Do-it-Yourself Guide to Installing, Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances: Index

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1. Selecting, purchasing, and installing major home appliances

2. Safety precautions

3. Tools needed for installation and repair

4. Basic techniques

5. Electricity

6. Appliance parts


7. Automatic dishwashers

8. Garbage disposers

9. Electric water heaters

10. Automatic washers

11. Automatic dryers

12. Electric ranges and ovens

13. Refrigerators and freezers

14. Automatic ice makers

15. Glossary


Practical guidelines for servicing virtually every modern home appliance.

For both technicians and do-it-yourselfers this complete, on-the-job reference is packed with useful information on major appliances, from selection and installation to diagnosis and repair. You’ll even find tips on the proper use and maintenance of appliances to keep them in good working order, as well as valuable information on new technologies and tricks of the trade.

Emphasizing safety throughout, I will explain how to read wiring diagrams and use test equipment, including volt-ohm-amp meters and wattmeters, and provides a helpful list of tools to keep on hand. After listing common symptoms, I’ll identify possible causes and provides point-by-point diagnosis and repair procedures for appliances such as:

  • Dishwashers
  • Garbage disposals
  • Water heaters
  • Washing machines and dryers
  • Electric ranges and ovens
  • Refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers

Generous illustrations, including diagrams and charts. Help make this comprehensive guide easy to follow, even if your experience is limited.

Includes useful glossary of terms and lists of parts and supply sources you may need.

Contrary to popular belief, appliance technicians don’t perform magic when fixing broken machines. A disappearing act isn’t required to master the operation and mechanics of a major appliance. All that is needed are the abilities to think clearly and use hand tools.

As a novice servicer, you might have to look up terms in the glossary, or consult the component descriptions and diagnostic charts. However, you’ll be amply re warded for this effort when a major appliance is fixed for the first time. This guide is also informative and useful for the experienced servicer and repair technician.

This guide was designed in two parts: general and specific. Part A: the fundamentals of service, covers the basic skills. The problems of selection, purchase, and installation of new major home appliances are introduced in the first section. Also included is information on manufacturer’s warranties, use and care manuals, and where the consumers can get help if it’s needed.

From sections 2 through 6, a complete guide is laid out on your journey into the repair of major appliances. The complete coverage of safety precautions (for the installation, operation, and repair of major appliances); the correct tools needed for the job; and the basic approach both before, and during, the repair of major appliances; is just the beginning.

Everything you will ever need to know about electricity is provided in section 5. And, section 6 furnishes a description of the operation and location of the parts that are used in today’s appliances.

Your journey continues through the land of major appliance repair in Part B: Appliance service, installation and preventive maintenance procedures. Sections 7 through 14 cover domestic dishwashers, garbage disposals, water heaters, automatic washers, automatic dryers, ranges/ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and automatic ice makers.

The step-by-step procedures for the testing and replacing of parts, troubleshooting charts, preventive maintenance procedures, and appliance installation procedures, are both thorough and comprehensive.

The troubleshooting information covers the various types of major home appliances in general terms, rather than as specific models, in order to present a broad overview of service techniques. The pictures and illustrations are used for demonstration purposes, and to clarify the description of how to service them. They don’t reflect a particular manufacturer’s reliability.

This guide should provide you with a basic understanding of the operation of, and the problems common to, major appliances. This text will guide you as you complete your venture into the world of major appliances, and in becoming a qualified technician.

Next: Introduction; Ranges, cooktops, and ovens

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