Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology,
Bill Whitman; Bill Johnson; John Tomczyk,
Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning Technology, 8th 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 knowledge and skills you need to maintain and troubleshoot
today’s complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems
with REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING TECHNOLOGY, 8th Edition.
easy-to-understand book provides hands-on guidance, practical
applications, and the solid foundation you need to fully understand
today’s HVAC service and repair, its environmental challenges, and
Focused on sustainable technology
in today’s HVAC/R industry with an emphasis on new technologies and
green awareness, the 8th Edition covers the latest advances in the
industry and the all-important soft skills and customer relations
issues that impact customer satisfaction and employment success.
more than 260 supporting
photos, and unique Service Call features bring concepts to
life and help you develop the critical skills you need for success
in your future career.
- All the information students need on
technician certification is included, along with an
introduction to all the key organizations that support both
voluntary and mandatory technician certification for the
- Coverage of key green organizations
and their present and future goals familiarizes students
with current and potential plans to ensure green buildings
and green mechanical rooms throughout the country.
- A section on Career Opportunity
includes a comprehensive list of career opportunities
available in today’s HVAC/R field.
- A unique technician Service Call
feature provides a real-world quality to the text, puts
Readers into a service mode of
thinking, and allows them to see the skills they’ve learned
put into actual practice.
NEW to this Edition:
- New coverage of hydrocarbon (HC)
refrigerant technology includes safety precautions,
application and allowed refrigerant charge amounts,
nameplates and labeling, service access and tube painting,
compressor terminal venting, boiling point and safety
classifications, work safety, exposure limits, and
transportation and storage.
- New coverage on hydrofluoro-olefin
(HFO) refrigerants and their applications prepares
students to work with these refrigerants.
- Many new photos on tools,newer
digital Bluetooth technology equipment, manifolds, and
gauges prepares students for success in today’s workplace.
- Many new popular refrigerants and
refrigerant blends, along with their compatible oils, are
- Updated information is provided on
compressor lubrication systems, including oil pumps, oil
check valves, and function of the partition wall on
refrigerant cooled compressors.
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.
7. Tubing and Piping.
8. Leak Detection, System Evacuation and System Clean-up
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
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
SECTION VI: AIR CONDITIONING (HEATING
30. Electric Heat.
31. Gas Heat.
32. Oil Heat.
33. Hydronic Heat.
34. Indoor Air Quality.
Section VII: AIR CONDITIONING
35. Comfort and Psychrometrics.
36. Refrigeration Applied to Air Conditioning.
37. Air Distribution and Balance.
39. Residential Energy Auditing
40. Typical Operating Conditions.
SECTION VIII: ALL-WEATHER SYSTEMS.
42. Heat Gain and Heat Loss in
43. Air Source Heat Pumps.
44. Geothermal Heat Pumps.
SECTION IX: DOMESTIC APPLIANCES.
45. Domestic Refrigerators and
46. Room Air Conditioners.
SECTION X: COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING
AND CHILLED-WATER 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.
50. Commercial Rooftop, Packaged, Variable Refrigerant Flow,
and Variable Air Volume Systems.
1728 Pages, Hardcover
John Tomczyk received his associate’s degree in refrigeration, heating,
and air-conditioning technology from Ferris State University in Big
Rapids, Michigan; his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; and his master’s
degree in education from Ferris State University. Mr. Tomczyk has worked
in refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning service and technical
writing consultation for both the academic and industrial fields for
numerous years -- enabling him to bring a wealth of experience to this
His technical articles have been featured in many
HVACR magazines and journals. Mr. Tomczyk is also the author of
TROUBLESHOOTING AND SERVICING MODERN AIR
CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS. Mr. Tomczyk has 29 years of
teaching experience at the Refrigeration, Heating, and Air-Conditioning
Technology program at Ferris State University and is a member of many
HVAC/R trade organizations.
Eugene Silberstein, B.A., M.S., BEAP, CMHE
Over the past thirty-five plus years, Eugene 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. Eugene
is presently an Assistant Professor and lead faculty member for the
HVAC/R program at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New
York. Eugene has twenty-three years of teaching experience and has
taught HVAC at several institutions. Eugene earned his dual Bachelors
Degree from The City College of New York and his Masters of Science
degree from Stony Brook University, where he specialized in renewable
and sustainable energy sources.
He earned his Certified Master HVAC/R Educator (CMHE)
credential from the ESCO Group. Eugene also carries the BEAP credential
issued by ASHRAE, classifying him as a Building Energy Assessment
Professional. Eugene, an active member of both ASHRAE and RSES, served
as the author and subject matter expert for multiple projects including
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 6th and 7th Editions,
Residential Construction Academy: HVAC, 1st and 2nd Edition, Pressure
Enthalpy Without Tears (2006), Heat Pumps, 1st and 2nd Editions and
Psychrometrics Without Tears (2014).
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
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.
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