Wine Fridge Keeps Beeping: Here’s 6 Things That May Cause It And What To Do
A wine fridge, like a normal fridge, runs smoothly producing minimal sound. In a quiet room, you could hear the slight noise of a compressor or the characteristic sound of a Peltier module, but the noise is rarely disturbing. That’s why when a wine fridge keeps beeping; it’s the reason for concern.
The beeping tells you something’s not working correctly.
Before putting on your detective suit and start to investigate, know that sometimes the matter is easier to solve than it first seems.
The first step - read the unit’s manual. This often offers excellent troubleshooting advice for your specific model. If you did, and the wine fridge keeps beeping, have a look at this guide. I hope to help you sort things out.
Types Of Wine Fridges
Before digging into the matter, we should talk about the different types of wine fridges. There are two of them, based on the refrigerating technology, compressor and thermoelectric.
Compressor Wine Fridge
Works through pressurizing gas that takes heat from inside the fridge to the outside. The system comprises a compressor which pressurizes the gas, a condenser, the expansion valve to reduce the refrigerant pressure and the evaporator to absorb heat from the surroundings.
Some compressor wine fridges have a fan to circulate air inside the cabinet.
Advantages of a Compressor Wine Fridge
This type of wine fridge is ideal for those who want to keep their wines at just the right temperature, as a compressor fridge cools and keeps the temperature better than a thermoelectric one. This type is not affected by hot weather, although its vibrations may sometimes disturb the bottle sediment.
Thermoelectric Wine Fridge
Heat from the inside of the wine fridge gets removed when an electric current gets passed through two metal pieces joined together.
The Peltier effect, as it is called, has the device with different materials on both sides of it creating a heat flux to allow heat to flow from the inside out. Alternately, one module gets hot the other cold.
Advantages of a Thermoelectric Wine Fridge
If installed on a level surface a thermoelectric wine fridge produces no noise whatsoever. This is because it has no moving parts in the system. The lack of vibrations will never disturb bottle sediment, although the temperature is influenced by the environment. Furthermore, thermoelectric wine coolers do not contain any harmful substances or even emissions. This makes them environmentally safe, unlike the compressor wine fridge that uses a chemical coolant.
Six Things That May Keep Your Wine Fridge Beeping
A glitch in the processor
At times the beeping sound from your wine fridge could be from a small glitch in the processor. One sure way for you to find out is by switching off the fridge. Unplug the cord for a minute or two, then plug it back on.
This operation will reset the processor, and when you turn it on again, the beeping must have ceased. If your wine fridge keeps beeping after this operation, call in a technician.
Worn out door seals
At times the door seals of your wine fridge get worn out or suffer damage from use and need replacing. When the fridge door is not properly closed, it might give off a beeping sound to alert you of the fact.
Other times it might be dirt is clogged up on the door, preventing it from closing properly. Soft cleaning of the seals with warm soapy water using a soft cloth will no doubt take care of it and stop the beeping sound from the fridge if this is the cause.
Overstuffing the wine fridge
Even though your wine fridge has horizontal bottle racks designed to take a certain number of wine bottles you could pile up extra bottles atop the ones it is intended to carry. This will cause a beeping sound if the door may not close properly.
Fixing this issue is simple. Just take out the extra bottles or remove some racks if you insist on stacking bottles up.
My advice is to store some bottles elsewhere and don’t exceed the appliance’s capacity. This will keep your fridge in good conditions and will more often than not cease the annoying beeping.
An overheat wine fridge
This could be from lack of enough ventilation when the wine fridge is kept too close to the wall. This often happens in units that don’t have a built-in function and the thermoelectric units are more prone to overheat if not properly ventilated.
The beeping sound warns you of the issue in the fridge’s attempt to ward off further damage from overheating. So, if you hear the annoying sound, check the position of the fridge and draw it away from walls or cabinets to resolve the issue.
The wine fridge is improperly balanced
A level surface is essential for your wine fridge to work well. That’s why most wine fridges alert you on the issue with an annoying beeping sound.
So, another thing to do if your wine fridge keeps beeping is to check the surface where it’s placed. Most appliances come with adjustable feet that allow you to level it even on a slope.
Faulty door alarm
Sometimes, the wine fridge keeps beeping because the sensors on the door detect it open even when it’s closed. At this stage, the best thing to do is to call in a technician and have it replaced.
There are several reasons why your wine fridge keeps beeping, and most of them are easy to troubleshoot. The manual comes in handy most of the times, or you could check the things above before calling in a technician.
If nothing works, just find the aftersales service number and get in touch. While the beeping sound is annoying, it also tells you something’s wrong. On most appliances, you can mute and ignore it. But ignoring can lead to further complications which are sometimes impossible or too costly to repair.
So my advice is to resolve the issue right away. It’s way cheaper than buying a new wine fridge!