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Whirlpool Beverage Center (WBC127BLS) - Won't cool enough

I purchased a Whirlpool Beverage Center (WBC127BLS) from Lowes.   To my disappointment the minimum temperature setting is 43 degrees Farenheit...not enough to make my beer cold enough.
Any suggestions on how I can make the refrigerator setting cooler?
Thanks a lot!

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  • daddio1980 Nov 08, 2008

    So there is no tricking the thermostat on this model?

  • mtrusnak Nov 24, 2008

    I was very much disappointed with a bath warm 43 degree beer from the Whirlpool 128 can holder. Any suggestions of price comparable beverage colders.. not coolers?

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    Have the same problem and disappointment. I wish there were a way to enable reducing the temp by 5 degrees, 38 degrees would be ideal.

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    not cold enough for beer

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I'm on my second Whirlpool Beverage Center in 1 week (from Lowes) and both of them are not cold enough. I bought a thermometer to test actual temperature and even though the temp on the digital display "says" 42-44, it's not, it's 48-51. I looked up what refridgertors should be at and they all say 40-41. I'm really pissed andI going to return this one too and buy something else. P.S. I did all of the **** in the manual to make sure it was set up right and it still doesn't work. If you find a solution before next weekend (when I am going to return it) please email me at jcs182@charter.net. Thanks.

  • rddone Dec 03, 2008

    I bought one last week.

    Figured how to bypass the thermostat to run the compressor nonstop to see how cold it would get

    After an hour, it was still only at 40 degrees.

    Seems like the cooling system isnt powerful enough to make it any colder.

    Im gonna try again to see how cold it can get after a few hours, but was going to sleep and didnt wanna leave it hotwired all night.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    system will not cool. The display state the temp is 43F but the actual temp via a thermostat is 53F on the top shelf and 49Fon the bottom. Very unsatisfied with this product!

  • tfry1 Dec 17, 2008

    This is a disgrace to the whirlpool name unless your a German and like warm beer.



  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    lower shelve get to 43 degrees. middle shelve 50 degrees and top shelve 60 degrees. Can you add freon to solve the problem?

  • cib911bear
    cib911bear Dec 29, 2008

    I purchased the Whirlpool 128 beverage for my Husband's birthday. We tried everything to get the temperature to get below 43 degrees. THe beer and beverages aren't cooled enough. It acts more like a Wine Cooler fridge.

    Cooler at the bottom and less cooler on the top. Has anyone come up with a solution yet. It's very frustrating, and very disappointing. Why couldn't they develope an accessory to compensate for this lack of temp control.

  • precisioncol Jan 19, 2009

    i have the same problem. love the looks of it but not going to work if it doesnt make my beer cold.

  • kokigreen Feb 02, 2009

    I've tried two different beverage centers same model WBC127BLS. The digital display reads 43 degrees. An actual thermometer reads 57
    to 60 degrees. Nice looking frig, great price.. but it does not cool beverages as noted. I'm returning this frig "again". Too bad Whirlpool and Lowe's you missed the temp on this one! I would not recommend purchasing this model if your intent is to cool beverages.. not store them.

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Same thing - this is not a refrigerator - its a wine cooler. Even though the box has sodas in the fridge. The temp. goes to a low of 43 if that. I am returning it and getting a real fridge for my office. This is ****! Shame on you Whirlpool.

  • nmasterson Apr 27, 2009

    The lowest temperature setting on my Whirlpool Beverage Center is 43 degrees. Okay for a cool bottle of water, but not nearly cold enough for beer. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    I agree. We built a bar around this as our "fridge" in our new house as we thought it was really cool looking. Too bad it was cooler looking than the pop that came out of it. Danby told us that it is to be used as a pre-chiller for your pop before you put it in the refrigerator. Who ever does that? Our solution? After 1 week and numerous calls to Danby, who was absolutely no help whatsoever, we took it out, remodeled the bar and bought a different refrigerator to put in its place. We think that the outside of the box should spell out what the temperatures are. Of course, if they did that, they wouldn't sell any. Danby wouldn't try to fix it and Lowe's wouldn't take it back.

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If you're handy with a soldering iron, it's possible to 'trick' the fridge into cooling down a few more degrees.

Long version:
If you open the door to the fridge, on the right wall near the bottom is a small plastic grate. You should be able to pull this straight out from the side wall. There is a temperature sensor attached to the back of the grate. Unplug the sensor. (The fridge will then give you a very annoying error beep and display "EE" on the readout. Pushing the °F-°C button stopped the beeping.) This sensor will change resistance with temperature. (The lower the temperature, the higher the resistance) I was reading a resistance of about 3700 ohms at 43°F and 2460 ohms at 68°F. Throw in a rough assumption that the response is linear and it works out to almost 50ohms/degree. In order to 'trick' the fridge into cooling down more, you need to drop the resistance. I was aiming for about 6 degrees cooler. Assuming the resistance response was linear, 6 degrees cooler would give me about 4000 ohms from the sensor. By jumpering a 50000 ohm resistor (yes, 50K ohm) in parallel with the sensor, I should get about 6 degrees cooler. I did the soldering, plugged the sensor back in, and ended up about 8 degrees cooler. Two days so far, everything appears good and the beer is cold.

Short version:
Put a 50K ohm resistor in parallel with the temperature sensor behind the grate on the inside right hand wall.

The temperature read out will be inaccurate forever after though. But then, I just want cold beer, my wife wants cold water, and the kids want to play with the cool blue light. I don't care what the number on the readout is.

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I got it fixed. you have to know a little about wiring to make this happen, but not impossible. took cold control off old refrigerator, and wired it into compressor behind refrigerator. the cold control is no more than a thermostat that acts as an on/off switch, so the hot wire needs to be removed off the compressor and the hot lead on the cold control needs to be wired to constant voltage and the other wire on the cold control plugged into compressor where original hot wire was disconnected. you will have to drill a little hole through refrigerator somewhere to run thermostat wire off cold control into refrigerator. you now control the internal temp by the external cold control switch. if you hook it up this way you will only be bypassing the original cold control on the whirlpool, but will still have your digital readout of internal temp. mine now reads 32 deg. and if the beer is in the back of refrigerator it will have ice in it, just the way i like it.

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Adding external controller inline with the compressor relay works fine, but display is erratic below 38 degrees or so. It stays on 37 or so for quite awhile then jumps down to 34ish really fast, like the program for the display never expected it to get that cold so they didnt test it.

I ended up adding an adjustable resistor between the 2 temperature sensor leads and adjusting it until the temp in the fridge was 10 degrees colder than the display.

Now, with readout indicating 43-44, my beer stays on the edge of freezing on the bottom 2 shelves. Have had beer on back of second lowest shelf freeze solid when most of rest of fridge was empty, but ok as long as keep at least half full.

Top shelves are considerably warmer, so I rotate beer down to bottom shelves as use demands and refill top shelves.

The fridge has to work pretty hard to maintain the temperature, so I added a fan behind the fridge to keep the compressor cool.

Need to find where the coils that get rid of the heat are and expose them.

Then a fan inside the fridge would help to balance the temperature.

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SUCCESS! After having read all the complaints about the cooler (WBC127BLS) I purchased one anyway! It was the best I could afford and it seemed that all the others on the market had the same too high temp problem as well. I went into the bottom right of the cooler and opened the temp sensor cover. I then took one of the little white styrofoam covers that was used to pack the shelves and slipped it over the thermostat sensor to fool it, and a year later I still get semi frozen drinks out of the bottom occasionally and very cold ones everywhere else. Warning...If you drink coke with splenda, it will freeze and explode in the bottom section. Also the temp readout will never say anything lower than 43 degrees no matter what the actual temp is. If that bugs you then get a refrig thermometer. Happy cooling!

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I have this cooler for over a year. I have been putting up with slightly chilled drinks for way too long. After reading some of the solutions, they seemed a bit technical. It did give me a much more simpler idea. All you need is a drill and a 1/4 inch bit. If you open the door to the fridge, on the right wall near the bottom is a small plastic grate. You should be able to pull this straight out from the side wall. There is a temperature sensor attached to the back of the grate. Pull out the sensor away from the grate without unplugging it. With 1/4 inch drill bit, I drilled a hole to through outside surface of the refrigerator. Be careful not to drill through the temperature sensor wires. Push the temperature sensor outside of the refrigerator. This cause the refrigerator to think that the temperature is a lot warmer and keep the compressor on. As a result, my beverages are as cool as I need them to be. If your beverages are too cold, you can insert the sensor halfway back into the fridge and the end result is still colder beverages. You may want to put some removable silicone or insulation in the hole after you are done. If you are thinking about returning this item, I wouldn't recommend this. But if you are like me, with no warranty and no receipt this will well worth it.

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My solution was to open the grate and put a paper towel in front of the heat sensor. This drops the temperature a few degrees by tricking the fridge into thinking that it is warmer. At first it drops a large amount but an equilibrium is reached where it is just a few degrees drop. You would have to replace the paper towel for consistent results.

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I pulled out the temp sensor behind the small grate in the lower right wall, cut/stripped the wire and twisted on a 2' extension wire - just like speaker wire, make sure the polarity is kept (you'll see one side marked). Then route the extended temp sensor up to the highest shelf area. Using electrical tape, I taped it to the back corner wall. Now, the compressor runs almost full-time as it maintains a temp of 43 degrees ON THE TOP SHELF. My digital thermometer reading on the lower shelf is about 35 degrees - I rotate the beer down for ice-cold refreshment. Basically, this is the same solution offered in another post but without drilling a hole to the outside.

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Dispose of this unit any way posssible. Return it, exchange it, sell it at a yard sale or take a sledgehammer to it. It is worthless unless you like your drinks around 55 degrees.

I had two of them, and they both worked the same. I had two digital thermometers, one at the top and one at the bottom. The bottom shelf would touch 43 briefly, but then the temperature would go up to 50, before it would kick back on. When set to 43, the cooler would kick on at what it thought was 45, but it was really 50. So 50-55 on the bottom, 55-60 on top. If you like that, then this unit is for you. It is no doubt a "cooler".

I returned it an bought an Oster Compact Fridge (5.0 cubic inches), and it stays between 36 and 38 all the time. Perfect for soft drinks. The best part is you can fit 6 bottled waters across the bottom on their sides. 6 would not fit in the Whirlpool.

The Whirlpool should be pulled from the market, unless there is a need for 55 degree drinks.

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Has anyone had the temp. readout loose some of its lines? What did you do to fixit?

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    type3tim Jan 26, 2013

    Yes, I have the same problem but have not been unable to find a replacement board.

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    type3tim Jan 26, 2013

    Yes, i have same problem. Can not find a replacement board part#

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You said,
You purchased a Whirlpool Beverage Center (WBC127BLS) from Lowes. To your disappointment the minimum temperature setting is 43 degrees Farenheit...not enough to make my beer cold enough. Any suggestions on how you can make the refrigerator setting cooler?

This unit can be Set for a temperature anywhere from 6 °C ~ 14 °C (42.8 °F ~ 57.2 °F)
This is not cold enough for your beer, OR MINE!

How old is this cooler?
Do you have the recipt and the box?
Lowes and Home Depot both take everything back!
It seems like even without the box I can take everything I want to back to Home depot.
Get a beer center!

Thanks for asking my advice.
I am more than happy to advice you!
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Specs on this Whirlpool Beverage Center
128 can capacity freestanding beverage center
1.• Features 3 ½ black wire shelves for maximum storage versatility
2• Frost-free fan-forced cooling ensures consistent cabinet temperatures, reduced energy consumption and improved compressor efficiency
3• Front mount electronic LED thermostat is easy to program


4• Set the temperature anywhere from 6 °C ~ 14 °C (42.8 °F ~ 57.2 °F)

5• Tinted tempered glass door filters out harmful UV rays
6• Integrated safety lock secures contents
7• “Cool Blue” LED track lights softly illuminate the interior without adding heat
8• Reversible door hinge allows for convenient left or right hand opening

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