Whynter 124 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cabinet Refrigerator with Lock
Model # : FWC-1201BB
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Congratulations on your new Whynter product. To ensure proper operation, please read this Instruction Manual carefully before
using this product. Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference.
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Table of Contents
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Safety Precautions
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Parts
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Product Features
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Important Safety Instructions
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Operation and Controls
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Bottle Storage / Door Reversal
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Care and Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Warranty Information
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Safety Precautions
APPLIANCE SAFETY
Your safety and the safety of others are very important to us.
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury when using your appliance, follow
these basic precautions
This is the Safety Alert Symbol. This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that may
result in serious injury. All safety messages will follow the Safety Alert Symbol and
either the words” DANGER” or “WARNING”.
Danger means that failure to heed this safety
statement may result in severe injury or death.
Warning means that failure to heed this safety
statement may result in extensive product damage, serious injury, or death.
Caution means that failure to heed this safety
statement may result in minor or moderate injury,
or property or equipment damage.
All safety messages will alert you to know what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the
chance of injury, and let you know what can happen if the instructions are not followed.
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PORTANT SAFEGUIDES
Before the appliance is used, it must be properly positioned and installed as described in this manual, please read the manual carefully. To reduce the risk of fire,
electrical
shock or injury when using the appliance, follow basic precaution, including the following:
 Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet, do not remove grounding prong, do not use an adapter, and do
not use an extension cord.
 Do not use if the power supply cord is damaged. If damaged, it must be replaced by a qualified electrician.
 It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only your appliance be provided. Use receptacles
that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
 Never clean appliance parts with flammable fluids or harsh chemicals. These fumes can create a fire
hazard or explosion.
 Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of the appliance or
any other appliance.
 Before proceeding with cleaning and maintenance operations, make sure to unplug the appliance.
 Do not connect or disconnect the electric plug with wet hands.
 Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your appliance unless it is specifically recommended in
this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
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Safety Precautions
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FOLLOW WARNING CALL OUTS BELOW ONLY WHEN APPLICABLE TO YOUR MODEL
Use two or more people to move and install the appliance. Failure to do so can result in injury.
When positioning the wine cabinet refrigerator, ensure that there is at least a 4” clearance at the
sides and a 6” clearance at the back.
Please note that this is a freestanding appliance and should not be placed into a built-in
space. Even with the recommended clearance, there may not be adequate airflow.
It is recommended that you install the wine cabinet refrigerator in a place where the ambient temperature is between (68°F- 78°F). This appliance must be installed in an area protected from the
element, such as wind, rain, water spray or drips.
The appliance should not be located next to ovens, grills or other sources of high heat.
The appliance must be installed with all electrical connections in accordance with state and local
codes.
The fuse (or circuit breaker) size should be 15 amperes.
It is important for the appliance to be leveled in order to work properly. For a stable installation,
make sure the appliance is placed on a flat, level and solid surface.
Ensure that the surface on which the appliance is placed is strong enough to hold the appliance
and the items stored inside.
This appliance is not intended for use by young children or physically-challenged persons without
supervision/assistance. Young children must be supervised to ensure safety around this or any
appliance.
Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents of abrasives on the interior. These cleaners may damage or discolor the interior.
Keep fingers out of the “pinch point” areas. Clearance between the doors and between the doors
and cabinet are necessarily small. Be careful closing doors when children are in the area.
Close the wine cabinet refrigerator immediately after putting in any items to keep the internal temperature relatively constant.
Avoid placing any objects on top of the appliance.
This is an electrical appliance, to avoid injury from electrical shock do not operate the unit with
wet hands, while standing on a wet surface or while standing in water. Do not use outdoors or in
wet conditions.
When positioning or moving the appliance, ensure that it is not turned up side down or unleveled
greater than 45°.
Never pull the power cord to disconnect it from the outlet. Grasp the plug and pull it from the outlet.
Never lift, carry or drag the appliance by the power cord.
This appliance is designed for household, non-commercial use only. Any other use will void the
warranty.
Do not plug into the power outlet before set up is completed.
Do not cut or remove the ground prong from the power cord.
Do not move this appliance without emptying it and securing the door in a closed position.
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Parts
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13 (Rear)
1. Control Panel
8. Door Hinge Cover
2. Internal Fans
9. Door Gasket
3. Shelves (4)
10. Recessed Door Handle
4. Body
11. Charcoal Filter
5. Compressor Base
12. Bottle Gate
6. Wine Refrigerator Leg
13. Drip Tray (Rear)
7. Glass Door Supporter
14. Cylinder Lock and Lock Latch
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Product Features
FEATURES
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124 standard 750ml wine bottles
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Freestanding installation
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Sleek black cabinet and interior
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Environmentally friendly refrigerant
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Tempered double pane gray-smoked glass for enhanced UV protection
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Soft interior LED lighting with on/off switch
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Powerful fan-circulated compressor cooling ensures even temperature distribution
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Auto defrost
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Cylinder lock and two keys
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Reversible door swing
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Activated carbon filter
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Fahrenheit and Celsius degree temperature indicators
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4 removable flat slide out shelves
Shelf One through Three: 32 bottles
Shelf Four: 16 bottles
Bottom Shelf: 12 bottles
TECHNICAL DATA
MODEL :
FWC-1201BB
Capacity
124 750ml standard wine bottles
Voltage
115V/60Hz
Power Consumption
130W / 1.6A
Temperature Control Range
40ºF - 65ºF / 5ºC - 18ºC
Net Weight
128 lbs
Gross Weight
139 lbs
Unit Dimensions
55.5" H x 23.5" W x 22.5" D
Packaging Dimensions
57" H x 25" W x 26" D
Refrigerant
R134A
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Important Safety Instructions
WARNING
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To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury when using
your appliance, follow these basic precautions:
Read all instructions before using the appliance.
 DANGER or WARNING: An empty wine cabinet refrigerator can be a hazardous for children or
small pets. If disposing of the wine cabinet refrigerator, remove gasket seals, latches, lids or the entire
door from your unused appliance, or take other action to ensure the appliance is harmless.
Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the appliance.
Never clean appliance parts with flammable fluids or harsh chemicals. The fumes can create a fire hazard
or explosion.
Do not store or use gasoline or any other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other
appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
BEFORE USING YOUR APPLIANCE
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Remove the exterior and interior packing.
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Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.
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Before connecting the appliance to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 4 hours. This
will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling during transportation.
INSTALLATION OF YOUR APPLIANCE
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WARNING: Do not store or install the appliance outdoors.
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CAUTION: This appliance is designed for storing and cooling beverage or wines. Do not store perishable
food, medicine or other medical products.
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Place your appliance on a hard and level floor that is strong enough to support it when it is fully loaded.
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To level your appliance, adjust the legs(2 large leveling legs and 1 small leveling leg under the door hinge)
at the bottom of the appliance if needed.
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When positioning this freestanding wine cabinet refrigerator, ensure that there is at least a 4” clearance at
the sides and a 6” clearance at the back. Please note that this is a freestanding appliance and should not
be placed into a built-in space. Even with the recommended clearance, there may not be adequate airflow
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We do not recommend installing the appliance on carpet.
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Ensure that the condensation tube is directed into the drip tray located at the back of the unit to prevent
leakage.
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Do not install the appliance near an oven or other heating source. Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic
coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. For best performance, do not install the
appliance behind a cabinet door. Extreme cold ambient temperatures may also cause the appliance not to
perform properly.
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Avoid locating the appliance in area that may be exposed to excessive moisture.
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Plug in the appliance into an exclusive, grounded wall power outlet. Do not under any circumstances cut or
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION
This appliance requires a standard 115/120 Volt AC ~/60Hz electrical ground outlet with three-prong. Have
the wall outlet and circuit checked by a qualified electrician to make sure the outlet is properly grounded. The
cord should be secured behind the appliance and not left exposed or dangling to prevent accidental injury.
The appliance should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet which has a voltage rating that
matches the rating label on the appliance. This provides the best performance and also prevent overloading
house wiring circuits that could cause a fire hazard from overheated. Never unplug the appliance by pulling
the power cord. Always grip the plug firmly and pull straight out from the receptacle. Repair or replace immediately all power cords that have become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do not use a cord that shows cracks
or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When moving the appliance, be careful not to damage
the power cord.
EXTENSION CORD
Because of potential safety hazards, it is strongly recommended that you do not use an extension cord with
this appliance. However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it be a UL/CULListed, 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding type plug and outlet and that the
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Operation and Controls
OPERATING THE WINE REFRIGERATOR
Recommend Temperature Settings
Conservation
49 - 57ºF
Red Wines
62 - 72ºF
Dry/W hite Wines
48 - 57ºF
Rose W ines
49 - 51ºF
It is recommended that you install the wine cabinet refrigerator in a place where the ambient temperature is
between
(68°F - 78°F). If the ambient temperature is above or below recommended temperatures, the performance
of the unit may be affected. For example, placing in extreme cold or hot conditions may cause interior
temperature to fluctuate thus the set temperature may not be achievable.
CONTROL
PANEL
POWER
Press to turn ON appliance. To turn OFF, press and hold for 5 seconds.
SETTING THE TEMPERATURE
The temperature range can be set between 40ºF and 65ºF (5ºC and 18ºC ). To set the desired temperature, press the button to lower the temperature or button to raise the temperature on the control
panel. The temperature display will flash
ture is set and will revert back to its actu-
for 5
seconds indicating that the desired temperaal internal temperature.
NOTE: The temperature inside the wine cabinet refrigerator is dependent on the ambient temperature
(room temperature).
INTERIOR LIGHT / ºC and ºF SELECTOR
You can turn on and off the interior light by pressing the Light button on the control panel. To change temperature conversions, touch and hold for 5 seconds.
LEVELING THE APPLIANCE
It is important for your appliance to be leveled in order to work
properly. It can be raised or lowered by rotating each of the feet
on the bottom of the machine. If you find that the surface is not
level, rotate the feet until the appliance becomes level .You may
need to make several adjustments to level it. We recommend us-
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Operation and Controls
ACTIVE CHARCOAL FILTER
The Whynter FWC-1201BB is equipped with an activated charcoal filter, which ensures optimum air quality
within the wine cabinet. This filter counters and prevents any contaminants and odors from the ambient air
affecting the taste of the wines stored.
Replace the active charcoal filter with new one once a year. It can be purchased from the retailer or
Whynter’s Service Department.
To change the filter,
 Turn the filter cover 90° clockwise or counterclockwise and then
remove the filter.
 Insert the new filter in the vertical position.
 Turn the filter cover 90° clockwise or counterclockwise until it
click into position.
WINE SHELVES
This wine cabinet refrigerator is equipped with 4 removable shelves. If you are having trouble fitting the stated listed number of bottles of wine in the wine cabinet refrigerator, try flipping the wine racks over. To prevent damage to the door gasket, make sure the door is all the way opened when pulling the shelves out.
 For easy access of the wine bottles, you must pull the shelves approximately ⅓ out of the railing.
 When removing the shelves out of the railing, make sure to remove all items first.
 To remove any of the shelves from the rail compartment, move the shelf to the position where the
notch of shelf is exactly under the plastic post and then lift it up and out.
 In order to replace the shelves, repeat steps described above in reverse
STORAGE
Wine bottles may differ in size and dimensions so the actual number of bottles can be stored may vary. The
124 bottle capacity is approximate maximum when storing traditional Bordeaux 750 ML bottles and includes
bulk storage.
 You may load your wine bottles in single row or by stacking while taking note of the following: if you
do not have enough bottles to fill your wine refrigerator, it is better to distribute the load throughout
the wine refrigerator so as to avoid “all on top” or “all below” type loads.
 You can remove or relocate adjustable shelves to accommodate larger type of bottles
 Keep small gaps between the walls and the bottles to allow air circulation.
 Do not over load your wine refrigerator
 Avoid obstructing the internal fans (located inside on the back panel of the wine refrigerator).
 Do not try to slide the shelves outwards beyond the fixed position to prevent the bottles from falling.
 Do not pull out more than one loaded shelf at a time as this may cause the wine refrigerator to tilt forward if not properly installed.
NORMAL SOUNDS
The unit is cooled by a compressor. The compressor pumps coolant through the cooling system, producing
operating noise. Even when the compressor cuts out, noises caused by changes in temperature and pressure are unavoidable. Operating noise will be most audible immediately after the compressor comes on. It
becomes quieter as the operating period continues.
The following noises are normal and occur from time to time:
 Gurgling sound, caused by the refrigerant flowing through the appliance’s coils,
 Humming noise made by the compressor. This noise can get louder for brief periods when the motor is
switching on.
 Cracking/popping sounds, resulting from the materials contraction and expansion due to temperature
variations,
 Fan operating sound, to circulate the air within the wine cabinet.
 Unusual noise is normally the result of improper installation.
 Where the unit is installed in open-plan kitchen or in partition walls, the level of operating noise will be
heard more acutely. However, this is due to the surrounding architecture and not to the unit.
NOTE: An individual’s perception of noise is directly linked to the environment in which the unit is
located, as well the specific type of models. Our appliances are in line with international standards for such
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Bottle Storage | Door Reversal
BOTTLE LOADING PLAN
- bottom of bottle
32 bottles
- top of bottle
32 bottles
32 bottles
16 bottles
12 bottles
REVERSING THE DOOR SWING
Tools needed: flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver
CAUTION: Before you begin, unplug the wine cabinet refrigerator from power.
To remove the door:
1. Using a flathead screw driver carefully pry the top hinge
cover off.
2. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the screws and take
off top hinge. Keep the parts together and set them aside.
3. Lift the door off the bottom hinge and set the door aside.
4. Remove the bottom hinge by removing the screws with a
Phillips head screwdriver.
To install the door:
1. Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the plugs and cover
from the opposite cabinet top corner and from the door. Set
aside.
2. Install the bottom hinge at the opposite side corner and fasten the screws.
3. Position the door on the bottom hinge.
4. Align the door on the bottom hinge and install the top hinge.
5. Push the plugs and covers into the corresponding holes.
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Care and Maintenance
CLEANING YOUR APPLIANCE
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Turn off the power, unplug the appliance, and remove all contents from the appliance and store them in a
suitable place.
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Clean the inside, the door seal and the inside of the glass with a clean, damp cloth.
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Never use detergents or other substances that emit odors.
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Always keep the door closed when cleaning the outside of the appliance. Make sure no detergent odors penetrate into the appliance.
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Clean the side panels and door surfaces with a clean and soft cloth. If necessary, use a moist cloth. Alternatively, use a microfiber cloth.
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The humidity tray should be hand-washed with water and detergent. After cleaning, always make sure the
tray is thoroughly rinsed with clean water before replacing.
PREMISES POWER FAILURE
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In the event of a power interruption, temperature settings automatically defaults to factory settings once
power is restored.
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Factory default temperature setting is 15ºC. To set a different desired temperature, refer to the "SETTING
THE TEMPERATURE" section.
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Most power failures are corrected within a few hours and should not affect the temperature of your appliance
if you minimize the number of times the door is opened. If the power is going to be off for a longer period of
time, you need to take the proper steps to protect your contents.
VACATION TIME
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Short vacations: Leave the appliance operating during vacations of less than two days.
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Long vacations: If the appliance will not be used for an extended period, remove all items and turn off the
appliance. Clean and dry the interior thoroughly.
MOVING YOUR APPLIANCE
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Remove all items inside the appliance.
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Securely tape down (we recommend using painter’s tape) all loose items (shelves) inside your appliance.
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Turn the adjustable legs up to the base to avoid damage.
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Tape (we recommend using painter’s tape) the door shut.
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Be sure the appliance stays secure in the upright position during transportation and protect the exterior of
appliance with a blanket, or similar item.
PREPARING FOR STORAGE
If the wine cabinet refrigerator will not be used for a long time, or is to be moved to another place, it will be
necessary to defrost the unit and dry the interior.
1. Disconnect the wine cabinet refrigerator from the power supply by removing the power plug from the wall
socket.
2. Leave the door open to allow for air circulation and to prevent mold, mildew and unpleasant smells.
CAUTION: Store the unit out of the reach of children. If you have children, you may want to take
additional precautions such as removing the door to prevent a child from being trapped inside the
wine cabinet refrigerator
NOTE:
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If the wine cabinet refrigerator is unplugged, encounter power lost, or turned off; you must wait 3 to 5 minutes
before restarting the wine cabinet refrigerator.
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When the wine cabinet refrigerator is used for the first time or restarted after having been shut off for a long
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Care and Maintenance
ENERGY SAVING TIPS
 The appliance should be located in the coolest area of the room, away from heat producing appliances, and out
of any direct sunlight.
 Ensure that the appliance is adequately ventilated. Never obstruct the air vents.
 Close the door tightly and do not open the appliance too frequently or for a long period of time.
 Store the content in an organized way.
 Do not over-fill the appliance to allow air to circulate.
TRANSPORT OF THE WINE REFRIGERATOR
The ideal packaging for the wine cabinet refrigerator is its original packaging. Please keep the original packaging
handy and repack the wine cabinet refrigerator if you need to transport the unit.
DEFROSTING
Under most ambient conditions, the wine cabinet refrigerator does not need to be defrosted. In cold ambient temperatures and/or high humidity, some frost may build up. To defrost, remove all items, unplug the wine cabinet
refrigerator and leave the door open. Never use a knife or other metal instrument to scrape ice/frost. After defrosting, plug in the wine cabinet refrigerator and set the desired temperature.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
The appliance does not operate
Possible Causes
 There is a power failure.
 The appliance is not plugged in.
 A house fuse has blown or the circuit
breaker is tripped.
The appliance is not reaching the
desired temperature
Solutions
 Ensure the appliance is plugged in and the
power outlet has power.
 Replace the broken fuse or reset the breaker.
 The appliance is placed too close to a
 Adjust the temperature.
heat source
 The door is opened too often.
 Keep the appliance away from sunshine or
 The door is not closed completely.
 Close the door tightly and do not open the
 The door gasket does not seal proper-
door too frequently or for a long period of
time.
 Ensure the door gasket is not loose..
other heat sources.
ly.
Frost forming inside the appliance
 The environment is too humid.
 The ambient temperature is too low.
 The door is opened too frequently for
 Although this unit uses an auto-defrost system, under certain conditions, manual defrosting may required. If frost builds up, try
running the unit on a warmer temperature
setting.
 Close the door tightly and do not open the
door too frequently or for a long period of
time.
 Unplug the unit to allow the frost to melt.
a long period of time.
 Items are blocking the internal fan.
 Move items so they do not block the fan.
Condensation builds up on the
glass door.
 Ambient temperature or humidity is
 Lower the room humidity by a dehumidifier
The appliance turns itself on and
off frequently
 The ambient (room) temperature is too
high.
or air conditioner.
low or high.
 Decrease or increase the ambient (room)
temperature.
 A large amount of contents has been
added to the appliance.
 The door is opened too often.
 The door is not closed completely.
 The door gasket does not seal proper-
 To minimize internal temperature fluctuation, do not add large amount of contents at
once.
 Close the door tightly and do not open the
door too frequently or for a long period of
time.
 Ensure the door gasket is not loose.
ly.
The appliance makes too much
noise
The door does not close properly
 If the noise is from the fan, it may be
normal operating noise.
 Contraction and expansion of the inside walls may cause popping and
crackling noises.
 The appliance is not level.
 The fan makes normal fan noises.
 Some popping or cracking noises are normal. They are caused by expansion and
contraction of the inside walls due to temperature changes.
 Make sure the unit is on a hard and level
surface. Do not place the appliance on carpet.
 See Normal Sounds
 The appliance is not level.
 Make sure the appliance is on a hard and
 The door was reversed and not
level surface. Avoid placing the appliance
on a carpeted or soft surface.
 Reinstall door.
properly installed.
 The shelves are out of position .
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 Correctly install the shelves.
ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
This Whynter Freestanding Wine Cabinet Refrigerator is warranted, to the original owner
within the 48 continental states, for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service. Should your Whynter Freestanding
Wine Cabinet Refrigerator prove defective within one year from the date of purchase, return
the defective part or unit, freight prepaid (within two months of purchase; after two months to
one year, customer will be responsible for freight cost to Whynter’s service department),
along with an explanation of the claim to Whynter LLC. Please package the Whynter Freestanding Wine Cabinet Refrigerator carefully in its original packaging material to avoid damage in transit. Please retain the original box and packaging material. Under this warranty,
Whynter will repair or replace any parts found defective. This warranty is not transferable.
After the expiration of the warranty, the cost of labor and parts will be the responsibility of the
original owner of the unit.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER:
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Acts of God, such as fire, flood, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes.
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Improper power supply such as power surge, low voltage, defective household wiring or
inadequate fuses.
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Use in commercial or industrial applications
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Damage, accidental or otherwise, to the WHYNTER Beverage Refrigerator while in the
possession of a consumer not caused by a defect in material or workmanship;
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Damage caused by consumer misuse, tampering, or failure to follow the care and special
handling provisions in the instructions.
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Damage to the finish of the case, or other appearance parts caused by wear.
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Damage caused by repairs or alterations to the product by anyone other than authorized
by the manufacturer.
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Removal, Replacement Packaging, Freight and Insurance cost for the warranty service.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF REMEDIES
CUSTOMER'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE PRODUCT REPAIR OR
REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED HEREIN. CLAIMS BASED ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO ONE YEAR OR THE SHORTEST PERIOD
ALLOWED BY LAW, BUT NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR. WHYNTER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR
INCIDENTAL DAMAGES SUCH AS PROPERTY DAMAGE AND INCIDENTAL EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY BREACH
OF THIS WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTY OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY. SOME STATES AND PROVINCES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSE- QUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LIMITATIONS ON THE
DURATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM
STATE TO STATE.
Please retain the original proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty services.
Warranty begins from the original date of purchase.
To obtain service or information, contact
Whynter LLC via email at support@whynter.com or call
866-WHYNTER.
Product contents and specifications may change without notice.
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