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8 bottle wine cooler unit won't cool

I set the temp at 45 degrees but can only achieve 68 degrees. Fan runs constantly.

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First, see if the fan is actually blowing anything out of it. YOu may have an obstruction. If not that...Generally, there are three reasons that you won't get cooling:

  • The condenser radiating fins on the unit are dirty which won't allow cooling air flow to liquify refrigerant. Clean them.
  • The unit is frozen up inside because of excessive humidity. Defrost the unit by leaving it off and open for a day.
  • The unit is low on refrigerant. Check this by leaving the unit off for one hour. Locate the pipes coming out of the compressor. Turn the unit on. If the larger pipe stays frosted up for more than 15 minutes, you need to get the unit charged.

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