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Tech Tips: Voltage, Voltage Drop, and Loads

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on April 21, 2014

in Repair Video, Samurai Incarnate

Understanding the distinction between voltage and voltage drop as well as understanding what a load is in an electric circuit are essential troubleshooting concepts for the professional appliantologist to grasp. In my years of working with other appliance techs online here at Appliantology.org, I have found that many, from rookies to seasoned and battle-hardened techs, do not have a firm grasp of these concepts. As a result, many professional appliance techs (I said many, not most) don’t know how to effectively troubleshoot electrical problems in an appliance using a schematic in a coherent and strategic way.

For example, if you don’t understand electrical loads and voltage drops, how will you apply the standard troubleshooting technique of load analysis when you’re analyzing a schematic to figure out why a motor isn’t running? Or, another example, if you don’t understand the difference between measuring voltage and measuring a voltage drop, how will you apply the time-honored troubleshooting tactic of half-splitting to locate the missing voltage in a circuit?

The video below is a sample from Part 1 of the Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp and explains the concepts of voltage, voltage drop, and loads:

The Samurai Appliance Tech Boot Camp teaches these and other basic skills of the trade in Part 1 of the Boot Camp:Fundamentals of Appliance Repair and fills in these and other knowledge gaps that many techs have. Whether you’re new to the trade or you’ve been in it for many years but have never had the opportunity (or time) to gain these fundamental technical skills, you can learn them conveniently online at your schedule and pace right from the comfort of your computer. The lessons are a combination of text, video, and audio and most of the lessons have a quiz at the end to test your knowledge and help you think about and apply the concepts to ensure you have a firm grasp of them. Most of all, it’s a fun way to learn!
Part 1 is currently in Beta testing and will be open for general enrollment by June 15 of this year. The tuition will be announced sometime before then, after we’ve compiled the feedback from the Beta students.

Part 2 will cover issues specific to each major appliance type and is currently in development. It will go into Beta testing this Fall and be released for general enrollment by the end of 2014.

For most techs who have been working in the trade for several years already but need to fill in their knowledge gaps, Part 1 will probably be the most important part of the course. Rookies in the trade will benefit from both Part 1 and Part 2.

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Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer that Won’t Start

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on March 15, 2014

in Washer Repair

In this video, Samurai Appliance Repair Man, shows you how to troubleshoot a problem with a newer Whirlpool front load washer (one of the new Alpha2 platform washers) that acts like it wants to start but won’t. Watch with shock and awe as the Samurai ruthlessly hunts down the miscreant part like a mad dog and guides you through the troubleshooting process both on the physical machine itself and the schematic diagram, illustrating a graceful but deadly use of the continuity test to pinpoint the problem.

Here’s the door latch assembly I replaced to fix this washer.

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Tools for Appliance Repair

March 6, 2014 General Appliance Wisdom

Appliance repair is a trade that uses both common and specialized tools. In this video, I show you the basic tools you need to have with you, either in your tool backpack or in your vehicle, on every service call you go on. – Ryobi P882 One+ 18v Lithium-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Kit – […]

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Fridge only runs 5 or 6 seconds at a time, freezer defrosted, food spoiling

May 17, 2013 Refrigerator Repair

Your Name: Flower Type of Appliance: Refrigerator Brand: whirlpool Model Number: GS6SHAXMS00 Your Precious Words: Fridge runs for 5-6 seconds at a time. Not enough time to cool off. Coils are clean, fan in rear is running fine. Its been 2 days and the freezer is totally defrosted and fridge is getting warm inside This […]

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Gas dryer ignitor glows for a moment then goes out, burner never fires up, clothes do not dry

May 17, 2013 Dryer Repair

Your Name: Larry Type of Appliance: Dryer Brand: Model Number: LGQ9508PWO Your Precious Words: Have read the post but what makes this strange to me is that it worked fine, moved it 20 feet, other side of the wall it was on, same exhaust connection and same gas line but new connections. Finished the move, […]

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Light inside GE range oven goes out when the oven gets hot

May 17, 2013 Oven Repair

Your Name: Ricky Type of Appliance: Oven/Range/Stove Brand: GE electric range Model Number: JB700SNSS Your Precious Words: The inside oven light seems to turn off when the oven gets hot. You can leave oven light on all night without using the oven and it stays on all night. Any ideas? What’s happening is that the […]

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Frigidaire Top-Load Washer Squealed During the Spin Cycle and Now Won’t Spin

May 1, 2013 Washer Repair

Your Name: Emily Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Frigidaire Model Number: FWS223RFS1 Your Precious Words: The machine squealed during the spin cycle on two separate occasions. I stopped and resettled the clothes and it was fine. Today it doesn’t spin at all. I have checked the belt and it looks fine. I have not yet […]

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Whirlpool Duet Sport Washer Getting SD, F21, and F33 Error Codes, Slow Draining and Loud Drain Pump

April 27, 2013 Washer Repair

Your Name: Madonna Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Whirlpool Duet Sport Model Number: WFW8300SW01 Your Precious Words: Have been getting SD error followed by F-21 error. Manually drained washer and checked for anything in the drain pump filter, nothing there. Plugged back in and did drain/spin cycle and the washer would drain. After manually draining […]

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Frigidaire Front Load Washer Won’t Spin, Code E47

April 27, 2013 Washer Repair

Your Name: Rob Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Frigidaire Model Number: GLTF2940es0 Your Precious Words: Machine won’t spin. Ran though the diagnostics and it said code e47 – board thinks PTC circuit is open. From reading forums, I think I need a new wax motor, but I’m not sure which part number that is or […]

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Samsung DMT800 Dishwasher with a 9E error code

April 2, 2013 Dishwasher Repair

Your Name: Caleb Type of Appliance: Dishwasher Brand: Samsung Model Number: DMT800 Your Precious Words: Dishwasher is having a error code 9e, low water leavel, don’t seem to be able to find a part or a picture of the part or a picture of a part break down of the dishwasher. Searching internet for answers, […]

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Whirlpool Duet washer Control Lock button light is stuck on and controls locked

March 28, 2013 Washer Repair

Your Name: felecia Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Whrilpool Duet HT Model Number: GHW9300PW4 Your Precious Words: did a load of laundry came back threw it in the dryer and went to start another load and I noticed the control lock button is on. Now my washer is basically frozen. I tried unplugging and holding […]

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Amana front load washer with no power

March 28, 2013 Washer Repair

Your Name: Claudia Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Amana Model Number: NFW7200TW Your Precious Words: My Amana NFW7200TW washer will not power on. I had loaded a small load, heard it start to fill, then walked away for an hour. When I returned NO power. I have power at the receptical, but unpluged it overnight. […]

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Dryer accumulates excessive lint and takes a long time to dry a load of clothes

March 26, 2013 Dryer Repair

Your Name: Doug Type of Appliance: Dryer Brand: Whirlpool Model Number: ggw9200lw0 Your Precious Words: I’ve had an issue a couple of different times with my Whirlpool Duet Dryer and it concerns me. Three different times, there has been enough lint accumulated in the lower compartment that it caught on fire. I’ve checked the exhaust […]

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How to fix a GE gas cooktop where one of the burner knobs won’t turn at all

March 21, 2013 Stove Repair

Your Name: Margaret Type of Appliance: Oven/Range/Stove Brand: GE Gas Downdraft Cooktop Model Number: JGP389BEV4BB Your Precious Words: I can not turn of the knobs to ignite my gas cooktop burner. So the back right burner is now useless. How can we fix it? This is a problem with the gas valve for the affected […]

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How to Fix a Frigidaire Front Load Washer that won’t Spin

March 17, 2013 Repair Video

Your Name: David Type of Appliance: Washer Brand: Fridaire Model Number: ftfb4000gs0 Your Precious Words: The motor will not do the final (fast) spin to get the majority of the water out. Although it does work in the agitation mode. I believe the error code is 43 ( control board)? Error code 43 and no […]

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