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Boot Camp Booty: Using the Schematic Diagram to Troubleshoot a Whirlpool Front-Load Washer that Won’t Run

Boot Camp, Whirlpool, washer
In this exciting episode, the Samurai shows you how to use the tech sheet schematic to troubleshoot a newer Whirlpool front load washer (one of the new Alpha2 platform washers) that acts like it wants to start but won’t. Watch with shock and awe as I ruthlessly hunt down the miscreant part and guide you through the troubleshooting process both on the machine itself and on the schematic diagram, demonstrating killa troubleshooting techniques that every tech should know. Come with me now on a journey of Total Appliance Enlightenment:

Using the Schematic Diagram to Troubleshoot a Whirlpool Front-Load Washer that Won’t Run


Is the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp Fundamentals Course Right for You?

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 04 May 2014 · 504 views
ATBC, appliance training
Since opening the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course up for general enrollment, I've gotten emails from techs with experience ranging from rookies (less than two years in the trade) to seasoned techs with over five years in the trade all trying to assess one thing: whether or not the Fundamentals course is right for them given their knowledge and experience.

Obviously, I can't speak to your knowledge or experience because it's not something that I have any first-hand knowledge of myself. I can, however, give you an idea of what the Boot Camp teaches in the form of a self-evaluation quiz that you can use to see what you know relative to what Boot Camp graduates learn and know. You can get this in our Sample course.

Just log in to ApplianceTechBootCamp.com and click the "Sample" tab in the upper menu. Once in the Sample course, click the "Sample Course Self-Assessment Exam” unit link in Module 2. But, again, you must be logged in at the Boot Camp site or the link will not be clickable.

Also, please note that your login at the Boot Camp site (ApplianceTechBootCamp.com) and this site (Appliantology.org) are different because they are two completely different websites running two different software packages and with two different registrations.

Based on the outcome of the exam, you can do an honest self-assessment of your skills to determine whether or not the Boot Camp would benefit you.


Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp Orientation

Boot Camp, ATBC and 1 more...
We launched the beta-testing phase of Part 1 of the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp last week and our beta students are busily working their way through the course. We plan to have Part 1 ready and open for general enrollment by June 15th. The Orientation presentation gives you some idea of what to expect:




Christ is Risen!

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate 20 April 2014 · 802 views
Pascha, Easter
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"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life."
-- Sung repeatedly at Orthodox Paschal Matins

"Christ is Risen!" "Indeed He is Risen!"
-- Traditional Orthodox Paschal greeting and response

"Enjoy ye all the feast of faith; receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness."
-- From the sermon of St John Chrysostom, read at Paschal Matins

"May of the joy of the Resurrection be with all!"
-- From a Samurai Paschal sermon


Tech Tips: Voltage, Voltage Drop, and Loads

voltage, voltage drop, load and 4 more...
Understanding the distinction between voltage and voltage drop as well as understanding what a load is in an electric circuit are essential troubleshooting concepts for the professional appliantologist to grasp. In my years of working with other appliance techs online here at Appliantology.org, I have found that many, from rookies to seasoned and battle-hardened techs, do not have a firm grasp of these concepts. As a result, many professional appliance techs (I said many, not most) don't know how to effectively troubleshoot electrical problems in an appliance using a schematic in a coherent and strategic way.

For example, if you don't understand electrical loads and voltage drops, how will you apply the standard troubleshooting technique of load analysis when you're analyzing a schematic to figure out why a motor isn't running? Or, another example, if you don't understand the difference between measuring voltage and measuring a voltage drop, how will you apply the time-honored troubleshooting tactic of half-splitting to locate the missing voltage in a circuit?

The video below is a sample from the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course and explains the concepts of voltage, voltage drop, and loads:



The Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp teaches these and other basic skills of the trade in the Boot Camp's Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course and fills in these and other knowledge gaps that many techs have. Whether you're new to the trade or you've been in it for many years but have never had the opportunity (or time) to gain these fundamental technical skills, you can learn them conveniently online at your schedule and pace right from the comfort of your computer. The lessons are a combination of text, video, and audio and most of the lessons have a quiz at the end to test your knowledge and help you think about and apply the concepts to ensure you have a firm grasp of them. Most of all, it's a fun way to learn!






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