What the Course Covers

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

  • Defrost System Theory, Repair, and Diagnostics
  • Sealed System Theory, Repair, and Diagnostics
  • Ice Maker Operation, Repair, and Diagnostics (Time Permitting)
  • Hands-on training

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

Defrost System Theory

We teach the core components involved in defrost systems across all brands and discuss common issues that can cause a refrigerator to stop cooling. This includes understanding the differences between a defrost issue and a sealed system issue.

We will show the student how to use their volt meter to test many of the components found in the defrost system. Along with understanding the basics of how to read a wiring diagram for a refrigerator.

Sealed System Theory

The student will learn how a sealed system works in a number of different ways to encourage the student to understand the entire process.

We start out discussing the flow of electricity to the compressor and how to check for issues with different types of relays and capacitors.

Each student will get a torch in hand and go through brazing and soldering exercises. Then we follow up with each student conducting their own sealed system repair in our refrigeration lab. We also discuss our own techniques in diagnosing a sealed system issue to ensure the most accurate diagnosis. The student will need their EPA Certification prior to the start of class.

Dual Evaporator Models

As a class, we will also dive into dual evaporator models and discuss the proper steps in replacing an evaporator. We will also apply these principles as a group in our lab.

fred's flats


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. We also have a dedicated channel in your flat for exclusive training videos to keep you engaged during your downtime. 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. Access to our cloud server for thousands of e-service manuals is also included, along with all study materials.

Each class has a maximum of 18 students, so hurry and get your spot.

Upcoming Classes

Basic Refrigeration

05/22/2017 - 05/26/2017

Tuition (including a $25 non-refundable fee) $1,999.99
Only a $525 deposit required to reserve a spot


Tuition is $1,999.99 and includes:

  • 1 week course (approx 40 hours of instruction)
  • Access to thousands of electronic service manuals and other job aides on our cloud with many makes and models
  • Access to the Fred’s Appliance Academy Roku television channel with over 100 training videos from across the appliance industry while staying at our Flats.
  • Lunch served Monday – Friday
  • A 7 night stay in a 2 bedroom flat with a private bedroom
  • Flat has a complete kitchen and laundry along with kitchen utensils

  • Each class has a maximum of 18 students, so hurry and get your spot!

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    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.

    For any single or three week course, we only require $525 to reserve a spot. Students can make payments up until the first days of class; however, the course needs to be paid in full by the first day of class.  

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Paypal Credit

    If you live in the United States and are in need of financing for your training, you can apply for credit through Paypal.

    You must register a class and pay the initial payment of $525 to reserve your spot. Then if you are approved for Paypal credit, please fill out the form below to process your payment and remaining balance owed.

    If you process a payment prior to registering for a class, you will not be guaranteed a spot until you register.


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