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Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Modern Refridgeration and Air Conditioning) [Hardcover]

Andrew D. Althouse , Carl H. Turnquist , Alfred F. Bracciano
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January 1, 2004 1590702808 978-1590702802 Eighteenth Edition, Text
Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning provides an excellent blend of theory with job-qualifying skills, making it a leader in the refrigeration and air conditioning field! This comprehensive text teaches both fundamental principles and the service techniques needed to diagnose and remedy refrigeration and HVAC problems. Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning contains the information needed to prepare the technician for success in todays world. Includes information about EPA rules and regulations covering refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclaiming. Both students and practicing technicians will benefit from the comprehensive approach of this text, which provides a solid and thorough knowledge of all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning.

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Goodheart-Willcox is the premier publisher for Technical, Trades, and Technology; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Business, Marketing and Career Education. Goodheart-Willcox products are designed to train everyone from students through practicing professionals. Our books and supplements contain a wealth of information on the latest theories, techniques, tools, and operations for these subject areas. Whether the subject is automotive or child care, you will find numerous features throughout our textbooks to make learning easier. High-quality presentation, authoritative content, sound topic sequence, an abundance of illustrations, involving pedagogy, real-world examples, and appropriate readability are hallmarks of Goodheart-Willcox products.

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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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Refrigeration Resource 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book, but LOADED with typos! August 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover
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.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 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
Format:Hardcover
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for techs or entry level engineers October 12, 2013
By rct1964
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Textbook for the HVAC/R trade 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
Great book to reference if you need to know some information regarding certain areas of ac and refrigeration. Has illustrations so as to under stand and use for quick reference. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Samuel Black
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is worthless.
This book is absolutely worthless. I bought every a/c book on the market, and this one was the very worst.
Published 6 months ago by ArcticBonfire
4.0 out of 5 stars wow, what a book
Great teaching tool. Very motivating and helpful. Good book at a good price. Just what I needed to go take a test.
Published 6 months ago by S Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to repair AC Units
This has the BEST description of AC systems and diagrams. This is used in many vocational schools as a text book and learning guide for AC technicians. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clyde Chiever
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and it is not a very hard book to learn so you need to get it
Because it is the industry leader. The best and it is not a very hard book to learn so you need to get it
Published 7 months ago by Dar
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful
As comprehensive a technical manuel as was ever written. Very user friendly it's easy to locate what you're looking for.
Published 8 months ago by Jerry Balvanz
5.0 out of 5 stars great technical support
A very helpful and self-study book for technicians eager to get a strong level of hvac knowledge. I'm french and I think that this book can help me to integrate in a canadian job... Read more
Published 10 months ago by PAUL Charley
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
This book gives a great overview for the layperson - relatively easy to understand and a great introduction to the HVAC industry.
Published 10 months ago by C. Rocha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to learn about refrigeration for HVAC. Extremely useful book that I will keep forever.
Published 10 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for H.V.A.C Technicians
This is the book most Heating & Air classes teach from today.
It is also the only REFERENCE book allowed when you take the
State Licensing test >At least here in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Chandler
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