Why Is My Swisscave Wine Fridge Not Turning On?

Wine cooling can be an incredibly difficult task, especially if you are recently starting out in the world of fine wine and have never purchased such an appliance before.

You may feel a lot more safe purchasing a wine cooler from a brand such as Swisscave to ensure you get the most reliable piece of equipment possible, which is always a great way to start.

There are, however, a number of ways that even a Swisscave wine cooler can become problematic and may not be cooling properly, leaking water or simply not turning on in the first place.

Throughout this blog, we are going to be discussing some of the reasons why your wine fridge may not be turning on and what you can do to solve the problem.


Why Might Your Cooler Not Turn On?

As we have previously stated, there are a number of reasons why your Swisscave wine cooler may be malfunctioning but there are always some ways in which you can fix it before you make any decisions to replace it.

If none of our solutions are seeming to be the answer, this may call for the help of a technician or mechanic to repair a certain component in your refrigerator.


Power Supply

If you come to find that your wine cooler is not turning on, whether you have recently bought it or have owned it for several years, then there may be an issue with the power supply it is receiving.

You should first check that your refrigerator is receiving power from the mains power supply, if yes then try turning off the power by the plug socket and leave it for a few seconds before turning it back on again.


Faulty Thermostat

The thermostat is quite possibly the most important component of a wine cooler as it is solely responsible for the workings of the evaporator, condenser, fan and compressor.

If the thermostat fails, then this could mean that your whole cooling system is compromised and will not be able to start up the wine fridge.

The thermostat also is the main component in the temperature control system of a wine fridge. If you would like to make sure that it is working properly you can place a cup of water inside with a thermometer for a few hours.

When you return, you should hopefully find that the thermometer reads the same temperature as your thermostat display and if not, then you have found the reason for your issue.


Dirty Condenser Fan

Another major issue that some wine cabinets could eventually face is that the condenser fan may become clogged, blocked or just generally dirty.

When looking around your wine rack, take a look at the back of the unit to inspect the condenser fan.

If you find that the fan is not moving freely or working properly then this may call for a complete replacement of the condenser, or if you find that it is just blocked you should be able to turn off your unit and wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any dust and debris.


General Solutions

When discovering a fault with your wine cooler, there tends to be a generalised number of solutions that you could try to see if the problem persists.

These should work for both freestanding and integrated wine cooler models - so if you are wondering why they have not worked, this may be due to a more major issue for the expertise of a mechanic.


Check Your Circuit Breaker

Something that can happen quite commonly in the modern day is that your circuit breaker may have been overloaded and cut the power to your sockets.

The circuit breaker protects the cooler from severe damage caused to its electronics by sudden surges of power flowing through the wires.

To fix this, you should locate the circuit breaker in your home and see if the switch associated with your cooler has been flipped to the ‘off’ position.

If so, flip the switch back to its original position and see if this has turned your wine cooler back on.


Check Your Power Chord

One potential issue that you may face, especially when you have owned your wine cooler for a very long time, is that the power cord may have become frayed or worn down.

Before turning on your wine cooler, you should check the power chord to see if there are any rips or tears in the wiring as this can be very dangerous when plugged in.

It is, of course, another important thing to ensure that your power cable is plugged in properly before making any assumptions about its working condition.


Enlist The Help Of A Wine Cooler Engineer

Finally, if it feels like all hope is lost and none of the above is working, you can always call up a wine cooler mechanic or get in touch with the manufacturers to see what they can do.

Most mechanics and technicians will be able to identify the fix on the day of their booked repair.



To summarise, there are plenty of ways in which your Swisscave wine cooler can malfunction and fail to turn on, even if you have recently purchased it.

Both single-zone and dual-zone wine coolers come up against similar problems, making these DIY repairs perfect for most wine cooler owners.

No matter the bottle capacity of your wine storage unit, these solutions should solve your issues and we hope that we have been able to help your situation.

If you require any further assistance, you can get in touch with us at 0333 577 6466 or email us at info@elitefridges.com.

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