Synopses & Reviews
The "best" in heating, cooling, and refrigeration just got better! This time-honored best seller has been updated and revised to provide superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today's complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. It fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth and detail of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures that make this a fitting book for basic HVAC-R education as well as upgrading and certification training for technicians in the field. The fifth Edition includes information on typical operating conditions, and offers ample systematic troubleshooting techniques and scenarios with an eye to improving reader's skills. This book has been developed around the National Skill Standards for HVAC-R technicians as funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and contains easy-to-understand language for grasping fundamental and advanced concepts in the HVAC-R field.
"The three greatest strengths of this text are: 1) the graphic illustrations which strike a good balance between realism and expression of concept; 2) the inclusion and content of Section 10 which provide a needed addition for technicians who are working in facilities maintenance or commercial AC; and 3) the plain style of writing which seems to come more from a technician than from an engineer."
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 6th Edition, a time-honored best seller, has been updated and revised to provide superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today's complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. The new sixth edition contains units updated to include advances or changes in technology, procedures, and or equipment. Over 250 new images have been added to emphasize the practical application approach to the book. It fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth and detail of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures that make this a fitting book for basic HVAC-R education as well as upgrading and certification training for technicians in the field.
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.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1: THEORY OF HEAT Unit 1 Heat and Pressure Unit 2 Matter and Energy Unit 3 Refrigeration and Refrigerants SECTION 2: SAFETY, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT, SHOP PRACTICES Unit 4 General Safety Practices Unit 5 Tools and Equipment Unit 6 Fasteners Unit 7 Tubing and Piping Unit 8 System Evacuation Unit 9 Refrigerant and Oil Chemistry and Management--Recovery, Recycling, Reclaiming, and Retrofitting Unit 10 System Charging Unit 11 Calibrating Instruments SECTION 3: BASIC AUTOMATIC CONTROLS Unit 12 Basic Electricity and Magnetism Unit 13 Introduction to Automatic Controls Unit 14 Automatic Control Components and Applications Unit 15 Troubleshooting Basic Controls Unit 16 Advanced Automatic Controls--Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and Pneumatics SECTION 4: ELECTRIC MOTORS Unit 17 Types of Electric Motors Unit 18 Application of Motors Unit 19 Motor Controls Unit 20 Troubleshooting Electric Motors SECTION 5: COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION Unit 21 Evaporators and the Refrigeration System Unit 22 Condensers Unit 23 Compressors Unit 24 Expansion Devices Unit 25 Special Refrigeration System Components Unit 26 Application of Refrigeration Systems Unit 27 Commercial Ice Machines Unit 28 Special Refrigeration Applications Unit 29 Troubleshooting and Typical Operating Conditions for Commercial Refrigeration SECTION 6: AIR CONDITIONING (HEATING AND HUMIDIFICATION) Unit 30 Electric Heat Unit 31 Gas Heat Unit 32 Oil Heat Unit 33 Hydronic Heat Unit 34 Indoor Air Quality SECTION 7: AIR CONDITIONING (COOLING) Unit 35 Comfort and Psychrometrics Unit 36 Refrigeration Applied to Air Conditioning Unit 37 Air Distribution and Balance Unit 38 Installation Unit 39 Controls Unit 40 Typical Operating Conditions Unit 41 Troubleshooting SECTION 8: ALL-WEATHER SYSTEMS Unit 42 Electric, Gas, and Oil Heat with Electric Air Conditioning Unit 43 Air Source Heat Pumps Unit 44 Geothermal Heat Pumps SECTION 9: DOMESTIC APPLIANCES Unit 45 Domestic Refrigerators Unit 46 Domestic Freezers Unit 47 Room Air Conditioners SECTION 10: CHILLED-WATER AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS Unit 48 High-Pressure, Low-Pressure, and Absorption Chilled-Water Systems Unit 49 Cooling Towers and Pumps Unit 50 Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting of Chilled-Water Air-Conditioning Systems.