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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Samurai Incarnate 26 November 2015 · 59 views

I'm giving a Mondo Mucho Domos to all my Brethren in the Craft who, through their participation, help make Appliantology the premiere tech support site on the web!


I'm also thankful that we're working in such an interesting trade, with abundant new technologies and humans to continually challenge and delight us-- keeping it real, yo!


Wishing you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!


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Live Appliance Repair Training Webinars for STA Students

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Appliance Repair Training 22 November 2015 · 121 views
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You already know that the Samurai Tech Academy provides superior technical training for appliance repair professionals. And now, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ve gone and cranked it up to 11 by offering free weekly live appliance repair training webinars for enrolled students starting this coming Monday!


Think of the webinars like Office Hours where students can drop by for extra instruction and ask questions about their course work.


Samurai's regular Office Hours are every Monday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern Time (adjust your time zone accordingly). The duration of the sessions varies according to attendance and questions but they always end at 8:00 pm. The topic of the webinars will also vary from week to week but will be announced here. Note that you’ll need to be logged in at MasterSamuraiTech.com and enrolled in the correct course in order to se the connection details.


Samurai's Office Hours page: http://mastersamurai...ining-webinars/


Master Samurai Tech Radio, Episode 12 [Special Video Edition]

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Podcast 31 October 2015 · 345 views
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Industry Talk:
- BSH- what's the "H" stand for?
- Charge your smart phone from your refrigerator *wirelessly* with WattUp technology.


Master Samurai Tech news:
- New post on how loose electrical connections, like splices and terminals, can produce enough heat to burn wires and insulation. http://mastersamurai...tions-and-heat/
- Recapping the dismal and outdated state of appliance repair training today. YouTube makes hands-on disassembly training obsolete. What we need today is BRAINS-ON training! Learning the theory of operation and the underlying technology in modern appliances today so you can figure out weird problems without relying pattern recognition-- if this problem, replace that part. Real technicians today are skilled in the lost art of troubleshooting: following a cause and effect chain of reasoning to its logical conclusion and identifying a the defective component that is no longer operating within specifications.


Business Talk:
- How do you handle a service call where there was no problem found?


Tech Talk:
- Troubleshooting scenario: electric dryer element not getting hot. Good power supply. Known good element. Element connected: have 120vac from each end to N but 0vac across the element terminals. What conclusion can you draw? Voltage vs. voltage drop; 120/240 single phase-split phase household electrical power supplies; loads in series.


Subscribe or listen to past episodes at mstradio.com.


Loose Electrical Connections and Heat

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 24 October 2015 · 372 views
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We all know that loose electrical connections cause multiple problems in appliances, heat being the most common one. But why does this happen? And what are the other negative effects on the circuitry and other components of the appliance? With a little help from our trusty friend Ohm’s Law, I will reveal all in this video tutorial. As a bonus, I'll also debunk a common myth that loose electrical connections cause a circuit to draw more current. Come with me now on a Journey of Total Appliance Enlightenment...




Master Samurai Tech Radio, Episode 11

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Podcast 18 October 2015 · 353 views
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In this episode...


- Upcoming webinar on Schematic-foo: ancient Samurai art using tech sheets as deadly weapons in appliance repair. Get details here: http://appliantology...rkshop-webinar/
- Appliance product training today: we don't need hands-on, we need brains on. The future is here NOW!
- Bidness Talk: Pricing your services; fixed and variable costs; how much should you be charging for repairs? Strategic customer selection and when to fire your customer; Property managers: the scourge of the appliance repair industry?; Getting paid for your service.
- Troubleshooting: what it is and what it is not. Recognizing when you don't have enough information to make an analytical diagnosis.
- De-bunking another electric circuit myth... this time promulgated by a manufacturer. Using Ohm's Law to analyze the effects of high resistance/loose connections on a circuit using an electric oven bake circuit as an example.


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