For what it's worth, my parts supplier today told me that W10156252
is discontinued. He then asked if my unit was a whirlpool or Kenmore(I think he said Kenmore). (it was whirlpool). He gave me W10249845
. I did a google search and it looks like this latest number is all black, rather than the original black and red. I know part color rarely makes a difference, but I'm thinking there might be different part numbers for different applications (standard, steam, whirlpool, Kenmore, etc).
Has anyone else run across similar situations with these, or related, part numbers?