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MC wine cooler MCWC44DZ error code e3

I have an error code E3 on the left side of the display on a magic chef wine cooler dual zone model MCWC44DZ. What is this imply and what should we do?

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem. 

  • johnemarion Jan 20, 2009

    The fridge is less than a year old.

  • ljherlihy1 Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. My wine fridge is less than a year old.

  • pdx_person Apr 16, 2009

    Our magic chef wine fridge is one year and two months old (just outside the warranty period) and has the same problem. Has anyone tried to fix this themselves?

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    Same problem has occured on my wine frig.

  • handibob Sep 06, 2013

    Yep same problem same solution for me

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I had an E3 on the upper zone. This fix was simple. Unscrew the 2 screws for the middle tray. Pull tray out as far as you can. Check the wires in the back, those are the wires for the fans in the back. The connectors over time corrode, and break off... All I did was connected the 2 wires that had broken off of their connector directly to eachother. E3 went away and the cooler is working as it should now.in

Posted on Feb 17, 2010

  • rfb343 Dec 14, 2010

    Fixed with **** connectors, but due to the gauge of the wires I think this may happen again. At that time it would be a good idea to replace the wires in total.

  • Rick May Mar 10, 2013

    I had the same thing, I looked at the wires after pulling out the plastic tray and found that there was water on the connectors , and the connectors were corroded, so I connected them without a plug.

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Found it: From the manual @ http://mcappliance.com/document/MCWC44DZ.pdf "“E1” on display for upper zone – error of temperature sensor for upper zone. 
“E2” on display for lower zone – error of 
temperature sensor for lower zone. 
“E3” on display for upper zone – error of DC 
electric fan for upper zone. 
“E4” on display for lower zone – error of DC 
electric fan for lower zone. 
If any of above errors happens, please contact 
Customer Service Dept. for further assistance. 
Do not attempt to repair it yourself. "

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I concur with the fix solution. I just repaired mine and it is working as advertised!!

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I agree with infomag2005, I just fix mine, there is another post where they recommend to remove the tray completely, I did that and is not necessary.Simply unscrew the middle tray and slide out as far as you can. Pay attention to the right side there are many of the cables that made the fridge to work, there are push inside the tray, you can pull them out carefully that will give you an extra inch or so to work on the back.Make sure you mark the cables on the back, ( there are two reds and two blacks) before you cut them. Cut them as close as possible to the connectors. Peel and reconnect. Isolate them very well with electrical tape. The humidity in that part of the fridge is what cause the problem in the first place. So the more you isolate them the better.Put everything together and voila works like a charm, now drink a glass of cool wine:)

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