I bought a Vinotemp 60 from Costco last week. I have it set to 54 degrees F. I have noticed that there's a fluctuation on the LED screen that ranges from 54-58 degrees. I was fine with that but when I was cooking today and the room got a lil warmer, the thing went to 62 degrees!! It seems like it enjoys 4 degree intervals.

Those with cheap wine coolers, have you noticed any temperature fluctuation? Am I paranoid? Am I psycho? Or should I be concerned and return the unit.

I unplugged it and replugged it 10 minutes later and it went back to 54 degrees with the 4 degree variance. My condo is actually pretty cold.

I'm worried that in the summer months, this unit is gonna malfunction.

Please let me know if anyone else has a small unit and if temp variations is normal!
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G,
I have a 16 bottle unit and it is very steady at 54-56 degrees F with the exception of the summer months. I am east of San Diego and in the summer I have noticed the unit has to work harder and its inner temperature rises. In addition to the red wine setting there is a white wine and a sparkling wine setting. I had to use the sparkling wine (coldest) setting to maintain a steady temp. I think it was around 49-51 degrees. Smaller units are unfortunately subject to ambient temperature. It is worth trying a colder setting. Will your machine break down? You never know.
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Smaller units are unfortunately subject to ambient temperature.


So are underground cellars, offsites, stores, wharehouses. The fact that these vary 3 or 4 degrees is not a big deal. They turn on when temp. climbs and since the space is so small, the cold air circulates and by the time it finishes cooling the air will dip below a little. 2 degrees of air temp. change does not change the liquid 2 degrees, (from what little chemistry I know). My smaller unit does too. You only lose the humidity factor, and I think THAT is overrated too if you live in a pretty normal climate. Some of these so-called "perfect cellars" in basements probably fluctuate 8 degrees or more between August and January. It's just that the LCD temp. read-out is staring at you on these units.

Nothing keeps a perfect dead on-temp. The high end cabinet units are much steadier than cheaper cooling units though, and you get a more natural air flow. Still, most of the older wine you buy at your wine store has been through a lot worse. I'd rather not think about that. Smile
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Originally posted by "G":
I have it set to 54 degrees F.

the thing went to 62 degrees!!


The 8 degree upswing from set temp seems like a lot. My Haier keeps a range of about 6-7 degrees from what it's set at, but that's only 3-3.5 degrees above or below the set temp (not 8). Even so, 62 degrees isn't horrible. As Hunter already stated, the wine itself doesn't change temp that quickly.
The door is definitely closed at all times. I noticed that when the motor starts running, it drops the temperature to 56 degrees, not 54 as I have set it to.

I have one of those front exhaust ones, yet the back of the cooler seems really warm. My paranoia is starting to worry about my bottles of wine. I don't want it to malfunction in a few days/months! Since I live in a small condo, I also don't have room to set up a bigger wine cooler.

Thanks for your responses. Should I return it? Does anyone else have a Vinotemp 60? Thanks!
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Originally posted by "G":
I have one of those front exhaust ones, yet the back of the cooler seems really warm.
Move it away from the wall... at least 6" (but more would only help). It doesn't matter where the exhaust is, it matters where the motor is. Your car has an exhaust in the back, but your motor is in the front, no?
What you set it at should be the average temp. In order for it to achieve this average it should drop a few degrees below the setting and also go as high as a few degrees above your setting. If it's not even cooling to what you've set it at, there's something wrong. Sounds like it's set at 59 to be rising to 62 and dropping to 56. Try setting it at about 51 or so and see what it does. But first I'd get a temp gauge and let it sit in there for a day and check it to see what it really says. It sounds like your cooler is either not calibrated right, or the digital readings aren't accurate.
I have one of the same units. I have had it almost 2 years now and got it at Costco. I use it for my overflow/ drinking cellar. Its packed full all the time. (currently the overflow is a table next to that, man I better start drinking more Razz) and concider your "problem normal with that unit. I have never noticed inside temps in a range that would harm or damage the wine in anyway, and there are a few bottles that have been in that thing since I got it as the overflow. I also have a large custom made Vinotemp and concider them to be a very reliable producer and have been very happy with all the products. If I were to get another stand alone cabinet made, I would go back there again. There is a warranty on the one you got at Costco so if anything is wrong, Vinotemp will fix it. Before returning it to Costco to get another one that does the same thing, I would call Vinotemp and ask what normal is.

You can get an analog meat thermometer and put that in there for a day to see how close it is to 55 everytime you check it. The other option is for about 15 bucks you can get a digital one that also will have high and low readings and even humidity. I keep one of those in the humidor.

Overall I am very happy with this cabinet. I just wish Costco still had the 180 stainless in there for 599. I could use another one of those too.
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So are underground cellars, offsites, stores, wharehouses



Would it be fair to say smaller units are more sensitive than the above. If I had not adjusted mine to a cooler setting it would have been at 65-70F. In my case it probably is not that big of a deal but I did not want 15 degree fluctuations every day of the summer into the month of October.
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I guess what I was trying to ask or say, is that a 16 bottle table top unit is going to be much more sensitive to seasonal weather changes than a proper wine cellar or a really nice storage unit. right?


Ok. Yes, more sensitive than a wine cabinet or top model cooling units probably. But, most phyical "wine cellars" will have more seasonal fluctuations than either IMO. It has to - even with proper air blowing, given the open space, summer to winter changes, people going in and out etc.

As long as you are within 5-6 degrees variance throughout the year, I think you are fine with anything you go with. One of my smaller units moves 5-6 degrees and have never had a problem with my wine in it. I think much of this is overblown.

Our wine stores and distrubutors cook our wine in the summer and freeze it in the winter anyway. Most of us handle our wine like babies compared to the industry Smile
Don't know about the Vinotemp, but my VintageKeeper 220 needed to be calibrated for temperature. With these units, you can't always expect to unpack it from the box and turn it on and expect the temperature inside will match the LED readout. You have to run it for a while, then measure the temperature. If the LED readout is 55 and the inside temp. is actually 60, you have to adjust the LED readout to 60 and try again.
Vinotemp may not have this functionality though.
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Originally posted by "G":
I bought a Vinotemp 60 from Costco last week. I have it set to 54 degrees F. I have noticed that there's a fluctuation on the LED screen that ranges from 54-58 degrees. I was fine with that but when I was cooking today and the room got a lil warmer, the thing went to 62 degrees!! It seems like it enjoys 4 degree intervals.

Those with cheap wine coolers, have you noticed any temperature fluctuation? Am I paranoid? Am I psycho? Or should I be concerned and return the unit.

I unplugged it and replugged it 10 minutes later and it went back to 54 degrees with the 4 degree variance. My condo is actually pretty cold.

I'm worried that in the summer months, this unit is gonna malfunction.

Please let me know if anyone else has a small unit and if temp variations is normal!


"G", I also bought a Vinotemp VT60 from Costco in the summer of 2005.
Also bought 2 refrigetor/freezer thermometers, one I put in the top shelf and the other one in the bottom shelf. I set the digital display
to 54. Though the digital display fluctuates from 54 to 58, the thermometers keep a constant reading of 58 at the top and 54 at the bottom. Perfectly okay!

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