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A little education helps...
on June 27, 2009
My original review for this wine cooler was right in line with others who stated that it slowly stopped cooling anywhere from six months to a year and was essentially a piece of junk. The review by 7274 on Dec 9, 2010, sheds some light on the problem, namely that the filter at the back of the unit requires periodic cleaning for the unit to work properly. My cooler was still sitting where I left it since I still found it useful for storing wine. I took a look in back and sure enough the filter was caked with dust. I removed it (it pops right out), cleaned it, reinstalled it, then plugged it in to see what would happen. The unit started cooling again, and after 24 hours is holding its temperature setting of 55 degrees.
While I am pleased that it isn't really broken, this strikes me as a troubling design flaw, but I don't expect much from Emerson so it doesn't surprise me. In any case, as the aforementioned reviewer states, the product manual does reference cleaning the filter. Like many if not most people, I didn't bother reading it when I first got the cooler. At the very least this seems like something that should be stamped on the unit with high visibility or included on a separate sheet that stresses the importance of cleaning the filter. Unfortunately Emerson's reputation made its untimely demise appear typical so I didn't bother troubleshooting. I can only wonder how many people spent their $80 and then threw it out when it started acting up. I'm glad I hung onto mine, and hope this review will save someone some unnecessary grief and/or the additional expense of replacing it.