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
CellarPro 1800QTL Review
I installed my new CellarPro unit and it runs great and way more quiet than the old BreezAire unit. You were correct, the BreezAire probe will not work. I will jump on your website and order up the probe. Thanks for the great support!
I'm looking forward to having a cool wine chest after I replace the existing unit with this ultra quiet one. Many Thanks for all of your assistance.
I bought this unit to replace a Breezeaire unit that finally gave out. Everything was great on ordering and getting the unit. The only problem I had was the old saddle was just a hair to small for the new unit. I called customer service and they fixed the problem by sending me a new saddle.
Cellarpro 1800QTL Review
Replaced a Breezaire unit that worked constantly to maintain temp. This unit cycles on and off to maintain temp and seems to be keeping a more constant temp.Very much like the digital display panel - the unit sometimes runs with fan only - even more evidence that the compressor is not being overtaxed.
by Dwight -
Very good customer support for replacement unit. Instructions good but some warning that the light needs to be reversed would help. Unit shipped with new bracket which is too small for original bolts...so keep your original brackets.
Much Better than Breezaire
by Russ D
Much better unit that my previous 2 Breezaire units. Delivery was quick and installation and operating instructions were simple.
Customer service person was very helpful in selecting the proper unit for my cabinet. Have had the unit installed now 2 weeks but runs quiet and maintains temps between 58 and 61. May want to crank it down to 55 in a week or two but will check instructions and see.
Quiet Improvement on Our Old Breezaire Unit
by Dave & Karen A
We've had a LeCache 1400 cellar since 2007 and replaced the original Breezaire unit twice under warranty, which had expired when it started to act up about a month ago. Decided to handle the install ourselves, which went very well. The hardest part was lifting the new CellarPro unit into the cellar - definitely a two person job. The new unit is much quieter and maintains a temp between 58 and 61, with full load of 130 bottles. Highly recommend IWA for their always helpful customer support.
Good Replacement for Wine Mate 1500
by Wayne Pearson
The 1800 QTL has been operating for about a month now. It has been holding the the temperature in my cabinet at a constant 58 degrees as measured in the middle of the cabinet. After initial installation it has settled into an operational cycle of 6 minutes on and 4 minutes off. The ambient temperature of my room is a pretty constant 77 degrees at this time of year. This unit runs much quieter than the WM1500. Very pleased thus far.
Replacement for BreezeAir
I finally decided to replace the BreezeAir unit in my LeCache cellar. The salesperson was knowledgeable and led me through the steps to replace with the CellarPro 1800QTL. I would recommend two people to handle the installation. The only modification was to file away a small amount in the rear opening for a perfect fit. The new unit has worked well, now into the third week. It is quiet, and after the first week it has maintained my desired temperature--as advertised.
A very nice replacement for a Breezeaire
by John M
I have now had the CellarPro installed for about a week, and am quite pleased with it. It is working quite well, and keeping the cellar at about 59 degrees. The back exhaust is, IMHO, a much better option than the top exhaust of the old Breezeaire. A few comments or things to watch for: 1) depending on the installation, you may need to do some modification of your cellar cabinet to make the CellarPro fit. My cellar has a "notch" cut out of the back, and the old breezeaire sealed against the front panel of the chiller, which was flat. The Cellar Pro has a perforated grill on the front panel which stands out about 3/16 inch or so, and runs part-way across the unit, and so I had to do some work to get a good seal in the front. 2) The clips (if you need to use them) likewise make the job of sealing the unit a bit of a challenge. Both of these issues are specific to the type of installation I have - i.e. the chiller sealed along the top front edge of the unit and along the sides of the unit. Installations where the unit was contained within the cellar enclosure would not have these issues. Take a look at as many of the installation drawings as possible, and you will be able to figure out how this can work for you. Also, these are minor issues to deal with in exchange for much greater reliability.
Replacement for Breezair unit really is plug 'n play
by Bryan A
Bryan Adams' sales expertise and helpfulness made this replacement a real 'breeze'. As advertised the new Cellarpro unit fitted exactly where the old one was and installation was no problem for a friend with strong arms (the unit is heavier than the Breezair!!). Only one issue. - the plug for the fluorescent light has a very short wire and the plug-in for the Breezair is on the opposite side of the unit from the Cellarpro so the wire will not reach the plug-in. I had to mount the light backwards with the switch inside instead of showing on the front of the light fixture.
Very pleased so far!
by Charile P
After some online research, we decided to replace our second BreezeAir unit with a CellarPro 1800 QTL unit. A phone call resulted in a very well informed salesperson, who walked me through the ordering process. The replacement unit was promptly shipped and received. Installation was a snap. The new unit cools quickly, and is relatively quiet. So far, we are very pleased.
Another Great Le Cache Experience
by P.M. Caballero
My BreezeAir cooling unit was faltering for thes second time in nine years so I decided to purchase another unit. I contacted Le Cache directly for a recommendation, I could have not been more pleased with my interactions with Le/IWA/CellarPro staff. They recommendated a CellarPro cooling unit which works splendidly (for the last two weeks) so far. I highly recommend working with CellarPro/IWA staff
by H. Blot
This unit was used to replace my Breezair. It cools considerably faster and the noise level is lower.
Much better than Breezair
I have a breezair with my stand alone wine unit, it went bad two times in three years, finally I decided to buy the cellerpro. it is a much better unit than breezair.
by Van T
I think it sucks that my 1800QT was a year out of warranty when it failed again. First time was replaced on warranty. Still had to pay 90% of full price for replacement!
Reply from CellarPro
Thank you for your feedback. It looks like the original unit - which you purchased in 2010 - failed due to a leak in the evaporator coils and, as it turns out, we started coating the evaporator coils in 2011 because of failures like yours. The replacement unit had coated evaporator coils and failed after 6 years, still too soon. We've continued to make improvements to our products, and each year the expected useful life of our equipment increases, as evidenced by our industry-best 5-year warranty on all parts and labor. In the meantime, if there's anything we can do to assist you, please don't hesitate to contact us.
A significant upgrade from the original cooling unit
We have a 200 bottle LeCache wine credenza that originally had a BreezAire cooling unit in it. The combination is nearly 15 years old. Even though the coolers are only supposed to last 6-8 years, we got over 14 out of ours. I chose the CellarPro after doing a lot of research, and finding the right fit. Nothing was exact, by the way. The CellarPro is larger, and it was pretty scary - even with as much custom woodworking that I do, to cut into a $5000 credenza. I had to make cuts on the back to adjust for the added width and height. Because of the added height, we lost space for 8 bottles of wine. But the unit's performance more than makes up for that. The ability to see the temp, make adjustments, and it's quiet running are all great improvements over the old BreezAire. The clips did not align with the old bolt holes, but this was really a non-issue, since you can use self-tapping wood screws to mount it to the inside top of the cabinet. It is also lighter than the old unit.
by Ricardo D
Great unit. Had a little trouble installing and had to order the retrofit kit. Wish installation information on website was better.
by Mark H
Purchased to replace an old Breezaire unit in a 15 year old wine cabinet. Installation was easy.
After 7 years my original unit finally failed. After going thru troubleshooting guidelines I ordered new unit. It arrived within 7 days of ordering. Replacement instructions were very easy to follow, and unit is running as expected.
Cellar Pro 1800QTL
Pulled the old Breezaire out of my Wine Cellar Impressions cabinet, slide the new CellarPro in and now my wine is happy again. Unless you are 6+ feet tall and in good shape, get some help doing this.
by Gary K
1 system is perfect
Waiting for 2nd system.
Cellar Pro 1800 QTL
The unit was well pack and arrived quickly. It works very well in my insulated garage where my wine cabinet resides, and keeps a steady temperature while running quietly.
replacement of cellar pro
by Michael R
wow great service 2 months left on warranty called and they were so helpful. they shipped replacement same day that they got my e mail. replacement arrived across US in 5 days to me and they enclosed return shipping to them. They make it so easy Thanks
by Tom Z
I like to keep my wine at 55 degrees (I drink mostly red wine and I like to drink it at that temperature).
I have a 180 bottle cabinet and so far I am extremely pleased as the unit seems to work exactly as