What Causes Wine Cellar Cooling Units to Fail?

The most common reason that cooling units fail is that they aren’t properly maintained.

Without proper maintenance, lint and dust will accumulate on the air intake grill and coils of the cooling unit, and create blockages over time. When this happens, the cooling unit will be unable to dissipate the heat generated inside the wine cabinet, and therefore it will be unable to create cold air inside the wine cabinet.

To solve this problem, simply use a vacuum brush attachment to clean the grill and coils (the coils look like aluminum fins). In some cases, the grill will need to be removed in order to access the coils. The coils usually are located at the back of the cooling system.

CellarPro 1800 Cooling System
CellarPro Cooling Units can be used to keep your cellar at the desired temperature for aging wine

Cooling systems also can fail because the coils lose their refrigerant gas.

The environment inside the wine cabinet is extremely acidic. This acidity is created as the wines inside the wine bottles mature, and the effect is heightened with “younger” wines. Over time, the acidity eats away at the coating on the coils in the cooling system, and eventually creates pinholes in the coils themselves. When this happens, the freon gas inside the cooling unit begins to dissipate, and pretty soon the cooling unit loses its ability to create cold air.

If this happens, the cooling unit will need to be returned to the manufacturer or to an authorized repair center in order to seal the holes in the coils and recharge the gas.

Tip: If you have a lot of young wine or are concerned about the level of acidity inside your wine cabinet, try opening a box of baking soda and place it inside your wine cabinet!

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