of expanded polystyrene pipe insulation as a support for the front of the old unit as I undid the screws. As the weight went on to foam it gradually compressed and lowered the old unit. We got the new unit on to the carpet we were using to protect the top of the racks and then pushed the foam in to lift the front of the unit. One went to the back and guided the strongman manoevering into back opening. We set it flush with the back. As mentioned elsewhere REMOVE the front grille and fit the clips from the OLD unit before putting the unit in the cabinet. You can then slide the clips to line up with the old holes. This worked like a charm for us. We then replaced the front grille. The whole job took less than an hour. Now lets see how it works. Good Luck
I replaced a worn-out Breezeaire 1060 with this unit. Installation was easy...it is a good idea to get someone to help with lifting the unit into place, since it is heavy and you don't want to damage the cooling fins on the back. It works great, is quiet, and doesn't have to work hard at all to maintain proper temperature.
by Allen F
Delivery was very fast, just a couple of days. Installation in my cabinet may have been possible with one person, but it was extremely helpful to have 2 as the 1800 is somewhat heavy and bulky. I removed the old Breezaire 1060 from my cabinet without difficulty (good ridance). I found it necessary to cut ~1/8 of an inch off one edge of the cabinet opening in order to fit the new Cellarpro unit into place. (NOTE: if you install the cooling unit from the front, it will fit perfectly.) The caulking material provided was easy to apply around most of the unit. On the front edge I did need some additional weather stripping that I picked up at the hardware store.
With installation complete I turned it on. Works like a DREAM. So efficient. It cycles on about 60-70% of the time to keep my wine a comfortable 57. ( We only air condition the house down to 78.) Drastic improvement over the junky Breezaire unit. I should have replaced it years ago.
Installed my Cellar Pro 1800 this morning by myself and I must say it was pretty damn easy. Nice suprise. I was a little disappointed to see it show up on the delivery truck on it's side, especially since all of the litature says not to do that. You might want to think about adding to your directions to remove the front grill when installing. It makes it very easy to install the clips that way. Now let's see if it lasts.
The unit did not work when it arrived. The power cord was improperly installed. They sent me a new cord and refused to reimburse for the cost of my electrician disassembling and re-assembling. Telephone manner was terrible. They seemed to imply that I must be crazy to think that they're product was not getting any power.
We have been quite pleased with our new CellarPro cooling unit. It arrived promptly, was easy to install, and is keeping our wine at the selected temperature.
I purchased the CellerPro 1800 to replace the unreliable Breezaire 1600 in my Le Cache 2400 cabinet. The CellerPro is performing well; however replaceing the Breezaire was difficult. The CellerPro is ever so slightly larger than the Breeziare and would not fit into the back mounting bracket. I had to pry the bracket wider to accept the CellerPro. Other than the installation problem, the unit is working well.