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Huge discount on Professional Appliantologist membership for students at the Samurai Tech Academy

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training, Forum Updates 01 December 2014 · 503 views
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As if lifetime access to all the comprehensive training packed into the courses at the Samurai Tech Academy wasn't enough of a benefit, we've gone one better and turned it up to 11! Now, students enrolled in any course at the Samurai Tech Academy get a huge discount on the Professional Appliantologist membership fee here at Appliantology. Get the scoop here.


Everything you ever wanted to know about those new Evernote enex ZIP files in the Downloads section

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Forum Updates 16 November 2014 · 488 views
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You may have noticed the recent files added to the Downloads section of the site have a funny ending not seen here before: Evernote enex ZIP. There's a not very long and maybe less interesting story about these files. I'll also tell you how to use them.

Periodically, I run across paper service bulletins (actual paper! I mean who does that?) that are worth storing for later retrieval. A great source of these is the MSA World magazine where they include lots of manufacturer service bulletins in the back of each issue. The problem is that physical paper isn't searchable. And information that isn't searchable is just data. Or noise. Or clutter.

So, unless you have a photographic memory, all those fresh paper pearls of appliantological tips and tricks are simply washed away with the next few brewskis. What's a crotchety old Appliantologist to do?

Enter Evernote. When you scan a document into Evernote, it gets OCR'd so that it's searchable. Evernote does this automatically, stealthily, behind the scenes, at night while you're asleep, or when you turn your head to sneeze and BAM! it's done. You don't want to know any more.

What you do want to know is that these notes can then be exported and shared so that other Evernoters can import them and so the love is shared. When Evernote exports a note, the exported note has the extension "enex." So that answers that part of this blog post title.

It turns out, though, that for some weird reason, I could not directly upload enex files to the Downloads section. The file would upload completely but then I'd get a message that the upload failed. I checked this, tweaked that, changed some settings, scratched myself, made quizzical noises, then figured out a work-around, which was to simply ZIP the enex file. The System liked this and there was much rejoicing. So there you have the "Evernote enex ZIP" portion of this blog post title.

Using these special files is easy: just download them like you would any other file from the Downloads section and unzip them. Then open the Evernote app on your pooter and select File > Import Notes... from the top menu. The import can take a minute or two, tricking the more impetuous among you into thinking that the process is stalled. But here's where having the bushido of a Samurai will win the day for, with patience, victory shall be thine. The note will import into its own notebook but you can move it to wherever you want in your Evernote.

The downloading, unzipping, and importing described above are all done on a desktop computer. Works fine on my iMac. I've not tried it on a device and don't see how it would work because of the unZIP operation required. But I'm sure one of you bright-eyed info-jocks will figure it out and post an addendum comment to this post.


How to build your own custom library of tech documents on a Kindle Fire, iPad, or other tablet in 4 easy steps!

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Having the right technical document with you on a service call and knowing how to use it are the two key ingredients to getting an appliance properly diagnosed and repaired.

Does that mean that you should try to find a mobile device that is already pre-loaded with appliance repair technical documents? There are several downsides to this approach, including the fact that you don’t know how current or relevant the pre-loaded docs are.

Instead, you can easily create your own information arsenal using a tablet of your choice and the powerful resource we describe in this video. It’s easy, cost-efficient, and effective.

Mrs. Samurai gives you a quick run-down on how to get the tech documents you need in the Downloads section here at Appliantology. Find out how you, too, can quickly and easily build your own custom library of tech documents on a Kindle Fire, iPad, or other tablet in 4 easy steps!


How to Remove the Main Control Board in a Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 17 October 2014 · 564 views
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The Bosch Ascenta line of dishwashers disassemble very differently from the older Bosch dishwashers you may be familiar with. In the older Bosch's, the main control board is easily accessible in the door control panel, just like you would expect. But not with the Ascenta line. The Bosch engineers thought it would be a great idea to put the main control board way down at the bottom in back of the dishwasher so you have to pull the whole dishwasher out to get to it. Brother Chat calls the dance steps on this procedure:

Tools needed: # 2 Phillips and flat blade screwdrivers
1. Disconnect & pull out dishwasher.
2. Unplug power supply cord from rear of power module.
3. Lift off tank fleece insulation from right side of dishwasher.
4. Lift off cover from power module
5. Two plastic base tabs hold the power module in place. To remove power module, gently pry base tabs until they clear module and lift the module up from the base. If necessary, gently pry up the rear of the power module.
6. Disconnect top / side wire harnesses from power module, making sure to remove the harnesses with their caps, not individually.

Not all terminals are used. To protect power modules, two plugs are used to cover unused terminals.

TIP: Check error codes before replacing power modules. Many good power modules are replaced and faulty parts aren’t replaced, causing repeat calls.

CAUTION – 80% of all controls returned for analysis check out OK. Most control issues are due to loose connections and error codes for other parts.



And here's the service manual for the Bosch Ascenta dishwasher: Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher Service Manual, 2nd Edition

Source: Bosch SHE6AP06UC/06 dishwasher


Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washers VMW randomly going into Endless Test Cycle

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 11 October 2014 · 667 views
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Brother Bob brings us fresh pearls from Whirlpool Tech line on the latest strangeness going on with these Whirlpool VM washers:

Hi All,

Had an interesting call on a Vertical Modular Washer yesterday and I thought I should pass on the info that Tech Line gave me.

This was actually a Maytag M# MVWC425BW0. Purchased 12/28/13.

Compliant: Customer started a wash, left the house, came back home 5 hours later and washer was still running. Later that night she said that as they were watching tv the washer started up all by itself.

This washer was stuck in the "Endless Test Cycle". Tech Line said that this is used to test the washers before they leave the factory.

Tech Line said that if this was a new washer it would simply mean that someone at the factory forgot to take the control out of the Endless Test Cycle. However, he said that for the past year to year and a half they have been seeing these washers putting themselves into the Endless Test Cycle and the Engineers are stumped as to why this is happening.

To turn Endless Test Cycle On or Off:

Put the washer into Diagnostics, turn the dial to the LEFT (counter-clockwise) until the Wash- Rinse- Done lights are on. Push Start. If the washer powers Off you have just taken the washer OUT of Endless Test Cycle. If the washer starts to Fill you have just put the washer INTO Endless Test Cycle.

If the washer powers OFF, unplug for 5 seconds, plug back in and wait 10 seconds, if the washer does NOT start to Fill you have successfully taken the washer out of Endless Test Cycle.

He said that they have also been seeing replacement Control Boards leaving the factory that have not been taken out of Endless Test Cycle. He said that if you replace a Control on these washers to go in and check to make sure that Endless Test Cycle is indeed turned off.


Source: Whirlpool VMW Washers






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