One of the most important points when learning appliance repair is which appliances you learn to repair. Understandably, not all appliances are the same and it’s important to have a deep comprehension of how each type of appliance is put together and maintained.
At Fred’s Appliance Repair Academy, we cover all types of basic household appliances that are not included in the HVAC category of whole-home units. This ranges from counter-top microwaves to giant chest freezers.
Specifically, in our 3-week comprehensive course of Basic Appliance Repair, we cover a total of ten different types of appliance that you will learn to repair. This knowledge can be fleshed out and specialized with more appliance-specific classes, but the 3-week course is enough to learn everything you need to get started in appliance repair professional work.
Let’s dive right into the ten types of appliances the Basic Appliance Repair class will teach you how to diagnose and fix.
1. Microwave Ovens – 7 Class Hours
Microwaves are one of the single most used appliances in a modern home. Families use them for everything from heating up leftovers to quick-boiling water for hot water bottles. Our coursework will spend a total of seven class hours focusing on diagnosis and repair of microwave ovens of various makes and models.
2. Gas Dryers and Electric Dryers – 7 Class Hours
Dryers are also up there in the extremely well-used household appliances, often used even more frequently than washers. They are also carefully balanced spinning machines, making drum-related repairs both delicate and important. We will spend another seven class hours focusing on how to safely repair both gas dryers and electric dryers.
3. Front-Load Washers and Top-Load Washers – 7 Class Hours
There are also two different types of washing machines. Washers combine water, spinning drums, and electricity all in one appliance so it should come as no surprise that we spend another seven hours focusing on the correct way to diagnose and repair washing machines. Our coursework, of course, covers both front-loading HE washers and old-fashioned top-loading washers which may also be HE.
4. Gas Stove Ranges and Electric Stove Ranges – 7 Class Hours
The range, or stove as they are more commonly known, is a vital part of the kitchen and is put through the stress of both regular use and exposure to constant spilled or evaporated food. To fix a range safely, you will need every one of the seven dedicated range repair hours in the basic appliance repair coursework. In this part of the class, you will learn how to troubleshoot and repair both the electrical and heating components of a gas or electric range.
5. Dishwashers – 6 Class Hours
Dishwashers include a larger-than-usual number of moving parts for an appliance, and therefore require some knowledge and expertise to repair correctly. Dishwashers also commonly fail in more ways than one at a time. The six coursework hours you’ll spend learning dishwasher repair will help you diagnose everything from the soap dispenser to the electrical control panel and underlying plumbing issues that might be the hidden cause of dishwasher troubles.
6. Garbage Disposals – 1.5 Class Hours
For homes that have garbage disposals, these small under-sink appliances tend to see a lot of use and abuse. People are constantly putting the wrong things down their garbage disposal or losing the occasional unlucky spoon down the sink without realizing it. The one and a half class hours spent on garbage disposals will teach proper safety and repair techniques for these dangerous but simple appliances.
7. Trash Compactors – 1.5 Class Hours
Trash compactors are very useful in the few homes that still have them. During the basic repair class, you can learn an invaluable skill to diagnose and repair trash compactors for the small number of homeowners who have one. We will spend another hour and a half talking about the correct methods to fix a broken trash compactor.
8. Refrigerators – 29 Class Hours
Near the middle of our coursework, we’ll change direction to spend a whopping 29 class hours on how to troubleshoot and repair the wide variety of refrigerator models available. This should come as no surprise. Refrigerators are large, complex appliances with many different parts, compartments, functions, and features. Once you’ve had 29 hours of extensive hands-on refrigerator repair training, you’ll be ready to help families everywhere keep their food at the right temperature and their fridge-water cleanly filtered.
9. Freezers – 21 Class Hours
We will then move on to focus another 21 hours on freezers including fridge freezers and the requirements to repair a dedicated chest freezer or walk-in freezer. Freezers require taking good care of one’s condenser coils, something you will learn how to do practically in your sleep with the amount of hands-on practice you will receive during basic appliance repair coursework.
10. Ice Makers – 2 Class Hours
Last but certainly not least, you will learn how to repair ice makers both inside a fridge-freezer unit and stand-alone ice makers that sit on a countertop. Ice maker repair is key to providing a complete and satisfactory fridge repair service once you complete the coursework. Fortunately, ice makers are not complex so this is a fun 2-hour topic to end the course with before certification testing.
—What appliances will you learn to repair in Fred’s Basic Appliance Repair class? The ten appliance types listed hear have been referenced straight from our class curriculum, in order, so you can know exactly what you will learn and the benefit that can be gained from this in-depth hands-on knowledge. For more information about learning appliance repair with Fred’s Appliance Academy, please contact us today! We’re always happy to answer questions and get another student excited about learning what we do best.