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Offline tonyo

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2010, 03:20:42 AM »
Good Luck in your chosen career.

When starting out it might be good idea to actually get stuck right in and get your hands dirty.
Go down to your local breakersyard and hae a look around.
Here in the UK we have recycling centres for domestic appliances. Speak to the site manager and tell him you want to offer your services.
Say you are prepared to strip down the appliances for a nominal fee and that way you will become familiar with all the components.
Take a log of all the makes and models numbers of the appliances that are being disguarded. This is your target market.

I don't know how old you are or what experience you have but there may be other ways you could start your appliance repair business. I can think of two right now  ;)

Well done for taking the first steps.

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2010, 02:42:25 AM »
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.     
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Offline bakeray

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2010, 10:30:02 PM »
I was pretty much in your same boat.  I had to find something "economy proof". I have a background Welding and sheet metal fab, along with computer repair. The computer repair skills you have will be a huge asset.

Schematics are pretty easy to figure out as long as you read the footnotes to see what condition the diagram is drawn in. A sites I used at school are:

 http://faq.rayd.org/read_schematic/
http://www.play-hookey.com/dc_theory/index.html  (This one has alot of parts)
http://www.learn-c.com/schemat.htm
http://www.the12volt.com/   (This site also has alot of info.)

Offline loggerjim

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2010, 06:38:35 PM »
I have read the same book as you Nikolai; it really changed my outlook on the trades. I am a guy in my 40's that is currently retraining to be an accountant after suffering a workplace injury. I'm currently about a year away from completion of my degree and am concerned about the job outlook when I finish. Thankfully, I grew up on a fairly remote farm where if something broke, you had to fix it with what you had on hand. The tinkerer has never left me as I have been doing different repairs for people over the years.

After reading the book, I wondered why I shouldn't give appliance repair a go for a career instead. I'm currently looking for some start-up capital for advertising, a small pickup, and some extra tools and manuals. I believe an independent working in the local area can make a decent living and build up a good base of clients.

My wife is in favor of the idea as well. As an aside, she was getting a pedicure when she mentioned my business idea to her nail lady. Her nail lady had a GE SXS that wasn't putting out water or ice. I chased the problem down to where the icemaker supply valve was tapped into her main water line by her plumber friend. No water was coming out of the valve and I'm not a plumber. I suggested that she bring her plumber back over to fix the valve. She wanted to pay me but I didn't take any money from her. I'm not in business.......yet.

I really like the site and look forward to establishing some good friendships here.

Take care everyone

LJ

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010, 11:44:55 PM »
LoggerJim welcome. Feel free to ask away. Everyone here is on a learning curve. these new appliances are complicated.
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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2010, 10:23:19 AM »
The more I dig into this site the more I like it. What a great resource for parts and repair knowledge!!! I spent about 3 hours last night just looking around; my wife walked by and said, "Are you STILL on that same sight?". To which I replied, "I've struck gold, baby!!".

JW, tell me, how do you really feel about Roper washers and dryers?  :rofl:

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2010, 01:31:04 PM »
For my money they is the best you can buy. No fancy soap needed. No fancy controls, parts are cheap, repair are easy. Nuff said? :D
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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2010, 11:12:00 PM »
With the death of the whirlpool direct drive washer ... I wonder if the roper will still be around....

2 washer 2 dryer and a range...I don't know how you can stay around?
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Offline Mr. Fix-It

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2010, 07:29:18 AM »
It's the same machine made by Whirlpool just another one of their brands.

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Re: Starting a career in Appliance Repair
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2010, 08:53:35 AM »
Maybe whirlpool will continue to manufacture the direct drive under the Roper brand. Idiots at Ford decided to retire the Taurus. That was a huge mistake. Guess what? Taurus is back baby looking better than ever.
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About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

 

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