Wine cooler problems happen to often because of regular maintenance is neglected resulting in higher energy costs and unnecessary expenses. Fair Deal Appliance services over 600 wine cooler units on a yearly basis. The most common wine cooler problems that we often encounter are early equipment failure, safety issues and the machine running on high energy costs.
Most problems that we find are with the wine cooler box itself. Water leaking from the seams being the most common problem . Water dripping from the cooler not only causes wet floors, but when combined with dirty floors and shelving units, becomes the ideal environment for mold to grow wildly. The dripping water, in most typical cases, is the result of hot air being sucked into the colder air space therefore, causing a high degree of condensation. The spaces in the seams can be caused from non optimal installation or simply from old age. This simple problem can be easily solved by sealing the seams with a high grade mold resistant silicone or cocking.
The wine cooler door itself happens to be also a commonly neglected component. The problems we search for here include door closure assist, door gasket condition and heater strip proper functionality. Worn or torn door gaskets, while they may seem like they are non replaceable parts, are actually a fairly to replace and fairly inexpensive. The best way to troubleshoot the condition of the gasket is to actually inspect inside the wine cooler with a flashlight while the lights are off and close the door. If you can see light coming in or out, then they might need to be replaced. Air leaks from worn or torn gaskets around the door can create excess water on the floors as well as high humidity levels in the wine cooler. This problem is a cause for concern in regards to safety issues and unnecessary high energy consumption.
A door closure assist on the exterior of the door holds the door and pulls it hermetically & tightly closed. These assists are usually made up of high grade springs or a very small hydraulic cylinder. Both can wear out over time resulting in a door that never closes completely. a door closure assist can be easily replaced in 10 minutes or less – If you replace it with the exact same type.
The heater strip is somehow a little more difficult to replace and should only be replaced by a trained appliance repair professional from Fair Deal Appliance. Since it keeps the gasket flexible in order to make a secure and tight seal. It is often located in the exterior frame of the door opening, pretty often behind a metal strip. It should be a little warm to the touch. Faulty heater strips may cause stuck doors in wine coolers and even ice build-up around the front door frame.
The other problem that we constantly see occurs with the wine cooler evaporator itself. The evaporator is the a small unit inside the wine cooler chassis that cools the air by actually removing the latent humidity or heat. Water dripping and frozen coils clog the drain pan on the evaporator and are two issues that can usually be avoided if a good preventive maintenance program is in place. Frozen coils on the evaporator are usually happening by excess build-up and dirt resulting in poor air circulation. This makes the unit to work harder. The other main reason is due to low refrigerant levels. Both of these issues will make the evaporator to operate inefficiently.
An overflowing drain pan happens when the drain pan or line gets clogged. This is normally an easy fix that can be solved by clearing the line. There are plenty of products available that can be placed in the drain pan to help breakdown and eliminate residue in the lines.
All of these common problematic issues should be checked on a regular basis – every 6 months – in order to avoid unwanted costly repairs and the most common wine cooler problems. It is much more affordable to be pro-active and take care of these issues before they become major catastrophic problems.