Intro from a new member


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Hello everyone, just joined as I have a fridge that is interesting to me..As a senior service technician and engineer I am always interested in finding the root cause of a failure, rather than just fixing the symptoms.  I have been troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing many different types of mechanical/electrical/hydraulic & electronic equipment and major defense systems both from the technical, logistic, design and engineering viewpoint.  As such home appliances are not that challenging, and over the years I have kept up with the changing technology and improvements to the industry.  I have been "fixing" things for close to 60 years.  The issue that I have noticed over the years that the repairman that can fix the problem correctly is a rarity, the majority of repair technicians of every kind, have evolved into parts changers...the time it takes to repair parts (ie return them to the state they were in when new) obviates this happening.  I still like to fix things.  My philosophy for technical repair has been that if all the components in the device are either repaired or replaced, and everything is the same as the engineers designed it, and the manufacturer assembled it it will work as designed.  There are many times that the original design has issues... but most manufacturers when confronted with this come up with a modification/update to correct it.  I have never worked professionally in the appliance or automotive industry, however I have successfully repaired many many items in these categories.  I am by no means a know it all.... but with appropriate technical documentation I have been able to "fix" a lot of things.   My advice to any DIY is to invest in any special tools, diagnostics equipment and most of all professional level FSM's (Factory Service Manuals).  The cost of these are vastly exceeded by having a service tech come to the house....as an example here in SW Fla. to have a service tech. come to the house and diagnose a failed componet  (computer circuit card) and replace it cost an associate of mine $1200.00.  I tried to convince him to let me do it for him....the component was less than $100.00 new, the time to diagnose and r/r (remove replace said card was less than an hour total.  I was astounded when he told me what he had to pay....one last thing I retired from the USNavy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and had to learn to take criticism with a grain of salt... so you can tell me anything you think about what I have to say.  My feelings will not be hurt, I will not rant and rave and call you names...possibly we both can benefit from the discourse... (LOL).  If I can help anyone I will try... and I will benefit from the experience and increase my depth of knowledge...
Sincerely
Capnfred
USN Retired
ETCS(SW)
and yes I had a blast in the military and after...






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