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DurhamAppliance's Blog > Never Worry or How To Approach Any Repair With Confidence.

Posted DurhamAppliance on 09 August 2013 - 11:10 PM

Went to a range repair last week. Old electric Frigidaire drop-in. Not much info to be found. One burner not working. No worries I say, for I am DurhamAppliance.

Didn't have a manual and never disassembled one of these before... no worries I say, .. How hard can it be?

Get out there and discovered it uses those really thick swivel style burners.... N...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > Samurai's Appliance Brand Recommendations, Second Edition

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 06 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

0. Introduction
1. Disclaimer of Affiliation
2. The Second Law of the Prophecy and the Golden Rule
3. The “Authorized Servicer” Racket
4. What about Kenmore?
5. The Four Prime Criteria™ and General Brand Recommendations
6. Notes and Observations on Specific Manufacturers
7. Recommendations by Type of Appliance
8. Epilogue

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0. Introductio...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Frigidaire Refrigerator Survival Kit

Posted DurhamAppliance on 09 February 2014 - 10:29 PM

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.frigidaire.com/support/manuals.asp a...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > The Appliantology Academy's Appliance Tech Boot Camp, Coming This Spring

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 31 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

Question : what's one job skill that cannot be outsourced to India or China?

Answer : home services.

Looking to get in on the glamour life of being a professional appliance repair technician but you don't have the time or the money to travel somewhere and be gone for a few weeks at a time? Now you can learn appliance repair at your own pace right online...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > The Big Three Deadly Dishwasher Mistakes

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 10 September 2013 - 01:44 PM

Deadly Mistake Numero Uno: Using a gel detergent or powered detergent that is old or has already gotten wet.

The main tasks of a detergent are to remove soil from surfaces and prevent the re-deposits of soils on the surfaces. The best detergent formulations will be powdered. Do not use gels or liquid detergents.

Why powdered detergent? Because in toda...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > How to Troubleshoot Any Appliance

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 22 August 2012 - 07:48 AM

I've heard a lot of appliance techs complain that the reason they can't fix more appliances on service calls is because they don't get enough training from their company or from the manufacturers. I'm here to tell you that you can get all the appliance training in the world and still be nothing more than a trained monkey unless you have one crucial skill:...

Patricio's Blog > Dishwasher Pain In The Hose

Posted Patricio on 16 December 2014 - 10:53 PM

Dishwashers can be a pain to diagnose correctly. A recent example is a Samsung DMT400 RHS that gave me a fit with the delicate blinking light corresponding to a drain problem. Used the fast tract for diagnostics.

Reset control board (Unplug/Replug unit), put into diagnostics & went thru cycles with drain cycle toward end of service mode. Unit drained...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Repairing Samsung Fridges, Simplicity to Supremacy Pt 1

Posted DurhamAppliance on 18 May 2014 - 05:48 AM

I hope this helps you kick some Samsung Fridge Bootay!

On a Samsung repair, the First thing you do is talk with the customer about the problem. DO NOT open or let customer open the doors or unplug the fridge. "Ma'am, don't touch the fridge. Only the facts, please."

The second thing you MUST do with Samsungs is "talk to the fridge." Again do not op...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > Samurai's 12 Laws of Appliance Repair

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 17 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

Samurai's Ichiban Law of Appliance Repair : Never replace a part unless you have proof that the part is bad.

This distinguishes the Samurai School of Appliantology  from the Monkey Boy School of Appliance Repair . When I replace an appliance part, it's because I have proven that the part is bad. This proof could be something subtle, like an electrical me...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > A Powerful and Portable Information Tool for Professional Appliantologists

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 16 February 2013 - 08:50 AM

If you've been doing appliance repair as a Professional Appliantologist for any length of time, you've probably struggled through something similar to all these situations:

- You're trying to fix an Electrolux range but you can't even figure out how to take it apart so you can troubleshoot.

- You need to put a Whirlpool Duet washer into diagnostic mode...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Video Tip #1 : Oven door glass has continuity?

Posted DurhamAppliance on 28 November 2014 - 03:54 PM

This is the first in a series of short video tips.

First up is a tip passed on to me from Applianceman97. It's info he recently acquired in a training class. Even with all the knowledge bro A97 has, he continues to train and attend classes. A superior tech who continues to up his game is an unstoppable force. We're lucky to have him share his knowledg...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > The Things You Don't Know

Posted DurhamAppliance on 24 August 2014 - 01:49 AM

I'm sure some of you wonder why I'm always preaching about being prepared, scanning service manuals/tech sheets, looking for bulletins, reading pertinent posts etc prior to going on a repair. I think the following best illustrates my reason:


Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > Want an Interesting and Lucrative Career? Skip College and Go Into Appliance Repair!

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 25 July 2014 - 05:03 PM

I was born in 1960. Both my parents were first-generation Americans, offspring of immigrants; my moms's side from Greece and my dad's side from Ireland via Canada. When I was growing up, the Kool-Aid was that you had to go college if you were going to be "somebody who mattered." My parents, both of the post-WWII Baby Boomer generation, totally drank that...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > GE Refrigerator Repair Survival Kit

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 29 December 2013 - 03:33 PM

Brother Durham has assembled a very handy collection of essential technical manuals and tools needed when working on GE refrigerators. Brethren, let us attend:

Adding a couple shameless plugs of my own...

How to test GE refrigerator fan motors with a 9-volt battery: http://appliantology...er-fan-motor...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > What's wrong with this picture?

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 09 December 2014 - 04:06 PM


This is a picture from a recent service call I did. That white/translucent plastic tubing you see coming out of the floor and connecting to the gray PEX tubing on the refrigerator is a big No-No. That's a flood waiting to happen. Think about it: that plastic tubing us under household water pressur...

applianceman97's Blog > Whirlpool VMW Washer F7E5 drive system error.

Posted Applianceman97 on 16 June 2014 - 01:24 PM

By now most of us have encountered the F7 E5 error on the whirlpool VMW washers. But here's a blog on it anyway.

This is a drive motor error. When the machine is started the sensing part of the load starts and usually when this error is present the machine will shut down after a few seconds and the lid lock light starts flashing. This means the main boar...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > Christ is Risen!

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 20 April 2014 - 09:05 AM


"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...

Samurai Appliance Repair Man's Blog > Kenmore: Just another brand or yet another scam?

Posted Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 15 January 2014 - 04:23 PM

Sears is a popular place to buy appliances because they are located all over the country, they frequently have special offers, and they are an old, familiar name. When you stroll through the rows of shiny machines in a Sears store you see all the major brands, including lots of Kenmores. Does buying this "Sears brand" have any downside for the consumer? Y...

Mrs. Samurai's Kitchen > Hamburger Salad

Posted Mrs. Samurai on 27 June 2013 - 05:49 PM

Here's a great, quick meal that's perfect for summer. It requires only brief cooking (or grilling) and benefits from the fresh, local produce that's available.
This is more of an idea than a recipe - a tasty and easy variation on the "cooked meat on a green salad" theme, such as taco salads o...

Mrs. Samurai's Kitchen > Southwest Slow-Cooker Stew

Posted Mrs. Samurai on 07 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

Here's a very easy and tasty beef stew with a southwestern twist. There are no potatoes in it, so it is low-carb for those of you who are cutting back on the starches! It's thinner than a typical beef stew, but chunkier than a soup. One could thicken the liquid at the end with some corn starch, but I've never bothered. Stirring in some sour cream to your...

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