How Noisy Is A Wine Cooler?

How Noisy Is A Wine Cooler?


A wine cooler is a highly convenient appliance that’s function is to create the most ideal conditions for the storage of wine. These coolers work a lot harder than your typical refrigerator as they have to maintain a constant temperature in order to chill the wine correctly. Due to this, the majority of wine coolers are liable to emitting some level of noise. 

The amount of sound generated by your wine cooler will depend on a variety of factors like whether it's a built in wine cooler or freestanding but ultimately it will come down to the quality of its construction. Wine coolers that are made of low-grade components are far more likely to give off noise than the more advanced, expensive models that come with A grade energy classifications. Whilst many people might not have an issue with some background noise, others will find it both distracting and disruptive. 

Here, we will look at a few of the main causes of wine cooler noise and take you through a few of the ways that you can try to combat and even solve the issue. 


Primary causes of a noisy wine cooler

A wine cooler is composed of a number of functioning parts that are continually in motion to try and keep the wine at the right temperature. These parts are what causes the wine coolers to give off the noise that they often do.  

The fan

Electric fans are essential components that work to circulate a constant, stable flow of air within the wine cooler. They also help to maintain a balanced temperature of the wine cabinet and this desired temperature will depend entirely on the kind of wine you will be storing. Due to the way that these fans move, they are naturally susceptible to producing noise. Their sound very much resembles that of a desk fan, that essentially functions in the exact same way. 

The number of fans your wine cooler has will depend on its size, and generally speaking, the more fans a wine cooler has, the noisier it is going to be. This is something you will want to consider before purchasing a wine cooler, especially if noise is something that particularly bothers you. Another important thing to note is that the dual temperature zone wine coolers will require more fans than the regular single temperature zone wine coolers. This is because there is a need to evenly circulate air around two separate cooling chambers that require to be kept at two different temperatures. 

Your fan may also be exhibiting much more noise than expected because it is improperly aligned. If the fan is dirty or if there is something blocking its movement, it is prone to letting off an unpleasant humming sound whilst it attempts to spin. 

The starter

The starter is the component of the wine cooler that triggers a signal when the temperature drifts out of its desired range. When this happens, the starter will produce a repetitive clicking noise that will work to re-boot the cooling system within the wine cabinet. The reason for this to happen is typical because there is an internal issue such as insufficient ventilation or a blocked compressor that is preventing the fridge from cooling down. 

If you have checked out the wine cooler and it seems that nothing is of issue, there may be a slightly more deep-rooted problem such as a lack of power or a leak. You should refer to the appliance handbook to try and understand why you are hearing this noise, but if you are still unsure, it is always best to contact the manufacturer. 

The compressor

The compressor is a device that is typically found at the bottom or back of your wine cooler that is responsible for powering the heat and cold exchange cycle of the cabinet. Usually, compressors are mounted on top of rubber or silicone bases which both work to reduce vibrations but as a result, tend to give off a deep humming noise. Luckily, compressors do not function continuously, so whilst they are responsible for producing noise, that noise is not very frequent at all. 


Things you can do to fix your noisy wine cooler

Whilst the noise output from wine coolers is more or less unavoidable, there are several things you can do to try and reduce its severity. Once you get to the source of the noise, you will be able to decide how to try and combat the issue, whether that’s by altering its positioning, installing acoustic materials within your home, or inviting a specialist to take a look themselves. 

Change the positioning of your wine cooler

One thing you can do to try and fundamentally reduce the noise of your wine cooler is to adjust its positioning. Freestanding wine coolers are more likely to emit noise than those that are integrated within your furniture. For this reason, we would suggest considering having the wine cooler built amongst the other appliances of your kitchen too or even within a larder in your lounge. The sounds given off from a wine cooler are similar to those given off from a regular refrigerator, but because regular refrigerators are typically built into cabinets, the sound they produce is often absorbed. So, you may want to consider positioning your wine cooler in a similar way. If you do choose to do this, it is important to ensure that there is enough room behind the cooler so that the air circulation or ventilation isn’t compromised in any way. 

Install sound absorbing materials in your home

Another way you can try to combat the noise emitted from wine coolers is to install acoustic friendly materials in your home. If your home is open plan or built with lightweight construction, it is likely that you will be more susceptible to hearing noises generated from appliances. To dampen the reverberations that devices such as wine coolers emit, there are various soft surfaces and materials that you can install within your home. Materials and surfaces such as heavy curtains, plush carpets, thick wool blankets and upholstered furniture will work to prevent noise from bouncing around the room. Further, if you are in the early process of building your home, you could even consider installing some sound-proofing materials within the foundations if you are planning on installing appliances such as large wine coolers. Whilst this method won’t entirely eliminate the sounds from your wine cooler, they will definitely soften them and improve the overall situation. 

Get help from a repair technician

If you are looking for a more permanent solution to get rid of your wine cooler noise, you may want to consider getting the help from a professional repair technician. The technician will be able to determine whether the wine cooler is performing as it should be or whether it is in need of repairing/replacing. It might be that the source of the noise is something as simple as needing its fan cleaned, or it could be something more severe. It’s best to find this out from someone who knows exactly what they are doing so that you can tackle the problem head-on. You should check to see whether your wine cooler is still under warranty before contacting a repair technician as it is likely that you may be eligible for a free service. These technicians will also be more specialised in the repair of your specific device.


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Philip Thompson

Philip Thompson

Philip is the General Manager at Expert Wine Storage, so is very knowledgable about all things relating to wine fridges. He is regularly featured in media outlets sharing his wine storage insights.