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    Why Does My Wine Fridge Run All The Time?

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    Life has gotten infinitely better since you purchased a wine cooler but recently you’ve noticed that your fridge is running continuously, and rightly that's raised some concern.

    So let's take a look at why your wine fridge could be running all of the time.

    Why Does My Wine Fridge Run all the Time?

    A wine fridge running all of the time isn’t ideal for energy efficiency - or your household bills! - and may be a sign of a problem with your fridge. 

    Luckily, there are a few reasons why your wine fridge may run continuously, so let's take a look at the most common ones to help you troubleshoot your problem, shall we?

    Reasons Your Wine Cooler Could Be Running Continuously

    Some of the main reasons why a wine fridge may be running all the time are:

    Environment is too hot or cold

    Essentially, your wine fridge may be running continuously because it has to! Just like the human body, if the environment your wine fridge is in is too hot or cold then in order to keep your wine at optimum temperature your fridge may be having to do a little more work.

    Why not do a temperature check of the room your wine fridge is in and try moving it somewhere else to see if that helps the problem.

    Filling The Wine Fridge With Too Many Bottles

    Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too many wine bottles, especially when it comes to wine fridges.

    If your fridge is overfilled then there won’t be enough room for the cool air to circulate through and your fridge may be struggling to maintain a constant temperature as a result. If your fridge is looking a little full try taking out a few bottles that you don't plan on drinking anytime soon and see if that helps the problem.

    Door Not Sealing Correctly

    Check the sealing on your fridge door, chances are if the seal is damaged then all the cool air your fridge is working hard to create may be escaping through the gaps.

    Luckily, seals can be replaced very easily and your local wine fridge technician will be more than happy to help you with this problem.

    Poor Ventilation

    The quality of the fridge’s ventilation may be causing an issue here so take a look at the vents of your fridge and make sure they are all clean and working as they should be. 

    Make sure that none of the vents are being blocked as this can also cause your wine fridge to run continuously. It's a good idea to make sure you're cleaning your fridge as often as you can, to help it do it's job. 

    Dirty Condenser Coils

    If it's none of the above, try taking a look at the condenser coils in your wine fridge and give them a clean. Its important to do this as often as you can as a build up of dust and debris can affect your fridge’s ability to regulate temperature.

    Faulty Thermostat

    Last but not least, if your thermostat is reading the wrong temperature then your fridge will be operating to the wrong temperature!

    So take a look to check if the thermostat’s readings look correct to you, and if not it might be smart to get a replacement. 

    Before You Go... 

    The above should help you to troubleshoot your fridge and figure out why it’s running all of the time, but remember that if in doubt get in touch with your fridge supplier or local technician, they’ll be more than happy to offer assistance.

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    philip thompson Author: Philip Thompson
    Philip is the General Manager at Expert Wine Storage, and is very knowledgable about all things relating to wine and wine storage, including wine fridges. He is regularly featured in media outlets sharing his knowledge on wine. Connect on Linkedin

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