The Essential Appliance Repair Training Course | Master Samurai Tech

Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Training Course

fundamentals Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 70 reviews
5 1
Click here to see this course’s reviews!

Enroll Today
one time
  $82.50 /month
6 months interest-free

See course syllabus
Try our course sample
Need to enroll multiple techs, click here
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.


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

Customers Also Bought

Technician’s Bundle
Complete Business Bundle

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

5 5 1
I can now truly say like many have already said. This course is indeed the game changer.In my opinion, It does not matter how much experience you may have as an Appliance repair technician,this course will most definitely make you better ! Keep up the great work team Samurai !

5 5 1
I have taken similar courses at my local community college and this course has definitely been much better. The fact that you can work at your own pace allows you to really learn everything. Sometimes I would be in bed watching videos and passing quizzes. 10/10

5 5 1
Your training content along with the hands-on training I've received the last two months has led me to be able to go out on service calls on my own already!

5 5 1
Fundamentals provides a good background and review for appliance repair, whether you are a experience tech or a new tech just starting out. Great Job

5 5 1
This was a very thorough course that was taught with bit of humor thrown in to help with the learning. I really enjoyed taking it and it helped me quite a bit. I will be returning to it frequently to get information when needed.

5 5 1
Very Challenging and worth every effort. Open my eyes to a lot things especially in basic electricity.

5 5 1
I have been an Appliance service tech for over 20 years. This course is excellent has so much useful information very in-depth. I'm close to 50 years old and was a little worried about how the online studying would go. But to my surprise once I got in a rhythm it was great. Basic electricity and basic Electronics the key points of this course to me. Going at your own pace you can really take it all in.

5 5 1
I agree, this was a very good course and I am looking forward to the advanced training. Thank you

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.
Click here to see all reviews for the Fundamentals course
Web Analytics