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[Video] Step-by-Step Troubleshooting Guide for a Samsung Electric Dryer

In this recording from a recent live technical training webinar, we walked through the whole thought flow for troubleshooting this Samsung dryer that always runs when the door is closed. There's no guesswork or monkey-jabbing here -- strictly analytical and accurate diagnostic techniques that bring us ever closer to the solution. Here's a short excerpt to show you what we're on about: Want to troubleshoot like a real tech? Click the video below to see how. Viewable only by pr

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Deciphering an Unclear Frigidaire Cooktop Schematic

Sometimes, manufacturers don't write out schematics as clearly as they should. In cases like this Frigidaire cooktop, the way that the relays for the simmer function are drawn is downright obtuse. In our latest workshop webinar, we broke down the function of this circuit and really understand how it works, bringing our electrical and technical know-how to bear to make logical deductions about the circuit. Did you miss the original webinar and want to watch this webinar recording? Click

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A Short, Sweet Video Tutorial on How to Troubleshoot a Samsung with Minimal Disassembly

Knowing how to properly use a schematic for your troubleshooting is key to saving money and time. In this short presentation, the Samurai shows performing circuit analysis to identify the most useful, but also the most convenient tests to quickly zero in on the problem. Topics covered include: - reading schematic diagrams - strategic selection of your reference voltage  - doing live testing (appliance plugged in and running) vs. Ohms testing - using a loading meter to test AC line vol

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Troubleshooting a Samsung Dryer: Won't Start but Always Runs

Join me on another short troubleshooting journey -- this one taken from a real tech's experience that he posted on Appliantology. You're troubleshooting a Samsung dryer that won't start-- the control panel will let you select a cycle, but it won't actually run if you press the start button. But the real head-scratcher is that, despite not being able to start a cycle, the machine always runs when the door is closed. Sounds tricky, but as you'll see, the troubleshoot is pretty simple if

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[Webinar Recording] Troubleshooting a Dishwasher Wash Motor Problem with a Single Test

We covered not one, but two different workshop topics in our last webinar, and I now present to you the second one! In this workshop about a dishwasher with a starting-and-stopping motor, we covered topics like: How to nail this problem using a single test Analyzing the wash motor circuit to understand how it works Identifying how the board senses circuit current ...and more! Click below to watch the full recording -- available only to premium tech member

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A Real-World Example of How to Troubleshoot Multi-Board Configurations

In our latest workshop webinar, we cultivated the much-desired skill of troubleshooting appliances with multiple control boards. Topics included: Using the schematic to form your troubleshooting strategy Identifying inputs and outputs Making meaningful measurements and understanding what their results mean ...and much more! Want to learn this stuff for yourself? The full webinar recording is available right now to premium tech members of Appliantology. Click b

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Want to Learn How to Troubleshoot Like a Pro? Watch This.

We talk a lot here at Appliantology about always consulting the schematic as the first step of your troubleshooting. But how exactly do you do that? That's where the Troubleshooting Ten Step Tango comes in! Watch the clip below where the Samurai demonstrates how to use this reliable, universally applicable troubleshooting framework to troubleshoot a real-world refrigerator scenario. Want to watch the full webinar recording and learn how to use the schematic and the Ten Step T

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Unravel the Mystery of this Simmer Switch Circuit...

Take a look at the circuit for this electric cooktop element. Notice anything odd about it? Looks pretty straightforward, right? Well, it certainly is straightforward when the simmer switch isn't closed. Here's what the circuit looks like when it's not running on simmer. L1 goes through the simmer select board and a temperature-controlled switch, and L2 goes through the relay board and a couple other switches. Standard stuff for one of these elements. But what's going

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Sharpen your Schematic Analysis Skills for the New Year

How do you use a schematic to analyze a circuit, and how do you then apply that knowledge to a real-world troubleshoot? That's the question we answer in this Schematic Workshop webinar! We start off by working through the most interesting parts of this dryer circuit, and then we move on to several more schematic exercises. You can watch an excerpt of the full webinar below: Want to see the rest of the troubleshoot? Click below to watch the full recording and step up your trou

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How Refrigerator Water Systems Work

There's a very common configuration of valves that are used in refrigerators with ice makers and dispensers -- so common that every tech should be very familiar with how it works and what terms are used to refer to it. You can't troubleshoot what you don't understand! We'll use a GE refrigerator as our example, but this same system is used across almost all refrigerators with water supplies. Here's a snippet from a GE manual: All this is saying is that you have three valves in th

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Merry Christmas to All the Appliantology Brethren!

Merry Christmas from Team Samurai! Here's wishing you a joyous and peaceful holiday with all of your friends and family. And after that, lots and lots of kicking appliance bootay in the new year. Need help with your very, very last minute gift shopping? This might help you out. (Weren't appliance ads just the best back in the day?)

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Learn All the Tricky Pitfalls in Troubleshooting this LG Dryer...

In our latest troubleshooting workshop, we start with a seemingly simple problem -- overly long dry times -- and walk through all the surprising pitfalls that you could be ensnared by. Topics include: Correctly measuring dryer vent airflow Differentiating between real diagnostic tests and fluffy sales features Identifying dummy troubleshooting directions and errors in manuals Learning why you should always use amps rather than ohms for troubleshooting AC loads

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Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Dishwasher with a Cheater Cord

Here's the situation: our tech has a Whirlpool dishwasher that does everything normally, except the wash motor simply won't run. He's done his due diligence and checked for voltage to the motor -- with a LoZ meter, even! -- and what he's finding is puzzling. It looks like the voltage is jumping around from 0 to 120 VAC erratically. What does this mean? Could it be a bad board? As with all good troubleshoots, let's start with the schematic. Here's just the motor circuit: Now,

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Take a Peek at the Guts of a Linear Compressor...

Linear motors -- primarily in the form of linear compressors -- aren't new technology, but they've only been migrating into the appliance world over the past few years. These "new" compressors have their own unique failure modes and troubleshooting dos and don'ts. To really have a good idea of how to diagnose them, you need to understand how they work. That's exactly what we show in this short excerpt from one of our longer technical training webinars. Give it a watch and learn something!

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Pop Quiz: What's Wrong with this Range Wiring?

You open up the terminal block on a Bosch range, and you see this. What's wrong with this picture? (Hint: those of you who have watched this webinar recording should know what's up). A few questions for you sharp Appliantology techs: Will the machine run in this configuration? Why is it not okay to leave the machine in this configuration? Does this machine have a 3 or 4 wire power cord? How would you correct this situation? Let me know your answers

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Would You Fall for These Control Board Power Supply Troubleshooting Pitfalls?

A tech is troubleshooting the power supply for a Maytag dishwasher control board, and he finds some interesting readings. Using a LoZ meter, he reports finding 120 volts at the outlet and at the control board. But strangely, he also has 48 volts on neutral. What gives? In our latest webinar, we unpacked all the electrical know-how and troubleshooting mojo that goes into properly diagnosing a problem like this. To figure out what went wrong in this troubleshoot, you have to answer the follow

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Can a PTC Start Device Create a Short?

Here's the problem scenario: The customer's refrigerator has stopped running. You take a look at the start device, and it's completely burnt out -- enough so that you can see that the plastic housing has melted. You swap it out for a new start device and... Still nothing. In fact, a quick voltage measurement shows that the control board isn't sending voltage to the compressor. Now the board needs to be replaced, too. So what happened here? Did the start device just short out and t

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Schematic Exercises to Help You Step Up Your Troubleshooting Game

Here's your problem statement: in this GE dryer, the timer doesn't advance in auto-dry. How do you approach this like a real tech, without making guesses and monkey-jabs? In this excerpt from a longer webinar, the Samurai shows using the timer chart and the schematic in conjunction to form a foolproof troubleshooting plan. Give it a watch! Want to watch the full recording? Click below -- viewable only by premium tech members.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Appliantology Brethrens! I'm thankful to be part of a community of such sharp techs who are always willing to help each other out. Here's hoping you're popping open a cold one with the family and enjoying the things that matter most.

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How to Never Get Tricked by an Open Neutral Again

Here's the situation: the tech has a Maytag dishwasher with no lights, no life, no nothin'. With a multimeter on LoZ, the tech has already checked the following with reference to ground. Here are his findings that he reported: Seeing that there was a solid 120 volts to the board and no operation, the tech concluded (with the aid of a few ohm checks across the control board) that the board was the culprit. He replaced it, and... Still nada. How could such a seeming slam-dunk

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Identifying Power Supplies on a Samsung Control Board

See if you can identify two things on this Samsung dishwasher schematic: 1. Where does the control board receive line and neutral? 2. Where do the sub-control boards get their DC power supply? The answer to the first question can be found easily enough, if you have a little schematic reading experience. But it's a bit trickier for those who don't have as much practice. For one thing, line and neutral aren't explicitly labeled. Just wire colors are given, but fortunately

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Most Techs Wouldn't Troubleshoot this Door Switch the Right Way...

I want you to take a look at the door switch I've circled below. Think about it for a minute, then answer one question: what single test could you do to prove beyond a doubt whether or not that door switch is operating within spec? There's no trickery going on here -- it's just a simple switch. But many techs will test it using a flawed, limited test that has a big chance of leading them to the wrong conclusion. And they'll do a bunch of unnecessary disassembly. Post your answer in th

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Bimetals and RTDs: How Do They Work and What's the Difference?

Bimetals show up all over the appliance world in all kinds of applications. Resistive Temperature Devices (RTDs) are widely used in ovens and ranges and are commonly called "oven temperature sensors." Both are devices that respond to temperature, but beyond that, they work completely differently and serve different purposes. Watch this short excerpt from one of our many technical education webinar recordings to learn all about these devices! The full webinar covers all the common

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Can You Solve this Schematic Symbol Mystery?

Here's something for you sharp Appliantology techs to puzzle over: what in the world is the circled symbol on this schematic? Is that a wiring harness? Maybe this diagram's strange way of showing a splice? To figure out what it is, we've got to have a functional understanding of how Electrolux likes to design their water valve circuits. Let's look at a similar configuration that's drawn differently. There we have it -- on this schematic, the engineers decided to throw

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How Does this Dryer Run in a Seemingly Impossible Configuration?

Imagine you're out on a call, and you run into this: As the picture says, the dryer runs like this. And even weirder, when you correct the wiring, it stops running. Take a minute to think, then see if you can answer this pop quiz: 1. How does the dryer run in this configuration? 2. What's wrong about the wiring in this configuration? 3. Why does it stop working when you correct the wiring? 4. What one test could you do that would prove your hypothesis about th

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