Heat Pumps

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Author: Eugene Silberstein, B.A., M.S., BEAP, CMHE
Edition: 001
Product Type: Bound Book
ISBN 13: 9780766819597
ISBN 10: 0766819590
Copyright: 2003

Price: $119.95

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A comprehensive, yet reader-friendly source of information about modern heat pump technology, as well as the vapor-compression refrigeration system on which it is based, Heat Pumps is the perfect choice for future service technicians. The book begins by introducing the four major components that make up the vapor-compression system: compressor, condenser, metering device, and evaporator. Other system-level components essential to efficient heat pump operation are also addressed, including: cooling towers, pressure controls, safety devices, and thermostats. Subsequent chapters enable readers equipped with a basic understanding of how heat pumps operate to launch directly into detailed examination of the electrical circuits of the vapor-compression refrigeration system as well as the operation of individual system components. In addition to gaining exposure to different heat pump system configurations (including the increasingly popular geothermal system), dedicated troubleshooting chapters provide abundant opportunities to gain practice in applying the seven steps required for successful completion of every service call. Ample pedagogy plus real-life and simplified examples appear throughout the book, maximizing learning and minimizing the frustration often associated with the study of such a highly-technical, complex topic.


  • each system component is treated separately, allowing readers to concentrate fully on a single component before attempting to assemble all of the pieces of the heat pump puzzle
  • more than thirty sample service calls based on actual scenarios encountered by field technicians provide practice in troubleshooting and identifying causes of system failure
  • over fifty "For Discussion" topics are included to excite and challenge readers while providing instructors with opportunities to encourage thought-provoking in-class debate
  • cutaway views of devices enhance learning by enabling readers to see inside the system as they explore the operation and function of each of its components in detail
  • an entire chapter aids readers in developing the ability to read and interpret electrical schematic and ladder diagrams, a skill required of all successful technicians
  • Objectives and a brief introduction, plus an overview of the concepts to be presented in each chapter, serve as a guide, enabling readers to zero in on must-know information
  • chapter-end summaries, plus 300 chapter-end review questions, underscore key points while providing an effective means for readers to gauge their understanding
  • an extensive glossary is also included to aid readers who may be new to the field in mastering the use of key technical and industry terms

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