I have a very similar unit - the 600E. It's pretty well made.

A 1500BTU cooling unit can be purchased online for a little over $400 plus tax. Shipping would be about $40. Alternatively you can buy mine once I've fixed it Frown

A 2500BTU unit costs a little over $500 and it's probably worth spending the extra $100. You can install it yourself. It's heavy (about 50lbs), but it can be done by one person, trust me I know. You just need a stepladder and a socket set. (I don't know the US translation). If you want to pay someone to install it then it shouldn't cost much - it only takes a few minutes.

$800 is a fair asking price IMHO. Shipping will probably cost another $200 on top.

How old is it, and what happened to your cooler?
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Originally posted by bez780:
so,
800+500+200=1500 if you do it your self if not,
800+500+200+300or400 if you have some one fix it, plus warranty =1800or 1900
i would buy the new one at 1900+shipping an a warranty!!!
thats just me!

Roll Eyes


Assume $1,000 for the chassis, shipped. The chassis is a wooden box with doors and racking.
Add $500 for a 1500BTU cooler (inc tax and shipping) or $600 for a 2500BTU cooler
with full warranty. Fit it yourself for nothing. Cost: $1500-$1600 all in.
There's no way it'll cost $300 to fit the cooling unit. Even $100 would be a rip-off.
It takes a few minutes to remove and replace. I know, I've done it.

The new unit costs $2000. That's unfinished, so add $200. Shipping is $200. 2500BTU cooler costs an extra $200. Total cost is therefore $2400-$2600 plus tax.

Total saving: $1000 The warranty is effectively the same - the cooler is the only component that's likely to fail.

The cooler may be repairable, or it may not. However cost of repairs is likely to be comparable to the cost of a new unit. If it's lost the coolant due to a leak the cost of recharging and fixing the leak will be $300+.

If it's still cooling but not sufficiently then I'm told that it may be a faulty compressor. If it's less than 5 years old the compressor is still under warranty (parts only). If you follow my thread on VinoCellar you'll know that I've just requested a replacement compressor for *my* 1500BTU cooler and am considering trying to get it repaired, but am also planning to replace it with a 2500BTU unit and keep the 1500 as a backup *if* it can be fixed.
dave,
to fill the unit you need to put a valve on it. an know what type cooling stuff goes in.
one other thing, vinotemp to my knowlege
will not warranty anything when you do it yourself! as for what they told me!
is this your unit that is being sold here.

vinotemp has had a lot of problems with there evaporators being bad. i know my 3000 went bad and they replace the part and paid for the service. one big headache!

oh well good luck!!!
Wink
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Originally posted by bez780:
dave,
to fill the unit you need to put a valve on it. an know what type cooling stuff goes in.
one other thing, vinotemp to my knowlege
will not warranty anything when you do it yourself! as for what they told me!
is this your unit that is being sold here.

vinotemp has had a lot of problems with there evaporators being bad. i know my 3000 went bad and they replace the part and paid for the service. one big headache!

oh well good luck!!!
Wink


I have no connection to Knight11 and I'm not selling anything.

The winemate cooler is a little b@st@rd. To do any work on the damn thing you have to drill out about 24 rivets. Plus according to the expert I spoke to they have taken every opportunity to make it unserviceable in terms of sealing edges etc.

As for the coolant, on the back it says it uses R134a whatever that is. However I don't believe that mine needs refilling. It may of course nered to be drained before the compressor can be replaced.

vinotemp will not warranty anything when you do it yourself
If you're referring to installing it yourself, even if this was true, which I doubt, who's going to tell them?

If you're referring to my fixing my own unit, it's almost 5 years old. The compressor has less than a month of warranty left. Whoop de do. I realise I'll need to get expert help to fix it, but what the hell.
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
134a is a non CFC refrigerant but it's been ten years since I obtained my license (or used it) so I can't comment for sure on it's availability.


A net search shows it to be commercially available, but as I said I believe there's sufficient coolant in my unit. The expert I spoke to said that it's basically an all-or-nothing deal; if there's a coolant leak then it all gets out pretty quickly. If the cooler is still working to any degree then he says it's probably the compressor. So I basically need to replace the compressor without losing all the coolant.

Anyway, sorry to Knight11 - didn't intend to hijack your thread. Good luck selling your cellar.

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