What the Course Covers

The one week course covers the basic principles of laundry repair. This includes:

  • Front Load and Top Load Washer Theory, Repair, and Diagnostics
  • Gas and Electric Clothes Dryer Theory, Repair, and Diagnostics
  • Appliance Electrical Theory as it applies to laundry products
  • Hands-on training

Each student will take a comprehensive exam at the end of the week that will cover all of the course material.

Front Load and Top Load Washers

Starting with the different type of washers on the market, we discuss how washers work in the classroom while encouraging an active Q&A between the students and the instructors.  Learn the true differences between a front loading washer and a top loading washer along with proper installation techniques.  Learn about the components involved in filling, washing, spinning, and draining to gain a better understanding which will help when diagnosing laundry appliances in the field.

After taking the time to discuss the theory, we spend a lot of time in our appliance lab where students get a chance to take various washers apart gaining invaluable hands-on experience.  We start with a specialized session we named “Boot Camp,” which gives students exposure on installing and removing the bellow/door seal around the washer.  From there, we go through a complete tear down of a common front load washer design as a class while pointing out common areas of concern.   Finally, we break into smaller groups and tackle various top load washer designs.  Not just tearing the product down, but learning how to put the machines into a diagnostic mode.  Our staff has seen it all and we want to share this insight with our students.


Gas and Electric Dryers

Like washing machines, we discuss in the classroom how a dryer works and the common issues found when servicing these products in the field.  This includes proper installation techniques that will cover both gas and electric designs.  As a class, we are going to walk through a wiring schematic for mechanical and electronic designed dryers.  This will include covering the entire heat cycle process while again discussing common issues that can be found in the field.  

wIn our appliance lab, students will get the chance to take these various products apart along with exploring different belt and idler combinations that propel the tumbling action found in all clothes dryers.  The best way to learn is by practicing and we provide a safe and fun environment to accomplish this.

Appliance Electrical Theory

Before we start with any appliances though, we need to make sure each student knows how to use an analog and digital volt meter.  We also need to ensure the student knows how to determine if an outlet is shorted or in an open state.  Laundry appliances, especially with all the different electronics found inside, will not function correctly if there is an issue with an outlet.  Our staff will walk you through how to safely check various designs to ensure you are providing the most accurate diagnosis for your customers.   

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Tuition includes a stay at Fred’s Flats which is within walking distance of the academy.

Each flat is shared with another student but they will have access to their own kitchen and laundry. Each student will get their own private bedroom. This is a great learning environment and a great way to make new friends and connections in this industry. You will eat, breath, sleep appliance repair while you are here.

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Price & Availability



Fred’s Appliance Academy welcomes students from all across the country. Our single week courses takes place several times a year. The program includes 1 week of instruction, lodging, and meals.

Each class has a maximum of 20 students, so hurry and get your spot.



Tuition: $2,150 including housing and:

  • A 7 night stay in a 2 bedroom flat with a private bedroom
  • 1 week course (approx 40 hours of instruction)
  • Lunch served Monday – Friday
  • Flat has a complete kitchen and laundry along with kitchen utensils
  • Includes Textbook: Includes Textbook Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances, 3rd Ed, by Eric Kleinert

Payment Options and Financial Aid

At this time, we can only accept State and Local grants and some limited financial aid options so long as our program meets their requirements. If you qualify for a grant to cover your education through a local office have them contact us to see if our program qualifies. We are registered with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and our programs have been approved by them. However, we cannot accept Title IV funding as our programs of instruction do not meet the length requirements. We are still working on accepting other forms of funding and expect to have these options available to our students by 2017.

Scholarship Opportunities

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and School Registration Number 13-03-2010T