Question about Refrigerators
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!
If you're handy with a soldering iron, it's possible to 'trick' the fridge into cooling down a few more degrees.
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.
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.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
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.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
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.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
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!
Posted on Feb 27, 2010
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.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
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.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
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.
Posted on May 26, 2009
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.
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
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!
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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
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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