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Thermostat Assembly

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PartSelect Number PS11739232
Manufacturer Part Number WP2198202
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Thermostat Assembly Specifications

This thermostat assembly is used in refrigerator units and freezers as a sensor. The thermostat senses the temperature increase in the evaporator during the cycle of defrosting and turns off when ice is melted. If you have any of the following symptoms, replacing your appliance could solve the problem: fridge does not start, is too warm, too cold, runs too long, or will not start. The tools needed for this repair project is a putty knife, Phillips and flat blade screw driver, 1/4 inch nut driver, and needle nose pliers. Remember to unplug refrigerator from power source as a safety precaution. Refer to the manual provided by the manufacturer for further installation instructions.

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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Will Not Start | Fridge too warm | Freezer section too warm | Fridge too cold
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, Roper, Estate.
Part# WP2198202 replaces these:
AP6006166, 1110552, 1115242, 1115243, 1115244, 1115245, 1129437, 2161283, 2161284, 2169112, 2169113, 2198201, 2198202, 99989726, WP2198202VP
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Lorrie
October 3, 2017
Fridge runs then turns off and won't start again,but if you tap on the control box it will start again, thinking thermostat ps11739232.
For model number ED22PQXFW01
Hi Lorrie, Thank you for the question, In most cases the Thermostat Assembly,PartSelect Number PS11739232 would need to be replaced. Good luck with the repair!

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John
May 14, 2019
Purchased replacement thermostat. Old thermostat has vertical terminals with red wire on top and orange wire on the bottom. New thermostat has both terminals on top. The video shows old thermostat installation. Where do the wires go on the new thermostat?
For model number ED5vhexvb00
Hello John, thank you for your question. The refrigerator temperature control is not polarity sensitive, it is a 120 VAC, SPST switch. It won't make a difference which wire is attached to which terminal. Just make sure you don't accidentally attach the green ground wire to one of the terminals. I hope this helps!

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Michael Johnson
January 27, 2018
Freezer and refrigerator both not getting as cold. Motor runs continuous. My ice maker will not work. It has ice in the maker but it will not kick on.
For model number ED5LHEXTD00
Hello Michael, thank you for your question. I would check the thermostat, as well as the fan motor. The fan motor is located at the back of the freezer and blows the air from the freezer to the fridge section. You can also check the capacitor and start relay on your compressor. If the compressor is running continuously this might be the issue. I hope this helps!

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Doug
August 7, 2018
I have a Whirlpool model# ed5lhextd00 refrigerator that stops running. If i turn the thermostat to the off position and wait about a minute before i turn it back on it does restart. Coils are clean, no frost issues, shut downs are now happening more frequently. What part could be causing this issue?
For model number ED5LHEXTD00
Hi Doug, Thank you for your question. If the refrigerator is not running correctly, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which ones are causing the issue. You will need to check the capacitor, the thermostat assembly, the start relay, the overload and the compressor. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Brian
December 3, 2018
Frig stops working, I tap under the cold control,it starts up and runs good for a wile,now it has quit working all together
For model number ED5VHEXVB01
Hello Brian, Thank you for the question. This sounds like a defective Thermostat, Part Number: PS11739232 and it will need to be replaced. Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with this repair!

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Anthony
August 29, 2017
My fridge will get cold for awhile, and then it will be warm for awhile. I have already replaced the defrost timer. Is the thermostat the next part I should replace?
For model number Ed5vhexvq02
Hi Anthony, Thank you for the question. The next part we recommend would be the Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat. If the appliance is getting warm during the defrost cycle you would need to replace this part. Hope this helps!

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Brian
May 8, 2018
Hi thank you for your last answer. I replaced my thermostat with this part number but the terminals are in different spots so wondering about the wires. The old one had one on top blue connector with 2 black wires and one directly below it orange connector with an orange wire. This one has 2 at the top one in front of the other. I connected the blue connector to the back one and orange to the front. Is this the correct way ? Thanks Brian
For model number GD22DKXFW01
Hi Brain, Thank you for your question. There is a video listed with the part on our website that you may reference on how to install the thermostat assembly. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Brenda
November 22, 2019
My freezer isn’t freezing properly, gets to freezing point then things start to defrost again and fridge side is getting very little airflow. Do i need a thermostat or is it a deeper problem? I’m used to warm air coming out from under the fridge but this one is putting out a pretty v strong flow of cool air. Condenser problem??
Hi Brenda, thank you for your question. When you are having temperature problems in your fridge, there are a few parts that could cause the issue. You can use a multi meter to test most of the parts. Make sure you cut power to your appliance before doing any repairs or tests. First you should test your defrost thermostat. Place the thermostat in ice cold water for 2-3 minutes after removing it from your appliance. It should be reading 0 ohms to be working correctly. Another part to check would be your defrost heater. Remove it from the appliance. It should be reading anywhere between 0 - 50 ohms to be working. You could check your temperature sensor. To find the correct reading for this part you will have to refer to your tech sheet that comes with your appliance. You can usually find this tech sheet behind the bottom grille of your fridge on either the right or left side. These are the most common parts that cause this issue in your appliance. So it is suggested you check them first. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Lisa
October 21, 2019
Will this part fit my Whirlpool model number ed5vhexvb03
For model number ED5VHEXVB03
Hi Lisa, yes this part WP2198202 is fully compatible with model ED5VHEXVB03. Thank you for your question and good luck with your repair!

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AL
December 6, 2018
The tenant reports..."we tried turning the ice machine on last night, it made some ice, and today it all melted out onto the floor. the temperature is fluctuating all on its own. also, the fridge isn't as cold again today, where as yesterday my butter was frozen." to me it sounds like the thermostat needs replacing...your thoughts please!! thank you in advance for any assistance you can give!
For model number ED22RFXFW01
Hello Al, thank you for your question. Yes, this definitely sounds like a thermostat issue. We would recommend replacing the thermostat PartSelect Number: PS11739232 to fix the fluctuating temperature problem. I hope this helps!

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Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Thermostat Assembly

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inconsistent compressor and condensor fan operation
Compressor start relay would cycle several times before compressor would come on. Replaced start relay and defrost timer assy. Operated more consistently however not completely reliable. Ice would begin to melt. Noticed that if you would cycle the temperature control the compressor would start again and operate for several hours then not cycle again. Jumpered temp control and operation was continuous and reliable. Replaced cold control thermostat. Operation now normal. Suspect high resistance in switch caused start relay and timer contacts to arc. Small amount of carbon noticed under temp control...
  • Steve earney from Brooks, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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The compressor would shut down and not restart unless you tapped the temperature knob which i did for about 3 weeks before ordering this part
Was pretty simple just take the knobs off pull off the face plate remove a few screws and drop the whole shelf down. then a few more screws down the side to the back of the fridge. Pull the sensor wire out of some styrofoam and pull off the plastic coating and slide it over the new one and install it in reverse order from taking it out. Works great now and i have ice everyday :)
  • michael from clarksville, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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Refrigerator was not cooling properly.
I removed both plastic knobs from assembly faceplate. Then I loosened the screws holding thermostat housing to upper cabinet of fridge. Following this step, I loosened the screws of the thermostat to remove it. Next was the removal of the plate and vent pieces holding the thermostat wire sleeve in place. After removal of thermostat from sleeve; all steps were reversed and unit was up and running normal (cooling) with no problems. "Ahh, it's nice to have cool again "
  • Eddie from Gretna, LA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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Cooling would shut down and not restart until refrigterator was turn off and back on.
First I removed the cover plate over the cover over the thermostat, by snapping it out. Then I removed the four screws holding the cover over the thermostat in place. Next I removed the screw, which held the cover over the thermostat sensor. I then removed that cover and the unit, which exchanges air, flow between freezer and refrigerator. I then removed the two screws, which held the thermostat in place. I then removed the thermostat with the sensor and the white tube, which covered it. Then I removed the white tube from the sensor.

To install the new thermostat I first inserted the thermostat sensor into the white tub. I lubricated the sensor with a very small dab of Vaseline. Then I placed the sensor unit in the unit, which exchanges air between refrigerator and freezer. I next reinstalled the unit, which exchanges air between refrigerator and freezer. Then I reinstalled the cover over the thermostat sensor. I then installed the thermostat with the two screws, which held it in place. Then I reinstalled the cover the thermostat with the four screws, which held it in place. Last I snapped the cover plate in place.
  • Michael from Oceanside, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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Our six year old fridge would not stop running - everything was frozen. Found if I tapped on the Tstat I could sometimes get it to turn off.
Remove the knobs and faceplate to get at the screws behind it. Removing the sensor is a bit involved but everything else is fairly straight forward. See other postings for description / order of operation. Replacement took less than 30 minutes.
Works great now!
  • Jeff from Belleville, WI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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refrigerator was intermittently cooling because thermostat contacts burned away.
Turn off the fridge and unplug the power. Inside the refrigerator unit, remove two plastic panels extending from the front to the rear cooling vent by unscrewing two screws. Gently unhook the thermostat tube from the rear vent.

On the control panel, gently pry off the two control knobs and the front control panel. Remove four screws to drop down the control assembly. Unplug the left electrical connector and unscrew the lever control arm being careful not to bend it. Disconnect the right side electrical connector and you can now remove the control unit to a table to easily work on it.

Undo two screws to remove the thermostat bracket. Undo two more screws to remove the thermostat assembly. Install the new thermostat and reverse the process just described. It takes about 15 minutes if you know what to do ahead of time. You will have to reuse the plastic tube that covers the thermostat sensing tube.
  • Dennis from Westlake, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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greezer started to thaw and would not refreeze
tested thermostat and defrost time but both tested as working...called a repairman who came in and said they were both working...got annnoyed for not trusting myself. Repairman did say that he had seen defrost timers simply slow down, allwoing them to tesat as good but not actually working correctly. I ordered both the thermostat and the timer to cover all bases...actual replacement was simple.
  • Christopher from Redmond, WA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    W10822278, WP2198202
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refrigerator would not stay cold
The wife found if we tapped the knob for the cold control the appliance would turn on. Upon further inspection I found what looked to be carbon particles under the part. I found the part easily with partselect.com, ordered it, installed it and its like we have a new appliance.
  • Allan from Allen, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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Fridge side freezing everything.
The fridge side would freeze everything regardless of setting. First, unplug the unit. Remove control knobs and pry off the face plate which is snapped on. Remove the four nuts holding the control box to the top of the fridge. Note there is a mettle rod and the thermostat sensor lead inside a clear plastic tube leading from the control box to the back left corner of the fridge. Remove their cover (one screw). Under this cover in the back is the vent assembly screw. Remove it. On the freezer side, you also have to remove the light cover (snap on) and the vent cover behind it (one screw). This allows access to remove the vent on the fridge side. Squeeze the tabs on the vent(freezer side) that lock the vent in place and push it through to the fridge side. Now disconnect all wire connectors between the control box and the fridge. They have locking tabs that have to be pried out to release. Remove the two screws holding the thermostat to the control box, and one at a time transfer the wires from the old stat to the new one and mount the new one in place. Snap the old thermostat sensor lead out of the vent assembly, straighten it out and pull the plastic tube off. Put a lubricant on the new stat lead to ease in inserting it into the tube. Do not kink the lead. Re assemble in reverse order, plug up the fridge.
  • David from Murfreesboro, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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freezer intermitently warmed to around 31 degrees
Being a jet mechanic I had to familiarize myself with refrigerators, then after 2 or 4 hours of online studying, opened the door pulled the temp knobs of, removed the panel by gently prying the top of the panel out,then up and out with it. I found tapping on the thermostat shaft or wiring connection started the compressor, verifying my belief it was the thermostat. Don't mess with wiring if you don't know exactly what you are doing and unit is plugged in, you will electrocute yourself!!! I received the thermostat, UNPLUGGED THE UNIT from the house wall outlet, took one screw out of the upper inner wall at the very top to remove cover, one screw at the back top to remove the other cover (at the control vent) for access to remove sensor, then removed 4 screws , 2 front, 2 underneath to drop the housing for defrost timer, etc., and then took 2 screws from thermostat, unplugged wiring from thermostat (3 wires, be sure to put them back on the same place in the new thermostat). Remove old thermostat, slide plastic cover off sensor and slide back onto new thermostat sensor. Be careful not to kink the line or bend it to sharp you will damage it, (use gentle curves when bending it,) and re assemble everything in reverse order. This took about me 15 or 20 minutes start to finish. Plug into wall and watch thermometer to verify success.
  • brett from garland, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • Parts Used:
    WP2198202
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Model Cross Reference
This part works with the following models:
PartSelect Number: PS11739232
Manufacturer Part Number: WP2198202
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