A wine cooler is a great way to store your favourite tipple so that it is kept at precisely the right temperature that it lasts as long as it should. As with any electrical and cooling device, there is a number of problems you could run into over time and obviously if it is entirely possible, you would probably prefer not having to call out a wine cooler repair expert, such as those at adk.co.uk – at least unless it was entirely necessary.
To help you understand if problems you are having with your wine cooler can be fixed without an expert, we have put together a guide to some of the most common issues wine cooler owners experience.
Problems Related To Storage
In order to ensure that the labels on your bottles do not get damaged, enabling you to identify your wine properly, it is a good idea to always store them with the label facing upwards, in a horizontal position. This also keeps the cork wet, which is important as a dry cork shrinks and allows air to get inside the bottle. Air can turn a decent bottle of wine into vinegar.
Problems Related To Temperature
Wine should always be kept between 40 and 65 degrees F. If you are at all unsure of what the temperature is in your wine cooler, a digital thermostat will help you detect this. If it is too warm, check the control has been set properly. You can stabilize the cooler by turning the control for the temperature to a lower lever for a number of hours. Make sure the door gasket and the door itself are working properly and always check that the unit is connected at the mains.
If on the other hand, it is too cold and you have checked the temperature. You can likewise adjust it and stabilise it by turning it up to a warmer level for a couple of hours. Check that the cooler is standing on a very flat and level surface.
Problems With Humidity
Maintaining a moderate humidity is also crucial to storing your wine properly. The humidity in the cooler should fall between 50 and 80%. If it is too low, the cork will dry out which in turn will enable air to get inside the bottle, even if it is stored on its side. Air can permanently cause damage to the wine and therefore if you find that the corks are drying out, add a small pan of water to the cooler. As the water evaporates, it will increase the humidity level. Although high humidity levels do not affect the actual wine, they can disintegrate the labels.
Problems With Lighting
In order to keep wine so it lasts and is not damaged, you need to store it in dark place. Ultraviolet light can affect adversely both coloured and clear glass. The rays can alter the compounds that make the character, flavour and aroma of wine. Fluorescent lights are particularly bad as they emit very large levels of ultraviolet rays. If you have a wine cooler that has a sheet of clear glass at the front, you should think about moving the cooler to somewhere out of the way of fluorescent lights or replace the glass with darker material or cover it.
If you find that your wine cooler is not working properly, first you should check to make sure it is plugged in. Then check the fusebox to ensure that the breaker connected to the outlet is providing sufficient power. If the door does not close properly, it could be due to the fact it is on a surface that is not level or that the gasket for the door may need cleaning.
If you come across any problems that you cannot solve on your own or don’t want to risk trying to solve by yourself, don’t hesitate to call adk.co.uk on 02088318900