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Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Modern Refridgeration and Air Conditioning) Hardcover – January 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1590702802 ISBN-10: 1590702808 Edition: Eighteenth Edition, Text

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  • Series: Modern Refridgeration and Air Conditioning
  • Hardcover: 1211 pages
  • Publisher: Goodheart-Willcox; Eighteenth Edition, Text edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590702808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590702802
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to learn about refrigeration for HVAC.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dominick Aricchi on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to the length of time this book has been available and the frequent revisions to the copyright, it continues to get bigger and better as time goes on.

My bookshelf has at least 5 of those revisions that frequently get utilized . Each revision builds upon the prior publication and expands on the detail they provide.

This publication represents an established reference standard for the HVAC/R Industry. It is especially valuable because of the extent of the different technical topics presented within its covers.

Some have tried to copy the format and the content but still fail to match its quality and level of professionalism.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Public on August 14, 2012
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Another edit

This time the issue is that the authors do not understand the important difference between conductivity and conductance. Conductivity (k), an intensive property, is the energy transfer rate for a unit thickness of a material, and is given in tables everywhere. Conductance (C), an extensive property, is the energy transfer rate for (your) specific thickness of material. They use the wrong term in the definition, intermix the terminology, and use the same symbol (K) for both concepts. Thank goodness electrical engineers don't do the same thing with resistivity/resistance! In their defense I have come across numerous people in the HVACR industry who do not understand this basic concept, but these guys are supposed to be experts!

In addition they incorrectly worked out their three material example, which is obvious by their inability to reconcile the units in the last few steps. The correct answers are 0.29 for K and 3.46 for R. In the next example they introduce air films, and give reasonable values (6=exterior 15 mph winter wind, 1.65=horizontal interior still air) for them although they don't mention they are conductances. They improperly introduce U as resistance to heat flow (it's actually a measure of total conductance) but they finally use the correct formula.

lowered to 1 star from initial four stars, and about to pitch the book into the garbage.

end of additional edit

Edit: As I continue to go through this book I am flabbergasted at the number of math errors. On page 567 they casually claim 20 tons is 55.2 kW. The first issue is that they are comparing energy with power. The SI unit for thermal energy is the kilocalorie. The second issue is that 20 tons = 70.3 kW using the normal ton conversion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Pangburn on May 7, 2011
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This book has all the theories of how AC systems work. It is written so a person with no knowledge of of any of the principles of refrigeration can learn. After reading this book I went to AC repair school and it made the school seem very easy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By realdeal on December 7, 2010
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I was shocked to find a book so easy to understand on a sometime complicated field such as heating ventilation and air conditioning . This book is a Diamond in the rough for the beginner or seasoned veteran of the Hvac community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rct1964 on October 12, 2013
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Good book for technicians with two year degree or entry level engineers with four year degree. If you have more than five years of experience in HVAC, you probably already know what you'd learn from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jones on December 1, 2013
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Lots of info for general overview. For an HVAC novice or General contractor is a good reference source. Well written and a good index.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Bonkosky on August 29, 2009
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http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Refrigeration-Conditioning-Andrew-Althouse/dp/1590702808/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top This is the 1000+ page text for the HVAC/Refrigeration trade. There is also a study guide and workbook that go with this book and this has obviously confused some. If it isn't 1000+ pages it is not the text! This is an enormous book and covers many aspects of the trade. It mentions almost in passing the concept of building automation (which is the direction my career is going) but I expect that the next edition will address this lack. I would also expect to see a little more about energy management in general in the next edition. This is an excellent reference and most of us keep it even after class is done. The nuts and bolts - and contactors and compressors and everything else are at least introduced if not completely explained. It does cover some information you need for CFC certification but a separate, targeted study guide is better for that. Even if, like me, you will be doing automation / controls you still need to know how this stuff works to do the job right.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Coleman on February 12, 2010
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I was specifically looking for detailed information on how to adjust a commercial dehumidifier, and the book just had short bits and pieces on those units. No real specifics on how to set up the pressures and charges for dehumidifiers.
Otherwise, the book is fabulous. Great diagrams and loads of information.
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