Aah.........a few more bit of wisdom before going to bed.
I have been in the business for 37 years as of April 16th. My Dad was in the buisness for 38 years, bless his soul. I actually started out when I was 8, or 9. I could help rip out a belt drive whirlpool tranny, and my old man would pay me 5 bucks to rebuild them. Started learning the trade real young! (in 60's, 5 bucks was alot). I have alot of history in this business. It is the only Trade/Career I have ever been in.
So how do I stay up on everything? Personally, I still take every class I can, I am up on all of the new appliances. However, there are a ton of old appliances out there that need tender loving care in my area and most likely yours. I still fix alot of belt drive whirlpools and old stoves. Just worked on an old Grand Stove with the double ovens yesterday. My experience is invaluable. However, I still read new manuals, go to classes, talk to other repairmen, Read info on computer sights. (to me , this is the best appliance websight to keep bookmarked. It's the only one I have time to read )
So advice time - Read books, read Blogs, this websight is a wonderful source of knowledge. Get some junk machines, put Them in your garage and rip them apart, Practice. Reading is great, but you need to get your hands on actual appliances. Pick up trash machines people are throwing out.
The point - us "Old School repairmen" are not all getting left in the dust. Only the ones that remain stagnent.