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Refrigerator Checklist - Spring 2013

Spring 2013 is finally here! When I think about spring, I think, "Oh, goodie: Refrigerator Season!" Why do I get excited and squeal like a little piglet in a donut shop about Refrigerator Season? Because I know my phone is about to explode with a whole lotta high-dolla warm refrigerator repair calls. Here are five simple things you can do to your refrigerator right now to keep your beer tooth-crackin' cold right on through the up-coming summer heat wave. 1. Clean your refrigerator condenser

Using the Tech Sheet Schematic to Root Out Appliance Gremlins

We all love those jobs where, given the brand, model, and problem description, you walk into the house already knowing what the problem is. After you've worked as an appliance tech for a while, you start noting that every machine has weak points and particular failure patterns. Some failures become so well-known that the manufacturer will issue a service bulletin on it. But what about those jobs where it's not a clear case of plug n' chug, in other words, where you DON'T know exactly what part t

Online Appliance Parts Ripoffs and Scams

Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, it's another killa issue of Appliantology. I look out on the web and what do I see? Another frikka-frakka scammer got his eye on me. How'm I 'posed to git the appliance parts I need wif all these little punks tryin' to make me bleed? Ain't but one person got the truth, I know: SamuraiRepairman, here I go…

The Samurai's Triumphant Return from the 21st Annual Appliance Service Training Institute (ASTI)

The eagle has landed back up here in yankee-land. Awesome conference but great to be back in that crisp New Hampshire air. From Sun Country back to Snow Country... my brain is so full of the latest and greatest appliance info, I've got to relieve the pressure by sharing it with all of you as soon as possible! Stay tuned for pearls to be cast your way soon. Mrs. Samurai is working feverishly at translating my neanderthal scribblings called "notes" into a digital format that would be recognized a

Off to the 21st Annual Appliance Service Training Institute (ASTI) in Orlando...

Heading down to the ASTI in Orlando tomorrow (March 5) to bask in the cornucopia of pearls of appliantological wisdom being cast out by the various appliance manufacturers! The ASTI is going on from March 6 - 9 and I'll be returning on Sunday, March 10. Since I won't have my desktop computer with me, I won't be able to upload service manual requests but I may still be able to PM download links from my Dropbox. I'll still have my iPhone and iPad with me and will check in with the Appliantology f

Replacing the Door Boot Seal on an LG Front Load Washer

Every battle-hardened professional Appliantologist has his favorite technique for replacing the door gasket (also called the "boot" or "bellows") on front load washers. Although the door gasket on all makes of front loaders are very similar in construction, there are enough differences among the brands that certain techniques work better on some brands than on others. For example, many Appliantologists prefer to replace the door gasket on a Whirlpool Duet washer without removing the entire front

Finding Your Appliance Repair Answers Here at Appliantology

You've got appliance repair questions, we've got answers. Hundreds of thousands of 'em on all brands and models of major appliances: washers, refrigerators, dryers, dishwashers, ice makers, ovens, ranges, and cooktops. They're all right here at the Samurai Appliance Repair Academy just waiting for you to discover them! Join Samurai Appliance Repair Man as he takes you by the hand and gently walks you through the powerful search features available to you here at the Academy to empower you to fin

Appliantology Newsletter: A Visual Guide to Dryer Vent Proctology

Coming at you like a blustery Nor'easter out of the frozen hinterlands of northern New England, another frosty issue of Appliantology has been unleashed on the Internet. And Hell follows with it. Come in, she said, I'll give ya shelter from the storm... http://ymlp.com/zaY3yr Just when you thought it was safe to run your dryer after reading the January issue of Appliantology, along comes this sick little tome going into glorious and humiliating detail on dryer vent proctology.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man


Using an Airflow Meter to Check Your Dryer Vent for Safety and Efficiency

In this journey into appliance repair enlightenment, Samurai Appliance Repair Man shows you how to use an airflow meter to analytically test the back pressure on a dryer vent for safety and efficiency. Looks can be deceiving, as this video shows, and even a short simple dryer vent that appears to be ideal can have airflow problems. So it's always wise to use a meter to actually measure the back pressure. Here's the air flow tester I used in the video ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartD

Resetting a GE Hydrowave Top-Loading Washer

If you have a newer model GE top-loading washer (GE's Hydrowave line of washers) and it inexplicably stops working, won't run at all, the problem may be as simple as needing to reset the control board. Very easy to do and no tools are required: To learn more about your washer or to order parts, click here. Source: GE Hydrawave Washer Motor Reset

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man


A Powerful and Portable Information Tool for Professional Appliantologists

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 but the sleaze bag who worked on it last stole the tech sheet. - You're working on a temperature control problem in a GE refrigerator and need
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