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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:-)

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

Great post! thanks

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LouAnne Daz October 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

Where can we purchase a new circuit board?

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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
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/
http://www.repairclinic.com/
http://www.partselect.com/

Good luck with the repair.

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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

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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.

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The Handyguys November 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Glad to help!

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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.

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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

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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 – http://www.whirlpool.com/manuals – 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.

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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!

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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.

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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 !

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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!

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Alan October 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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

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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!

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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?

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The Handyguys December 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

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

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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.

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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.

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D February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Very helpful … Thanks guys!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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