Home Appliance Repairers
SOC: 49-9031.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
46,400 employed

Projected (2024):
44,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Air-Conditioner Window Unit Installer-Servicer
  • Appliance Adjuster
  • Appliance Installer
  • Appliance Repair Technician
  • Appliance Repairer
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Appliance Technician
  • Appliance Worker
  • Automatic Washer Mechanic
  • Certified Appliance Service Technician
  • Cooking Appliance Repair Technician
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Electric Appliance Installer
  • Electric Razor Mechanic
  • Electric Shaver Mechanic
  • Electric Stove Installer
  • Electric Stove Mechanic
  • Electric Tool Repairer
  • Electrical Appliance Mechanic
  • Electrical Appliance Repairer
  • Electrical Appliance Servicer
  • Electrical Appliance Servicer Apprentice
  • Electrical Mechanical Technician
  • Field Service Representative
  • Gas Appliance Adjuster
  • Gas Appliance Installer
  • Gas Appliance Mechanic
  • Gas Appliance Repairer
  • Gas Appliance Servicer
  • Gas Technician
  • Home Appliance Dryer and Washer Mechanic
  • Home Appliance Installer
  • Home Appliance Technician
  • Home Appliance Washing Machine Mechanic
  • Home Appliances Mechanic
  • Household Appliance Installer
  • Household Appliance Mechanic
  • Household Appliance Repairer
  • Household Appliances Service Technician
  • Household Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Household Refrigerator Mechanic
  • Microwave Household Appliances Technician
  • Range Mechanic
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Refrigerator Repair Technician
  • Refrigerator Repairman
  • Repair Technician
  • Residential Appliance Repair Technician
  • Room Cooler Installer
  • Service Manager
  • Service Technician
  • Sewing Machine Mechanic
  • Stove Installer
  • Stove Mechanic
  • Vacuum Cleaner Mechanic
  • Vacuum Cleaner Repair Person
  • Vacuum Cleaner Repairer
  • Vacuum Repairer
  • Washer Repairman
  • Washing Machine Installer
  • Washing Machine Repairer
  • Window Air Conditioner Installer
  • Window Unit Air Conditioning Mechanic

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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 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 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 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, performing 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Appliance dollies
  • Bearing removers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Charging hoses
  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Condenser brushes
  • Cordless drills
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital vacuum gauges
  • Dual temperature heat guns
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Folding hand trucks
  • Folding utility knives
  • Hex key sets
  • Hose clamp pliers
  • Laptop computers
  • Leak detectors
  • Mechanic's stethoscopes
  • Mini tubing cutters
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Multipurpose spanners
  • Portable point of sale terminals
  • Precision needle files
  • Ratchets
  • Refrigerant recovery units
  • Sealed burner wrenches
  • Smart phones
  • Snap-ring pliers
  • Socket adapters
  • Socket extensions
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Solder guns
  • Spanner nut wrenches
  • Stick welders
  • Tablet computers
  • Telescoping inspection mirrors
  • Temperature recorders
  • Test charging manifolds
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Vent brushes
  • Work vans
  • dESCO ESC software
  • Intac International Wintac
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Parts database software
  • RazorSync software
  • Route mapping software
  • ServiceMax software
  • Web browser software

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990