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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Appliantology is Your Key to Appliance Repair Service Call Success!

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    The Old Skool method of doing service calls was to go out on the call and pray to the pot bellied Buddha that the tech sheet was still hidden somewhere on the appliance. The plan being that, if the tech sheet was still there, you could stare at the lines and squiggles long enough to convince the customer you had reached a definitive and scientific conclusion about the problem.  My friends, I'm here to tell you that the Internet has made this Monkey Boy way of doing bidness obso-frikkin-lete
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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Tech Memberships at Appliantology

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    We offer 4 different ways for professional appliance techs to participate in the Appliantology tech community. Three of the memberships are premium, and one is limited. The features and benefits of each option are summarized in the table below: Click the links below for details: 1. Professional Appliantologist: the easy, instant premium membership for less than $4 per week. 2. Fellow Appliantologist: this free premium membership is earned by being an active participant in th
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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Multi-tech Operators: Grow your business with Master Samurai Tech

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    The problem in the appliance repair trade today is that we have too many parts changers and not enough technicians. Even many experienced techs don't know the fundamentals and technology we're working with on modern appliances today. I'm talking about things like basic electricity, circuits, reading schematics, knowing how to troubleshoot, motors, microcomputer control systems.  What this means is this: you're probably not going to find techs to hire with the skills you need to grow your bu
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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    The Master Samurai Tech Alumni Program

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Training at the Master Samurai Tech Academy is already a killer deal: comprehensive, state-of-the-art training that’s online and on-demand at tuition low enough that anyone can afford it. Well now we’re kicking it up to 11 with the Master Samurai Tech Alumni program. If you have been certified* in the Fundamentals course at the Master Samurai Tech Academy or at the Mr. Appliance Academy (Bundle 1 only), you can get full tech access to our tech support site, Appliantology.org, with no a
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The Things You Don't Know

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:

DurhamAppliance

DurhamAppliance

 

How the Energy Star Requirements are (unwittingly) Protecting the Appliance Repair Trade

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a fan of Big Gubmint-- it is far too impersonal, too easily bought and controlled by large corporate interests, and always anathema to individual liberty, security, and creativity. But, once in a while, Big Gubmint's meddlesome and doltish regulations have the unwitting effect of benefiting a narrow group of little people, like us. The Energy Star requirements are a case-in-point. Thanks to the Energy Star requirements, manufacturers are making appliances
 

Want an Interesting and Lucrative Career? Skip College and Go Into Appliance Repair!

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 Kool-Aid and relentlessly bathed me in the College-Industrial complex propaganda: "Go to college and you'll earn more money." "Go to college to
 

Do the Evaporators in Whirlpool Dual Evaporator Refrigerators have Leak Problems?

We're starting to hear lots of reports of frequent instances of leaking evaporators in the newer Whirlpool dual evaporator refrigerators. Brother PDuff brings this Whirlpool Service Pointer to our attention: And Brother CubbieBear84 reports this: Something to keep in mind if you're called out on one of these with a warm compartment complaint. Source: model WRF989SDAF00 whirlpool frig.
 

Cast iron pan oven calibration

Sorry everyone, held my phone in the wrong direction Here is a different way of calibrating an oven. The cast iron pan measures the cooking temperature in the oven cavity. There much less swing in temperature by using this method than a standard thermocouple. One thing you cant tell from the thermocouple is how long your oven stays at the min and max temperature. While using the cast iron pan method you KNOW what temperature the oven is cooking at. The reason a cast iron pan is used in this meth

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applianceman97

 

Whirlpool VMW Washer F7E5 drive system error.

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 board is not sensing the rotation of the basket correctly or not sensing basket movement at all. First step in diagnosing this problem is making sur

applianceman97

applianceman97

 

Repairing a Samsung Quatro Refrigerator

Join Samurai Appliance Repair Man on a repair safari into Refrigerator Land. In this scintillating video, I narrate a series of photos I took during a service call I did on a Samsung Quatro refrigerator. These are unusual refrigerators because they have four evaporators (hence the marketing name "Quatro"). In this service call, I fixed problems with two of the compartments-- fortunately, both on the same side!
 

Frigidaire French door ice maker thermistor blues.

I have a few problems with the new flex tray ice maker from the Electrolux products. Specifically the thermistors breaking off the bottom of the tray. This can cause many problems with ice production and can also tangle your thermistor in the auger assembly. If your thermistor has broken off the bottom of the tray here is what you will see when you pull out the bucket. http://s1360.photobucket.com/user/applianceman97/media/756DA264-E7D4-4AED-B3C9-31D19F8D85E7_zpspupx8fn9.jpg.html Changing this

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applianceman97

 

Disassembling a GE Double Drawer Fridge.. PITA Video

I had lots of fun disassembling and reassembling this GE model PGCS1NFXASS and I had the pleasure of doing it twice in two days. The first day I replaced a bad mainboard and replaced the evap thermistor for good measure. There were no burned out fan resistors and the evap fan seemed to work fine. Rookie mistake. I still should have tested the fan's rpm at the board. Heck, I should have just changed out the fan regardless just to protect the new board as GE suggests. But I was trying to save m

DurhamAppliance

DurhamAppliance

 

Repairing Samsung Fridges, Simplicity to Supremacy Pt 1

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 open any doors, do not permit customer to open any doors instead check the display for error codes then run error code diagnostics (using diagnosti

DurhamAppliance

DurhamAppliance

 

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

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 jour
 

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

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 f
 

Christ is Risen!

"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

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 ho
 

Retrieving Fault Codes Stored in a Bosch Dishwasher Control to Help Troubleshoot a Problem

Bosch dishwasher not heating? Stalling in cycle? Not filling? Some other weird problem? Wouldn't it be nice if you could get just get some clue about what's wrong? Well, you can! All Bosch dishwashers (and most modern appliances that use electronic control boards) store fault codes pertaining to specific areas the appliance is having a problem with... or at least the areas that the control board thinks is having a problem. Anyway, it's a good place to start. These control boards all hav
 

Now Accepting Applications for the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp Beta Class!

The Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp is currently in the Beta testing phase. Final pricing for tuition will be announced after the Beta phase. The Beta class will be a very small group of carefully selected early testers who agree to provide constructive feedback for improving the course. After the Beta period, all students will pay the full tuition at the current rates. The specially-reduced tuition for the Beta class is $100 for the first half of the course, Part 1: Fundamentals. This is a fra
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