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Whirlpool Refrigerator Repair

by The Handyguys

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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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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.


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