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  • Paperback: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 7th International edition edition (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111644543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111644543
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,091,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
A Good Paper Weight. 21 Aug. 2013
By ArcticBonfire - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

This book will not teach you how to braze, bend tubing, make flairs, or cut tubing. It does not teach you when and where you can use low temperature solder. It doesn't teach when you can use a turbo torch instead of an oxy-acetylene torch.

The book is very hard to read even if you know the material. The material presented is a mishmash, disjointed, and disorganized.

This book will not teach you how refrigerant to add to charge a commercial a/c system, nor will it teach how much refrigerant to add to charge a commercial refrigeration system. It is vague on how to charge a residential system. It does describe what pressures and temperatures you would expect to see if you were looking at a brand new system.

This book does not tell you how to pump a system down, or which systems you can safely pump down without destroying them. This book does not teach you how to pressure clean coils or straighten coils.

This book does not teach you how to use a recovery unit to recover system refrigerant.

The book does contain a great deal of utterly useless information. I don't know a single a/c tech that actually uses psychrometrics in a/c repair.

No one reads this book cover to cover.

The book gives incorrect pressures for oxy-acetylene torches. Most a/c techs use the wrong pressures because of this book. It does not teach you how to how to choose a tip. Nor does it do a good job explaining how to obtain the right flame. It doesn't explain the advantages of low-temperature soldering or the disadvantages of brazing.

It doesn't teach you how to remove the cores in schrader valves, how to rethread schrader valves, how to extract a broken schrader valve.

It does not teach you how to size a contactor or a starter.

You will not find anywhere inside it, half the components used in commercial air conditioning.

The book tells you how to dress, how to behave, how to talk to customers, if you need that kind of information. Every other page, it tells you to be courteous.

It doesn't teach you how to troubleshoot or repair commercial or domestic refrigeration units or systems. What it does do is describe a few components found commercial and domestic refrigeration systems. Very few.

A system shuts down due to a high pressure switch cut-out. What should techs check? You won't find the answer in this book.

The book describes the operation of a king valve, but doesn't tell you where you where you are likely to see such a valve. It doesn't describe the operation of the most common access valves found on most a/c systems.

What if there is not enough room to attach your gauges to the service ports? What are low-loss fittings? What is the purpose of a JB DV-29, and how to use it? Why is it important to change vacuum pump oil before and after every use?

Why is it wrong to use superheat at the condensing unit or subcooling at the air handler to charge a system?

How do you size ducts?

What happens to fan blower amp draw if ducts are too small or too large?

How do you treat a system that has water inside it from a hurricane or a broken water-cooled condenser?

A 20a circuit breaker should carry how many amps? At what amperage should it trip?

What size electric strip heater do you add to an a/c system?

None of these questions are answered.

Some books tell you to wind low-voltage wire ten-times around the jaws of an amprobe then divide your reading by 10. This is mickey mouse. I don't know how many techs have time to do this. Do yourself a favor and buy an amprobe that reads low amps to check low-voltage, low-amp circuits.

What should delta T be for condenser water in a swimming pool heat pump? What should the evap. and condenser pressures be? What should the subcooling and superheat be? How do you find superheat and subcooling info on a system? None of these questions are answered.

What are the symptoms of a heat-pump check valve failing? What do you if a heat pump does not properly defrost?
What kind of symptoms can a defective defrost circuit board produce?

How do you troubleshoot an ECM motor? How many different kinds of ECM motors are there? You will not find these questions answered here.

It teaches you words, concepts, and theory no tech ever needs to know. I am an a/c contractor and an instructor.

Here are two books I do recommend. Michael Prokup's "Air conditioning Service Guide." This book is sold by Johnstone Supplies. And "Guide to NATE/ICE Certification Exams"

I will be publishing my own book later this year.

I can be reached at my AOL email address: advanpropcons
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is great! 16 Feb. 2014
By RB - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kind of a mess 19 Mar. 2013
By Joseph C. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Textbook 16 Dec. 2013
By CJ77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
it does have useful information, but it is put together horribly 29 Dec. 2014
By John A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is used at many HVAC schools in the curriculum, and students need it for most book work. Yes, it does have useful information, but it is put together horribly. Some of the questions in the section/chapter reviews take quite a bit of searching to find, and that's after reading that particular section/chapter. As most have said, it's easier to go to 'g00gle' when looking for any answers to questions from the book. The author might have been a great technician, but he is no writer, and has no clue how to arrange a book. It spends a paragraph on things that are, in the real world, important, and yet 2 pages on things that are never relevant. The book will be bought though, because it's in the curriculum and unfortunately there aren't many other options.
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