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Home Appliance Repairers - 49-9031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Appliance Mechanic
  • Appliance Repair Mechanic
  • Appliance Repair Technician (Appliance Repair Tech)
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Appliance Technician (Appliance Tech)
  • Installer
  • Repair Man
  • Repair Technician
  • Service Technician (Service Tech)
  • Vacuum Repairer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Collect payments for goods or services.
  • Confer with coworkers to resolve equipment problems.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or piping.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Estimate costs for labor or materials.
  • Inspect gas systems or components to identify leaks or other potential hazards.
  • Inspect systems to determine if they are operating properly.
  • Install home appliances.
  • Install piping for installation or maintenance activities.
  • Level machines or equipment.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Measure distances or dimensions.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Train customers in the use of products.
  • Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Electrician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Armament/Electrical/Avionics Repair Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electrician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Support Equipment Electrician/Refrigeration and Engine/Gas Turbine Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Utilities Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Air-Conditioning Installer-Servicer, Window Unit
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Electric-Tool Repairer
  • Electrical-Appliance Repairer
  • Electrical-Appliance Servicer
  • Gas-Appliance Servicer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Air-Conditioning Installer-Servicer, Window Unit
  • Appliance Repairer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Electric-Tool Repairer
  • Electrical-Appliance Repairer
  • Electrical-Appliance Servicer
  • Electrical-Appliance-Servicer Apprentice
  • Gas-Appliance Servicer
  • Household-Appliance Installer
  • Vacuum Cleaner Repairer