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Offline Gaz

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Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:54:26 AM »
Hello

I'm very happy to have stumbled across these boards. There is a wealth of information that I hope is going to help me in the coming months.

I'm a complete newbie to the appliance repair business. I would like to hear from some more experienced technicians as to how I can start to build my knowledge of appliance repair.

Ultimately, I would like to buy and sell second hand appliances in my spare time to supplement my income. I would like to feel comfortable fixing any problem appliances that I may come across when dealing in this market.

Over the past few days I've come across these resources that may help me towards my goal:

- Penn Foster online appliance tech course: the school doesn't have very good reviews and also I read a post here saying that someone quit the course because they weren't receiving info on how to actually repair appliances, just how they work. Has anyone taken this course and found it worthwhile?

- Uncle Harry appliance training: this seems to be the sort of thing that I'm looking for. However, I can't afford the expensive price tag for the course. Has anyone signed up and found the site worthy of the price tag?

- http://www.amazon.com/Troubleshooting-Repairing-Major-Appliances-2nd/dp/0071481486/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y/186-2608408-3657660 - would anyone recommend this book for a newbie to start studying this area? Is there anything better?

- http://www.amazon.com/Major-Appliances-Fix-It-Yourself-Time-Books/dp/0809462044/ref=pd_sim_b_1 - would this still be a worthwhile read in 2012 or is it outdated?

- I also read some info recommending that newbies to appliance repair should gain a thorough understanding of basic circuitry and electronics. Would someone be able to recommend a good resource that will allow me to do this.

I suppose what I'm looking for is a guide to what I should study that would cover appliance repair 101. Can anyone help me with this?

I realise this type of knowledge is usually learned whilst actually getting the job done. Unfortunately, I'm overseas at the moment so I'm not able to get my hands on any appliances just yet. I have a lot of spare time so I would really like to understand this area as much as possible through studying. Any resources or recommendations that anyone can offer would be much appreciated.
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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2012, 12:04:31 PM »
Lots of great guys on this site willing to answer any questions you might have. Ask away. As far as these online tech service guides they are ok I guess but nothing beats hands on experience. Best of luck in your endeavors. I have learned quite a bit here myself.

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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2012, 12:12:01 PM »
Hello and welcome,

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Uncle Harry appliance training: this seems to be the sort of thing that I'm looking for. However, I can't afford the expensive price tag for the course. Has anyone signed up and found the site worthy of the price tag?

I have heard from some of our members that have taken the Uncle Harry program.
Maybe some of them will post their thoughts about the programs here.



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- would anyone recommend this book for a newbie to start studying this area? Is there anything better?

This is a awesome book. I first read it a few years ago when I found a copy at our local library.

Photo from a couple years ago when I first posted about the book.





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- would this still be a worthwhile read in 2012 or is it outdated?

I don't know anything about this one, sorry.



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I also read some info recommending that newbies to appliance repair should gain a thorough understanding of basic circuitry and electronics. Would someone be able to recommend a good resource that will allow me to do this.

Maybe you would be interested in something like this.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=store;sa=view;id=148

Some other training manuals here.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=store;cat=25

The best deal is our master collection.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=store;sa=view;id=118


What type of work are you doing now?

Hope you find our website helpful.

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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 11:31:27 PM »
Uncle Harry's course is expensive, good on theory, outdated on appliances & their specific repairs.  He seems to get agitated when being persistant with how to & why questions.   Most everything I had problems with & tried to get his help he told me to condemn the unit & not answering why.   At one point he told me to find the answers online at these forums.   Although I have gleamed my basic understanding from his course, I feel it is overpriced for the info I received.   I wish my money was better spent going to a better hands on facility.

Best of luck with your endevor.   I am still learning putting a lot of Hands on.
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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 03:20:27 PM »
If you can't read a wiring diagram or schematic, you will always struggle in this business. The mechanical part is pretty straight forward. If it is noisy, figure out where its coming from. Even us guys that have been it for awhile run into stuff we haven't seen before. but if you can grasp the electrical theory part it sure is easier.

Offline PerrysRepair

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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2012, 10:22:16 PM »
I agree with Bailey about the electrical therory--VERY important to know and understand. Knowing how to properly use a multimeter is also important in diagnostics.

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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2012, 10:27:01 PM »
Lots of good appliance repair videos on youtube too.

Here are a couple good channels.
http://www.youtube.com/user/shawnryan111  (one of our members)
http://www.youtube.com/repairclinic
http://www.youtube.com/appliancepartspros
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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2012, 08:00:07 AM »
Took me awhile to read electrical schematics properly but the one advise I can share is this.  When there is 120v going into something, you should get 120v at the destination it's going to or at least to the transformer.  If not, then trace back where you can get 120v and look at the schematics and see why.  The hardest problem would be a wiring issue because wires are not supposed to break but in some rare cases, they do from rodents chewing wires, wires were improperly shielded from sharp corners at the factory or just bad connections.
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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 07:28:29 PM »
With the price of a basic VMW washer at between $349-$399 and a basic fridge at $399 iI find it harder and harder to sell used and make any money .You have to have the appliance given to you ,you can't offer to pay anything for it .I had a customer today tell me $50 bucks was too much for a good working used WP dryer .They also wanted a year warranty LOL. I think if I had to do it over again I'd get myself trained on the real high end stuff .People think twice about scrapping an expensive appliance .In my opinion our industry is in decline .People just dont want to pay for repairs like they did even 10 years ago .We are a throw away society .This is partly because the companies have made the price of replacement parts too high.


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Re: Help a newbie get started in appliance repair
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2012, 11:24:10 PM »
Yes I have learned folks do not want to pay for repairs or good used appliances.   I installed a brand new dishwasher for a client with rent houses because She purchased it for the same price as the parts cost to repair the old one, which was less than 3 years old.   I have been working on the high end units to keep afloat, it is still a struggle.
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