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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2010
I had a Kitchen Aid countertop wine cooler which lasted less than one year. After researching all of the top selling 8+ bottle countertop versions, I purchased the Vinotemp from Costco. It lasted 18 months and stopped chilling. Since I regularly cleaned the fan and vent; I contacted Vinotemp. As the previous review states, they recommended purchasing a new control board. I spent $45 for the board including shipping and installed only to have the entire unit fail to reach any temperature below 79 degrees. It is my understanding that countertop coolers typically last 12-24 months due to the built-in obsolescence of the cooling units. I would not buy this size again and suggest investing in the built-in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
I've had this for a few years now, didn't get it from Amazon but still felt compelled to write a review.

Like everyone else, my unit died on me about two years after I purchased it. I looked into options about fixing it and a new controller board (~$40) was one of them. However, on closer inspection of the controller board, it looked like one of the capacitors was busted (the end of it bubbles out). A little solder work and a new capacitor (~$2 total) and it was working as good as new! I've had it for a year and a half since then with no issues.

If you feel up to the task of fixing the unit and want to get it cheap, look for a broken one on craigslist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2010
It will work reasonably well for about 4 months to a year or so and then it will break and the company will do nothing to help you fix it, except offer to sell you an expensive replacement board that is just as defective as the one that just broke. Do a bit of research and do not buy this. I've had two of them after being able to return my first to Costco for a replacement. Second broke just like the first did. If you insist on buying this, you will be replacing it every year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2011
Received this wine cooler as a wedding gift - within 2 years had same issues as others report - and when contacted the company all they said was "you need to buy a replacement control board" and "we cannot guarantee this will solve the problem" which with shipping costs $45. I could purchase a better, more reliable unit for just over $100 and seems silly to replace a control board that is likely to once again break. I do not recommend this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
I got this and about 10 others free. Replaced the cap on the electric ones from radio shack. I replaced with a the 35v 1000u one and been working every since. Forget vinotemp and buying bs board. Just make sure the cap is drained and the unsolder it. Make sure you put the cap in the right way by looking at the numbers the way they are on the old one. This is a $.99 or $2.00 cant remember but i brought all they had. To tell if its the cap you do even have to remove the back. Look on the right side in the vent, you will see a blue capacitor. Look at the top of it. Its flat its good. If its bubble and round replace it. Dont get the same one get a better on from radio shack. If you fixed it send me thank u and i take donations @ q2entertainment@gmail.com and thank u emails. Save that $47 plus $20 shipping and fix yourself if you need help email me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
I bought this unit a few years back. Worked well for about a year or so and then the unit died mysteriously one day. I called Vinotemp, they told me that they thought it was most likely a burnt out motherboard. I could purchase one for 40 bucks but the part was non-refundable. I decided to take a a chance and after a little soldering, the unit came back to life. It actually worked well for another year and when I noticed that the temp was up to 78 one day. I try to set it lower but hot air was coming out of the unit. I thought about replacing the coolant mechanism but that seemed both a labor intensive job and a larger cost than to just purchase a new unit. I just purchased a different one from another company. Though I hear that all these small units crap out after a year or so. Maybe when I own a house I can just build a legit wine cellar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I, too, called service @ VinoTemp. Waited on hold for 25 minutes. Confirmed with service that a new board is $47 + $15 shipping = $62.00. I bought mid-2009 from Best Buy for $108.00, so clearly out of their 90-day service window.

Probably best to just ditch it.

However, for you do-it-yourselfers, if you want to fix it, there is a link on their site with instructions.
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on February 22, 2014
I ordered this Wine Cooler from Amazon after researching on another site for a wine cooler with these specific dimensions. I was hesitant because of all the poor reviews, but understood the simple fix for when this cooler bit the dust. I was prepared for that.

Once unpacked, this item blended into our kitchen wonderfully. Perfect size, color, and the internal blue light was quite pleasing.

Where this item fails is in the cooling of the wine. I set the temp (per the included guide) to 52° for white wine and waited. One day passed. 2 days passed. After 4 days, the temp would not go below 63°. The sound of the fan was annoying to boot. I set the temp to 65° and the fan settled down. Trying again for a temp in the 50's proved futile.

I have returned the item to Amazon. The 1 star I give is for the beauty of the product and the ease of the Amazon return process.
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on July 22, 2013
The unit sat in storage for a while (it was a gift). Then, after a little over a year of use, it stopped working altogether. With so many complaints, there's no use buying a new logic board. But! It turns out that most failures are caused by a blown capacitor on the logic board (a very easy fix). If you're at all handy, follow this guide to fix it: [...]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
I had the same experience with this unit as others have described. Mine lasted about 1 year and I now need a new control board. However, I think it is my fault.

This unit has a very simple cooling mechanism consisting of a 4" fan, a heatsink and a control (circuit) board. The fan has a little dust screen that must be cleaned every now and then. I had forgotten about that filter.

Over the span of a week or so, the normally-quiet fan started running louder and louder and my wine started getting warmer and warmer. The fan finally stopped turning. Shortly after that the unit experienced a total loss of power. I pulled the unit out of the piece of furniture it was in intending to throw it away and buy a new one.

That was when I noticed the filter screen was totally covered in dust. So no wonder the thing failed.

I love this cooler. It is quiet, attractive and does the job well but you have to clean the screen or it will fail you.

I've ordered another control board from Vinotemp for $39.00 plus shipping and that should fix it. It's really simple to install. That is much better than paying another $250 for a new one even if I have to do it every year. But I plan to properly maintain it from now on.

Speaking of that, I paid only $99.00 for this thing at Best Buy. You can't find that price anywhere now but might keep your eyes open.
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