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      Webinar Recordings Index Page   11/07/2017

      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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      [Webinar] Appliantology Workshop   11/09/2017

      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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RedToryTy

To the Dojo,

If we are to avoid ISC work as the hari-kari-like sentence it is, how can a non-ISC appliantologist like me keep up with ALL company service bulletins and updates for factory-created boo-boos? Could one of the certified Masters start a forum for such wisdom?

I feel I should be practicing on refrigeration and circuit board-related repairs; junkers would be a good start, right? What method(s) do you guys use--junkers again, home study (which one)? What is a good home-study curriculum for electronics, or should I go to tech school (keep in mind I'm a working journeyman appliantologist)? What are some go-to tools for electronified appliances?

Thanks in advance,

Tyrus (aka RedToryTy)

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jb8103

I'd say tech school, if your local community college offers HVAC. I got a pretty good grip on electrical from the program I took.

Seems to me, no tech schools offer appliance repair. I look for this to change soon because we are definitely past the pliers-and-screwdriver level.

I also bought and scrounged a few scrap washers and dryers, rebuilt them and made a bit of profit. Good basic learning experience, but junkers will be old technology.

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

You really don't need to know and understand electronic circuitry to troubleshoot. It can be helpful for insight but it's not a crucial skill because really all you're doing is checking for input and output voltages on a board. As long as you have those specs for a given board/model then you can usually make a proper diagnosis. You're not troubleshooting to a bad component on the board because you're not repairing the board-- you're replacing it no matter what's wrong with it. So, if you can use a multimeter and read a wiring diagram/tech sheet, you can troubleshoot electronified appliances!

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jb8103

Exactly right (as per usual). The board is just a black box to us, aside from some that have replaceable relays.

And we could say the same about sealed system work. Being an HVAC tech, I have the tools to deal with refrigeration systems. Recovery pump, vacuum pump, manifold gauges, all the hoses, recovery cylinders, pressure regulator, nitrogen cylinder, a good $1200 invested, plus the license to buy refrigerant. But it should never come up in appliance repair - we just need to know when and why the sealed system has failed.

But if you want to know more about motors and controls, tech school is the way to go.

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