Online Appliance Repair Training Program | Penn Foster Career School

Online Appliance Repair School

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Appliance Repair Training Program Overview

Develop your repair skills with the Penn Foster Career School Appliance Repair Career Diploma Program. Your program will cover how to make both major and minor repairs of small and large electric appliances. With Penn Foster Career School, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you, and you can complete the program in as little as three months! And, did you know the average salary for appliance repair technicians is $35,170?¹

As part of our online Appliance Repair program, you’ll receive a digital multimeter, a Multimeter Operation Manual, an AC amp-clamp, and an Amp-Clamp Instruction Manual. Appliance Repair students also receive discounts on tools and supplies through the Snap-on Student Excellence Program.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students to gain entry-level employment repairing, adjusting, and installing appliances, including refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ranges.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Name the various hand and power tools you'll use when working with appliances, and describe the safe work practices that must be observed
  • Explain how to perform tests on appliances using electronic measuring and diagnostic devices, such as a multimeter, amp-clamp, or oscilloscope
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity, including the components and operation of electronic circuits
  • Describe how electricity can be controlled to provide switching and motion in various appliance components, including solenoids, relays, and motors
  • Identify the components and operation of commonly used small electrical appliances, and define the proper troubleshooting and repair procedures
  • List the steps for troubleshooting and repairing common power tools, including drills, saws, sanders, and air compressors
  • Identify the components and operation of major electrical appliances, including ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers, compactors, and disposals, and describe the proper troubleshooting and repair procedures. Explain how the various voltage combinations required are derived
  • Describe the operation of microwaves, and list typical safety. troubleshooting and repair procedures
  • Identify the components and operation of HVACR free-standing units and systems, including refrigerators and air conditioners, and comprehend procedures for troubleshooting, testing, and maintaining HVACR systems
  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics demonstrated by successful technicians, including how to build relationships with customers and peers
  • Recognize the proper procedures for providing cost estimates and billing for repair work. Understand how to provide for profit with repair estimates
  • List several employment possibilities in the appliance servicing field, and describe how to start your own business

Unit 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Electric Appliance Tools and Testers


  • Understand the fundamentals of appliance repair and safety.
  • Identify appliance repair tools and testers.

Unit 2

Testing Electric Appliances


  • Test and troubleshoot appliance circuits to familiarize yourself with electricity.
Solenoids, Relays, and Motors


  • Identify the components of a solenoid.
  • Understand split-phase motors, capacitor-start motors, and permanent magnetic DC motors.
Additional Unit Material

Supplement: How Appliances Are Changing

Unit 3

Electric Heating Appliances and Fans


  • Work with line cords and plugs.
  • Learn about working with electric clothes-pressing irons, electric room heaters, ceiling fans, and power ventilators.
Cooking Appliances


  • Work with coffee-making appliances and miscellaneous cooking appliances.
  • Repair table ovens.
Motor-Driven Small Appliances


  • Explore gear drive systems and appliances with reciprocating motion.
  • Troubleshoot and repair wet/dry vacuums and wet carpet cleaners.
Electric Power Tools


  • Identify and repair the many kinds of drills and power drivers.
  • Repair saws, routers, sanders, and air compressors.
Additional Unit Material

Supplement: Lawn and Garden Equipment

Unit 4

Electric Ranges and Water Heaters


  • Troubleshoot and repair electric ranges, stand-alone ovens, and electric water heaters.
Electric Washing Machines


  • Learn about electric washing machine parts and circuits.
  • Troubleshoot and repair washing machines.
Electric Clothes Dryers, Dishwashers, Compactors, and Disposals


  • Identify the different types of electric clothes dryer construction.
  • Troubleshoot dryer failures.
  • Repair dishwashers, trash compactors, and garbage disposals.
Special Shipment

Digital Multimeter
Multimeter Operation Manual

Shipped separately when you complete the appropriate exam.

Unit 5

Microwave Ovens, Part 1


  • Learn about the components, circuits, and operation of microwave ovens.
Microwave Ovens, Part 2


  • Troubleshoot, repair, and test microwave ovens.
Additional Unit Material

Supplement: Cordless Appliances

Unit 6

Electric Refrigeration


  • Identify the parts of electric refrigerators and domestic freezers.
  • Test and service the mechanical parts of refrigeration systems.
Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and Air Cleaners


  • Describe the operating principles and components of air conditioners, dehumidifiers, air cleaners, and heat pumps.
  • Test and troubleshoot air conditioners, dehumidifiers, air cleaners, and heat pumps.
Your Career in Appliance Repair


  • Identify the work habits that you’ll need as a professional technician.
  • Learn how to start your own business.
Additional Unit Materials

Supplement: Starting a Mobile Business

Graduation Gift

When you graduate, you'll receive

(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)

AC Amp-Clamp
Amp-Clamp Instruction Manual

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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Sample Lesson

To view an Appliance Repair sample lesson, click here.

Appliance Repair Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Appliance Repair program you'll cover topics such as:

Snap-on Student Excellence Program

Students enrolled in the online appliance repair training program are eligible to participate in the Snap-on program Students enrolled in the Appliance Repair Program are eligible to participate in the Snap-on Student Excellence Program. This program allows students in trades and technology education programs to purchase high-quality Snap-on tools at a preferred student discount. Some restrictions may apply for total purchase and quantities of certain items. Click here to see the new Snap-on Catalog.


State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Appliance Repair School

Appliance repair technicians perform major and minor repairs on a variety of electric appliances. Here are a few qualities that effective appliance repair technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be rewarding and fun.
  • Organized: You keep a schedule and are on time for appointments and meetings.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done, and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

After taking the Penn Foster Appliance Repair Program, I have the confidence to tackle any repair job. I am just getting started in another Penn Foster program, and I will take many more.

- Michael K., Appliance Repair graduate

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

I have had great feedback from my employer after my training from Penn Foster. I have also had other job offers. The knowledge that you learn is priceless. Penn Foster is an excellent school.

- Kenny B., Penn Foster graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids, including a digital multimeter, Multimeter Operation Manual, AC amp-clamp, and an Amp-Clamp Instruction Manual
  • Access to the Snap-on Student Excellence Program offering up to a 50% discount on Snap-on products
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Appliance Repair academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster Career School’s Appliance Repair Career Diploma Program provide any hands-on tools?

Yes, students receive learning aids such as a digital multimeter, an AC amp-clamp, and corresponding manuals for those tools. Students also receive a student discount for Snap-on tools.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Home Appliance Repairers, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

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