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Wine cooler stopped cooling! (Magic Chef MCWC50DST)


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#1 acmartina

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 06:23 PM

Hi,

I have a 50 bottle wine refrigerator made by Magic Chef (Model MCWC50DST). It sits out in my garage. I have had it for about 3 years and it has worked fine summer and winter keeping it around 60 deg (I live in Texas - mild winter, hot summer). However, as it has warmed up this spring, it has ceased to keep up. It has crept up to 72 deg.

When I open it up, I can hear it running but it sort of fades in and out on a 1-2 second interval. I cannot tell if it is cooling at all or just poorly. I know little about the unit. I poked around the internet looking for a repair manual and posted in the Repair Manual forum here with no luck, but I would presume it is not too different from a refrigerator?

I would greatly appreciate any advice!! Domo gozaimashita!

Stev
Not so cool in Texas ...

Edited by acmartina, 28 May 2011 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2011 - 07:05 PM

what do you mean at one or 2 sec. intervals? do you hear a clicking noise? can you tell if the compressor is running?
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 08:04 PM

No clicking. I can hear a motor running (presumably the compressor). What I mean by the 1-2 second interval is the motor noise is modulated - i.e. it gets louder and softer at a regular interval (hmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmm).

Not sure if that means anything. I confess that I never really listened to it before. Maybe that is normal.

I am a novice at refrigeration, but I am guessing it works much like an air conditioner with a compressor, a coolant (freon or substitute), and evaporator coils somewhere. Assuming what I hear is the compressor running, then what else would prevent it from cooling? Problem with coolant?

Thanks.
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 08:32 PM

Can you post a video with sound so we can hear it? I'm guessing a surging fan. But hearing the actual noise would provide more clues.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:44 AM

I also would love to hear a sound clip of the noise

if there is a fan beside the compressor just unplug the wire going to it.
then you should be able to determine if the compressor is running either
by sound or vibration. If the compressor is running and you not cooling
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:50 AM

Thanks. I removed the back panel. I took a snapshot (attached). The compressor (left) is running and is hot to the touch. There is a small fan blowing over the coils (right) that is also running.

I moved the unit out from the wall for access and the modulations seemed to go away. That part may have been a vibration of the wine racks or something.

Any ideas? Thanks,
Steve

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 09:36 AM

If the compressor is running and its not cold inside then you have a sealed system problem, most likely a gas leak. Its not worth the repair $500 +. time to go shopping.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 11:18 AM

Is there any frost on the Evaporator Coils inside the Fridge ?
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:46 PM

Can you make a movie with your camera, upload it to YouTube and post the link here so we can hear the noise?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:34 PM

Thanks. I managed to shoot a video (poor light but sound is okay). I will see if I can manage to link a video properly.

My wine fridge wining ...

There is no frost on the coils. They are room temperature. The compressor is hot to the touch.

Thanks,
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:45 PM

. . . My wine fridge wining ...
. . . There is no frost on the coils. They are room temperature. The compressor is hot to the touch.

. . . This video is private.
. . . time to go shopping
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:45 PM

I found a great place to get parts for this wine cooler and they come with a one-year return policy: http://www.repaircli...ID-691780-Parts






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