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Whirlpool gold refridgerator light not working and is making funny noise

The light is out, on fridge side not freezer, makes wierd noise when you open fridge, but is keeping food cold, and the tempeture gadges arent lighting up

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  • mr frank Feb 20, 2008

    Light is out on the refrigerator side, of my whirlpool gold side by side, temp is still cold, everytime i replace the bulb you can hear a buzz for about 3-5 secs before the light bulb is burned out. Also now my ice maker has stopped working. im in the process of trying to figure this out but it seems like im not the only one with these issues.

    anyone who can help please email me at frank_stlouis@yahoo.com Thanks

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    Same EXACT problem here... Amazing that 3 people have the same problem within 2 weeks of each other. Anybody have any ideas?

  • cloudfull Jun 14, 2008

    Same exact problem...how do you fix this?

  • huey05 Jun 26, 2008

    We have a Whirlpool Gold Conquest Side by Side Stainless Steel refrigerator that the light for the food side has gone out and replacement of the bulb has not solved the problem. The freezer light is still working, all temps seem fine, water & ice on door still working -- just no light on the fridge side. Any suggestions for a possible cause. By the way we have checked the bulbs in other appliances and even the original bulb still works fine -- just not in the fridge.

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    25 year old whirlpool Mark series, almond/gold color, replacing fridge side light bulb not fix it-freezer light still works.



    Please email any solution to lswahl@comcast.net

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    25 year old gold/almond mark series whirlpool, replacing fridge light bulb not fix it, everything else works.

  • Anonymous Jul 07, 2008

    4 year old whirlpool gold... no light ...no temp read out...funny noise when door is opened..freezer side is fine

  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    same problem. Lights went out and started making strange noise. When I removed all the bulbs (3) in the fridge it stopped. Bought 2 new bulbs 40w and similar size but they didn't work. Don't know what's going on

  • chosendaking Sep 05, 2008

    My light is out on my refrigerator as well, I have a whirlpool gold side by
    side, Model # GS5SHAXNB00. I have replaced all 3 (40w/ 120 volt) bulbs with and the refrigerator still makes the same buzzing noise. Please help, my email is chosendaking@yahoo.com

  • JDU9582911 Sep 09, 2008

    WHIRLPOOL GOLD GS5SHAXNQOO LIGHT AND TEMP LIGHT ON REFER SIDE OUT, DOOR SWITCH ENGAGES WHEN PUSHED WITH POWER FEED THROUGH SWITCH, NO POWER TO LIGHT SOCKET, PLUG FOR THE ASSEMBLY ALSO HAS NO POWER WHICH HOUSES THE LIGHTING AND TEMP CONTROLS. HELP.

  • Anonymous Sep 27, 2008

    Whirpool gold side by side refrig light is out and buzzing. Replacement of the bulb does not help. Everything else works and is cold as of now.

  • mpawltoo Sep 27, 2008

    Same with me. No light or temp control lights on fridge side. Please email if you have any thoughts. mpawltoo@yahoo.com

  • wulffy31 Oct 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. None of the lights are working. I am wondering if there is a fuse somewhere.

  • llmorga Oct 13, 2008

    I have the same issue, makes wierd noise when you open the fridge door, no lights work but the freezer is ok. Unplugged it, waited cleaned underneath etc. still same issue. Only 3 years old bought March 2005.

  • jim Oct 16, 2008

    Add me to the list my Whirlpool Gold GS5SHAXNL00 is displaying the same symptoms. No light or control display and that strange noise. I just don't know where to start dismantling to fix the electrical circuit.



    Jim

    FM, TX

    jamesblaverty@msn.com

  • minnickfam Oct 19, 2008

    I have the very same problem as everyone else. We had an appliance repairman come out and he said he needed to order a part (a light control assembly). Ultimately, he ended up saying that he couldn't find a repair for it...and gave us our money back. Has anyone contacted Whirlpool about this? If anyone has discovered a solution to this problem, please email me at minnickfam@hotmail.com.

  • kneecee71 Oct 23, 2008

    Wow I have the same problem and I bought mine in 2005. The freezer works but the fridge has no lights and the control box doesnt display any numbers. I hate to call a service guy in

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    same problem, no light, weird noise

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    Whirlpool Side-by_Side, No lights or LEDS in fridge side, freezer side ok. Replaced/tested all bulbs. .

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem! Anyone end up getting this fixed? Does the fridge stay cold, or will it die eventualy?

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    Same issue exactly - fridge is just over two years old so I assume out of warranty - last fridge lasted 15 years w/o any problems = Whirlpool is ****. Last one I buy. Seems like quality today is out the window.

  • waywes1 Dec 26, 2008

    day after christmas 2008. light bulb blew when i opened the door. led lights do not work. so far it continues to cool and there are no weird noises. has anyone found a viable solution other than inserting a board in the back? waywes1@yahoo.com

  • kaygraves Dec 31, 2008

    refrigerator side is dark and buzzes when you open the door.  Freezer side appears fine.

  • callron Jan 13, 2009

    No lights in fridge side, no lights on temp set indicators, no light on filter status. Light switch checks OK.

  • rman2009 Feb 14, 2009

    did anyone find a solution to this problem?

  • cjaphe Mar 15, 2009

    How do you dis-assemble the Refrig to replace the Control Board. Of course my Refrig is dead because of it.Thank you.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Today after a bad storm, the refrigerator lights went out. When you open the refrigerator, it makes weird noise. The food seem to be cold, but not sure the refrigerator is working properly. We checked the circuit breaker box to make sure it had not turned to off.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    This worked perfectly. I had the same problem and I followed your steps above and my fridge is fully functional again. Thanks!!

  • ericmooney69 May 11, 2010

    the EXACT same thing happened to me. I bought a new board for $75 online and replaced it. When I pulled the old board I flipped it over and my board blew in the EXACT same spot on the picture posted by pyro4492. So I'm gonna fix this board and keep it as a backup.

  • Heather Sep 01, 2013

    anyone have any luck? ours went out last night ice maker is also out

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I had the same problem. Model Number GS5SHAXNL00 Light wouldn't work on the fridge side and the led's wouldn't light up. Ended up being a blown circuit path on the control board.

Check the picture.whirlpool gold refridgerator light not working and - f21d241.jpg

All I did was soder a wire between the 2 points that path was connecting and *BINGO* the lights are back on!

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Hope this helps someone. To find the burned out spot just look for a little black smudge on the white plastic case when you remove the board.

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  • John Sargent Sep 24, 2010

    This is a great post. I had exactly the same problem fixed it in about 5 minutes. It was burnt in exactly the same spot on board.

  • Lilesfamily Jul 25, 2011

    We have model gd5rhaxnq00 and this worked perfectly for us. Fridge side light was out as well as the controls. Spent less than $6 on a new solderer and saved about $400 in repairs from a pro.

  • gilkerson405 Jul 28, 2011

    Same here - thank you so much for the photos and description of how to fix it!!! Took about an hour from start to finish (most was spent cleaning underneath the fridge while it was pulled out - yuck!!!). Worked like a charm!!!

  • Ryan178 Sep 02, 2011

    Extremely helpful, thank you very much, for anyone wondering, the circuit board in question is located underneath the refrigerator in the back on the left side as you look at it

  • MetalPE Sep 17, 2011

    THANKS Pyro44922!!
    We have a different model, the GS2SHEXNS00, but it has the same circuit board and it failed in EXACTLY the same location shown in the pictures. Same fix took about me 10 minutes! A lot cheaper than a new $86 board from Sears.

  • Dave Jun 16, 2012

    I just did this fix on a Whirlpool Gold Model GS6SHEXNL00 and it worked like a charm. Thanks for taking the time to post the instructions, especially the picture.

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    8087720393 Aug 28, 2012

    I did this fix also...wow it worked. I am glad I did not have to replace board or the refrigerator. Will keep an eye on it for a while and replace board if it happens again.

  • Gary Skipper
    Gary Skipper Nov 08, 2013

    Bravo to Pyro! My ECB had open trace in exact same place. Cleaned off with some rubbing alcohol and soldered jumper wire and all working great now!! Thanks for your excellent post!!

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    Drew Morton Mar 22, 2015

    I just did this. Worked like a champ. Needed to buy some solder but no biggie there..

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    Kevin K Sep 15, 2015

    Mine was burnt in the exact same spot It's a very delicate soldering job so I had a TV repair place solder a wire in the same as shown. Sorry but the fix did not work for me. The repair tech told me before he did the job that there is problably a reason the link burnt in the first place and I should be checking why. Turns out that he was right.

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Buy this board and change it yourself or get help SAFETY FIRST unplug the REFRIDGERATOR before working with any boards or electrical!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/WHIRLPOOL-REFRIGERATOR-CONTROL-BOARD-W10135090-NEW_W0QQitemZ360045909006QQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

It is located in the back of your fridge on the bottom left side when facing the back of the fridge. Unscrew the white box, open the box, remove the board connector and board. (There is a clip that pushes to one side). Insert the new board. Pluhg in the fridge. Enjoy the light and temp LEDs.

BTW I offered 29.99 and it was accepted.
Regards

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What is the best way to solder this jump. i have the same fridge, same problem, but i am worried about soldering two or more 'points' together since they are so tiny. I am assuming i should use the smallest soldering wire? my soldering tool doesn't have a fine tip either so i am worried i can't be very accurate doing this job, please explain the process!

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The below solution involving using a wire to jump over the burned trace in the Control PCB was exactly the right advice for me.

My Fridge light as well as the digital cooling display numbers were not working. Everything else was fine, including water/ice dispense LEDs and freezer lights. The door switch worked fine.

I pulled the PCB from the back of the fridge and immediately saw the burn mark. I used a copper wire to jump over it and replaced the PCB into the white box. This immediately fixed the problem and the fridge is working great.

Thanks gurus!

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Seems that the main issue is that; a bulb will burn out which then causes a voltage spike in the control board. Check your bulbs! I was able to see one of the bulbs burn out a few seconds after opening the fridge door and once it burned out, so did the circuit board. Once you pull the circuit board, solder a piece of wire between the two contacts of the strip that's burned, (relay circuit). This will be a quick and inexpensive fix. Good luck!

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Clicking sound comming from the bottom of my refrig. Then i open the door same sound comming from the bottom, but the light keep dimming with the sound

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I just tried sottering the leads to close the circuit. ironically it was in the exact same orientation as shown in picture above. And Then installed mother board . Cut on fridge. Light still doesn't come on. BUT the clicking noise is gone. Any ideas?

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AMAZING!!! I did it just as the picture show.. I happened to have a solder iron left over from replacing all the capicators on a flat screen TV i got for cheap, so i figured i could try this. Had to buy a roll of solder, but no biggie.. 10 dollars is a lot less than 200.. so i did it.. and bingo.. it works.. lights turn on, the LCD control panel works all is well.. THANKS

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Hy guys !!! I have a big problem with this board. Can anyoane tel me wath kind of integrated circuit is "U5" (the name) because my is blow....Thanks you very much and excuse my bad english.

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Yes, But I soldered the jumper wire and buzzing stopped, lights on. Leds not on and its not kicking on.
Do you think I have a bad solder joint? Your help good so far. What's next?

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I tried the solder fix... It did not work for me. I must say that my LED;s were working and just the fridge light was out... Now that I sodered it I hear a relay click on the light comes on momentarily then it clisks off an the light goes off. Any suggestions?


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What should refrigerator be set at

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Will this "fix" work on a whirlpool ed5lhaxmb10?lights and control board out on fridge side.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

This post appears to give an answer. looks like theres no easy or cheap fix for this one.

http://forums.partselect.com/refrigerator-freezer-repair/light-will-not-turn-switch-fine-7101.html#post23753

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

Same problem here. leds turn off when you insert a bulb into any of the fridge side sockets. remove all the bulbs and the leds turn back on. lights work fine on freezer side. my ice machine doesnt work either. doesnt make noise, drip water or anything. :-\

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Check door light switch

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Could any one of you give me the full model of the fridge, and has any one verified the voltage going to the light bulb socket?

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    Hy guys !!! I have a big problem with this board. Can anyoane tel me wath kind of integrated circuit is "U5" (the name) because my is blow....Thanks you very much and excuse my bad english.

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switch of your refrigerator then try replacing the light that doesn't work then try to switch it back on. the light might be the cause of the noise. it might be grounded. replacing the light might reduce the noise then observed the noise for a week then if it still making noise that's the time for you to get a technician that could fix your refrigerator.hope it helped... send us a message for more concerns thank you...

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