What do Home Appliance Repairers do?
Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.
- 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 and/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 in order 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 in order 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; perform 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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