Books in the Preparing for the NATE Exam Series, developed by the RSES and co-sponsored by ACCA and the PHCC Educational Foundation, are designed to give HVACR technicians the tools they need to be successful. Each book in the series focuses on a specific category of NATE certification. Written in clear and concise language and illustrated with full-color graphics that clarify important ideas, these books not only help technicians master the key concepts required to pass the NATE Exam, they also provide a wealth of real-world information for on-the-job application. NATE certification confers on a technician professional status and recognition within the HVACR industry. Boost your career by preparing for the NATE Exam today and becoming NATE certified!
From the Preface
What is the purpose of this book? This book has two purposes - to serve as a valuable research and reference source for technicians in the HVACR industry and to offer solid, in-depth assistance for those technicians preparing to take the NATE Certification Exam. This publication directly reflects the continuing efforts of major industry organizations (including ACCA, NATE, PHCC, and RSES) to promote and encourage a single certification program for technicians in the industry. As such, it assumes a basic working knowledge of HVACR systems on the part of the reader. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but individuals who want to take a specific NATE Exam can focus their study on the subject matter contained in this book (or in other books in this series) to help them prepare for the test.
What is NATE? As an independent, third-party, nonprofit certification body supported by a broad-based coalition of industry leaders, North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE), represents a shared commitment to improving the HVACR industry through voluntary testing and certification. NATE supporters include contractors, distributors, education and training providers, manufacturers, technicians, utilities, and their respective trade associations. There are 21 NATE installation, service, and senior tests. Specialties include Air Conditioning, Air Distribution, Heat Pumps, Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Hydronics Gas, Hydronics Oil, Light Commercial Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, and Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Human Comfort and System Selection. Chapter 2: Heat Transfer and the Basic Refrigeration Cycle. Chapter 3: System Components. Chapter 4: Electrical Components. Chapter 5: Installation Guidelines. Chapter 6: Reading Electrical Schematics. Chapter 7: Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits. Chapter 8: System Performance Checks. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions.