Why Is My Avintage Wine Fridge Not Turning On?

From outside of the industry, it may look like wine cooling is an incredibly easy task - however, there is so much more to consider than meets the eye.

Avintage is one of the most recognised luxury wine fridge manufacturers in the world and is trusted by millions of people across the globe to deliver ambient temperatures and humidity to your bottles of wine, perfect for drinking straight away.

As with any machine, it is always possible for these coolers to malfunction whether it is not cooling properly, leaking water or not turning on at all.

Throughout this article, we are going to be discussing some of the main reasons why your wine refrigerator may not be turning on, whether you have a compressor wine cooler or a thermoelectric wine cooler.


Why Is Your Wine Cooler Not Turning On?

If you find that your wine cooler is not turning on after recently purchasing or owning it for a much longer period of time, there are a number of reasons that may be causing it - but more than likely will be due to the below reasons.

Continue reading to find out what may be your issue and what you can do to solve this in the future.


Power Supply Issues

One of the most common issues that people tend to face is that there is an issue with the power supply getting to the wine fridge or even being insufficient to power it.

First of all, you should check that your wine cooler is plugged in properly to ensure that you are in fact facing a power supply issue. If it is not, try plugging it in and see if this repairs your problem.

In the case that this can not solve your issue, try switching the cooler off by the socket switch in the wall and then turning it back on after a few seconds.

If this does not work, then there may be a major issue with your mains power supply and you should call a technician to try to fix this.


Dirty Condenser Coil/Fan

Another of the more common problems that people tend to face when their wine cooler is not turning on is that there may be a dirty condenser coil or fan.

When inspecting your unit for issues, take a look around the back and see if the condenser fan is moving or, conversely, blocked/ clogged.

If you find that it is not moving at all, then you will need to get this component replaced as it is essential to the cooling cycle of the wine fridge.

Clogged condenser fans are much easier to fix. You can simply take it out once you have ensured that the unit is turned off properly (to avoid harming yourself) and wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any dust or debris.


Defective Thermostat

When your wine fridge is working as expected, the thermostat is responsible for making the evaporator, condenser, compressor and fan work.

Because of this, a malfunctioning thermostat can mean that your wine cabinet fails to start at all due to its sheer importance in the function of the other vital internal components.

To check if your thermostat is faulty, you can take a cup of water, place a thermometer inside and put it in the cabinet of your refrigerator.

Once this is done, you can leave it in there for a few hours before coming back to check whether the thermometer and thermostat have the same temperature readings.

It’s important to identify a malfunction like this because it can cause your wine cooler to freeze over with ice or remain consistent with the room temperature, which is no use if you wish to cool wine.


How Can You Troubleshoot Wine Cooler Issues?

As we have stated previously, there are plenty of things that could go wrong with your wine fridge. However, there are also a number of generalised maintenance tips we can give if you have a defective wine cooler.

Continue reading to find out more about some of our general fixes for your wine cooler when it may not be turning on as expected.


Check Your Circuit Breaker

The circuit breaker is used to cut the power to a certain socket or appliance in your home during a power surge to ensure that it does not sustain any permanent damage to the wiring or perhaps the members of your household.

As required by the building regulations, each appliance in your house must have a circuit breaker in order to protect you and your family from electrical harm.

If you are looking to find out if this truly is your issue, locate the circuit breaker in your home and see if the switch has been flipped into the off position.

If so, simply flip the switch back into its original position and hopefully, this should solve your issue of the wine fridge not turning on anymore.


Check For Power Chord Damage

When making your initial checks, one of the main areas you should pay close attention to is the power cord (the wire that leads from the cooler directly to the mains).

If you come to find that this cord is damaged or frayed at all, then you should quickly order a replacement by either contacting the manufacturer or getting in touch with a mechanic or technician to replace it.

As soon as you find this fault, you should unplug the appliance from the mains to ensure that there can be no electrical damage done to the cooler or the members of your household.



To finalise, there are a vast number of reasons why your wine cooler may not be turning on and we have just touched on a few of the reasons in this blog post for both integrated and freestanding models.

We hope that we have been able to provide you with some assistance and have helped you solve your problem while giving you the knowledge to prevent this in the future.

If you have any further questions then feel free to get in touch with our support team at 0333 577 6466 or email us at info@elitefridges.co.uk.

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