Why Is My Wine Fridge Beeping?

Why Is My Wine Fridge Beeping?


freestanding wine fridge is an incredibly convenient appliance that’s purpose is to create the most ideal conditions for stored wine. As wine coolers have to maintain a specific, constant temperature to chill the wine adequately, they tend to work a lot harder than your average, regular refrigerator. Because of this, they are often susceptible to emitting a little bit of noise and this is completely normal. The light humming sound that is typically generated by wine fridges is rarely disturbing and is almost always not a cause for concern. With this being said, if your wine fridge has started beeping, there may be an underlying issue.

Luckily, there are many explanations for a beeping wine fridge, and often, it can be solved almost instantly. Firstly, you should refer to the instruction manual of your particular wine fridge but if you’re still not having any luck, you may want to refer to this short guide. First of all, we will run through the different types of wine coolers and then we will go on to explain why your wine fridge might be beeping and what exactly you can do to try and solve the problem.

Types of Wine Fridges

The two main types of wine coolers are compressor coolers and thermoelectric coolers.

Compressor wine coolers function in almost the exact same way as regular fridges. These fridges work by using the vapour compression cycle to remove heat from the interior of the unit in order to reduce the temperature. Thermoelectric wine fridges function via a process called the ‘Peltier Effect’. This process consists of a heat transfer from one side of the wine cooler to the other through an electrical current. This technology is commonly found in smaller, shallower wine fridges whilst compressor technology is commonly found in larger, deeper wine fridges.

Reasons why your wine fridge might be beeping and what you can do about it

The wine fridge is overheating

Wine fridge vents need to be completely clear of obstruction to ensure that they can properly dissipate heat. If your wine cooler vent is placed too near a wall or another appliance, the unit will not be able to properly cool down and it will therefore overheat. Check the plinth covering your under counter wine cooler for example. If this happens, your fridge will start to beep as a warning.

In order to stop the beeping in this case, you will simply have to reposition your wine cooler so that its ventilation system is completely free of obstruction. Once the cabinet has been re-positioned and it has cooled down, the beeping should stop.

The wine cooler is improperly positioned or balanced

Wine fridges are designed to be kept completely balanced. This is to prevent the wine from moving about in the bottles which can cause unwanted chemical reactions. If you’re wine cooler is beeping, it might be trying to tell you that the appliance isn’t completely balanced or flat. 

 In order to remedy this, you will need a spirit level so that you can adjust the feet of your appliance accordingly until the beeping stops.

The door alarm is faulty

Another reason that your wine fridge might be beeping is because there is a problem with its alarm. Wine coolers are often equipped with an alarm that notifies you when the door has been left open. If the alarm is sounding when the door is closed, it may be a sign of a more internal issue.

If this happens, the best thing to do would be to refer to the instruction manual and if necessary, call a specialist to take a look.

The wine fridge is over-stocked

Wine fridges are designed to stock a certain number of bottles. If all of the racks are filled and you have begun stacking extra bottles on top of each other, it is likely that you have exceeded the unit’s maximum capacity. If this happens, you may notice it has started to beep.

In order to stop this from happening, you will need to remove some of the bottles and store them elsewhere until there is sufficient room

The door seals are damaged or in need of a clean

Another possible cause of your beeping wine fridge is that its door seals are faulty or in need of a clean. If they have worn out and are visibly damaged, they may require replacing. Additionally, they may just need a bit of a clean and. 

If you think this is the case, you will need to clean the seals with a cloth and some warm soapy water. If you do think they need replacing, you will need to contact your supplier.

There is a problem with the processor

One of the most common reasons for wine fridge beeping is that there is a glitch in the processor. Often, this can be easily solved by unplugging the device for a few minutes and then plugging it back in. This will reset the processor and hopefully, stop the beeping.

If this does not work, you will need to contact a technician.


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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.