Why Is There Ice Build Up In My Wine Fridge

Why Is There Ice Build Up In My Wine Fridge


Ice buildup is a commonly found problem with wine fridges of all shapes and sizes; you should expect to experience something like this from time to time with your wine fridge. Knowing why this is happening is a whole new kettle of fish, but that is where we are here to help you.  


To a lot of people, wine is the nectar of the gods. First discovered in the Neolithic period, wine has been enjoyed for thousands of years, and it is obvious why that might be the case. With a wide range available, each from different corners of the globe, there is no doubt that wine is the drink of choice for many people.  

While you can no doubt store wine in your standard fridge, this is not all that appealing to many people. Particularly if you have an extensive collection of wine in your home, you want somewhere to store it that won’t be squished amongst your fruit and vegetables and has all the benefits of stable storage a wine fridge will offer - accurate temperature, no vibration, odourless etc.  

For some people, this is the garage or pantry. For others, this is a designated wine fridge in their kitchen. Those with the latter, you truly are doing it the right way!Having a wine fridge in your home is something to show off to your friends about. We think so anyway!  

At the same time, much like other amenities and mod cons in our homes, things can go wrong. This includes your wine fridge. It can be challenging to determine when something has gone wrong with something like this, let alone knowing how best to tackle the problem at hand.  

Detailed below is a bit about why there is ice build-up in your wine fridge. Read on to discover what the problem could be and how you could go about tackling it.  


Faults With The Wine Fridge 

While this is few and far between, it is still something we felt worth mentioning all the same, for it could be the cause of the issue you are facing. If you have recently purchased a wine cooler of some sort, with the intention of cooling your bottles of wine down quickly, but have found you are experiencing issues with ice, then this one is for you. 

Faulty sealing on the door of your wine fridge could be letting moist air into the interior of your wine fridge without you realising. This moist air will build up and condense on the back of the wine cabinet unit. Couple this moist air with the controlled temperatures found within wine fridges, and you have the recipe needed for ice to begin forming.  

Naturally, a faulty door seal can indeed contribute to the amount of moist air entering your wine fridge but is not the only reason why the door might not be closing properly. There are many other factors to consider when assessing something like this, which takes us to the next paragraph.  


Filling Your Wine Fridge Too Much 

It goes without saying and applies to other refrigerators, but if you were to overload it with items, the door would not shut correctly. Ensuring that you are keeping the right amount of wine in your cooler, rather than putting too much, will make sure that the door can close properly.  

While we recognise that you would be responsible and know not to do something like this in any capacity of your life, we felt it was worth the mention all the same. If you find you have excess wine and nowhere to store it, consider investing in a wine cooler that can hold a more significant number of bottles or storing them in a wine cooler than is in your garage or basement.  

Naturally, this and the previous suggestion can only accommodate for some of the wine fridges out there that are experiencing ice build-ups. There are a variety of other reasons as to what could be contributing to these problems. This leads us to the following section.  


Overuse or Misuse 

While we recognise that you would not be someone who actively goes out their way to misuse something in their home, this is sometimes done without us even realising. Knowing what you could be doing and how it could contribute to these issues will ensure you know what not to do moving forward. Not to mention, you could encourage others to follow your lead.  

Opening and closing the wine cooler can contribute towards a build-up of ice from forming. Much like the faulty seal mentioned previously, having the door open for prolonged periods allows excess moist air to entire the contained area.  

Minimise the amount that you open and close the door, and you are doing your part to reduce the amount of ice from building up. Having an integrated wine cooler can make this a lot easier; this particular wine cooler is fitted to your kitchen cabinets. There is minimal risk of anyone walking past from being tempted to open the door to have a peek inside!  

At the same time, this could also be something to consider if you have abuilt-in wine cooler. These work similarly to that of an integrated wine cooler but is not fitted as seamlessly. Either way, having a wine cooler like this in your kitchen will significantly reduce how much interference you receive.  

On the other hand, you could very well choose to store your wine in the garage or pantry, but within an ageing wine cooler, or one that is freestanding. Once more, having the wine kept out of the way of prying fingers will stop people from needlessly opening and closing the door.  


While this piece has only detailed some of how ice could be building up in your wine cooler, we hope it has inspired you enough to establish precisely what might be causing yours. Whether it results from one of our suggestions here or something completely different, we hope you manage to sort the issue sooner rather than later.  

One thing we think we can all agree upon; no one wants to have the incorrect temperature wine! Tackle these issues as you see them, and you will have chilled wine again in no time.

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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.