Appliance Technician

Repair and install modern comforts like ranges, washers and dryers.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Appliance Technicians do?

An Appliance Technician installs, repairs, and performs maintenance on home appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, cooking ranges, washers and dryers, microwaves, trash compactors, and garbage disposals. But as an Appliance Technician, you’re much more than a Repairman; you’re a superhero who upholds your customers’ way of life and protects their standard of living.

If that sounds like an exaggeration, consider this: Before the invention of microwaves and washing machines, people had to cook their food slowly over campfires and wash their clothes by hand in rivers. To modern men and women, it sounds inconvenient at best, and downright barbaric at worst. Just try imagining life without a refrigerator. Thanks to you, your customers don’t have to.

Employed by appliance and home improvement retailers, appliance manufacturers, and independent repair shops — as well as office buildings, hotels, and restaurants, some of which employ full- or part-time Appliance Technicians to take care of their ongoing repair and maintenance needs — you’re a mechanical mind reader who’s called when appliances break or malfunction. Using your knowledge of appliance anatomy, you inspect broken appliances — looking for unusual noises, loose parts, leaking fluid, or signs of corrosion — in order to diagnose the problem, which you then fix by replacing or adjusting parts.

Because you’re an expert on their installation and operation, you may also deliver and install new appliances. Finally, you’re expected to prepare bills and estimates for your repairs, and to collect final payments. Because most customers would rather die than live without a refrigerator, however, that’s usually the easy part!

Should I be an Appliance Technician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Certified Appliance Service Technician, Electrical Appliance Mechanic, Household Appliances Service Technician See More

    How to become an Appliance Technician

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