Free appliance repair training takes longer to accumulate the knowledge that paid training can condense into a much shorter period of time. There is a huge amount of free information on YouTube and elsewhere on the web but, unfortunately, it is unfiltered and often in error. Rarely do you find accurate diagnostic instructions. Instead, you only find how to replace parts videos. Plus the value of time is seldom mentioned. A pro is constantly weighing time in his profit calculation.
Paid training is also much more thorough, and fills in a lot of gaps that free training leaves.
If you spend your money wisely, you can get a great education in a short period of time and get your business started quickly.
Books: Choose wisely and you don’t need that many of them. The first book you need to learn appliance repair troubleshooting is Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances, by Eric Kleinert. It’s like a troubleshooting encyclopedia. For a practical application of the techniques, it really needs to be supplemented with Uncle Harry .
Uncle Harry’s Course: There is nothing else out there like Uncle Harry on the market. Harry has worked since 1997 developing step-by-step repair manuals and videos and teaches you how to actually run your appliance repair business including advertising/marketing, parts inventory, customer service, invoicing. This training is the closest thing you’ll ever get to hands-on training in an online course – it can bridge the gap between reading the book and actually taking service calls. Getting text, email, and phone support are critical to your success. I know that from personal experience.
Penn Foster has as appliance repair technician’s training course which focuses on theoretical training. The price is reasonable, but unfortunately, Penn Foster spends a lot of time on small appliances such as mixers and toasters. Professionals in the appliance repair business turn down such requests and focus on major appliances where they can make $100 per hour.
Samurai Appliance Course.: The Samurai course is basically a useful library of helpful hints on appliance repair. He advertises himself as the ultimate source of knowledge in appliance repair and I admit he posts a lot of useful information. If I had only seen his material when I was pondering my venture into appliance repair I’m afraid I would have been frightened off. Two things bothered me: one, everything seems so technical when he presented it and two, I immediately concluded that most jobs involved meters and high tech circuit analysis solutions. Once I talked to Uncle Harry, who has degree in electrical engineering, I calmed down and realized that I was worrying way too much. Only 10% of my work gets technical and I always work around it using simple tricks. Once I mastered Uncle Harry’s techniques, I have been amazed at how problems can actually be easily solved. So if you are an electrical novice, as I was, go the Uncle Harry route. If you feel you want to dig deeply into schematics Samurai is your guy. Personally I’m more interested in making money.