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Re: about the mini retro portable cooler/warmer
Open the freezer and see if it needs a good defrosting. I know you may think you bought a Frost free Fridge, but if something goes wrong with the forst free system, It can frost up. If it is Frosted , Turn the Fridge off and use a hair dryer for about 30 minutes to melt all the fost and dry up the frezzer compartment, It is imprtant to dry u the Freezer compartment. Hope this helps you.
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Wine coolers have a lot in common with mini-refrigerators. The cooling for the wine, to proper 'cellar' temperatures is done gently (one hopes) with circulating cool air that should keep the temperature stable, and the dust to a minimum.
The fan you hear is most likely one keeping the refrigerant compressor cooled off. Depending on how your unit is packaged, what you'll likely want to do is
Unplug the unit. No pokey pokey into the guts of things plugged into the wall. Always err on the side of safe. Aside from shock rick, the small fans in fridges can actually cut fingers up pretty good if you let em.
Look to the rear lower section of the unit and find the compressor(s) and associated fans and perhaps cooling coils. Much like with regular fridges, use a brush or a vacuum attachment to clear any dust bunnies or other debris off of the coils, compressors, and fans.
Examine the fans. See if anything may have been sucked up into the blades or spindle - giant cobwebs, bits of thread of carpet fiber. See if the blade will spin freely, and whether it feels loose. If it won't move, or is obstructed, try to clear it and clean off any debris or fiber. If it will not move, the fan may have failed. You don't want to run a fridge this way, as the next thing to go after the cooling fan for the compressor is the compressor. At which point most honest techs will say 'buy a new fridge, I can't replace it for less than the fridge will cost you.
You can also see if there is anything else obviously loose near the compressor or fan. There's a significant power surge needed to start the compressor, and the initial slow cycling may be making things shudder.
Your description is quite complete but is rather baffling. Pls bear with me while we process by elimination. A few basic/working ideas:
most designs call for a single compressor to cool the freezer;
the cold air in the freezer is drawn towards the fridge to cool that area;
this is performed by a fan drawing air in the freezer through the evaporator;
most would have a vent or air pathway to guide the freezer air;
all would have thermostatic control to set the desired temperature;
some designs have two thermostatic control , 1 for the freezer, 1 for the fridge.
As applied to your concern:
compressor is working since freezer is OK;
fan is working as you posted but is the air drawn from the freezer, better still, is the air forced/vented into the fridge?
could you please check that the air is strongly blown into the fridge area;
a little experiment, open the fridge door, look for and press on the door switch, the light should go out, after a lengthy seconds, the fan should trigger on, not only would it be audible, you would notice the frozen air swirling inside the fridge area. If you hold on long enough to the dorr switch, the compressor should kick in (if it is not already running) since the thermostat of the fridge area (if one is present) would sense that the fan is turning but the fridge area is not cooling.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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the higher the number on a fridge the warmer it is so setting it to 1 is close to 0C
when working on a fridge or freezer always turn it off at the wall
if the fridge is keep cold but not cold enough set it back to say 3
if the compressor is running and the back fins / wall is hot then the fridge is working
use a piece of paper between the door seal and the fridge edge to ensure that it is sticking to the fridge and sealing off properly
most fridge-freezers send cold air from the freezer to cool the fridge. the flow is usually controlled by adjusting a 'warmer-cooler bar or wheel in the fridge. maybe you disturbed its original position while working on the fan.
Check to make sure that the fan in the freezer is running whenever the compressor turns on to cool the unit down. If the fan's not going, warmer moist air from the fridge will make the air duct frost up. The fan needs to be running to blow the cold air into the fridge section.
one cord is all you need if it works . the ac cord might be bad . but most likely the cooler is bad ..... i am a ****** for these coolers i have had a few (4) i have none now all of them burned up and stopped working or cooling and when it does work all you get is 20 degrees below outside temp every time does not matter if its the one i bought in 1990 ( that kept killing my battery) or the last one i had bought in 2005 that one was better it cooled 25 degrees below the temp in the truck a little cool but hardly close to cold and lasted about 6 months ........ dont spend a lot on a cord , you will be sorry .... myself i think i will wait another 10 years or so before i try again ... good luck
Not sure of what type of fridge you are refering to.. However you can try a few obvious things.
Try turning the thermostat to a lower number (warmer setting) to see if that makes a difference.
If you have an ice build up starting to form on the fridge plate or only a partially cold plate then you could have either a loss of refrigerant or compressor fault.
Is the compressor noisey in comparisson to its normal noise.
Is there heat being produced all over the condenser (black finned section on back of cabinet or underneath cabinet)..If not possible gas leak.
Hope this is of some help.