Advanced Troubleshooting Course

Mastership is within your grasp.

Build on the knowledge you gained in Fundamentals and take your troubleshooting skills to the next level with the Advanced Schematic Analysis and Troubleshooting (ASAT) course.

This course delves deeply into sophisticated and esoteric appliance circuit troubleshooting techniques. What you'll learn:

  • how to use timing charts together with the schematic to troubleshoot problems
  • how to use Ohm's Law as a powerful troubleshooting tool to give you a clear understanding of how a circuit works
  • how to troubleshoot deceptive and tricky open neutral problems
  • how to troubleshoot appliances with control boards, including multiple control boards and microprocessor boards
    Perhaps best of all: You will hone your newly-learned schematic reading and troubleshooting skills with a challenging series of schematic lab exercises where you're given a tech sheet and schematic and then asked a series of quiz questions about them. This is where it will really start to click for you.

    Still wondering if you need this course?

    On newer electronic appliances, reading the schematic is an essential, non-optional skill. But it's not enough by itself. You have to be able to read the schematic in context with the technology you're dealing with. For example, in appliances with multiple control boards, you need to understand how to communicate with the microprocessor (main) board and how the main board and sub-boards are communicating with each other. This is the brave new world of digital communications fully entering the appliance world and the ASAT course explains all this to you through a series of easy-to-follow screencasts.


    Course Syllabus:
    Module 1 Advanced Troubleshooting Course Orientation
    Welcome! The objective and mission of the Samurai Tech Academy. How to to get around the Academy and use this course.
    Unit 1 Orientation: How to Use and Interact with the Advanced Troubleshooting Course  
    Module 2 Review of Schematics and Wiring Diagrams
    The difference between schematics and wiring diagrams and how each are used for different troubleshooting situations.
    Unit 1 Guidelines for Reading Schematics  
    Module 3 Using Timing Charts and Schematics to Troubleshoot Appliances
    Using the timing chart to interpret the schematic and develop troubleshooting strategies in appliances with mechanical timers and distributed control systems.
    Unit 1 Troubleshooting a 2-Speed Motor Problem in a Top Load Washer  
    Unit 2 Analyzing Dryer Timer Motor Operation Using EEPs and the Timer Chart  
    Unit 3 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Mechanical Timers 1  
    Unit 4 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Mechanical Timers 2  
    Module 4 Using Ohm's Law as a Powerful Troubleshooting Tool
    A quick review of Ohm's Law and then using it to gain keen Samurai insight into how a circuit works and using it as a powerful troubleshooting tool.
    Unit 1 Using Ohm's Law as a Powerful Troubleshooting Tool  
    Module 5 Troubleshooting Open Neutral Problems
    Identifying and troubleshooting open neutrals problems. Recognizing when open neutrals can cause alternate neutral pathways with unexpected load behavior. Using the schematic and wiring diagram to identify, isolate, and repair open neutrals.
    Unit 1 Using the Timer Chart and Schematic to Troubleshoot Open Neutral Problems  
    Unit 2 Analyzing Open Neutrals and Voltage Drops in Series Loads using Ohm's Law  
    Unit 3 Troubleshooting Broken Wires and Alternate Neutral Paths with Unexpected Load Behavior  
    Module 6 Troubleshooting Appliances with Electronic Control Boards
    Distributed vs. central control systems. Methods and techniques for troubleshooting computer-controlled appliances. Troubleshooting electronic control boards.
    Unit 1 Troubleshooting Distributed vs. Central Control Systems  
    Unit 2 Troubleshooting Appliances with Multiple Control Boards  
    Unit 3 Troubleshooting Computer-Controlled Appliances  
    Unit 4 Troubleshooting Electronic Control Boards in Appliances  
    Unit 5 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Electronic Control Boards 1  
    Unit 6 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Electronic Control Boards 2  
    Unit 7 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Electronic Control Boards 3  
    Unit 8 Schematic Exercises: Appliances with Electronic Control Boards 4