Review of Uncle Harry’s Appliance Repair Training

Start An Appliance Repair BusinessI bought Uncle Harry’s appliance repair technician home study course and used it to successfully start my appliance repair business, which I write about in my startup blog.  In retrospect, this is how I feel about the value of Uncle Harry’s materials and support.

When I started out, I knew absolutely NOTHING about the appliance repair business, and I had no relatives, neighbors or buddies who could mentor me and teach me the business.

All I had when I started was “Electronics for Dummies” and a book on appliance repair called Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances, 2nd Ed.  I had watched all the free YouTube videos I could find, and I had studied DIY forums for all they were worth, but I just couldn’t bridge the gap between being an amateur and becoming a professional without SOMETHING else.

I looked at Penn-Foster pretty closely, but I was concerned that it would be too theoretical; also they seemed to teach fixing lots of small appliances.  My gut feeling was that there was no money in that area. It seemed like a waste of time to learn that stuff.   I wanted something practical that taught me what I would encounter in the real world and make a tidy profit. The other schools that I looked at seemed aimed more at training me to be a technician rather than a businessman. Going away to school for 2-3 weeks was not practical for me and I really questioned how much I could absorb is a few weeks.

With all the manufacturers, models, types of appliances and years of technology changes that I would need to become an expert on, how was I going to go from knowing nothing to taking appliance repair calls?

Uncle Harry had a very valuable solution.  First, he taught me the hands-on fundamentals using videos of repairs being done on actual machines, and technical manuals with step-by-step instructions.  He was very wise when he advised turning down known troublesome jobs.  (I found that out the hard way a few times.) Next, what was really important is he taught me the business itself,  including advertising/web marketing, parts inventory, customer service, and pricing.  After all that, he had an extensive support system as I started going out on my calls.

Before I ever started taking service calls, I studied Harry’s materials thoroughly.  Once I started taking calls, I would research specific problems I was trying to solve by reviewing them in Uncle Harry’s course materials.

Harry personally answered my emails and phone calls and helped me through my stumpers, which was critical for me in the early stages of a startup.

Not sure how I would have started my appliance repair business from scratch without using Uncle Harry as an intermediate stepping stone between being a DIY guy and a professional.

For more about how I started my appliance repair business, read my startup blog, and for more about my ongoing business read my business blog.

13 Replies to “Review of Uncle Harry’s Appliance Repair Training”

  1. Good day,

    What are your thoughts on Cornerstone Appliance Repair. I am in college for Electrical Engineering Technology and would like to pursue this field. However, I currently cannot afford the full uncle harry guide so I was looking at cornerstone for now and then moving on to uncle harry.

    1. I believe that you will find Cornerstone too elementary for you as an engineer. Save up and go for Uncle Harry’s.

  2. I Purchased a tablet two months ago and it literally shut off and will not come back on .I paid $800 for uncle Harry’s tablet so I expect it to last longer then 2 months, the information in the tablet is very reliable and does explain and teach very well so I’m honestly up set that it doesn’t work anymore.. also I purchased one of Uncle Harry‘s courses which wasn’t cheap either later to find out that it expired …I was not told before hand that the course had a Expiration date which I don’t understand why it would have expiration date if I paid for the course.I called and told the company my problem only to never hear back from them

    1. James,

      We spoke on 5/10/2019 regarding the tablet. I will call you again regarding setting up a remote diagnosis session.
      The expiration dates on the Mindflash courses can be extended. The courses have expiration dates because Harry has to pay a fee for the number of active students.

      Bill Dean

  3. I have been considering this program with Uncle Harry’s but I wanted to know how much the course cost. I have email Uncle Harry customer service about two months ago but I have not hear from them. So, I was wondering if you can help me out on this info. I also have been looking into Penn Foster since I had take an Electrician course with them, but Uncle Harry more realistic but I just wish that someone can tell me the cost of the program. Thank you

    1. Hi Carlos – It is very unusual, to say the least, for Harry not to respond, so maybe something went wrong with your email? You can talk to Harry directly about pricing, and he can also answer any questions you may have about financing the course, just click on the Home Study Course link and it will take you to a page with Harry’s phone number. I think Harry’s course will get you running calls faster than any other program out there, which is why I chose to go that route myself. Best of luck to you!

  4. I have researched the schools/courses and it looks like uncle Harry’s is by far the best I will be receiving uncle Harry’s course tomorrow it’s suppose to arrive by fedex and I am really excited to get it.I have enjoyed reading your blog keep up the good work

    1. Hi Mark – Congratulations on choosing Harry’s course – as I’ve said before, it is definitely the fast track. I remember impatiently waiting for that FedEx package myself – when I got my hands on it, I tore into it 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and in 30 days I was taking my first service call. By the way, Harry still answers my phone calls personally, and he helped me solve a stumper last week. A washer timer I was working on the knob would not engage, so I called Harry and he said he thought it might be missing a spacer. I bought the $2 spacer at the parts house, put it in and it worked. Wish you the best of luck and prosperity with your appliance repair career!

  5. Your first coulple of paragraphs sounds exactly like my entry into to appliance world
    I checked out Penn Foster aswell and Laurus felt PF would be to complicated to understand
    I’m definitely going the uncle Harry route to learn and then going to join my friends company
    To help him expand I’ve went out with him for a few weeks but like to be trained before I fully represent his company so that I can control my calls without having to call on him all the time.

    1. Hi Apollo – Harry is definitely the fast track – sounds like you have a smart strategy. Your friend is lucky to have someone like you who realizes the importance of training. It’s critical at startup but vital throughout your career as an appliance repair technician. I still study every single day to keep current. Thanks for the great comment!

  6. I am going to get into appliance repair.
    I’ve been looking around and decided to
    buy Uncle Henry s program.
    I liked your sites.

    1. Hi Walter – Congratulations on your decision to become an appliance repair technician – I think Harry’s program will be the quickest way for you to get started making money in appliance repair. Wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

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