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Tech Tips: Voltage, Voltage Drop, and Loads

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man in Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog, 18 April 2014 · 121 views
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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 Part 1 of the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp 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 Part 1 of the Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Appliance Repair 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.

Part 1 is currently in Beta testing and will be open for general enrollment by June 15 of this year. The tuition will be announced sometime before then, after we've compiled the feedback from the Beta students.

Part 2 will cover issues specific to each major appliance type and is currently in development. It will go into Beta testing this Fall and be released for general enrollment by the end of 2014.

For most techs who have been working in the trade for several years already but need to fill in their knowledge gaps, Part 1 will probably be the most important part of the course. Rookies in the trade will benefit from both Part 1 and Part 2.


Frigidaire Refrigerator Survival Kit

Posted by DurhamAppliance in DurhamAppliance's Blog, 09 February 2014 · 711 views

Finding Frigidaire manuals is a bit different from other manufacturers.
The Style and manufacture date are more important than the model number.

Once you know the manufacture date for a fridge, simply pick the last manual produced before that date. If you don't know the date, you can always click here ,http://b2b.frigidair...ort/manuals.asp and download the owners manual for the model and you will see the manufacture date bottom right on the first page. You can also get wiring diagrams there as well.

Note that there is one manual that covers SxS manufactured 2007-2013 except there is a 2009 manual produced for the Iceman Version.

Currently there is only one manual for their French door bottom mount fridges and only one manual for the standard bottom mount. So if your customer says he has a bottom mount, you need to find out if it is a French door or not.

Right now There is one manual that covers topmounts since 2010

I am having some difficulty uploading dropbox files to the download section so until they are uploaded here, some of the files are from my dropbox account. Put these files on your tablet and you should never be without the proper manual.

PS Any additions or suggestions are welcomed!

The Frigidaire Refrigerator Survival kit (Current SxS and French Door models )

SxS 2007-2013 Service Manual # 5995501516 http://appliantology...sor-and-adc-ii/
SxS 2009 (Iceman) Service Manual # 5995536439 https://db.tt/5kbEixnW
SxS 2004 with Genesis Control # 5995413142 http://appliantology...nesis-controls/
SxS 2001 Next Gen Service Manual # 5995352423 https://www.dropbox....01 sxs.pdf?dl=1
SxS 1999 L5 Service Manual # 5995318606 http://appliantology...service-manual/
Frigidaire Refrigerator GE Built-in SxS E42BS85EPS E42BS75ETT http://appliantology...eps-e42bs75ett/

Flashing 4 Diagnostic Procedure for SxS with Controls Inside the Fresh Food Compartment https://www.dropbox....rtment.pdf?dl=1
Frigidaire beta control diagnostics http://appliantology...ol-diagnostics/

All Top mounts 2010 to date

All Frigidaire French Door Refrigerators 5995556437 https://www.dropbox...._20_11.pdf?dl=1 (this file is newer than the 2010 fdbm file in the dl section)

All Frigidaire Bottom Freezers 20 & 22 cu. ft 242289900 https://www.dropbox...._2drBF.pdf?dl=1

Water valve troubleshooting guide..https://www.dropbox...._Cover.pdf?dl=1

PS pt 2....if you have a finger evap style Icemaker issue, don't look at me... call brother BryanS. lol

OEM Drive coupler vs Off Brand coupler. Looking for a sloppy motor shaft during replacement.

Posted by applianceman97 in applianceman97's Blog, 29 January 2014 · 263 views

For the non direct drive whizzes. Here's what i found on one of my latest service calls. This drive coupler was changed (The other used appliance store said) 4 months ago. This shows the difference between an OEM heavy duty coupler and an off brand junker! If your burning through couplers you could have a wore out motor shaft. The end of this video shows a wore out shaft and how to tell that you have one. The only way to fix a wore out motor shaft is to replace the motor.


Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Posted by Mrs. Samurai in Mrs. Samurai's Kitchen, 10 November 2013 · 730 views

Here's a Thai-inspired chicken soup that is easy to make and bursting with flavor! It's healthy comfort food with an Asian twist.

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  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, or butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 pounds uncooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 quart chicken broth (I use either homemade or a box of low sodium, no added MSG.)
  • 1 can coconut milk (look for this in the Asian/Thai section of the grocery store. I prefer regular, not "lite".)
  • 1 lime, juiced, divided
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • optional: Thai fish sauce, cooked rice

Heat a soup pot over medium high heat, then add the coconut oil. Saute the onions with a little salt for a few minutes, then add the chicken chunks with a little more salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is just cooked through. Add the ginger and half of the garlic towards the end of this.

Stir in the broth and bring to a boil, then stir in the coconut milk, half of the lime juice, and the red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for at least 15 minutes (longer is fine, too).

Turn off the heat, and add salt to taste (depends on the amount in your chicken broth). Stir in the rest of the garlic, the scallions, and most of the cilantro (leave a little aside for topping individual bowls). Add the rest of the lime juice if desired. Cover and let sit off-heat for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve.

Great served over rice. Add a few drops of fish sauce to your serving to knock the flavor out of the park!

From: Amana NED7200TW Dryer no heat, problem with cycling thermostat?

Posted by kdog in kdog's Blog, 16 March 2012 · 2,997 views

[Yes, I did reset the breaker and checked the voltages. Here's the wiring diagram:
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Source: Amana NED7200TW Dryer no heat, problem with cycling thermostat?

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