Guide to HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests

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9780130106940: Guide to HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests

For courses in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Designed to prepare students and service/installation technicians for the HVAC/R competency examinations, this first-of-its-kind study guide/question manual covers practically every aspect in the HVAC/R industry-from System Components and Tools, to Electrical Theory and Application, Air Flow Components and Duct Fabrication, Indoor Air Quality and Safety, EPA Certification, and System Troubleshooting.

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PREFACE

The HVAC/R industry has progressively become more technical. With new technology, industries are requiring their employees' skills be updated to match the current changes. HVAC/R competency/certification tests are directed toward students and technicians at all skill levels. As a result, national certification competency exams are being offered by many organizations, including the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Refrigeration Service Engineer Society (RSES), and the ESCO Institute.

The Guide to the HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests is designed to help students and technicians pass competency and certification exams. This book is divided into two areas: a Study Guide and a Question Section. The Study Guide and the Question Section cover System Components and Tools; Electrical Theory and Application; Air Flow Components and Duct Fabrication; and Indoor Air Quality and Safety. The Question Section covers one additional topic: Service and Troubleshooting.

The student/technician will benefit most by reading the Study Guide first. Then, the student should turn to the Question Section for the related statement. For example, the first statement in question 1 of System Components and Tools (Hand Tools) reads "A torx driver has a star shaped head that is used on torx type screws." The student would then turn to the same section in the Questions and try to answer question 1.

In Section Four of the Study Guide, an EPA Certification Study Guide has been provided to assist the student in successfully passing Type 1, 11, III, and Universal Recover/Recycle Certification Examinations.

It is the hope of the authors that all information provided in this book will assist the student in successfully passing certification exams offered by any HVAC/R national organization. Acknowledgments

Thanks:

Dave Arscheene, Owner of Dave's Remodeling Co., Mt. Clemens, Michigan, for assistance with Basic Construction in Section 1.

Cathy Artley, School to Work Facilitator, Oakland Technical Center, Clarkston, Michigan, for assistance with organization and all the miscellaneous work done on the manuscript.

Richard D. Featherstone, Jr., Fire Marshall for Trenton, Michigan, for assistance with Safety in Section 4.

We also thank the reviewers of this text for their helpful comments and suggestions: Ricky A. Black, Northeast State Technical Community College; David Eishen, Cedar Valley College; and Herb Haushan, College of DuPage.

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Some of the features include:

  • Provides just enough detail and explanation to understand and answer related test questions. The reader is not overwhelmed by theory or numerical analysis.
  • Contains necessary background for the EPA refrigerant-handling exam. Once this basic certification is obtained, readers can go on to study for more advanced certifications.
  • Excellent illustrations help readers through difficult areas such as electrical concepts and troubleshooting.

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