Danby Wine Cooler Not Cooling (Easy Fix)

Danby Wine Cooler Not Cooling

Welcome to the world of wine enthusiasts! Keeping your wine collection at the perfect temperature is essential for its preservation and enjoyment. If your Danby wine cooler is facing cooling issues, don’t panic! We’re here to help you diagnose and fix the problem quickly.

Your wine collection can tolerate a few days or even weeks without perfect temperature control, but we understand that you want to get back to savoring your wine as soon as possible.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of common causes that could be affecting your wine cooler’s performance.

It won’t take long for your wine cooler to return to perfect health after reading the article further. 

Let’s troubleshoot your Danby wine cooler together!

Why is My Danby Cooler Not Cooling? 

To narrow down the issue and find a solution, it’s important to first identify the source of the problem.

Dandy coolers that do not cool properly may be caused by a variety of factors, including power supply problems, thermostat issues, external heat sources like ovens, ventilation blockages, lack of airflow, fan problems, or even door problems.

You don’t need to worry, we can help you identify and fix the problem.

Power Supply Issues 

To begin with, make sure the wine fridge is receiving power from the mains. For instance, check if the outlet is functioning and if the power cable is plugged in correctly.

Ensure that the unit is switched off and on. You’re likely to need to replace the PSU circuit board if it’s faulty if the fridge doesn’t light up. Danby or a qualified refrigeration technician will need to be contacted in that case.

Do you see any error codes on the main display? Does it light up? If it’s running normally, there’s probably no problem with the wine cooler’s power supply – typically, power supply problems are easy to identify and determine.

Condenser Fan not Running

Cooling is provided by the condenser fan within the Danby wine cooler’s condenser and condenser coil. If it doesn’t function properly, the condenser and coil will overheat, causing the interior of the wine fridge to overheat as well.

These parts will eventually transfer heat to the wine fridge’s interior, resulting in a cooling problem.

Verify the condenser fan is spinning freely at the back of the unit and is not blocked (by dust/dirt) or making excessive noise due to debris or a blockage. It’s necessary to replace the fan with an approved part from Danby if it isn’t moving

Issue with Thermostat (Must Fix)

The Danby wine fridge thermostat controls the condenser, evaporator, fan and compressor, so it’s extremely important!

Having a defective thermostat can lead to a warm cabinet or, in rarer cases, a frozen wine cooler! You also won’t have a great wine collection if this is the case

  • It’s important to make sure the Danby wine cooler is not near a heat-exposed area or hot source that can interfere with the internal thermostat-controlled temperature.
  • You can check this by looking at the display temperature and placing a thermometer inside the unit. There is likely a thermostat problem if the display temperature is significantly different from the thermometer temperature.
  • Danby or a local repair engineer can assist you if the thermostat is the source of the problem.
  • Sadly, the thermostat cannot be repaired and you will need to replace it with a new one to fix it

Compressor Issues

When it comes to cooling systems, compressors are extremely important because they increase the pressure of gas refrigerants. Compressors absorb the gas refrigerant from the low-pressure side of an evaporator through the pipes and compress it, which increases the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant before it passes to the condenser.

The temperature will be affected if the compressor is not working. It may not be receiving enough power or it may be overheating, and this will result in it malfunctioning and not functioning. 

You should first ensure that the compressor is working by:

  • By placing your hand on the top and feeling for vibrations, you can determine if the compressor is running.
  • You should check the relay and overload for 110 VAC if it isn’t running.
  • When the compressor is running and working properly, the condenser coils and the tube between the compressor and condenser coils should be hot.
  • It is probably a sealed system problem if the compressor is running and the condenser coils are not heating up.

If it’s working and there’s still a problem, the problem is with the primary fan, which is under the sealed styrofoam container. It is closer to the rear of the unit.

After pulling the fan out, you can lubricate the bearing, and it will spin smoothly. If that fan needs to be replaced, you could do so. 

Condenser Coils are Dirty 

It is important to clean the condenser coils regularly. A pair of them can be found behind the base grille. If you live in a particularly greasy or dusty environment or have a lot of pets in your home, the coils may need to be cleaned every other month. 

Using the following steps, they can be cleaned

  • Disconnect the power or plug in the refrigerator.
  • It is necessary to remove the base grille in order to clean the condenser.
  • Under the base grille, there are condenser coils. Dusty or dirty condenser coils can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner with an attachment. 
  • A new grille should be installed at the base.
  • Reconnect the power or plug in the refrigerator.

Checking Door Seals

The temperature inside the Danby fridge can be affected by a broken door seal

So make sure the wine fridge door is closed and secured. You should run your hand around the seal around the unit door to check for any slight drafts that may escape when the door is closed. 

  • There may be a broken or poorly positioned door seal. The seal may be easily repaired or repositioned or you may need to purchase a new seal – which can usually be purchased from the supplier.
  • When loading the fridge with many bottles or when turning on the product for the first time, keep the door shut as much as possible. During this time, the wine cooler will work hard to regulate the temperature inside the unit, so opening the door repeatedly will upset the cooling process.
  • By opening the door too often, you can affect the temperature regulation inside the unit.

Whenever the seal becomes damaged, get it replaced.

 Tip: Prior to seeking assistance, you should keep the door closed for 24 to 48 hours if you’re experiencing cooling problems. 


In general, if your Danby wine cooler is not cooling, there could be a few common causes that are easily fixable which we mentioned above.

After working on all the things mentioned above, if nothing helpful happens, it’s time to call Danby technicians.