Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Training Course

Learn troubleshooting and diagnostic skills that remove the guesswork and eliminate failed service calls, no matter the make or model of the appliance. See course syllabus.

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Train new techs and bring older techs up-to-speed on modern appliance technology and troubleshooting.

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Who the course is for
All techs
# of modules and units
9 modules and 55 units
Estimated time to complete
40-80 hours
Length of access
1 year
Cost of continued enrollment
$5 / month

What You'll Learn

  • A foolproof, easy-to-learn method for troubleshooting
  • How basic electricity and circuits work
  • How to read appliance schematics
  • How to test circuit boards and perform a load analysis to accurately identify and fix the source of problems
  • How to measure, diagnose and fix gas pressure and flow problems
  • How to identify, troubleshoot and fix all varieties of motors and motor control systems
  • The name and function of appliance components, including those in modern, computer-controlled appliances
 
 

Start Here for a Better Career

Many of our graduates, including many seasoned techs, have called this course a game-changer for their career. Fundamentals of Appliance Repair will teach you troubleshooting and diagnostic skills that remove the guesswork and eliminate failed service calls, no matter the make or model of the appliance.

In short, Fundamentals is NOT about how to disassemble an appliance to change a part. You can find that information in service manuals or free YouTube videos (and which we also provide guidance on). This course is about teaching the foundational technology common to all major appliances–the same for all brands–and the foundational skills needed to identify and fix their problems, knowledge and skills that most techs do not yet have.

To stand out from the crowd, you need a fundamentally better skillset.

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How the Courses Work

Need to know more about how the self-pacing, on-demand courses work? Or what to do about the hands-on component of training? Or perhaps you’re wondering how you will know you’re mastering the material? Learn more about how our courses work here.

Certification

Pass quizzes and course exams to earn your Appliance Repair Certification in Fundamentals. Prove to employers and customers that you know your craft. BONUS: Certified techs are eligible for a free membership at our tech support site, Appliantology.

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Course Syllabus

Module 1 Fundamentals Course Orientation
Welcome! The objective and mission of the Samurai Tech Academy. How to to get around the Academy and use this course.
Unit 1 Welcome! Meet your Sensei
Unit 2 How to Use and Interact with the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course
Module 2 Tools and Test Instruments
Basic tools that every tech needs on every service call.
Unit 1 Basic Tools to Have on Hand for Every Service Call
Unit 2 Your Tool Back Pack for Appliance Service Calls
Unit 3 Information Tools
Module 3 Basic Electricity
Volts, ohms, amps. Ohm's Law. Series and parallel circuits. Loads and voltage drop. Basic electrical measurements. Reading wiring diagrams.
Unit 1 Basic Electricity: Electrical Terms
Unit 2 What is Electricity? Current and Voltage
Unit 3 Basic Electricity: Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Power
Unit 4 Basic Electricity: Circuit Components
Unit 5 Basic Electricity: Series and Parallel Circuits
Unit 6 Basic Electricity: Circuit Breaker Panels and Power Outlets
Unit 7 Basic Electricity: Electrical Measurements in Appliance Repair
Unit 8 Basic Electricity: Voltage, Voltage Drop, and Load
Unit 9 Basic Electricity: More on DC and AC Voltage and Current
Unit 10 Basic Electrical Wiring Skills in Appliance Repair
Unit 11 Introduction to Schematic and Wiring Diagrams
Unit 12 Basic Electricity Module Exam
Module 4 Basic Electronics
Control board configurations in appliances. Common components on electronics boards encountered in appliance repair. Electronics connectors. Handling electronic boards. Testing diodes and rectifiers.
Unit 1 Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course Midterm Exam
Unit 2 Electronics in Appliance Repair
Unit 3 Components on Electronic Control Boards
Unit 4 Basic Electronics: Capacitors
Unit 5 Basic Electronics: Transformers
Unit 6 Control Board Configurations Used in Appliance Repair
Unit 7 Working with and Handling Electronics Boards in Appliance Repair
Unit 8 Basic Electronics Module Exam
Module 5 Troubleshooting
Fundamental law for troubleshooting. Basic diagnostic and correction procedure. Technician's diagnostic guide. Basic troubleshooting techniques and strategies. Using schematic diagrams to troubleshoot appliances.
Unit 1 Introduction to Troubleshooting
Unit 2 Troubleshooting Basics and Strategies
Unit 3 The Ten-Step Troubleshooting Tango
Unit 4 Using Schematics to Troubleshoot Appliances, Part 1
Unit 5 Using Schematics to Troubleshoot Appliances, Part 2
Unit 6 Pre-Diagnosing the Problem before the Service Call
Unit 7 Troubleshooting Module Exam
Module 6 Basic Gas
Gas fuels in appliance repair; Physical properties of gas fuels; Natural gas distribution; How LP gas differs from natural gas; Gas pressure regulators; Measuring gas pressure; Gas flame characteristics.
Unit 1 Introduction to Gas Fuels in Appliance Repair
Unit 2 Physical Properties of Gas Fuels
Unit 3 Measuring Gas Pressure
Unit 4 Natural Gas Distribution
Unit 5 How LP Gas Differs from Natural Gas
Unit 6 Gas Pressure Regulators
Unit 7 Carbon Monoxide
Unit 8 Gas Flame Characteristics
Unit 9 Basic Gas Module Exam
Module 7 Appliance Parts
Familiarization with various parts used in appliances: pumps, switches, relays, motors, sensors, and more.
Unit 1 Switches and Relays
Unit 2 Pressure Switches, Thermostats, and Sensors
Unit 3 Solenoid Valves
Unit 4 Heating Elements
Unit 5 Gas Appliance Parts: Valves, Flame Detectors, Ignitors, Spark Modules
Unit 6 Appliance Parts Module Exam
Module 8 Appliance Motors
Motor systems used in modern appliances. Principles of operation and failure modes.
Unit 1 Overview of Electric Motors Used in Appliances
Unit 2 Variable Frequency Drive Systems
Unit 3 Single-Phase Asynchronous AC Motors
Unit 4 Appliance Motors: Supplemental Material
Unit 5 Appliance Motors Module Exam
Module 9 Final Exam and Beyond
Final exam for the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course.
Unit 1 Looking Ahead to other Academy Courses and Beyond
Unit 2 Final Exam for the Samurai Tech Academy Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course, Part 1
Unit 3 Final Exam for the Samurai Tech Academy Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course, Part 2
Unit 4 Fundamentals Course Wrap-Up

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Real life examples of what you need to know to be an appliance tech. Work smart, not hard!

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Every thing has been great so far! I entered this knowing basically nothing about his field but just getting through this fundamental section has already given me confidence out in the field!

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I have appreciated how in depth things are covered in this course. I would recommend it to anyone interested in appliance repair and electrical repair trades of any kind.

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Very helpful and iformative.

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Very thorough content. The lessons for Basic Electricity and Basic Electronics, in particular, have been a tremendous help for the last two years of repairing appliances.

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I think this course was well put together. the information is great for an inexperienced technician and the help provided from forums and everything was great.

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I thought the Fundamentals Course is well put together and challenging. Was worried the content would just be basic recycled jargon; but pleasantly surprised by how the Modules were structured and the step-by-step instruction.

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Very helpful course for learning about electricity, circuits, circuit components, and how they are used in modern appliances. As a Field Service Technician, the knowledge I've gained through these lessons have saved me time and kept me from re-calls due to a misdiagnosis. This knowledge, paired with the info you can get with the Appliantology subscription leave you with all the tools necessary to ace just about any service call with ease. Well worth the investment in both. Thanks to the crew at MSTA! I plan to have this as curriculum for my future employees when I break out on my own.

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I LOVED this course. Mr. and Mrs. Samurai explained every detail extremely well and easy to understand. It is very refreshing to learn from someone who is serious, knows their stuff, and also has a sense of humor. This course has honestly given me more knowledge than any grade school or college course I have ever taken. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. I can not wait to see what is in store for my next few courses.
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