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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology 6th Edition

Bill Whitman, Bill Johnson, John Tomczyk, Eugene Silberstein, B.A., M.S., BEAP, CMHE

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2005, 2000, 1995
  • 1360 Pages


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.

Bill Whitman,

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.

Bill Johnson,

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, Ferris State University

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 text. 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, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY

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).
  • new section on the Green Awareness movement and global warming includes key organizations and their present and future goals on how to accomplish green buildings and green mechanical rooms throughout the USA.
  • updated information on technician certification and key organizations supporting either voluntary or mandatory technician certification.
  • section on Career Opportunity has been expanded to include a comprehensive list of career opportunities available in the HVACR field.
  • Federal Mandate 13 Season Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is covered in detail in designated chapters throughout the book.
  • Actual technician service calls are featured, giving chapters a real-world quality that puts readers in "service mode."
Unit 1 Heat and Pressure
Unit 2 Matter and Energy
Unit 3 Refrigeration and Refrigerants
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
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
Unit 17 Types of Electric Motors
Unit 18 Application of Motors
Unit 19 Motor Controls
Unit 20 Troubleshooting Electric Motors
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
Unit 30 Electric Heat
Unit 31 Gas Heat
Unit 32 Oil Heat
Unit 33 Hydronic Heat
Unit 34 Indoor Air Quality
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
Unit 42 Electric, Gas, and Oil Heat with Electric Air Conditioning
Unit 43 Air Source Heat Pumps
Unit 44 Geothermal Heat Pumps
Unit 45 Domestic Refrigerators
Unit 46 Domestic Freezers
Unit 47 Room Air Conditioners
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.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133482694
  • ISBN-13: 9781133482697
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"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."

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Instructor Resources

ISBN: 9781428335165
The Instructor Resources include PowerPoint® presentations for each textbook chapter, a computerized test bank, an Instructor Guide with the answers to the text’s review questions and exercises, and other text-specific resources.


Modern Hydronic Heating: For Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

ISBN: 9781428335158
From simple applications to multi-load / multi-temperature systems, learn how to use the newest and most appropriate hydronic heating methods and hardware to create system the deliver the ultimate in heating comfort, reliability, and energy efficiency. Heavily illustrated with product and installation photos, and hundreds of detailed full-color schematics, MODERN HYDRONIC HEATING, 3rd EDITION is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive reference on hydronic heating for the present and future. It transforms engineering-level design information into practical tools that can be used by technical students and heating professional alike. This revised edition features the latest design and installation techniques for residential and light commercial hydronic systems including use of renewable energy heat sources, hydraulic separation, smart circulators, distribution efficiency, thermal accumulators, mixing methods, heat metering, and web-enabled control methods. Everyone involved in the heating trade will benefit from this preeminent resource of the North American heating industry. It is well-suited for use in a formal education course, self-study, or as an on the job reference.