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Fan noise My cooler (1.5years old) started making a loud fan noise that would go away if I whacked the side of the fridge. Eventually the problem became louder and more persistent. One friend mentioned 'bearings' and another told me to replace the fan. Not sure which to do, and how to get it done (i.e. myself or repair man). Fridge is currently unplugged because the constant noise volume was unbearable. Help!! Wine temperature was never noticeably affected during any of this.

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  • Anonymous May 22, 2008

    Just discovered the same problem on our wine refrigerator model DWC513BLS Dual zone. Unplugged until we can find a repair person. Have you had any luck?

  • peps007 May 23, 2008

    No and my wine is stuck at room temperature :( I feel silly calling a repair person to the house for such a small appliance, but I may have to :( I read something about putting oil in the fan, but I don't think its a good idea for me to start taking it apart and toying with. Let me know if you figure anything out.



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We suffered from the same loud noise problems and was never able to get ahold of Danby. Enough on that. The fan is extremely easy to replace.

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The fan has two prongs that you can either solder wire on or better yet they sell a harness that plugs in. Sorry I don't have the part number.

Wrap a strap around the unit so the door does not open.
Tilt the unit up about 6" and brace. Be careful not to tip it over.
Follow the wire from the fan back. You should see it attached to via a zip tie to the body of the unit. Cut this.
Under the fan on the bottom of the unit will be 2 Philips screws. Remove to free the fan.
Cut the wire close to the fan.
Remove the fan but keep it as you will need parts from it.
Attach new wire harness to wire attached to unit. I used bullet connectors so future removal is simple.
Remove the 4 screws on the old fan to remove the mounting brackets the Philips screw into and the fan screen guard.
Install these parts on the new fan being aware of the air flow direction. Air flows away from the label.
***addl item. I cut 2 thin strips of rubber and glued under the mounting brackets to add additional vibration protection.
Plug the harness into the fan.
Screw screw fan back in place.
Enjoy your wine!

I hope this helps some of you.

Posted on Oct 02, 2014


I started hearing a strange noise on my 4 year old unit. When I got behind it, I noticed it was coming from the fan. Cleaned it and now it is working fine.

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

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This is most likely due to dirt that has accumulated on the fan itself, making it unbalanced. Otherwise, do a visual inspection of the fan and see if you can see any physical damage. If you can not clean it or otherwise balance the fan back out - then you would need to get a replacement fan. You can call Danby at 800-263-2629 and order the part(s) needed.

Posted on May 27, 2008

  • SpoonieLuv Mar 21, 2011

    I had the same issue, constantly loud motor. I ended up taking mine apart and noticed the fan on the middle shelf was working fine but the fan at the back of the unit was out. Taking the refrigerator apart wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard. I did it with one philips screwdriver. You will need to unplug some IC board cables so make notes because some do look alike. Once you get the cables unplugged you can reach the back fan and replace and/or clean it. You can clean the coils while that back panel is opened up as well. Total time for this job w/ all parts in hand: 2 hours max.


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