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Created with a clear-cut vision of what trainees need, Fundamentals of HVAC/R provides comprehensive coverage of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) topics. This new reader-friendly book offers fundamental concepts, the most current trends, and practical applications in the field. With simple language, skillfully presented concepts, carefully selected artwork, and the right amount of detail, this book is everything trainess need to know to install, service, and maintain HVACR systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132223676
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/2/2009
  • Series: MyHVACLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1568
  • Sales rank: 394,019
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 6.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Stanfield is Program Director of the Air Conditioning Technology Department at Athens Technical College, where he has taught since 1976.His industry credentials include both an RSES CM and NATE Certification and a State of Georgia Unrestricted Conditioned Air Contracting License.He graduated from the University of Georgia Magna Cum Laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Mr. Stanfield believes that successful educational programs are focused on what the students do. Students start with a strong background in fundamental concepts and theory and then actively apply them to solve real problems. Practice and active application are the keys to students building both confidence and competence.

David Skaves, P.E. has been a faculty member at the Maine Maritime Academy since 1986, primarily teaching marine refrigeration and air conditioning. He was the first faculty member to receive the teaching excellence award at the college in 2006. Prior to his appointment at the college, Professor Skaves was employed as a Production Planner at Bath Iron Works Shipyard and as a Marine Engineer sailing on deep-sea tankers. From 2001 through 2003 he was employed during the summers as an engineering consultant for the power plant performance group McHale & Associates, based out of Sammamish,Washington, conducting performance tests at many newly built natural gas combined cycle power plants throughout the U.S. and Mexico. In addition to his MBA from the University of Maine at Orono, Professor Skaves is a registered Professional Engineer, First Class Stationary Engineer, and Chief Engineer for marine vessels of unlimited horsepower. Also a former Chairman for the Maine State Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessels, Professor Skaves currently continues to serve the Board as a public member.

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Table of Contents


Unit 1. Introduction to Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration

Unit 2. Being a Professional HVAC/R Technician

Unit 3. Safety


Unit 4. Properties of Matter

Unit 5. Types of Energy and their Properties

Unit 6. Temperature Measurement and


Unit 7. Thermodynamics the Study of Heat

Unit 8. Pressure and Vacuum


Unit 9. Hand and Power Tools

Unit 10. Screws, Rivets, Staples, and Other Fasteners

Unit 11. Electrical Measuring and Testing Meters

Unit 12. Refrigerant System Servicing and Testing Equipment

Unit 13. Heating System Servicing and Testing Equipment

Unit 14. Calibration of Meters and Instruments

Unit 15. Piping and Tubing

Unit 16. Brazing, Soldering, and Welding


Unit 17. Refrigeration System Components and Operation

Unit 18. Plotting the Refrigeration Cycle

Unit 19. Compressors

Unit 20. Condensers

Unit 21. Refrigerant Metering Devices

Unit 22. Evaporators

Unit 23. Refrigerants and their Properties

Unit 24. Refrigerant System Piping

Unit 25. Accessing Sealed Refrigeration Systems

Unit 26. Refrigerant Management and the EPA

Unit 27. Refrigerant System Evacuation and Charging


Unit 28. Basic Electricity

Unit 29. Electrical Power and Circuits

Unit 30. Electric Motors

Unit 31. Electrical Components and Wiring Diagrams

Unit 32. HVAC System Controls

Unit 33. Controls: Circuits and Diagrams


Unit 34. Residential Air Conditioning

Unit 35. Residential Split Air Conditioning Installation

Unit 36. Troubleshooting Split Air Conditioning Systems

Unit 37. Gas Fired Heating Systems

Unit 38. Gas Warm Air Furnaces

Unit 39. Gas Furnace Controls

Unit 40. Gas Furnace Installation, Startup, Checkout, and Operation

Unit 41. Troubleshooting Gas Furnaces

Unit 42. Oil Fired Heating Systems

Unit 43. Oil Furnace and Boiler Service

Unit 44. Residential Oil Heating Installation

Unit 45. Troubleshooting Oil Heating Systems

Unit 46. Electric Heat

Unit 47. Electric Heat Installation

Unit 48. Troubleshooting Electric Heat

Unit 49. Types of Heat Pump Systems

Unit 50. Heat Pump Components

Unit 51. Air and Water Source Applications

Unit 52. Heat Pump Installation

Unit 53. Troubleshooting Heat Pump Systems


Unit 54. Basic Building Construction

Unit 55. Drawings and Blueprint Reading

Unit 56. Duct Systems

Unit 57. Duct Installation

Unit 58. Zone Control Systems

Unit 59. Testing and Balancing Air Systems

Unit 60. Fundamentals of Air (Psycrometrics)

Unit 61. Indoor Air Quality

Unit 62. Filters and Humidifiers

Unit 63. Residential Load Calculations

Unit 64. Refrigeration Load Calculations


Unit 65. Commercial Air Conditioning Systems

Unit 66. Air Handling Units and Accessories

Unit 67. Package Unit Conditioned Air Control Systems

Unit 68. Roof Top Unit Installation

Unit 69. Air Handling Units

Unit 70. Chiller Water Systems

Unit 71. Hydronic Heating Systems

Unit 72. Boilers and Related Equipment

Unit 73. Cooling Towers

Unit 74. Thermal Storage Systems

Unit 75. Space Heaters


Unit 76. Commercial Refrigeration Systems

Unit 77. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Unit 78. Special Refrigeration Components

Unit 79. Restaurant and Supermarket Equipment

Unit 80. Refrigeration Applications

Unit 81. Food Preservation

Unit 82. Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers

Unit 83. Troubleshooting Refrigeration Systems


Unit 84. Installation Techniques

Unit 85. Planned Maintenance

Unit 86. Troubleshooting


Genetron® Refrigerants Products Guide

Commonly Used HVAC/R Formulas

Abbreviations and Acronyms

English Language Glossary

Spanish Language Glossary


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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    This book is poorly done and the Publisher does not care

    The book is full of errors in text and wiring diagrams, the information is up to date, but too many mistakes to be of value to a learner. The Instructors manual and support is even worse. The pubisher knows of all the problems and could care less. Many people have gone back to what they had and rightfully so. I will sya with it because I have basically made all the corrections and let my students correct their books. This book with all its mistakes is not worth anything more than $75.00 CDN and NOT a penny more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

    a poor effort at best

    Exhaustively researched apparently, but poorly executed work.
    Absolutely tons of information yes, but presented in a boggling disarray guaranteed to confuse.
    Vague, obtusely worded with importand facts buried within convoluted paragraph structures.
    Importand formulas that need to be derived from fragments, not highlighted, bold or even out in the open,
    lousy 'technical' illustrations that do anything except simplify.
    By the time a third of fourth edition is out, this 'text' may have actually enjoyed the attentions of a professional editor, who might actually organize the layout..............and have had much of its content re-phrased by competent technical writers.
    The online partner to this text is a horrible jumbled mess, where some of the exercises actually require you to use the wrong formulas and submit the wrong answers in order to be correct !!
    The online questions ( english version ) are obviously written by someone with little to no grasp of the actual concepts, and seems to word the questions directly from his/her mother tongue to english by way of a pocket dictionary. You'd think the publishing house would at least farm out such an importand component of the finished product to a professional level company.
    I could go on about the frustrations waiting to be encountered by others within the pages of this paperweight, just as my entire class and myself have...
    Unless you're actually looking for frustration for yourself or your students you should avoid this juvenile car wreck and shop elsewhere.........or at the very least take a good evaluating look at an actual copy of it prior to spending the money.
    To think the book is endorsed by AHRI ?!?!
    Dollars changed hands here for the endorsement, not actual respect for the product.
    You are forewarned..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Full of good information, but also full of many, many errors. Yo

    Full of good information, but also full of many, many errors. You can learn a lot from this book, but plan on wasting a great deal of time working around the abundant amount of mislabelled diagrams, context and textual errors. 

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    not good

    not good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

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