Question about Magic Chef MCWC16MCG Wine Cooler
We've had our wine fridge since Christmas, without any problems, but now it sounds like a water fountain. There seems to be no pattern at all to when it does it, and seems to have no relation to whether or not the compressor is running or not. There is no moisture exiting anywhere. It will make the noise almost continuously for ten or more minutes, will be quiet for some random length of time, then back it comes - sometimes for only a few seconds, sometimes for a few seconds, every few seconds - really with no pattern at all. I've of course cycled it on and off, and unplugged it for a spell, but back it comes. It's loud enough to be heard from adjacent rooms during the day, and from anywhere in the house at night. Running water, gurgling, not like an ice-makers fill cycle, but sort of drippy, drainy water movement. Thoughts anyone?
My Name is Mike. I have the same unit. The compressor is not bad. Replace the start relay& overload on compressor.
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
I got mine in 2005. It stopped working 4 or 5 weeks ago. It made a clicking noise and the compressor was very hot. Compressor is under warranty but appliance repair shop wanted $125 to install it and another $75 to charge it with freon. I saw a posting somewhere else that said it was a relay switch. I ordered one from RepairClinic.com for $24.00 incl. shipping, put it in and it's working now. There's a black plastic housing on the left side of the compressor. Just unscrew that, pop the cover off (that was a little tricky) and plug in the new part. Maybe I'll get another 3 years out of it.
Posted on Aug 04, 2009
could be a broken fan, compressor gone, thermostat. neither one you can fix. you need a refrigeration mechanic or a new fridge
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
Taken from another poster at Home Depot reviews and similiar to what others have found...
The e3/e4 problem is the "connectors" for the fans to the middle separator shelf are put in the pathway of condensation. This causes them to get wet and rust. PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to attempt this fix, you take full responsibility for your fridge and the outcome. If you don’t think you can do this…DON’T! Call a licensed electrician. Here is how I resolved my e3 issue: 1) Unplug the fridge
2) Remove all wine and the metal shelves
3) Remove the 2 screws from the middle separator shelf, one on each side on top
4) Remove the 4 screws from the backboard, one in each corner
5) Slide out the middle shelf slowly, on the right hand side towards the front of the shelf there will be 4 connectors you must disconnect before removing the shelf (they are tucked into the shelf). With one hand on the backboard and one on the shelf, slowly take them out together
6) Once you have the backboard and shelf out, you'll see there is a black and white connector, each having a red and black wire on each side
7) These are the fan connectors that are causing the issue. Mine were brown/green and damp (not good for electricity)
8) Using wire cutters, cut as close as possible to the "black" connector on each side to remove it. You will have 4 wires left, 2 from the backboard and two from the shelf (both having a red and black)
9) Take some of the sheath (cover) off of each wire
10) Take the red wire from the backboard and the red wire from the shelf and twist the metal portion together
11) Cover w/ electrical tape!!! Or you will have the same e3/e4 issue
12) Repeat step 10 and 11 for the black wires
13) Move onto the "white" connector and repeat steps 8 - 12
14) Put the backboard and shelf back in the fridge. Be careful not to pull the backboard and shelf apart or your connection may come apart
15) As you slide the shelf in, make sure the wires you disconnected in step 5 are in the "channel" on the side of the shelf or the shelf won't slide properly.
16) Reattached the 4 connectors and then re-attach the backboard and the shelf with the screws
17) Plug the fridge back in
18) Put the metal shelves and wine back in" Sucks that a $0.10 piece of heatshrink on the connectors could avoid this...? Bad Design.
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
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
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