How long have you been in the Appliance business?
Posted 23 December 2006 - 02:48 PM
mine is 35 years and climbing (no way out) I have tried though!
Posted 23 December 2006 - 03:08 PM
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Posted 24 December 2006 - 12:30 AM
92-06(current) independent AND LOVING IT!!!!! going back working for someone else will be the last thing I do!!!!
going on 21years total now....... (Repairs and sales of used/rebuilt appliance)
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501
Posted 24 December 2006 - 04:27 AM
Posted 24 December 2006 - 07:06 AM
[*]10 Years independent servicer (completed 2 year HVAC program at night) [/*]
[*]5 Years Senior Technician Factory Service [/*]
[*]5 Years Technical Consultant for a Major Appliance Manufacturer [/*]
[*]5 Years Service Operations Manager for a Major Appliance Manufacturer
I am Trying to help :rocketman:
Posted 24 December 2006 - 07:57 AM
Posted 24 December 2006 - 09:06 AM
- Ken Olson, Digital Equipment Corporation (1977)
Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:50 AM
After my sentence in the Navy, I went to collitch (courtesy of the Navy) so I could learn how to spell words like "collitch." Afterwards, I took a Dilbert detour and led a life of quiet desperation working in cubicle farms designing industrial refrigeration appliances (ammonia refrigeration systems used in food processing plants).
About 12 years ago, someone shared the Gospel according to St. Applianopoulous with me. I accepted the Lord Fixus as my personal guru and I converted to the Appliantology faith. After my baptism, I was renamed to Samurai Appliance Repair Man; the old me is dead, all things are made new in Fixus! My new faith has informed my particular style of Fixite Do ever since. Amen.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 06:31 PM
Luckily I was only in the National Guard & resumed normal life after 6 months, but I had to decide what I was gonna be when I grew up. Being 20 I figured it was time. So back to college for heating & cooling for 2 years. After I graduated, I went into the field doing commercial & industrial hvac service work where I sharpened my skills repairing things I had never seen or heard about in school.
8 years later I was asked to do "residential work and maybe some appliance work" - could I shame myself by stepping down??? The price was right and here I am 11 years later doing the same thing, repairing things I have never seen. A brief stint in management around 2001 confirmed that I should be in the field not the office. Who would've thought changing a belt on a WP washer would be so much fun...
Posted 30 December 2006 - 04:22 AM
Posted 30 December 2006 - 07:04 PM
Posted 31 December 2006 - 04:02 PM
Currently serving EVERYTHING
Posted 01 January 2007 - 01:26 PM
got out of high school, worked at a coffee shop to make travelling money and when i got back did a one year trade course in appliance and vending machine repair at a community college.
got hired in 2000 as shop monkey and then six months as ride along so i guess 5 going onto 6yrs as a tech. the vending machine part of the course made it a really easy transition into coin-op laundry (not that they are rocket surgery or brain science )
Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:59 PM
It was there I met the Jedi Masters who showed me the ways of the Force. This is as good a place as any to thank these men who took me under their collective wing and taught me the skills that have served well for over 25 years now. Bill H. Bob Tracy, Joe H. Mike B, Ted and a special thanks to the Jedi Master Ken Bodine, who did his best to answer my constant questions for the nine months I rode along with him. While we were working on jobs together he would look at me and say "keep it clean" and we would do Nice work.
I had my own van and was running calls when I was 18. I left the trade once for a few years. Went to school. got this piece of paper says I know how to work on computers but I was miserable. When I put that 1st temp selector switch in a whirlpool dryer after being away for those years it felt like coming home.
Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:49 AM
After 18 mths, I was a registered electrical service technician, able to work on everything from toasters, to 3 phase irrigation pump motors and starters.
I stayed with that company another 6 months (Boss was a nice guy, but didn't think he had to spend money to keep staff), in that time we were expecting baby #3.
We moved to the other side of the island, and for 6 yrs I did in-home service in a large farming area, repairing everything from toasters to 3 phase irrigation pump motors and starters.
Also, in that time #3 eventually hatched into a beautiful little girl..........and 18 mths after that, the family was blessed with #4 ( latex make me feel nauseous;))
Then we moved to Canada in March last year, with the help of this site and its members, to whom I am eternally grateful. Now working as a contractor for a high-end service company in Vancouver and loving it.
This is an awesome job, and I feel privileged to be a part of 2 groups, the Priority family, and the Samurai family, that take this job as seriously as I do.:clapping:
Posted 24 January 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:01 PM
I assembled a tube tester when I was 15, built my own wired remote control for my TV, a 1958 Zenith 22 inch. It featured a volume control and a headphone jack so I could watch TV at night, when my parents were asleep. I graduated from High School in 1977.
I worked for my mom and dad until my dad died when he was 56. I took care of the place and my mom until 1988. Those were not good years to be in the kind of business we were in. We sold out and moved to town. I went to tech school to learn electronics, but I chose the wrong tech school. After a year of fixing the Lab equipment and wondering how my teachers got their jobs, I decided to get a job and quit wasting money.
I started working for a small business that did HVAC, commercial refrigeration, and appliances. It was named after a nice guy named Jack. That was 1990. I had a whole two weeks of instruction in appliance repair, before they turned me loose on the general public. I was pretty green. Luckily I have always been able to read a set of instructions or a wiring diagram and be able to figure it out from there. I learned fast and worked slow. Well, not that slow. I like to do things once and get it right the first time. I worked on just about everything, from simple appliances to commercial ovens and cookers to installing furnaces and fabricating the ductwork for them. Not to mention my least favorite, commercial refrigeration.
Then about 1996 Jack began thinking about dropping appliances. He never really liked them and they were the weakest part of his business. Everything thing else made lots of money, appliances were the weak link in his money making chain. I talked him out of it, but the very next year he was back to wanting to get rid of them again. He made me an offer. Start my own business or move over into funace and AC installs full time. I foolishly thought that being my own boss again would be great.
So in 1997 I started my own business. Things were great for the first couple of years. I worked 6 days a week. I don't know how many hours a week, but a lot. Then came tax time and I would find that I was just breaking even. So I worked even harder. Tax time comes again and I'm still just breaking even. Now I'm kind of burnt and frustrated. The fourth year I didn't work nearly as hard, guess what? Same result. It doesn't seem to matter what I do. If I make more money something shows up and eats up the money. Unexpected expenses, medical bills, car repairs, you name it.
Now looking into the future, looking at the trends in appliances, and customers general cheapness. Looking at the general disrespect that the companies have for appliance repair people. The future doesn't look very bright. I work for people all the time that make way more money than me, have half my IQ, and treat me like the village idiot or some kind of criminal. They have a $40,000 SUV, a boat, and a giant camper in their driveway. But when I tell them its going to cost $150 to replace their motor on their washer. They say, "I'll just buy a new one." When I present them with a bill for my labor for checking their appliance, they practically have a cow.
Its kind of upsetting to have to put up with all the retards in the world (at least that's how it feels sometimes). Sure all my customers aren't retards. Infact 90% of them are great people and that's what really makes up for all the short comings of this job. The other 10% I'd like to smack in the head with a rock. JK
I'm thinking about trying out for the New Lonely Maytag Repairman. Only if I get the job, it will be the Bad Tempered, Jaded Maytag Repairman who prefers Whirlpool.
Posted 09 April 2007 - 03:44 PM
I finally said enough, and started my own business in Queens New York in 1986 thru 1991 and it was the best thing I ever did. This business will never get you rich, but you can make a damn good living! Moved down to Florida in 1991 with 6 kids in tow and worked for the Gas company as a A gas man for 2 years till I knew the territory well enough to start my business down here. Need less to say, still here, still got my head under something or behind something, and learning more and more. The only thing I do different down here, is selling reconditioned appliances as well as service. Works out pretty good.
AL CHEAPO'S APPLIANCE
Posted 10 April 2007 - 04:58 AM
I'm actually leaving all of this fun and excitement in spring '08 to pursue a career in the arts.
Wish me luck!
Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:57 PM
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