For many people, the Whynter wine fridge can be an integral part of their home décor and bar area. When the wine fridge suddenly stops working, it can be frustrating to know how to fix the issue without having to replace the entire unit or enlisting the help of professionals who are specialized in repairing commercial equipment.
If you’re looking to save money on repairs and don’t want to risk damaging your wine fridge by taking it apart yourself, here are 9 easy steps that will show you how to reset your Whynter wine fridge in no time at all.
Step 1: Check your connections
Make sure your fridge is plugged into a working outlet. You may want to test for power with a voltage tester if you have one.
It’s possible that something is preventing power from reaching your wine fridge, like a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. If your fridge won’t turn on, double-check that it’s plugged in and at full capacity before calling customer service.
Step 2: Take out the sensors
Remove each sensor from its plastic slot with a small, flathead screwdriver or by hand. On each sensor is a white circuit board held into place by a couple of clips.
Gently lift up on one side of these clips and work your way around until you’ve removed all four; don’t worry about scratching off any sticker residue, it won’t affect how well they work.
Step 3: Clean your coils and sensor
Over time, dust, dirt and other particles can collect on your fridge’s evaporator coils. Cleaning these coils should be done monthly. Simply remove a back panel and vacuum or blow out any dust, lint or hair that may have collected.
You should also check for air flow restrictions by removing a sensor (usually labeled) and running water over it; if it gets stuck on your finger when wet you will need to clean it. Unplug your refrigerator when performing these tasks to avoid any electrical hazards.
If a fuse has blown or you notice any other issues with functionality, call an expert repairman immediately as prolonged failure of key components can cause damage that is not covered under warranty.
Step 4: Remove ice build up
If ice builds up on your coils, there’s not enough room for cold air and heat will enter. Remove any ice by picking off chunks with a spatula or blowing air over it to melt it.
If you choose to use a hair dryer, be sure not to get too close, as that can damage your wine fridge’s interior. Put an automatic defrost system in place if you have problems with ice build up often.
Step 5: Disconnect the water line
Plug one end of a pipe or hose into one of your refrigerator’s water ports. From there, run it outside of your home and plug it into a garden hose (or other leak-proof source). This will redirect water away from your refrigerator while you work on resetting it.
The goal is to make sure that if something goes wrong during reassembly, no water will flood inside or turn your floor into an ice rink.
Trust us: You don’t want that. While you have some extra time, make sure all of your doors are closed and any ice inside has melted completely—and you should do so for about two hours after turning off your appliance.
Step 6: Clear out the condenser
To make sure that no foreign particles are blocking your fridge’s airflow, remove your condenser coils from their slot on the back of your fridge and gently clean them with a vacuum. Blocked condenser coils can prevent your refrigerator from cooling properly, which is why keeping them clear is important.
If you don’t have a vacuum handy, use an air compressor to spray out any obstructions. Once you’ve finished cleaning it, simply place it back in its original position so that it can continue providing proper airflow.
Step 7: Re-assemble after resetting steps 1–6.
Before you finish everything up, you’ll need to re-assemble everything. This shouldn’t take long and it shouldn’t be too difficult. Re-assemble your front faceplate, your thermostat and plug it back into its power source.
Don’t worry about putting the doors back on just yet, we have a few more steps to complete before that can happen. The next few steps may require a little finesse and time, but will help prolonging the overall reliability of your wine cooler; as well as potentially save you some money in getting it fixed down the road!
Step 8: Put everything back together.
To reassemble your wine fridge, simply reverse all of your steps. Start by plugging it back into a grounded outlet. Then, slide all three racks back into place and turn each one upside down and right side up again.
Make sure everything is where it needs to be—you don’t want any bottles or food items falling over when you open or close doors. Finally, use a screwdriver to reset your thermostat with a low setting of between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit (ideal for red wine).
Once you’ve done that, run the chiller for a couple hours before restocking it with bottles. And remember: If you’re not using it on off-peak hours (typically from 2 a.m. until 8 a.m.
Step 9 (Optional): Clean your fins/evaporator coil.
Many wine fridges will come with a brush for cleaning purposes. Use it to brush any dust or crumbs off of your fins/evaporator coil. It is important that you do not let dust build up on your fins as it will not only impede airflow but could lead to mold growth if left unattended.
Make sure you clean off any excess dust when you’re done, as it can spread if left behind and cause problems later down the line. If you don’t have a specific cleaner, a soft cloth dampened with distilled water should do just fine. Now go enjoy your wine!
We have seen a lot of people searching for how to reset their Whynter wine fridge. All customers who use such appliances should know that you can’t just plug it and start using it, but you must go through a few steps of troubleshooting prior to using it.
With that said, here are nine steps that will help users with basic resetting steps and hopefully get your refrigerator working properly once again. Just follow them carefully one after another so nothing is missed!