Self-Study Fundamentals of Appliance Repair and Refrigeration Course

 

Essential Knowledge.

This is our flagship course, the place where most techs, even those with experience, begin their journey towards mastery. It's the course that many of our graduates have called a game-changer for their career.

Fundamentals is appropriate for both beginners as well as experienced techs looking to fill their knowledge gaps and up their game. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know, so for even the most seasoned techs, the Fundamentals course may offer you new and more substantial knowledge to help you diagnose a repair.

The point of the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair and Refrigeration course is to teach you troubleshooting skills, NOT disassembly and parts changing skills. The appliance repair trade is full of guys who know how to disassemble an appliance and change a part but have no idea how to actually troubleshoot and diagnose what's going on with the appliance. This is especially true if it's a complicated circuit or involves a computer control board.

This is exactly the knowledge gap that the Fundamentals course is meant to address.

You can get disassembly and parts changing information anywhere. There are lots of YouTube videos out there that show you how to take stuff apart and put it back together. Service manuals and manufacturer training give you lots of disassembly information. No need to pay for a training course to show you what you can readily find for free! At the Master Samurai Tech Academy you are going to build the troubleshooting and diagnostic skills you need to stand out from the crowd.

In the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair and Refrigeration training course you will learn about basic electricity, reading schematic diagrams, using schematic diagrams to develop troubleshooting strategies, gas fuels used in appliances, electronics in appliances, appliance parts, and electric motor systems in appliances.

You will also study the principles of operation, common problems, troubleshooting and repair of single and dual evaporator refrigerators, split-phase and inverter-driven compressors. Everything you need to know to work on all the models, old-school and modern. We teach a systems approach to troubleshooting that makes your diagnostic work efficient and accurate.


Note: This "Self-Study" version of the Fundamentals course does not include access to our interactive features or the option for achieving Certification from Master Samurai Tech.


Textbook: A pdf or hard copy of the book, Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances, 3rd Edition, by Eric Kleinert is required for this course.

Keep scrolling to see the complete syllabus for the course!

 

Course Syllabus:
Module 1 Self-Study 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 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 3 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 Self-Study 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 4 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 Samurai's 10 Commandments for Appliance Repair
Unit 3 Troubleshooting Basics
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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 Final Exam and Beyond
Final exam for the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course.
Unit 1 Final Exam for the Samurai Tech Academy Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Course
Module 9 Refrigerator Principles of Operation
Thermodynamics; Understanding the basic refrigeration cycle; Components of a refrigeration system.
Unit 1 Refrigerator Operational Overview
Unit 2 Thermodynamics and Phase Change
Unit 3 Properties of Refrigerants
Unit 4 The Refrigeration Cycle
Unit 5 Sealed System Components: Condensers and Compressors
Unit 6 Refrigerator Air Distribution Systems
Unit 7 Refrigerator Temperature Control Systems
Unit 8 Refrigerator Defrost Systems
Unit 9 Split-phase Compressors and their Start Devices
Unit 10 Inverter Compressor Systems
Unit 11 Dual Evaporator Refrigerators
Unit 12 Refrigerator Principles of Operation Module Exam
Module 10 Common Problems and Troubleshooting
Common problems with refrigerators; troubleshooting principles.
Unit 1 The Systems Approach to Troubleshooting Refrigerators
Unit 2 Evaporator Frost Pattern Analysis
Unit 3 Troubleshooting Strategies for Warm Refrigerator Complaints
Unit 4 Troubleshooting Freezing in Fresh Food Compartments
Unit 5 Troubleshooting Ice, Frost, and Condensation Problems
Unit 6 Troubleshooting Inverter Compressor Refrigerators
Unit 7 Common Problems and Troubleshooting Module Exam
Module 11 Refrigeration Bonus Lessons
This module covers the basics of ice makers, dispensers, and refrigeration sealed system repairs.
Unit 1 Refrigerator Ice Maker Basics
Unit 2 Refrigerator Ice and Water Dispenser Basics
Unit 3 Refrigerator Sealed System Basic Skills
Unit 4 Replacing the Compressor and Filter Drier
Module 12 Resources for Continuing Education and Final Exam
How to keep up with the changing technology in refrigerators. Getting help with specific refrigerator problems.
Unit 1 Resources for Continuing Education
Unit 2 Refrigerator Course Final Exam