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Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Training Course


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Who the course is for
All techs
# of modules and units
9 modules and 55 units
Estimated time to complete
Up to 2 months, part-time
Length of access
1 year
Cost of continued enrollment
$5 / month

What You'll Learn

  • How to read appliance schematics and develop troubleshooting strategies
  • How to test circuit boards and perform a load analysis to identify the source of problems
  • How to measure and diagnose gas pressure and flow
  • How to identify and troubleshoot 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 mechanics of 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.


BONUS: earn Certification in the Fundamentals course and you are eligible for a FREE membership at our tech support site, Appliantology. Click here for details.


Prerequisite

No prerequisite. But if you’re thinking of skipping over the fundamentals, please take our quiz to find out whether or not you should.

Certification

Pass quizzes and course exams to earn your Appliance Repair Certification in Fundamentals. Prove to employers and customers that you know your craft. Fundamentals graduates also earn a full premium membership to 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 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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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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Well thought out and very good information to have for any appliance repair tech

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5 5 1
Very good course highly recommend. If you have questions or concerns they get right on it. Very impressive.

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5 5 1
The Fundamentals of Appliance Course is well organized, very challenging and will require a commitment of time & effort in order to successfully complete the course materials. I believe the commitment of the student is well worth the value of providing new skills and brushing-up/improving on current skills. If a technician has the desire to rise above the "average" technicians in the industry, the cost of the program and time "invested" will benefit the technician for life.

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5 5 1
Great course. Lots of detailed explanations. Covers everything. Good humor sprinkled throughout to keep things interesting. Recommend to everyone interested in learning appliance repair.

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5 5 1
Great course! Helped me understand electricity from a standpoint of troubleshooting electronics. I had a strong background (elevator manufacturing and construction), but had been out for a while. This helped me brush back up and gave me some aha moments as well.

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5 5 1
An excellent course. The essentials are well explained giving students very practical knowledge that can be immediately put to use to understand and fix appliances. By not spending too much time on theory, the course never gets boring. Looking forward to more courses.

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5 5 1
I found the course to be very enlightening. I have been a tech for 5 years but felt I needed more training. The course filled in a lot of gaps for me and I'm sure I will refer back to it as my old brain needs refreshing. Thank you Samurai Tech.

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The Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Training Course far exceeded my expectations. This course takes you from the basics of electricity all the way to mastery of troubleshooting and repairing appliances. It is very comprehensive covering such things as the tools you need (physical and mental) and applying the “10-Step Tango” a methodical approach that can save you lots of time and really help you be more successful. I got a sense of professionalism and even admiration for the appliance repair trade. I’m grateful that I found Master Samurai Tech and its great team. They were there every step of the way with encouragement and guidance. Event hough it took focus and dedication to complete all the work, it was a lot of fun and very interesting. I highly recommend this course. Thank you. Abe Almonte (AKA: honeybadger)
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