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Start Your Own Appliance Repair Business

Raker Appliance Repair Workshop

Hands-On Seminars

Workshop Outline

In order to minimize lecture time, you will be expected to study theory before class each night to maximize hands-on time. Study will be done online by WiFi, so a laptop is essential. Study materials will be emailed well before the start dates to give you time for advance study. The earlier you register the longer you will have to absorb the information. This will improve your learning experience. Hand tools and a multi-meter will be needed in the shop.

Workshop activities will be split between three topics:

  1. Theory of all major appliances
  2. Hands-on training on each appliance
  3. All aspects of operating your own business.

Hands-on instruction will be broken into the study of systems within each type of appliance. Once you understand how each system works, the whole thing begins to make sense. For instance, understanding a drain or heating system.

Each will be discussed and then you will get a chance to work on that specific appliance and see the systems in action. You will practice diagnosing every popular design including exotics. 

We are keenly aware that all mechanics have trouble with electrical diagnosis and circuit analysis. Mastering that specific skill is a primary goal of every workshop. 

Class will begin at 8:45, but early workshop time will be available at 7:30 for extra practice. Also, for additional practice, the workshop will be open the Saturday between weeks of class .

Significant time will be dedicated to maximization and localization of individual business websites. Individual one-on-one time will be set aside for this task.

Various business topics such as marketing, pricing, etc are also incuded. Let’s look at a sample schedule:  

Gas and Electric Dryers

1. Heating Systems

A. Electric elements- discover and see what fails.

B. Gas igniters – Test a live igniter setup.

C. Gas coils – Find out how to test and replace coil sets.

D. Thermal limits – Learn the quick ways to check limits.

E. Motor check switch – Learn the purpose and

how to test motor switches.

F. Circuit testing – Perform circuit analysis on different dryers.

G. Gas conversion – Find out how to convert a dryer from

natural to propane.

Gas Valve Demonstration and Hands-on Dryers

2. Clothes Drum, drum supports and vanes

A. Rollers – Find out how to diagnose roller wear.

B. Front support and slides – Learn which brands have

weak front supports.

C. Flipping vanes – What goes wrong with vanes?

D. Rear bearing – Which dryers have rear bearing problems?

E. Drum issues – Drums fail, find out why and how.

3. Tumbling Systems

A. Idler assembly - Find out why this is a real money maker.

B. Belt- Learn to replace one in 15 minutes.

C. Motors- How do you diagnose a bad motor - earn the quick tricks.

D. Motor belt check switch – There is a quick way to test one.

4. Air Flow Systems

A. Blower – How do they fail?

B. Vents – When is a vent clogged?- who should clean it?

C Thermal fuses – Why is this such a popular repair?

D. Control thermostats – How often do they fail? – get answers.

E. Felts, lint traps and doors – Learn air flow diagnosis.

5. Getting the Phone to Ring

A. Basic marketing – Learn the low cost, essential

first steps in getting your business setup.

B. Creating a Presence in Your Marketplace-

Getting on the radar screen with 10 key tricks.

C. Internet Marketing – Master free local marketing techniques.

6. Control and Relay Systems

A. Door safety – Discover the 3 second test.

B. Belt check switch – Find out how to block out one.

C. Push to start switch – Learn how to by pass this one.

D. Heat relay – Diagnosing relays can be easy.

E. Motor relay – Quick tests

F. Timer -

G. Heat controls and computers

7. Dryer Circuit Analysis

A. Reading dryer schematics – Practice makes perfect

B. Tracing power thru a circuit

C. Finding open circuits

D. Finding bad components

Hands-on Dryer Repairs and Circuit Analysis

8. Parts Suppliers and Job Pricing

A. Find out how to buy wholesale

B. Who are the best suppliers?

C. What parts do you need to stock?

D. How to price jobs.

E. Motor relay

Top and Front Load Washers

1. Fill Systems

A. Water Valves

B. Pressure switch

C. Air gaps

D. Hoses

E. Flow meters

F. Error codes

G. Circuit and valve testing

Water Valve Demonstration and Hands-on Washers

2. Drain Systems

A. Pumps

B. Clogs and strainers

C. Seals and leaks

D. Internal hoses

E. External hoses

F. Household plumbing issues

G. Drain error codes

3. Torque Transfer and Brake Device Systems

A. Belts

B. Directly coupled

C. Brakes

D. Clutches

E. Splines and dogs

F. Basket drive blocks

G. Dragging seals

H. Transmissions

I. Testing torque

4. Water Containment Systems

A. Main seals and door boots

B. Main bearings

C. Tub and basket holes

D. Rust and stains

E. Redeposition

F. Tripods and shafts

5. Customer Relations

A. Handling difficult situations.

B. Callbacks – It happens; what is the best policy?

C. When should you fire a customer?

6. Control and Relay Systems

A. Door and lid switches and locks

B. Timers

C. Computers

D. Control panels and membranes

E. Entering diagnostic mode

7. Power Source and Control Systems

A. Standard motors

B. Open rotors

C. Position and hall sensors

D. Motor testing/Inverters

E. Diagnostic mode

F. Timer and computers

8. Vibration and Suspension Systems

A. Springs

B. Weights

C. Snubbers

D. Shock absorbers

E. Computer interaction and error codes

9. Defining Your market and best Customers

A. Undesirable work

B. Insurance work

C. System Work

Refrigerators and Freezers

1. Compressor Systems

A. Start devices

B. Hard start kits

C. EPA rules

D. Replacement

E. Inefficient, testing temperatures

F. Blocked and short systems

2. Evaporator Systems

A. Defrost heaters

B. Leaks

C. Defrost limits

D. Defrost clocks

E. ADC systems

F. Forcing defrost and circuit testing

G. Frost and ice patterns

H. Fans motors and blades

3. Condenser Systems

A. Clogged

B. Cooling fans - testing

C. Restricted

D. Temperature testing

4. Air Flow Systems

A. Air adjustments

B. Automatic dampers

C. Return ducts and restrictions

5. Cabinet Systems

A. Door seals

B. Hinges and cams

C. Lights and switches

D. Mullion heaters and mold

E. Ice buildup, frozen drains and water leaks

F. Shelves and drawers

G. Odors

H. Twisted doors and cabinets

6. Control Systems

A. Cold controls

B. Computer controls

Icemakers, Ice Bins, Dispensers,

Dishwashers and Disposers

1. Icemakers Systems

A. Operation sequence

B. Icemaker designs

C. Icemaker cycling and testing

D. Corrosion and wicking

E. Hollow cubes

2. Valve Systems

A. Valve testing

B. Clogs, filters and strainers

C. Leaks and cracked lines

D. Frozen funnels

3. Piping and Filter Systems

A. Incoming plumbing

B. Leaks and cracked internal lines

C. Household plumbing issues

4. Optic Control Systems

A. Testing optics

B. Replacing optics

C. Cycling optic icemakers

5. Bin Systems

A. Drive yokes and solenoids

B. Rusted and damaged grinders and frozen motors

C. Ice frozen into a lump

6. Dispenser Systems

A. Gaining access

B. Control switches and computer boards

C. Micro switches

D. Yokes and dampers

E. Chute flappers

Dishwashers and Disposers

1. Water Import System

A. Valve testing

B. Float limit switch

C. Air gap

2. Pump and Recirculating Systems

A. Impellers and seals

B. Filter clogs

C. Spray arm problems

D. Upper spray arm supply

E. Calcium and iron buildup

3. Control and Heater Systems

A. Poor cleaning

B. Clean light blinking

C. Checking heater circuit

4. Control and Door Safety Systems

A. Door switches

B. Computer and touch membranes

5. Drain Systems

A. Separate pumps

B. Damaged lower impellers

C. Check valves

D. Air gaps and hoses

E. Disposer knockouts


1. Grinding System

A. Jammed

B. Loose grinding plate or arm

C. Dead

2. Drain System

A. Leaking

B. Won’t drain

C. Piping won’t line up

3. Installing New Unit

A. Replacement

B. From scratch

4. Disposer Types

A. Continuous feed

B. Batch feed

Ranges, Ovens, Cook Tops and Microwaves Ovens

1. Gas Heating Systems

A. Gas valve operation and demo

B. Testing igniters

C. Thermal fuses

D. Gas conversions

E. Control sensors

F. Computers and membranes

2. Electric Heating Systems

A. Bake and broil elements

B. Testing elements

C. Temperature sensors

D. Computers and membranes

E. Understanding the 220vac supply

3. Self-Cleaning Systems

A. Theory of operation

B. Manual latches

C. Motorized latches

D. Locked up tight

E. Error codes

F. Circuit tracing

4. Air Circulation Systems

A. Cooling fans

B. Convection operation

C. Sail switches

D. Thermal safeties

E. Circuit tracing

Gas and Electric Cook Tops

5. Gas Cook Top Systems

A. Gas and air flow

B. Electric spark modules and electrodes

C. Gas cocks

D. Gas cock switches

E. Gas regulators & conversions

6. Electric Cook Top Systems

A. Burners and sockets

B. Infinite switches

C. Glass tops

D. Circuit tracing


1. Microwave Oven Systems

A. Counter tops

B. Space savers

C. Built in and convection

D. Low voltage problems

E. High voltage problems

F. Computer errors, dead units

G. Fires, sparking, turntable and fans