I have a wine cooler/refrigerator which has quit working. I think it may
need to be recharged. (it looks like a small window air conditioner). Will a
local air conditioner be able to recharge (R134a) this unit? I've emailed
the mfg as well. Any suggestions on how to tell a good repair tech?
How old is the unit? It should have a 5 year warranty on the compressor,
and possibly on the entire sealed system. I have also seen wine coolers
at Lowes/HD for $300 or less, but if yours is a high end unit that will
cost $800 to replace, it probably would be worth repairing. An A/C
company probably would not want to mess with it. Check with appliance
companies that do refrigerators and window units. You could probably
save some money by taking it to their shop yourself, if possible. Good
Ah, I did see those. Mine holds 500 bottles. The cooling unit is about 10.5"
X18" X 14". I will be calling some refrigeration repair places as well as AC
repair places. I will take the unit into the shop.
Yes, I'm your man,
A GOOD repair tech will first drink some of the wine to make sure the
temperature is actually warmer than desired. If it is, he will diagnose it.
If the findings are the unit is more expensive to repair than to buy new, a
GOOD tech will help you drink the stock before it goes bad.
Where do you live? I might have an evening free.......
Ps. Germans aren't dumb people, they took over France didn't they? Not for
the women, but for the WINE! They know their beer is warm and sucks big
Yes... always test the product! When you get done there I have a frozen
drink machine (Margaritas etc..) that has been sitting at the shop for 12
years. Perhaps one day I'll get it tuned just right... Cheers! :-)
One of my commercial clients converted a tiny undeground concrete bomb
shelter he's using as a wine storage area. An old timer had cobbled
in a window unit with a remote condenser. A few yrs back the 'system'
needed a liitle freon as the client was concerned about some special
$50,000 bottles of vino. i thought it was hilarious.....$50k wine and
the cobbled together system.....
There are several problems other than low freon. I expect that an
appliance repair place would be more useful than HVAC firm.
Please check the warranty, many refrigeration units have a
warranty on the sealed system. Which would include the freon,
A good repair tech will do several tests before putting manifold
gages on the system. He should check the temperatures, amperage,
and air flow through the unit before checking freon pressures. He
should also listen to the unit, as sound can help with the
diagnosis. Many sealed systems like yours don't need freon, but
need other things.
Christopher A. Young
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