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Whirlpool Refrigerator Repair

by The Handyguys

in Appliance Repair, Video Podcasts

circuit boardThe Handyguys discuss doing a Whirlpool Refrigerator Repair on a Whirpool Gold refrigerator. The issue was the unit would not run when the light bulb was installed. Many people have reported various issues such as:

  • Display on the control panel stops working
  • Lights not working (even with new bulbs)
  • Electrical noise or buzzing sound from behind
  • Flickering lights
  • No cooling

The problem was a burnt contact on the circuit board. In this video we show you how to replace the control board.

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Fridge Repair Service June 24, 2010 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the information:-)


s.lock72 August 23, 2010 at 5:41 am

Great post! thanks


LouAnne Daz October 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

Where can we purchase a new circuit board?


The Handyguys October 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

LouAnne – I got mine from a local parts store. Check the yellow pages. You could bring in the old board with you and they can match it up.
A couple of online options are

Good luck with the repair.


ken December 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

cheapest place to find part is from LAPTOPS FOR LESS . I not confused yes it is fridge part not a computer. lol


AP November 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Fantastic post – helped me fix the same issue on my 6 year old fridge. Thanks much, guys.


The Handyguys November 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Glad to help!


Abby November 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for this video! I was about to call a repair man and you saved us the $! We were having a similar problem, so I ordered a new circuit board from amazon and it fixed our issue! What a great feeling. We are not even do yourself type people. You made us handy! Thank you.


sylvie February 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thank you so much for confirming which part to change in my Whirlpool Gold and also the video that shows exactly what to do, thanks you save me $$$$. I searched everywhere on the net and finally got you website, Thanks again


Peter February 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Just ordered ‘Whirlpool W10135090 Defrost Control for Refrigerator’ by Whirlpool for $93 from Amazon. Supposedly Whirlpool replaced Part # 2252189 (which is the Elec. Control part # from my refrigerators manual downloaded here – – model # is on the plaque inside the refrigerator) with Part # W10135090. I’ll follow up when I’ve got the part to confirm that it worked.


Peter March 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

Follow up – “Whirlpool W10135090 Defrost Control for Refrigerator” by Whirlpool for $93 from Amazon worked great and it was indeed about a 10 minute job! Thanks Handyguys!


Laticia July 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Thank you so much. It worked perfectly and I didn’t need my husband to lift a finger because you guys made it so easy for even a girl like myself to follow.


Darryl Hoover August 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

What a wonderful discovery !!!!! You guys did a fantastic job of saving a lot of people money – not to mention the fear of being ripped off. I had never heard of The Handy Guys Podcast but after seeing this video, I will come to your site often for any repair that I might encounter. Can’t wait to get my fridge fixed. GREAT JOB GUYS !!! and Thank You for being a service to your fellow DIYer’s !


Robin August 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Handy Guys – YOU ROCK! I am a 60 yr old female who lives and works alone. The light went out in the fridge, simple bulb problem? NOT! Had a repair guy come in and bottom line was if I used their service the whole job would have run me $450. to fix with a $289. part. I went on-line & got the part for $89. and with the repair guy coming back to install it would have been a total of about $250. Then I found YOU GUYS. And your video was so easy I said what do I have to lose, lets go for it & I DID IT! I can’t thank you enough a $450. bill ended up $130. Keep the tips coming!


Alan October 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the info, I bought part and installed it for less than 70 bucks.


missy todd October 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

You guys ROCK! Im hoping replacing the circuit board helps and something isn’t causing that part to short. I appreciate the fact you showed us in a clear video! Thanks so much! These Whirlpool Gold side by sides have had problems after problems. This is sad that as a consumer there is a faulty bored yet we are the ones having to pay more money out of pocket. Thanks again for the help!


Don Marlett December 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

From the comments it sounds like the video described is the problem I have, however the video associated with the Whirlpool circuit board is a video about wired ethernet. Huh?


The Handyguys December 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Yeah, something went weird at YouTube. I think it should be fine now.


ken December 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

just putting this out there it could also be compressor start kit . but get from a local repairman just ask for the 3 in one. they wont sell it inline that way. they want you to buy all 3 and pay $40 for each making it $120 total.


charlottehandley January 7, 2013 at 1:53 am

This is an great site, I will definitely be sure to add this site to my morning routine.


D February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Very helpful … Thanks guys!


D Riddles February 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Ok-we did all this. And it still won’t work. It was diagnosed by an appliance repairman, plus we can plainly see the burnt part on the circuit board. Any other ideas?


The Handyguys February 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

If the board is replaced and the new board has a burnt circuit on it then the new board is defective.


D Riddles February 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

The old board had the burnt spot on it. The new circuit board appears fine., just didn’t fix the problem.


Ann April 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

My whirlpool side by side is not getting cold on the refrigerator side, how can this problem be fixed? Thanks in advance.


Jim February 14, 2014 at 12:35 am

My whirlpool gold has the same problem (light flickers will not stay on and there is a noise at the bottom) and now I’m being told that that circuit board is no longer being manufactured, can anyone help me with this. thank you


The Handyguys February 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

Try repair clinic for replacement board. Just put your fridge model number in the parts search box on our site and you should get some options.


Archie of TX April 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I have the whirlpool Gold series model GD5PHAXMS10 and the control board is not beside the compressor a the back. I saw a parts manual online listing the main control board inside the control box. I tried to access it but I was having a hard time. Can anyone help please.


The Handyguys April 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Archie – As you know, we are not appliance repair guys. I too saw the same diagram online that you probably saw. I would try to figure out disassembly from that picture and go from there. Hopefully your issue is the same as mine and the control board fixes it.


Christi Jennings April 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

This board W10135090 is only available by rebuild. Fix Your Board will repair this board and give you a 2 yr wrty on it. Check out their website. Fast turnaround as well.


The Handyguys April 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Saving a few bucks might be worth it for some people. These boards are not cheap but they are cheaper than an entire new fridge!


Peggy April 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I have a Whirlpool and is only 3 yrs old. We have changed the circuit board, capacitor and the fan. The fan still does not run and the fridge will run for a few minutes and then shut off again. Can’t seem to find what is wrong. I live so far out that the repair man wants a 100.00 bill just to drive out plus parts and labor! Ugh. I don’t see anymore Whirlpool appliances in my future.


The Handyguys April 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

That stinks. Sorry. Maybe try a different repair man or maybe replace the fridge.


Eduardo Vizcaino September 15, 2014 at 3:20 am

Dear handy guys,

Hi, I’m new to your site. I found a YouTube video from you guys that is about the whirl pool gold side by side refrigerator. It was with a flickering light. THIS IS MY PROBLEM! Along with it not cooling properly. Here is the video:

Please give me website where I can order the main circuit board that is mentioned in the video?

I am not sure if the replacement part is (The Original Part Number) 2304056, or The replacement Part Numbers W10135090 or AP4334000?

What part number should i replace the main circuit board with, what website can I get a good one? and what can expect the cost to be?

Thank you so much, Ed


The Handyguys September 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

Enter your model number in search below (just below this post or on the right sidebar on this site) and then scroll through the list of parts until you find it.


rob September 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

how do i get this part


The Handyguys September 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Enter your model number in search below (just below this post or on the right sidebar on this site) and then scroll through the list of parts until you find it.


David September 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I have a whirlpool gold that was stored and running in my garage , some bugs got in the display (small moths) above the dispensers. How do you remove the display covet to remove these bugs!


Abdul January 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

Thanks Guys, BUT when I replaced the main board, the problem still there (The Refrigerator works for short time and stops same its condition before I replaced the main board).

So, that means there is another reason for the problem

please help me


javier June 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hello, I need to know a component that has been burned in the control board, refrigerator Whirlpool ARC 8140 / IX; This together with the blue PTC relays, think it is a triac or thyristor but can not see initials or letters of the component.
greetings and thanks.


The Handyguys June 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

No idea – we suggest replacing the component and not trying to fix the board itself.


Paul June 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Thanks guys, you nailed it!

Like a few others, I Googled my way to your site and you were clear and practical in your assessment. Your demonstration was spot on and you’re right – cleaning the dust bunnies took longer than replacing the part!

A link to the circuit board:

The price from Sears was quoted @ $195 (June 2015), but I’ll look for a cheaper price online.


The Handyguys June 12, 2015 at 11:47 am

Thanks Paul!
Readers – ^^ that link may not be the correct part for YOUR fridge. To be sure, use the parts search on this site, put in your model number.


Paul August 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I actually ordered this part twice. The first time the order was simply cancelled after a few weeks. I ordered it again and it was cancelled as well.

Turns out Sears (Sears Parts Direct) doesn’t make/stock this part any longer. I’m looking around for a company that sells one, but so far I haven’t had any luck.

If anyone out there finds one – let me know – I’m moving next year and I don’t want to buy a new fridge.



The Handyguys September 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

Try the parts search on our website or call repair clinic directly.


Khalil June 30, 2015 at 6:29 am

Is it possible to get schematic or circuit diagram for this board? Mine is also not working and I want to do board/circuit level analyses/repair. But can not find enough information on the net.


The Handyguys July 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

i saw one posted elsewhere but it was slightly different than mine. I think the layout changed a bit from year to year. If you remove the board and inspect it closely you can see the fault(s). How to fix a board is beyond the scope of any advice I’m prepared to give.


urb0123 July 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Hi Khalil,
There’s an entire thread related to this board burning out. (Or rather, control board part number 2252189 which is replaced by part W10135090 )

Look for posting #65 – it’s quite detailed.


Khalil July 17, 2015 at 4:23 am

Thanks – very useful information


cindy S September 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the information, I too have a Whirlpool Gold, Talk to Whirlpool and they were no help.. This Part now is $449.00 because there are none only from a mother board rebuild service.. good luck to all of you with your Whirlpool.


Dean January 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm

One place told me these might be back in stock around February and the cost was only 250.00


James November 26, 2015 at 9:03 am

The board in my Whirlpool side by side was in a slightly different place – behind a thin steel panel on the lower back of the fridge. While stupidly prying the panel off with a screwdriver, a spark came out. The refrigerator is no longer cooling. Do I call a repairman or replace the 3 year old fridge?


The Handyguys December 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

Note to others – unplug anything before taking a screwdriver to it! James – If you can identify the burnt out part maybe try replacing it. Search the parts search here.


Jim January 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for the video guys. Very easy to follow instructions. Whirlpool doesn’t even offer my control board anymore…so am having to have my old board repaired. Wish companies would make things to last and have parts available for at least 20 years… I guess I’m just too old school.


Dean January 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for the video. However I have called everywhere and it appears there has been a 9 month back order on these boards and no place can give me a date when this might come in. How can Whirlpool not have boards to sell to people. This is bull.


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