Danby wine cooler updated
When doing our kitchen remodeling project we decided to get a wine cooler to store and keep our wine bottles in one place (regular soda cans also go in there as well as beer bottles). After long research I've purchased Danby DWC513BLS wine cooler from http://beveragefactory.com. I've considered a lot of different brands/models, however most of them either looked cheap either were too costly. I felt Danby provided both functionality and a very good look for its price and the warranty lenght also exceeded what was offered by the competitors.
Our experience with this model so far was positive, except it neede some cooler fan replaced after a couple of months use. In addition when calling to Danby I've found out that they (Danby) do not have anybody in our area to fix this problem with the cooler. The solution was to replace the fan by myself and Danby only sent the replacement part. I'm hoping this was the only problem with the cooler.
You could see it fits nicely under the counter at this photo on our home improvement projects album here
November 2007 Update: Still I have some problems with this fridge - the cooler fan needs to be replaced again!
I guess I need to find some updated part instead of the stock fan. Will post results after the repair is complete :)
January 2008 Update: For those who has this wine cooler or similar unit and it is out of warranty, and in case you experience similar problems with the cooler fan - you can replace it by yourself.
The problem with the factory fan is that it is a sleeve-bearing fan. On average, a fan should operate for about 50,000 hours, which if it runs continuously would be over five years. However when the operating temperature rises or the fan is installed "not exactly" vertically, it will have shorter life.
I had to replace my fan two times withing two years since we bought the unit! Plus the stock fan becomes quite noisy after a couple of months of work.
With all of these problems I did some research for better fans and decided to purchase a ball-bearing fan to install it into the cooler by myself.
Ball-bearing fans on average outlast sleeve-bearing fans by 50 percent and produce less noise.
It's very important to purchase the right AC 115 Volts fan for this Danby wine cooler.
The original fan is Rullian Science RAL 1225S2 (120x120x25 mm in size, 100-125V AC, 0.09A)
The replacement model is Orion OA12AP-11-3TB which I got for $13.5 from Mouser Electronics (mouser.com). The replacement model is ball-bearing cooling fan with slightly higher/better parameters, which will help to cool down the wine cooler coil faster.
To replace the fan you need to tilt the wine cooler on the side and unscrew two small screws at the bottom that keep the original fan in place, remove one screw to the black box where the fan wires are attached and unplug these wires. Then you just need to replace it with the new fan and test that it works properly. If you never used Soldering Tool before you probably will be better off with getting some help from certified electrician - it still will be less expensive than getting this fan ordered every year from Danby.
(please note I'm not certified electrician, you might want to confirm all the details before attempting to fix this yourself...)