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Noisy Wine Fridge

Hi,

My DWC283BLS Wine Cooler (~ 3 years old) began making a groaning noise about a month ago - first intermitently, now steadily. It's pretty loud, sounds like an approaching small plane! Still is keeping wine cool, but it's really loud.

Any suggestions to troubleshoot/fix?

Thanks,
Gene Marino

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  • mdommer Dec 20, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I don't know if the issue is with the fan or the compressor since I don't know a thing about refrigeration technology.

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    OMG!! Same exact thing with mine! It is also about 3 years old. I noticed the noise is coming from the fan which is behind the red wine shelves. When I press on the are the sound goes away but then comes right back when I let go. I have a feeling the fan is going bad but don't know how to repair it. Any suggestions??

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    We have also had our fridge for three years and are experiencing the same exact problem. We took ours apart and what a headache that was! The fan back behind the reds needs to be replaced due to a small crack on the fan which is causing vibration. The size of the fan is 80mm 12volt .09amp electronic fan (manufacture no longer exists.) Finding the amp usage is the most difficult part. Danby has not made it easy to repair and we may be back on the market for a new wine fridge!

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    Likewise, I am having the same problem.Bump the back of the red wine shelf with a bottle and the vibrating noise stops until next time the fan cycles on. Tough part seems to be finding someone who can get a new fan motor and replace it. It would appear they got a bunch of bad fans during the time period ours were all assembled !

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    I have the same problem- definitely comes from the fan behind the red wines. Instead of a small plane, mine sounds like a chainsaw. With a 3 month old, I have had to resort to unplugging the fridge. Any suggestions on repair would be most helpful.

  • OhioSteve May 26, 2009

    I believe you are all correct - Our fridge is doing exactly the same thing, and it clearly seems to be just the fan in back of the red bottle section - I have been looking for an instruction manual or diagram to help figure out how to take this thing apart. If I find someplace that sells a replacement fan, I'll come back and tell you.

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The problem is likely with one of the two fans. A new fan is available from Danby (1-800-263-2629). My noisy fan is the condensor fan located at the bottom rear of the device. After removing the cooler from under the cabinet, the source of the noise was obvious. You will need to tell them whether it is the upper fan or lower fan. Leave the cooler upright for a few hours before you plug it in so that you do not damage the condenser. Price for the fan from Danby is $20.15 including shipping. Users Manual is available at http://www.danby.com/manuals/DWC512BL.pdf -Ron

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I had the same problem, and found it to be as RonLew described. In our case it was the internal fan in the upper rear section of the fridge. Apparently, since it is mounted so close to the rear panel, the sound seems to amplify from the back. Anyway, a replacement fan was only $3.71 direct from Danby, but I did have to pay 7.99 for shipping. Also, there is a fair amount of disassembly and re-assembly needed, which might be challenging for those who don't typically make their own repairs. Once removed, the only thing I could find wrong with our old fan was that the shaft was very loose in the unit, which may have indicated a bad bearing.

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The fan is a popular computer fan. Take the fan into any computer repair shop and they can sell you a replacement fan. We replaced our fan and found it was the board the fan connects to rather than the fan itself.

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