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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
Guess What?

As Ive read most of your reviews, you fail to mention CLEANING the fan (AS INSTRUCTIONS SAY TO DO )

After 6 months I had the same problem till I read the instructions and it said to clean the fan every 4-6 months.. If the fan is clogged, it wont work..

Trust me.. This is my 3rd year with this product.. Dont throw it away until youve tried that first.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2009
Wish we had read the reviews FIRST. As others have written, in less than one year, it quit cooling properly - sometimes not cooling at all. I contacted the company to find out how to get it repaired or replaced; will cost more to package and ship than we paid for it... so essentially, NO WARRANTY. We will be shopping for a more reliable brand!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
Almost all of the reviews mention a problem after a few months with cooling failure. I had the same problem, cleaned the fan screen, and the problem disappeared. The Emerson FR24SL cools the wine bottles by peltier cooling, which uses a small computer-type "muffin" or box fan to cool an aluminum heat sink. The wine cooler is equipped with 1 cooling fan that MUST be periodically cleaned. To quickly cure the cooling problem, simply unplug the unit and turn it around so you can access the small filter screen in the rear. The screen easily unsnaps and should be cleaned under warm water. Let it dry, then snap it back in. I also use a can of compressed air (from Staples, used for cleaning computer keyboards) to remove dust from the fan blades and dust that clogs the fins on the aluminum heat sink. If you do use compressed air, hold the plastic fan blades on the cooling fan so they do NOT spin while you spray around the fan and fins of the heat sink. I have used my FR24SL since 2007 (6 years) and have had no others problems. As the instructions say, CLEAN the screen when it gets dirty and this wine cooler will work PERFECTLY!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
Friends gave me one of these 3 years ago for Christmas. It worked moderately OK for a year then ceased to cool effectively. I ceased to use it. Lately I thought of replacing it with a larger cooler. I may do it yet. But it seems reviews are poor for any brand whatever. Something wrong with that picture which applies to no other product I've researched. Then I saw a review for this cooler. Wash your fool filter & all will be well it said. I'm a little bit smart & practical. Why didn't I think of this??? Yes it was choked with dust. Washed it & reinstalled. Time from 60 degrees to 57 before - 3 days!!! Time from 57 degrees to 54 after (a more difficult goal) - 30 minutes¡!!!!!!! Folks this is low power to save your electric bill but you need to do your part to make it perform. Pop the fan filter out & rinse it out. Then you'll be happy with this device. It really works fine.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2009
It took less than a year for the cooler's performance to deteriorate where it could not reach the target temperature anymore and it keeps getting worse with time. Avoid it, it just isn't worth the aggravation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2009
Same experience as the rest of the reviewers here. The unit stopped working right after warranty runs out. Is this a coincidence or does Emerson do this on purpose to save money?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2009
I got this wine frig for Christmas last year. It stopped cooling a few months ago and completely went out last week. Do not buy this product! It's junk
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2009
A little after one year of use (just in time for the warranty to expire) the unit almost completely stopped cooling. It is set at 55 degrees and the temperature readout says it is at 65 degrees, ten below room temperature, but I don't even think it's that cool. Save your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Following little more than 1-year of service this unit stopped cooling. Even when working was not very efficient and will not accept very tall wine bottles. Other than 1-year warranty can find no information on part or repair options.
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