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Details for Home Appliance Repairers


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


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


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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