Why Is My Vestfrost Wine Fridge Not Cooling?

When considering your options for wine storage, it is incredibly likely that Vestfrost may be the brand on which you settled upon.

There are a number of reasons why your wine fridge may not be working properly. No matter the brand you have purchased, all wine coolers operate under the same general guidelines of function, therefore, a malfunctioning cooler can be a rather general fix.

In this blog, we will be exploring some of the most common problems that may be occurring in your Vestfrost wine fridge and the steps you can take to solve these issues.


Thermoelectric vs Compressor Coolers

The first thing to note is that there are two main types of wine coolers that are prone to different types of issues. These are Thermoelectric coolers and compressor coolers.

A thermoelectric cooler is the more energy-efficient option of the two, they include a Peltier module, a heat pump and a heat sink. They contain fewer moving parts and are therefore much more efficient than Compressor coolers.

Thermoelectric wine coolers are usually dual-zone wine coolers, meaning that they can maintain wine at two separate temperatures in the same cabinet for storage of both red and white wines in different temperature zones. These dual-temperature wine fridges provide the perfect ambient temperature for your wine to be stored in.

A compressor wine cooler is much more powerful than a thermoelectric cooler. They contain many more moving parts and are therefore less energy efficient however they are able to sink to far lower temperatures and have a much higher cooling capacity, meaning that more wine can be stored in each cooler.


Thermoelectric Cooler Not Working?

There are plenty of things that could go wrong with your Thermoelectric Vestfrost cooler - below, we have listed some of the most commonly found faults with these.


Room Temperature

One of the most common causes of your wine refrigeration problems, specifically for a thermoelectric wine cooler, is the ambient temperature of your chosen storage room.

When considering long-term storage for your wine cabinet, the room you will place your cooler should be one of your biggest contemplation points which is why it is important to think about the temperature and the humidity of each room you are deliberating on.

If your Vestfrost wine fridge is stored in the wrong conditions, the quality of your wine may also take a hit in the process so if you find that your wine fridge is not cooling properly, this may have something to do with it.


Broken Fan

A much more fundamental problem that could be the reason behind why your wine fridge is not cooling properly is that there may be a broken fan inside the machine.

Thermoelectric wine coolers function through the fan within the mechanism that moves out all of the hot air produced and if this is broken, clogged or completely disconnected then this could cause major problems for the productivity of your cooling system.

Depending on which of these three issues (broken, clogged or disconnected) is the source of your cooler’s problems, these can be a relatively simple fix. If your cooler appears to be clogged with some dirt, dust or debris then you can simply remove it with a soft cloth to ensure nothing gets broken inside your fan. If it is disconnected, then you can easily reattach the connectors and see if this fixes your issue.

However, if neither of these is the problem, then a professional may need to service your whole cooler to search for a deeper problem.


Faulty Compressor Wine Cooler?

There are a string of reasons for an improperly working compressor wine cooler, many of which are completely unique to a compressor cooler. Below we have listed a few of the issues your cooler may be facing and the possible solutions to these problems.


Failing Thermostat

What may seem like a rather obvious problem with a wine cooler, your cooling system may have a malfunctioning thermostat meaning that the wine is not being cooled at the correct temperature.

The thermostat is a vital component of a wine cooler as it is what controls the temperature of the inside of the cabinet of your cooler. This can mean that your wine will be stored at temperatures much too hot or too cold and could therefore completely ruin your wine collection.


Malfunctioning Condenser Fan

The condenser fan is a component in your wine cooler that ensures that the whole system does not overheat, if this has broken or become blocked, this can cause serious damage to your cooler and, in turn, your wine.

Be sure to check that there is no debris or dust blocking your condenser fan and if this is not the case, your fan may need to be completely replaced in order to get your wine cooler fully operational once again. This can be done by simply visiting a professional with experience in completing such tasks.


Damaged Evaporators

Another possible reason why your wine cooler may not be cooling properly is that it may have some damaged or faulty evaporators in the mechanism of the cooler.

This, like the condenser fan, may be a result of debris. Ice could be blocking its proper functions and therefore must be cleaned to ensure this is cleared before any permanent damage can occur.

These may also require a complete replacement of the evaporators - however, these are not difficult to come by, and will be installed by a professional if these services are required.



There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your Vestfrost wine fridge whether you decide to purchase a thermoelectric or compressor wine cooler.

These can have many different issues however most are incredibly solvable and can be easily fixed at home or with the help of a professional.

Check out our range of quality Vestfrost wine fridges - all of which, for your peace of mind, come with a three-year warranty.

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