Good airflow through the condenser coils (shown at right) is essential to the performance of the cooling unit. The coils (like the radiator in your car) have fins, with small gaps between them. The gaps, over time, can become clogged with airborne dust and lint. This condition will impede heat transfer through the coils, and ultimately will make the cooling unit unable to keep cool temperatures inside the cabinet. The resulting warm conditions inside the cabinet will cause the cooling unit to run nonstop, and if the temperature inside the wine cabinet rises above 70°F, the cooling unit's protection mechanism may become engaged, which will cause the cooling unit to turn off (Breezaire cooling units) or display an HA alarm (CellarPro cooling units). If the cooling unit (Breezaire) has stopped running and has a red dot in the corner of the display - reset the wine cooling unit by unplugging it, wait 5 minutes and plug it back into the outlet. Then, change the temperature set-point to 60°F until the cooling unit starts to cycle again.
The coils can be accessed most easily from the top of the wine cabinet, where you will see two openings - the smaller opening is for the Hot Air Exhaust, and the larger opening is for the Fresh Air Intake (see image at right). The condenser coils are located inside the larger opening (see image at right.) If there is a a grill over the opening, you will need to remove the grill before you can clean the coils.
If you have a Breezaire cooling unit (refer to the image at right) , please unplug the cooling unit before you clean the coils. If you have a CellarPro cooling unit, turn the unit "off" by pressing the power on/off button on the control panel (you do not need to unplug the unit).
To clean the coils, you may use a vacuum with a brush attachment to brush the coils until all dirt, lint etc are removed. If you prefer, you can purchase our condenser brush to clean the coils. Be careful not to rub your hand against the coils - the fins are sharp and may cut your skin.
If you have a CellarPro cooling unit (refer to the image at right) and it does NOT have an air filter, please follow the same instructions (above) to clean the coils. In the future, instead having to clean the coils, CellarPro cooling units are compatible with advanced air filters that can be replaced periodically. The filter frame fits over the coils and is held in place with magnets. Click here for more information about CellarPro-compatible air filters.
After the coils are clean, you may plug the unit back into the outlet (Breezaire), or turn on the unit by pressing the power on/off switch (CellarPro).
If your cooling unit continues to have problems after cleaning the coils, please submit our Cooling Unit Troubleshooting Inquiry Form and we'll respond to you by the next business day.