Part Location Diagram of WP2188819 Whirlpool Thermistor
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Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Thermistor
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PartSelect Number PS11739131
Manufacturer Part Number WP2188819
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Thermistor Specifications

This part is used to detect the temperature in the air inside of your refrigerator.
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Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Thermistor

Replacing your Kenmore Refrigerator Thermistor
Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Fridge too warm | Fridge too cold | Freezer too cold
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Kenmore, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag.
Part# WP2188819 replaces these:
AP6006067, 2188819, 2216113
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Refrigerator too warm, freezer fine
I replaced the Diffuser and the Thermistor (the one in the refrigerator) at the same time. I was not sure what the problem was ahead of time except for the fact that no air was coming in from the freezer section; this is where the air diffuser is. I probably only needed to replace the diffuser.

I turned the circuit breaker for the refrigerator off. There was a small section of plastic covering the wires that run from the top console inside the refrigerator to the back of the refrigerator where the diffuser is. I took this off (one screw) and then the diffuser is connected in the refrigerator side with one screw. To push the diffuser from the freezer, I needed to take off a piece of plastic directing the flow of air from the freezer. I needed to move the ice maker forward a little; it moves forward easily (it sort of clips into place). Once the diffuser was visible from the freezer, I pushed it out or disconnected the four clips holding it in and it came right out. Once this is done, you simply unplug the old and plug in the new and put back in place. This took less than 15 minutes total time. Online diagrams makes ordering parts and fixing easy.

Once the new diffuser was in, I could tell I was golden because I was getting cold air. I guess this piece goes bad from time to time based on others experiences.
Other Parts Used:
Air Diffuser
  • Bill from Andover, MA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Constant 20 below zero in freezer (side by side ref/freezer) Ref 37 deg. OK. Defrost frozen up with ice.
I watched several video's on youtube that showed me how to replace the parts. Just Google "how to fix my freezer". I figured the only problem was the freezer Thermistor so I only replaced it. The refrigerator has one to. Instantly the freezer went back to Zero degrees and the defroster works fine after melting all the ice in the bottom. Make sure the drain hole is cleared. I ordered the bi-metal thermostat just in case but I don't need it. Be sure and position the thermistor down in the freezer rail on the right side just to where you can see it in the first opening and pull it back up out of sight and tape it to the wall where it comes through from the air baffle. It's important that it's 7.8 " down from the top of the freezer. Happy now, Freezer 0, refrigerator 37. This thing use to run all the time, I'm saying electricity now.
Other Parts Used:
Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat
  • Dean from GRANBURY, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Refrigerator Was Too Cold Food Was Freezing
Excellent video showing how to repair. Followed instructions precisely resulting in an easy repair. I used a multimeter comparing the resistance of the old & new part before reassembly, confirming that the old part was bad.
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  • Carl from SAGINAW, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Donis
February 26, 2018
My side-by-side is cold on the freezer side and warm on the refrigerator side. I ordered a thermistor and a diffuser. The directions on-line and a few bloggers indicated that the thermistor was the more likely part to replace, so we installed it first. (I should also mention that we found 2 of them attached to the diffuser, one that went back into the freezer and one that stayed inside the case for the diffuser on the refrigerator side. The directions didn't mention 2 of them.) We replace the one on the refrigerator side. The diffuser opened right up and we began to see the temperature drop. About an hour into the process, the temperature started to rise again and soon it was back above 60 degrees. I have not yet changed out the diffuser I ordered. I am unsure how to proceed. I don't know what the problem might be now. Is it possible the diffuser is the problem? Did I need to replace both thermistors? Any way to test which thermistor is the bad one?
For model number KSRS25ILWH02
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Hi Donis, Thank you for the question. I suggest testing the thermister. At 77 degrees it shoudl read 2.7K ohms of resistance and 42K ohms of resistance at 0 degrees. Hope this helps!

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Hall
March 3, 2018
My freezer started getting ice crystals and got colder than normal. The refrigerator side has moisture on everything and ice hanging from the duct that brings air in from the freezer. It also is colder than normal. Finally there is a big puddle of frozen water on the freezer compartment floor. What's your suggestion?
For model number GS6SHEXNB00
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Hello Hall, Thank you for your inquiry. We would recommend checking the following parts to fix your issue: bi-metal defrost thermostat, thermistor, defrost heater, evaporator fan motor and main control board. Hope this helps!

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Robin
November 11, 2017
My refrigerator is making a popping sound by the air diffuser box. It is also not getting cold only on fridge side. Could it be the thermistor? If so, how do i take off the cover to the air diffuser to get to it. There are no visible screws around it or anywhere in the side wall of fridge.
For model number MSF25D4MDM01
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Hi Robin, Thank you for your question. There is a screw on a cover that is just ahead of your damper that you will have to remove to reveal how to remove your damper. Once you remove that cover you will be able to remove the screw that holds your damper cover in place, which will give you access to replace your thermistor. Good luck with your repair.

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Elias
April 30, 2019
Is there one or more thermistors in the refrigerator model gs6shexnt00? Thanks.
For model number GS6SHEXNT00
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Hello Elias, thank you for your question. There is only one thermistor in the fridge section in the top control box. I hope this helps!

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Elias
April 30, 2019
Is there a different thermistor and or thermostat in the freezer section than in the fridge section? Thank you for your help.
For model number GS6SHEXNT00
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Hello Elias, thank you for contacting us. On your model in the freezer is the Cycling thermostat part PS11743313 and the Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat PS11750673. In the refrigerator is the Thermistor part PS11739131. We hope this answers your question.

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Omar
January 29, 2019
How do i match a thermistor with my Maytag mbr1953yes0 refrigerator? I have referenced my model fridge on several appliance sites including this one, and even googled it yet no specific thermistor comes up. The one on my refrigerator doesn't appear to have a part number on it, however it looks like the one above. Please advise, thanks
For model number MBR1953YES0
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Hello Omar, thank you for your question! We have done some research and PartSelect Number PS11754578 is a wire harness that includes the thermistor for your model. We hope this helps!

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Vernon Bowdish
April 15, 2019
Is there only one thermistor (PS11739131) in model GS6SHAXMB00 refrigerator?
For model number GS6SHAXMB00
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Hello Vernon, thank you for your question. This Thermistor part PS11739131 is the only one listed for your model.

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Lew
November 12, 2017
My fridge ices up after working good for 4 or5 days, then I defrost it and turn it back on and it works ok for another 4 or 5 days
For model number KSRP25FSWH01
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Hi Lew, Thank you for the question.I suggest testing the Defrost Thermostat. The best way to do this is to remove the thermostat from the refrigerator so you can control the temperature of the sensor. You can let the sensor warm up to room temperature. With the sensor warmed up to room temperature the sensor should read approximately 6.2K Ohms at 68°F. With the thermistor submerged is a glass full of ice water, the sensor should be very close to 32°F which should read approximately 16.3K Ohms. If the values that you are getting are far off from these readings, then the sensor is bad and should be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Darrell
12 days ago
The freezer works normally but the refrigerator temperature is too warm.
For model number KRFC704FPS03
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Hello Darrell, thank you for reaching out. Based on our understanding of the issue, we would suggest checking the evaporator fan motor, part number PS12745242, to solve the problem. Glad to be of assistance!

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Manufacturer Part Number: WP2188819
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