The lens covering says to only use a 15w replacement bulb and all the replacement bulbs are 10w. Why?
Answer Hello Elka. You can go smaller, but not larger. The manufacturer does a 10W bulb for the unit.
my exterior light keeps shorting out.
Answer Mark, Are you sure the cavity light isn't being used as a "night light", or left on for extended periods of time. The 120 VAC 10 watt light bulb is not designed for extended periods of use, and will "burn out" in minimal amounts of time. Otherwise, You'll need to check the blue/black, and white wires from the door hinge to the dispenser light switch and from the switch to the light socket, yellow/black wire, for frayed wires and loose connections.
are maytag and whirpool parts interchangeable? My light bulb is the same part number.
Answer Mermaid, Yes, it is possible to have the same part numbers, Maytag is now a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corp. Some parts are "universal" across a lot of product lines and brands.
The bulb you have listed above does not work. It needs to be a smaller size. Do you have that one?
Answer Hello Denise! According to the manufacturer the only replacement light bulb used on their GEW9250* models is part number 22002263. This is a manufacturer replacement part and may differ in appearance but is a functional equivalent to the existing part. Thanks!