How to Find Your Whirlpool Refrigerator Serial Number

The Whirlpool Refrigerator Serial Number is located on the side-wall inside the refrigerator or freezer compartment.

Your refrigerator is the kitchen monolith. It is the single largest and most important item in your kitchen. We can get by without a dishwasher, even a stove, but modern families need the fridge so that perishable foods and beverages stay fresh for a week or more between grocery shopping. The refrigerator might have been in the house longer than you – in fact, it probably has.

Most people are not aware of where or even when their home’s fridge was purchased, but if it has the ‘Whirlpool’ brand log on the door or side, you’re in luck. Whirlpool is a well-documented brand so if you need to know something about your Whirlpool refrigerator, you can find it. The answer is in the serial number – a combination model and serial number that tells you not only which design was used for your appliance, but also where and even when it was made.

Today, you’re here to find your refrigerator serial number and we’re here to help. The blurb at the top should lead you quickly in the right direction and we’ll walk you through finding that serial number plaque step by step soon. Let’s go into some depth on what a serial number is, how they are determined, and what you can use them for. 

Appliance Model Numbers and Serial Numbers Explained

Your refrigerator’s serial number is actually made up of two parts – the model number and the serial number. The model number actually holds most of the information, while the serial number – like your house numbers – provides the final details on which appliance is which. The model number will tell you which appliance design was used and the region where the factory was located. The serial number tells you the variation of appliance and the exact unit that you have from each manufacturing batch.

Whirlpool and Whirlpool-family brands (including Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, and Amana) are all assigned model and serial numbers the same way so you can rely on this system for most domestic home appliances.

As for your whirlpool refrigerator, it’s model and serial number also follow the same rules. Here’s where to find it. 

Where to Find Your Whirlpool Refrigerator Serial Number

  • On the inner side-wall of the Fridge or Freezer
    • Open the refrigerator and freezer doors.
    • Look to the right or left inner walls, near the front and top of the compartment
    • Find the serial number plaque

Your Whirlpool refrigerator has either a silvery plaque or a white sticker that will tell you everything you need to know about your fridge – or at least how to find that information. Your model number and serial number will be labeled clearly on the left-hand side of the sticker – usually just under the Whirlpool brand logo. The serial number sticker can be in the refrigerator or freezer compartment, but the process for finding it is both simple and the same.

Open both your fridge and freezer doors. Look to the two side-walls in each compartment. The sticker or plaque will be found near the door, to the front, and most likely in an upper front corner of the side-wall. It could be on the right or left side-walls, in the fridge or freezer compartment. Identifying the model and serial numbers should not be challenging, but they are labeled in different ways depending on the size and design of the sticker. Look for any one of the following markings followed by a mix of letters and numbers to find the model number and/or serial number.

  • Model Number
    • MOD
    • MODEL
    • MODEL NO
    • M/N
  • Serial Number
    • SER
    • SERIAL
    • S/N

Why Do You Need the Refrigerator Serial Number?

The serial number for your Whirlpool refrigerator is sometimes necessary. Most likely, you are here today looking for this information because you have need of that serial number right now. There are three primary reasons why a person might suddenly need to know the serial number of their otherwise ignorable refrigerator. You may need information in the users manual, you may be preparing for an appliance repair, or you may be considering purchasing parts to replace those missing or damaged.

Look Up the Whirlpool Users Manual

Every appliance comes with a printed owner’s manual – which most of us promptly lose or throw away. If your fridge was there when you moved in, then there is very little chance of turning up the original manual in a cupboard or junk drawer. But you can look it up online for things like performance issues, settings, and repairs. To look up an appliance’s owner’s manual, you need the model and serial numbers. Each appliance, even nearly identical appliances, are built differently with subtly different fasteners, features, and design elements. You need the serial number to get the right online owner’s manual – otherwise you’ll be looking up slightly wrong details and replacement parts from a manual for a similar-but-not-quite-matching Whirlpool refrigerator.

Reference for Appliance Repairs

The next issue is repairs. Most people don’t bother to look up the serial number for their Whirlpool refrigerator until something goes wrong. Whether your fridge is performing poorly or you plan to replace a broken piece – the serial number will help you look up the right information. With the owner’s manual, you can learn what the brand intended for you to know. But with the serial number on the open internet, you can seek (or ask for) precise information regarding the care and repair of your Whirlpool fridge.

If you are calling for appliance repairs, the  serial number can help minimize your need for a consultation and ensure your technician arrives with the right manual and replacement parts on-hand. If you are planning to DIY, the serial number will help you find the exact guides you need to do the job well and safely.

Order Replacement Parts

Lastly, you need the serial number to order replacement parts. You can check the manual reference or you can use the serial number alone to search for appliance replacement parts online. Knowing the model and serial number will make it easy to search up the right parts and double-check for compatibility.


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