Breathing new life into an old wine cooler can be an awesome way to save money on cooling your wine, but you will want to make sure that the compressor is still in good working order before you fill it with expensive liquid gold.
Here are 9 simple steps you can follow to make sure that your compressor will not let you down when it counts, so you don’t have to go out and buy a new one right away. Remember, some basic knowledge of electricity is needed to take care of your wine cooler!
Step 1: Turn off the Main Switch of a Refrigerator
First, turn off your refrigerator’s main switch and leave it like that for a few minutes. This will make sure you do not get shocked when touching any part of it later on. You also need to make sure that no power is coming in while you check any other part of it.
It is always better to be safe than sorry, as using power on an unplugged device can really prove to be hazardous. When you are done with checking all other parts, then you can turn it back on again.
Now if everything has been checked according to instruction, then there should be no problem with using refrigeration as usual. However, if there were any problems found, then they will have to be taken care before putting refrigeration back into use again.
Step 2: Remove the Hinge Covers
This first step can vary slightly, depending on whether or not you have a cover over your compressor. Generally, though, you’ll need to remove some sort of hinge using a screwdriver. Remove any screws around where your hinges are and pull up on them slightly until they come off.
Usually, only one hinge is covering your compressor; if there are two—one on each side—then take both off. Step 3: Remove Your Front Door: Your front door should be removed so that you can see what’s going on with your thermostat and compressor. You’ll need to unscrew any screws holding it in place before pulling it out from its frame.
Step 3: Remove the Front Panels
The wine cooler’s front panel can be removed by unscrewing them from their hinges. The panel will not just simply come off because there is a small bar that holds it in place.
Remove it by moving it out to one side until you can lift it up and off of its hinges. It will also help if you remove all of your other panels to make things easier for yourself.
Step 4: Disconnect Wires from Different Parts
Disconnect wires from different parts. Be careful not to let wires touch each other. This will cause a short circuit and can damage your wine cooler compressor. Note that you should be very careful when disconnecting wires, as they are quite easy to break.
We suggest you use needle nose pliers to hold onto each wire while turning on/off switches or moving sliding control knobs, but always check with user’s manual first before doing so. After all wires have been disconnected, mark them with different colors of tape so you know where they go later when reassembling.
You should also cover up every part marked L1 and L2 with black electrical tape for safe keeping until reassembling is complete in Step 7 below.
Step 5: Clean All Parts with Soap & Water
Soap and water is a quick way to clean all of your wine cooler parts. You can use any soap, just make sure that it’s not very slippery. (You don’t want oil to slip off.) Also, make sure you wipe everything down well with a damp cloth or rag after cleaning to remove all traces of soap.
Now your compressor should be back in great shape! If you are interested in getting some more parts or buying some new refrigeration units and compressors, we have a wide selection available at Peddie Appliance Parts and also provide shipping on many of our items.
Step 6: Clean the Condenser Coil and Evaporator Coils
Condenser coils are like refrigerators coils. The warm air from inside a refrigerator meets up with cool air outside and then condenses into water that runs off down drain pipes. Condenser coils do exactly the same thing for wine coolers.
These coils can get dirty over time and need to be cleaned of excess dust, dirt and debris. There is usually a tube attached to them for cleaning purposes so you can simply blow hot air through it to get rid of what’s collected on it over time.
Step 7: Reassemble the Refrigerator Correctly
Reassembly is just as important as disassembly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid damaging any components or voiding your warranty.
And remember, not all parts are interchangeable; refer to your original drawings and keep inventory of all removed screws and other pieces that came out of your wine cooler compressor, so you can reassemble it correctly.
If you’re still confused, remember to ask someone with experience for help before proceeding—you don’t want to damage anything!
Step 8: Test for Heating and Refrigeration System Operation
When you remove a control board from a wine cooler compressor, you can usually test it with an ohmmeter. This is done by testing one of the high-voltage coils against one of its support points. For example, if using a 40-amp relay coil, check it with its center (grounded) pin and one end (unconnected pin).
The coil should have no resistance when tested in that manner. If there is any resistance at all, you will likely be replacing that component due to an open circuit or short.
If there is no resistance at all between those points on your part and your ohmmeter doesn’t show any voltage readings between them, then you know for sure that it has failed in some way.
When you’re using an air conditioner to cool your wine cellar, you need to make sure it’s in good working order. The following nine steps will help you determine if your wine cooler compressor is broken or if it just needs a little fine-tuning. If one of these steps indicates that something is wrong with your wine cooler compressor, call a professional and have them look at it.
They can fix whatever problem you have with your unit and then make any necessary adjustments so that it runs efficiently and safely. You’ll be able to use your wine cellar comfortably, while maintaining its ideal temperature for storing bottles of white, red or rosé.