Common Wine refrigerator Issues and Maintenance Methods (Part 2)

An electronic wine refrigerator is designed to mimic the natural storage conditions for wine and can be considered a small-scale imitation of a wine cellar. However, like any electrical appliance, wine fridges may encounter some issues during use, such as loud noise or inadequate cooling. So, what can you do when these problems arise? Below, we have compiled relevant information to help you understand and address these issues. We hope you find it helpful!

See more: Common Wine Cooler Issues and Solutions (part1)

Wine Cabinet Is Operating Normally but Not Cooling

Empty and Warm Up

If your wine refrigerator is running but fails to cool properly, there's a simple solution to try first. Empty the wine cabinet and leave the door open. Allow it to be turned off for more than 4 hours to let the refrigerator warm up. Then, restart it, and it should work properly. Sometimes, this reset is all your wine cabinet needs.

If the Issue Persists...

If the problem persists even after the reset, it may be a faulty starter or a more complex issue. In such cases, it's best to contact customer support for professional assistance. They can diagnose the problem and guide you on the necessary steps to get your wine cooler back to its cooling best.

Wine Cabinet Produces Loud Noise

Identifying the Noise Source

Excessive noise from a wine refrigerator can be disruptive. To identify the source of the noise, start by unplugging the wine cooler fridge and carefully inspecting its components. Sometimes, loose or unevenly placed items inside the cabinet can cause vibrations and noise. Adjust the contents if necessary to minimize noise.

Unstable Electric Current

Unstable electric current can also contribute to loud noise from your wine fridge. To address this, unplug the power cord from the outlet and then reinsert it firmly. This simple step can sometimes resolve the issue by ensuring a stable electrical connection.

wine fridge compressor

Common Phenomena That Are Not Faults

 "Click" Sounds During Startup

When the wine fridge starts or stops, the electrical components such as the starting relay and thermal protector may make a "click" sound. These sounds are a normal part of the wine fridge's operation and should not be a cause for concern.

Initial "Buzzing" Sound

During the initial use or startup of the wine cooler fridge, the unit may emit a louder "buzzing" sound due to the initial instability in the wine fridge's operation. This noise will reduce as the wine fridge stabilizes, so it's not a cause for alarm.

"Hissing" Sound

A "hissing" sound may be heard, especially in humid seasons or environments. This sound is caused by the refrigerant flowing through the circulation pipes of the refrigeration system and is considered a normal phenomenon. It's a sign that your wine refrigerator is doing its job.

Condensation in Humid Seasons

In humid seasons or environments, the wine cooler's door, especially the bottom of the door, may exhibit condensation. This is a normal occurrence and is a result of the temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the refrigerator. You can simply wipe it dry with a dry cloth. Transitioning seasons or moving the wine fridge to a well-ventilated and dry location can help reduce or eliminate this condensation.

Vibration Noise and Placement

The presence and intensity of vibration noise are related to the wine cooler's placement. Even slight vibrations can result in significant noise. To reduce vibration noise:

  • Ensure that the wine cooler fridge is balanced properly.
  • Avoid placing the wine refrigerator¬†on wooden floors or near wooden walls, as these surfaces can amplify the noise.
  • Keep in mind that during the initial use or startup of the wine refrigerator, it may operate for an extended period and produce louder noise. This is a normal pattern.
wine refrigerator placement

High Power Consumption

The power consumption indicated in the technical data is the rated power consumption, measured under specific conditions. When storing a large quantity of wine, in higher ambient temperatures, or with frequent door openings, the actual power consumption may be higher than the rated power consumption, which is normal. It's essential to consider these factors when assessing power consumption.

Liquid Flowing Sound

You may hear a liquid flowing sound in the wine cabinet. This sound is caused by the refrigerant flowing through the circulation pipes of the refrigeration system and is considered a normal phenomenon. It's a sign that your wine cabinet is actively cooling and maintaining the desired temperature.

Wine Cooler Usage Considerations

Avoid Exposure to Light

Ultraviolet (UV) rays can negatively impact the aging process of wine. Exposure to strong sunlight for just six months can lead to wine deterioration. Professional wine cooler fridge come with UV-resistant glass doors to effectively protect wine from light damage. Keep your wine cabinet away from direct sunlight.

uv protection of wine cooler fridge

Avoid Vibration

Vibration can accelerate chemical reactions in wine and significantly affect the wine's maturation process. Professional wine cooler fridge use precision anti-vibration compressors that operate slowly and steadily, reducing vibrations. The solid wood wine racks inside the wine cabinet can also effectively absorb vibrations. Place your wine cooler fridge on a stable, level surface to minimize vibrations.

Maintain a Constant Temperature

The ideal storage temperature for wine is

  • White wine: 7¬†¬įC to 13¬†¬įC (45¬†¬įF to 55¬†¬įF)
  • Red wine: 12¬†¬įC to 18¬†¬įC (55¬†¬įF to 65¬†¬įF)

Professional wine cooler fridge are equipped with precision compressors and temperature controllers that provide excellent temperature control accuracy and stability. It's essential to maintain a stable temperature inside your wine cabinet to preserve the quality of your wine.

See more: Keeping Red and White Wines at Optimal Temperatures

Ensure Adequate Ventilation

During wine aging, harmful gases like sulfur dioxide (SO2) can be produced. These gases can damage wine corks, affecting wine quality. While traditional wine cellars naturally ventilate these gases, wine cabinets, in a sealed environment, may accumulate SO2. To counter this, occasionally open the wine cabinet for ventilation, ideally every ten days. Some wine fridges come with active carbon filter ventilation systems that require filter replacement every two to three years for more advanced gas management.

Maintain Humidity

Appropriate humidity levels are crucial for wine storage, typically between 60% and 70%. Excess humidity can lead to mold on the bottleneck and damage wine labels, affecting wine quality. In contrast, insufficient humidity can cause wine corks to shrink, leading to difficulties in opening bottles and loss of sealing function, allowing air to enter and affecting wine fermentation. Professional wine cabinets have advanced ventilation systems, and humidity levels can be regulated by adjusting the internal and external temperature differences.

Built-in Circulating Air Cooling System

Conclusion

These guidelines are essential for proper wine cabinet maintenance and ensuring the longevity of your wine collection. Always consult the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for your specific wine cabinet model to ensure you're providing the best care for your valuable wine.

FAQs

What should I do if my wine refrigerator isn't cooling?

  • If your wine¬†refrigerator isn't cooling properly, start by emptying it and leaving the door open for more than 4 hours to let it warm up. If the issue persists, contact customer support for assistance.

How can I reduce excessive noise from my wine fridge?

  • To reduce noise, ensure that the wine cabinet is properly balanced and avoid placing it on wooden surfaces. Inspect the contents for loose items that may cause vibrations.

Are "click" sounds during startup normal in wine refrigerator?

  • Yes, "click" sounds during startup are normal and are typically caused by electrical components like the starting relay and thermal protector.

What's the ideal storage temperature for wine?

  • The ideal storage temperature for wine:¬†
  • White wine: 7¬†¬įC to 13¬†¬įC (45¬†¬įF to 55¬†¬įF)
  • Red wine: 12¬†¬įC to 18¬†¬įC (55¬†¬įF to 65¬†¬įF)

How often should I ventilate my wine cooler fridge?

  • It's recommended to ventilate your wine¬†cooler every ten days to manage gas accumulation. Some wine¬†cooler fridge come with active carbon filter ventilation systems that require filter replacement every two to three years for more advanced gas management.

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