Wine Fridge Making Noise (3 Tips to Make them Quieter)

Wine Fridge Making Noise

If you’re a wine lover and want to store your wine effectively, investing in a wine fridge is one of the best investments you can make.

So you bought a wine fridge and found out it makes noise. Is it normal for my wine fridge to make noise, or does it have some problems? 

To be honest, wine fridges are noisier than kitchen refrigerators but if the noise is too high then you must check some of the parts to be sure. 

In this article, I have shared which parts to check, and also at the end I have mentioned 3 tips to make your wine fridge quieter, so don’t miss it. 

Are all Wine Fridges Noisy?

Wine coolers typically generate a noise level of 35-45 decibels (dB). Comparatively, a normal fridge is about 35 dB, and a dishwasher is about 45-50 dB.

The noise produced by wine coolers is generally higher than by regular refrigerators. Since they need to maintain a constant temperature, they need to maintain a higher temperature. A compressor, refrigerant circuit, and fans are integral to most wine coolers on the market.

This article will look at some of the most common causes of wine cooler noise and discuss some of the most effective ways to tackle or solve it.

Why does my Wine Fridge make Noise?


Electric fans circulate a constant, stable air flow throughout the wine cooler. As well as maintaining a balanced temperature within the wine cabinet, they will also determine what kind of wine you will be storing.

But these fans move so fast that they naturally produce noise. The sound is similar to that of a desk fan, which operates similarly. The more fans there are, the louder the sound becomes. If noise bothers you, you should consider this before purchasing a wine cooler.

There is also a significant difference between dual-temperature zone wine coolers and single-temperature zone wine coolers: dual-temperature zone wine coolers require more fans. Because two separate cooling chambers must be kept at two different temperatures, air must be circulated evenly between them. 

Another reason the fridge is making more noise than expected because it is improperly aligned. Additionally, if the fan is dirty or something blocks its movement, it can generate unpleasant humming sounds as it attempts to spin (and hits the fan housing, making more noise).  


The compressor is another cause of the irritating sound.

The device usually resides on the bottom or rear of your wine cooler, which powers the system for exchanging heat and cold. A compressor is usually mounted on top of a rubber or silicone base, which works to reduce vibrations, but produces a deep humming noise as a result.

No need to worry, though. The good news is that compressors do not operate continuously, so even though they produce noise, it is not frequent. 


The third and last component that produces sound is the starter.

When the temperature drifts out of the desired range, it sends a signal to the wine cooler. As a result, the starter will produce a repetitive clicking noise, restarting the cooling system.

A blocked compressor or insufficient ventilation are typical reasons for the fridge’s inability to cool down. 

Having checked out the wine fridge but seeing nothing wrong, I thought there could be a deeper issue, such as no power or a leak. It is always best to contact the manufacturer in this case. 

How to make Wine Fridge Quieter?  

Once you’ve identified the noise source, you can determine how to deal with it.

Here are three tips for making your wine cooler quieter

Changing the Position of Wine Cooler 

The most basic and easiest thing to do is adjust its positioning.

Wine coolers produce similar sounds to regular refrigerators, but because they are typically built into cabinets, the sound they produce is often absorbed. Just ensure the cooler is in a place with proper circulation or ventilation.

Calling a Technician 

Are you still unable to remove the noise permanently after trying all the ways? Time to let in the technician.

To ensure you pay your technician the correct price, read our Cost to Repair Wine Fridge guide.

He will be able to determine if the wine cooler is functioning properly or needs to be repaired/replaced. Something as simple as cleaning the fan might cause the noise or be more serious.

Finding out what’s going on from someone who knows what they’re doing is the best way to deal with the problem.

If your wine cooler still has a warranty, you may be eligible for free service if you contact a technician. Furthermore, manufacturer technicians will be more knowledgeable about your specific device.

Installing Sound Absorbing Materials 

Acoustic-friendly materials can also be used in your home to minimize the noise emitted by wine coolers.

There are a variety of soft surfaces and materials that you can install within your home to dampen the reverberations from devices such as wine coolers. Surfaces and materials like:

  • Heavy curtains
  • Plush carpets
  • Thick wool blankets
  • Upholstered furniture

Suppose you got a new place and intend to install appliances such as large wine coolers in your newly built home. In that case, you might even consider soundproofing your foundations with some soundproofing materials.

Even though this method won’t eliminate the sounds from your wine cooler, it will soften them and dampen the overall sound. 

Common Wine Fridge Noises 

Gentle Hum 

It is common for wine cabinets with compressor cooling technology to emit a gentle humming sound from time to time. If the sounds become constant and too loud, they need to be addressed immediately or it can cause cooling problems for your fridge.

Metal Rattling 

This indicates that something is wrong with your wine fridge. There may be a problem with the compressor in the fridge, and it is rubbing against other components. The compressor needs to be reset.


Your refrigerator should function normally if you hear a consistent buzz. Depending on your environment, you may find this or the buzzing noise, similar to a typical refrigerator.

Clicking Noise 

You will most likely hear a clicking noise when the relay switch attempts to turn on the compressor. Changing the relay switch may be the solution if your wine cooler isn’t cooling.


All wine coolers make noise, but the more expensive the wine cooler, the quieter it is. Before purchasing a wine cooler, we recommend checking its specification, which details the noise level of that particular product. Noise levels generally range from 35-45 dB, depending on the brand and model. 

If you still don’t like wine fridges and cellars due to noise, here’s a secret from me: You can store wine without wine fridge. But you should know how to do it correctly. 

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