The Essential Appliance Repair Training Course | Master Samurai Tech

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

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Great course and well taught. I knew nothing going into this class and came out of it with a great grasp of the fundamentals of electricity and appliance repair. With this base platform well established, I look forward to advancing further.

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Great Information. Thanks

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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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Thanks!

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I had little knowledge in this field. After this course I realized how wrong I was in fixing appliances. My technique was archaic and wasted a lot of time and money. After learning the "Ten Step Trouble Shooting Tango" I no longer needed to TAKE THE ENTIRE UNIT apart in order to find or fix the problem. You can go at your own pace in this class and ask questions when necessary. I have recommended this course to everyone in the field and hope that they will learn as much as I did.

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The course was exactly what I needed. It fills in a lot of the gaps for what I am already doing as a technician. I will definitely take the other courses.

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This is a great course recommend to other technicians

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I have really enjoyed the course and feel I have a better foundation from which to grow as a tech. I have definitely gained a better understanding of the appliance repair field. I'm really looking forward to my upcoming courses as I know my skills and knowledge will only improve. I have already recommended this course to friends and will continue to recommend the master samurai tech courses. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Samurai

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Great content, relevant, gives a great frame-work to make the tough problems look easy. Ok, not quite that far reaching but a great start. Can't wait to get into the next course.
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