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      On-demand appliance repair training videos for Professional Appliantologist members Over 30 hours (and growing!) of original, high quality appliance training webinars developed and given by yours truly are at your fingertips, on topics you won't find anywhere else. Fill in those knowledge gaps, strengthen those areas of uncertainty, and boost your skills. Watch on mobile or desktop at your convenience whenever, wherever.  Ultra Short Primer on Basic Electricity, Circuits, Ohm's Law, and Schematic Reading (Length: 1:04:48) Basic Refrigerator Troubleshooting (Length: 1:10:45) Schematic Reading Workshop, 10/2015 (Length 1:19:08) Troubleshooting Strategies for Computer-Controlled Appliances (Length: 48:34) Semiconductors and PN Junctions (Length: 1:04:37) Appliance Temperature Sensing Devices & Technology (Length: 1:27:33) Voltage Measurements, Meters, Ghost Voltages, and Triac-controlled Neutrals (Length: 1:29:32) Troubleshooting with Tech Sheets, Part 1, 4/2016 (Length: 1:09:26) Troubleshooting with Tech Sheets, Part 2, 4/2016 (Length: 1:21:11) Tech Sheet Review, 4/9/2016: Bosch Speed Cooker, Amana Refrigerator, GE Glass Cooktop Range (Length: 1:22:58) Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) Switches used in Samsung Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) (Length: 27:07) PWM Computer Cooling Fan in a Whirlpool Refrigerator (Length: 14:53) Understanding AC Split-phase Household Power Supplies (Length: 52:41) Troubleshooting a Samsung Electric Dryer without Disassembly using Live Tests and the Schematic (Length: 22:47) Troubleshooting a Bosch Dishwasher No-Heat Problem using the Schematic and Live Tests (Length: 15:38) Linear Motors and Linear Compressors (Length: 55:54) Bi-directional PSC Drive Motor Systems in Whirlpool VM Washers (Length: 56:52) Appliance Service Call Structure and Troubleshooting Strategies (Length: 1:00:16) The Ten Step Troubleshooting Tango and Workshop Exercises (Length: 1:35:39) Troubleshooting Ten-Step Tango Advanced Workshop (Length: 1:32:06) Ten-Step Tango Troubleshooting Workshop: Refrigerators (Length: 1:35:57) Whirlpool Duet Washer Schematic Analysis & Whirlpool Dryer Moisture Sensor System (Length: 1:03:04) Neutral Vs. Ground, Inverter Microwave, Digital Communications, Loading Down in DC loads, and more! (Length: 1:14:45) Gas Oven Service Call After a Parts Changing Monkey (Length: 36:04) AFCI and GFCI Circuit Protection Technology (Length: 41:26) Troubleshooting Samsung Refrigerators and more (Length: 1:29:58) 3-way Valves and Dual Evaporator Refrigerators (Length: 1:15:45) Split-Phase Compressors and PTC Start Devices (Length: 1:11:57) Gas Dryer Ignition Systems (Length: 53:50) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 1 (Length: 43:07) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 2 (Length: 1:09:09) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 3 (Length: 1:11:56) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 4 (Length: 37:45) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 5 (Length: 16:35) To access these webinars and all the other info-goodies here at Appliantology, become a Professional Appliantologist today. If you need cost-effective, time-flexible, state-of-the-art appliance technical training, check out the Master Samurai Tech Academy.
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      Information is the name of the game in the appliance repair trade today. Appliantology is a powerful information tool for the professional appliance repair technician. But just like with any of the more capable tools in your tool bag, many of the more powerful features are hidden from you unless you "read the manual." Ugh! Who wants to do that? Well, this is one time when you don't have to! In this webinar, Team Samurai will personally walk you through the site and show you many of the useful and powerful features that even long-time users probably never knew existed.   

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Appliantology Newsletter: Secret Refrigerator Repair Tricks

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<div><span style="color: #000000;">Secret Refrigerator Repair Tricks</span></div>
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<div>Okay, before I divulge protected trade secrets for fixing refrigerators, I have to ask for your solemn vow of silence.  Divulging this information to the profane can get me in big trouble with my Brethren in The Craft.  I could get thrown out of the International Appliance Repair Guild!  So, please, if you feel like sharing these secrets with someone, do so by forwarding them this entire newletter.  That way, nothing can get taken out of context that might get me trouble with The Brethren.  Domo!</div>
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<div>1. Dirty condenser (preventable)</div>
<div>2. Burned out compressor start relay (very fixable)</div>
<div>3. Bad or lazy condenser fan motor (very fixable)</div>
<div>4. Bad compressor or sealed system ("freon") leak (terminal event: go shopping)</div>
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<div>As indicated, the first three causes are very fixable, even preventable.  But the fourth one is a <i>4th Down Time to Punt</i> event.  That's because <a href="http://fixitnow.com/wp/2005/10/29/the-story-of-o-that-being-our-painful-exclamation-as-we-get-screwed-again-and-again-by-big-gubmint-and-big-corporations/'>http://fixitnow.com/wp/2005/10/29/the-story-of-o-that-being-our-painful-exclamation-as-we-get-screwed-again-and-again-by-big-gubmint-and-big-corporations/" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: underline;">EPA's DuPont regulations</a> have made doing sealed system work so expensive that it's not cost-effective to do it on most refrigerators... unless you paid so much for the box that you're married to it (a la Sub-Zero). So, lots of easily-repairable refrigerators choking up the landfills today.</div>
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<div>Be that as it may, let's talk about the first three things that we can do something about...</div>
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<div>A dirty condenser will make <strong>any</strong> refrigerator warm up.  Even the mighty Sub-Zero is not immune from a dirty condenser's refrigerator-killing effects.  Check this out, this could be you:</div>
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<div>I grouped these two things together because they can and do occur together but most people, including most technicians, don't catch this.  But you, dear reader, are now privvy to one to the Samurai's most cherished repair tricks... </div>
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<div>I frequently upload new videos to my YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you can check 'em out as soon as they're uploaded: <a href="http://youtube.com/samurairepairman" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: underline;">Samurai's YouTube Channel</a></div>
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<div>You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at <a href="http://fixitnow.com" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: underline;">Fixitnow.com</a> or <a href="http://appliantology.org" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; text-decoration: underline;">Appliantology.org</a>.  No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!</div>
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Thanks for the tips oh great and honorable one.

I have a refrigerator question I offer for your acceptance.. Is it true that some refrigerators are designed with drain trays that are difficult if not impossible to remove? My Frigidaire is vintage 2005. Recent power outage here (5 days), the addition of several bags of ice, food draining caused massive flux to the tray and a bad smell emanated.

My Frig's drip tray is bolted to the body/roof. Even if I did get it loose, it's way too big to remove using the available openings. I have sopped it up with towels. What a mess. Could I have tipped the fridge over instead? Is such tipping wise? Would have spilled all the muck anyway, I guess. Oh well, they sure don't make them like they used to.

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