Free appliance repair training can also take 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.
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 (see below).
- Home Study 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.
- Professional Training Schools: Penn Foster has a professional 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.