What does a Home Appliance Repairer do?

Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.

Jobs Roles

  • Disassemble appliances so that problems can be diagnosed and repairs can be made.
  • Bill customers for repair work, and collect payment.
  • Trace electrical circuits, following diagrams, and conduct tests with circuit testers and other equipment to locate shorts and grounds.
  • Service and repair domestic electrical or gas appliances, such as clothes washers, refrigerators, stoves, and dryers.
  • Replace worn and defective parts such as switches, bearings, transmissions, belts, gears, circuit boards, or defective wiring.
  • Talk to customers or refer to work orders to establish the nature of appliance malfunctions.
  • Reassemble units after repairs are made, making adjustments and cleaning and lubricating parts as needed.
  • Record maintenance and repair work performed on appliances.
  • Provide repair cost estimates, and recommend whether appliance repair or replacement is a better choice.
  • Maintain stocks of parts used in on-site installation, maintenance, and repair of appliances.
  • Clean and reinstall parts.
  • Observe and examine appliances during operation to detect specific malfunctions such as loose parts or leaking fluid.
  • Observe and test operation of appliances following installation, and make any initial installation adjustments that are necessary.
  • Refer to schematic drawings, product manuals, and troubleshooting guides to diagnose and repair problems.
  • Instruct customers regarding operation and care of appliances, and provide information such as emergency service numbers.
  • Assemble new or reconditioned appliances.
  • Clean, lubricate, and touch up minor defects on newly installed or repaired appliances.
  • Conserve, recover, and recycle refrigerants used in cooling systems.
  • Level refrigerators, adjust doors, and connect water lines to water pipes for ice makers and water dispensers, using hand tools.
  • Set appliance thermostats, and check to ensure that they are functioning properly.
  • Level washing machines and connect hoses to water pipes, using hand tools.
  • Install gas pipes and water lines to connect appliances to existing gas lines or plumbing.
  • Respond to emergency calls for problems such as gas leaks.
  • Install appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and stoves.
  • Contact supervisors or offices to receive repair assignments.
  • Light and adjust pilot lights on gas stoves, and examine valves and burners for gas leakage and specified flame.
  • Test and examine gas pipelines and equipment to locate leaks and faulty connections, and to determine the pressure and flow of gas.
  • Measure, cut, and thread pipe, and connect it to feeder lines and equipment or appliances, using rules and hand tools.
  • Take measurements to determine if appliances will fit in installation locations, performing minor carpentry work when necessary to ensure proper installation.
  • Hang steel supports from beams or joists to hold hoses, vents, and gas pipes in place.
  • Disassemble and reinstall existing kitchen cabinets, or assemble and install prefabricated kitchen cabinets and trim in conjunction with appliance installation.
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