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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology Hardcover – Unabridged, February 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1111644475 ISBN-10: 1111644470 Edition: 7th

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  • Series: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology
  • Hardcover: 1696 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111644470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111644475
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Section I: THEORY OF HEAT. 1. Heat and Pressure. 2. Matter and Energy. 3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants. Section II: SAFETY, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT, SHOP PRACTICES. 4. General Safety Practices. 5. Tools and Equipment. 6. Fasteners. 7. Tubing and Piping. 8. System Evacuation. 9. Refrigerant and Oil Chemistry and Management-Recovery, Recycling, Reclaiming, and Retrofitting. 10. System Charging. 11. Calibrating Instruments. Section III: BASIC AUTOMATIC CONTROLS. 12. Basic Electricity and Magnetism. 13. Introduction to Automatic Controls. 14. Automatic Control Components and Applications. 15. Troubleshooting Basic Controls. 16. Advanced Automatic Controls-Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and Pneumatics. Section IV: ELECTRIC MOTORS. 17. Types of Electric Motors. 18. Application of Motors. 19. Motor Controls. 20. Troubleshooting Electric Motors. Section V: COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION. 21. Evaporators and the Refrigeration System. 22. Condensers. 23. Compressors. 24. Expansion Devices. 25. Special Refrigeration System Components. 26. Application of Refrigeration Systems. 27. Commercial Ice Machines. 28. Special Refrigeration Applications. 29. Troubleshooting and Typical Operating Conditions for Commercial Refrigeration. Section VI: AIR CONDITIONING (HEATING AND HUMIDIFICATION). 30. Electric Heat. 31. Gas Heat. 32. Oil Heat. 33. Hydronic Heat. 34. Indoor Air Quality. Section VII: AIR CONDITIONING (COOLING). 35. Comfort and Psychrometrics. 36. Refrigeration Applied to Air Conditioning. 37. Air Distribution and Balance. 38. Installation. 39. Residential Energy Audits. 40. Typical Operating Conditions. 41. Troubleshooting. Section VIII: ALL-WEATHER SYSTEMS. 42. Heat Gain and Heat Loss in Buildings. 43. Air Source Heat Pumps. 44. Geothermal Heat Pumps. Section IX: DOMESTIC APPLIANCES. 45. Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers. 46. Room Air Conditioners. Section X: CHILLED-WATER AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS. 47. High-Pressure, Low-Pressure, and Absorption Chilled-Water Systems. 48. Cooling Towers and Pumps. 49. Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting of Chilled-Water Air-Conditioning Systems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Now retired from teaching and writing, Bill Whitman has contributed a wealth of academic expertise as well as industry knowledge to this book. Mr. Whitman graduated from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Education. He received his master's degree in School Administration from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. After instructing drafting courses for three years, Mr. Whitman became the Director of Vocational Education for the Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Vermont -- a position he held for eight years. He spent five years as the Associate Director of Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Whitman was the head of the Department of Industry for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for 18 years.

Now retired, Bill Johnson has taught heating, air conditioning and refrigeration for more than two decades in various technical colleges and factory schools. A graduate of Southern Technical Institute, a branch of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, he has also served as Service Manager for a major manufacturer for six years. Mr. Johnson owned his own HVAC/R business for 10 years and has been a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and the American Society of Heating Refrigerating Air Conditioning Engineers. His authoring credits include three major textbooks on the market today as well as their ancillary materials. He also writes a monthly article -- BTU Buddy - that is available online.

John Tomczyk has worked in refrigeration, heating, and air-conditioning service; project engineering; and technical writing consultation for both the academic and industrial fields for numerous years -- enabling him to bring a wealth of experience to this text. He currently serves as Professor of HVAC/R at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. In addition, he owns Technical Writing Services and is co-owner of Delta T Solutions, Inc. His technical articles have been featured in the Refrigeration News, Service and Contracting Journal, and Engineered Systems Journal. He writes monthly for the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration News and is co-author of an EPA-approved Technician Certification Program Manual. Mr. Tomczyk also is the author of the book TROUBLESHOOTING AND SERVICING MODERN AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS. John Tomczyk earned his associate's degree in HVAC/R from Ferris State University. He earns a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his master's in Education from Ferris State University.

Eugene Silberstein has been involved in all aspects of the HVAC/R industry from field technician and system designer to company owner, teacher, administrator, consultant and author. Mr. Silberstein is currently directing and teaching the associate's degree program in HVAC/R at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York. Mr. Silberstein has previously served as instructor at Apex Technical School in New York City, where he taught classes on basic, domestic and commercial refrigeration, basic electricity and major home appliances, commercial air conditioning and advanced air conditioning topics. He also served as chairman of the Refrigeration Department and educational supervisor of the Refrigeration, Automotive and Welding programs. In addition to teaching post-secondary courses, Mr. Silberstein has taught air conditioning, heating and plumbing at the high school level. He earned dual bachelor's degrees from CCNY in New York City, New York and is a member of several HVAC/R industry organizations. His technical credits include authoring HEAT PUMPS, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY: HVAC. Mr. Silberstein has written more than 30 educational videos, test banks and lecture slides for numerous texts. He is currently writing other industry-related books.

Customer Reviews

I would definitely recommend this to someone.
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If you think you can read a book and become a master service technician, I would like to see how big that book would be (This book is 1650 pages).
RB
Well organized, very informative and easy to understand.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By ArcticBonfire on August 20, 2013
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Read the two and three-star reviews to see what is wrong with this book. This text book is the one used by most colleges that teach air conditioning and refrigeration. It was written 40 years ago. It has been up-dated haphazardly. Some new chapters have been added, along with new pictures, but it is basically still a book that was written 40 years ago.

This book will not teach you how to repair an air conditioner. It does not give step-by-step instructions how to perform any repair job. It does not give you an orderly method to troubleshoot and diagnose air conditioning and refrigeration systems. It does not provide flow-charts. If you master this tomb, don't expect to be able to actually service any air conditioning system, pass NATE certification, or ICE certification. It will not teach you how to change a fan motor, how to replace a compressor, or how to read a schematic.

It will not tell you what a Mitsubishi flare is or how to make one. It incorrectly states you can't place a saddle valve on the high-side of a charged system.

It does not tell you what you should do if you come across an a/c system that is leaking water. It does not tell you how to unclog a blocked condensate drain. It does not tell you what you should do if you come across a system with a frozen evaporator. This book will not tell you how to balance air flow in an a/c system, nor does it teach you how to perform or calculate Manual A, B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J, etc.

You will not find answers to most of the questions in the book. Those answers are in a guide sold or given to course instructors. The companion lab book is useless without the guide for the companion lab book that is only available to instructors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RB on February 16, 2014
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I have done refrigeration for over 30 years and some HVAC in the 80's. I needed some information on current systems and this book did it. Textbooks are for theory, and if you understand how something works it is easier to repair. Another reviewer claimed it didn't tell you how to repair something like change a motor etc. Those kind of things are in equipment manuals. By the way this book actually had the wiring diagram for a smart valve, not something you would usually find in a textbook. No textbook can replace hands on learning but you have to have a good foundation which this book provides. If you think you can read a book and become a master service technician, I would like to see how big that book would be (This book is 1650 pages). As for Nate certification you should get a dedicated Nate Study guide in what you are interested in such as Dewalt HVAC technician certification exam guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CJ77 on December 16, 2013
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This book touches on all aspects of the HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) profession. The material can be on the dry side and some sections are more informative than others, but overall its a comprehensive book for anybody interested in learning about how to do this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Thomas on March 19, 2013
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Studying this subject in tech school, so its required reading. Having used a college textbook a time or two, I find it to be a disorganized mess. Sure, the information is sound, and comprehensive, but the index is practically worthless. The review questions sometimes send me to google, because its difficult to locate the information a second time if you don't remember encountering it while reading. I also found the companion lab manual to be downright incorrect and not consistent with the information in the book. You'd think after milking it for 7 editions, this elementary stuff would be sorted out by now.

Not sure if there are other resources out there, but if its not required reading, you might should pass on this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett L Lowe on September 23, 2013
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Book that was required for my heating and air conditioning class, Very detailed and explained everything well..!!! The end of the unit summary was a quick and helpful overview.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pascual on June 1, 2014
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Most courses use this book to teach the basics of HVAC. Its heavy and can be used as a weapon of mass annoyances. Its not too hard to nor none too easy to read. If its required for a class, pick this book up. There is another book out there that I've read that is much more relevant and easier to follow than this book.

Use it for the classes and sell this book off when you can. If you need a good quick, complete, and easy reference that is not "Google" then get for Commercial Refrigeration: For Air Conditioning Technicians by Dick Wirz. Or an Answerman for HVAC technicians for a quick pocket reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maria jimenez on February 26, 2014
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I think this rental is a great idea for people that are trying to go to school and don't have funds to buy books. I would most definitely recommend this to my colleagues. I rated this a 5 star cause its well worth it. Im very satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ren Sanc on October 19, 2013
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Well organized, very informative and easy to understand. Great source for all HVACR students and instructors as well. A must keep kind of book.
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