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Air Conditioning Fundamentals Entire Course

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Air Conditioning Fundamentals

A thorough introduction to the concepts, laws, and processes related to air conditioning systems.

* NATE CEHs: 20
* CEUs: 2.0
* Course length: Approximately 16-24 hours

Designed For:
Service technicians

After Completing This Course, You Will Understand:

* The functioning and components of a basic vapor compression system
* The basic structure of matter and the fundamental laws related to the behaviour of different states of matter
* The air conditioning compression cycle
* Use of the refrigerant tables and the refrigerant properties

Course Description:

* On-demand, interactive course of 10 modules ("short courses")
* Online course reader with easy-to-print PDFs
* Online self-assessment


1. Introduction to Basic System Operation
2. Basic Structure of Matter
3. Heat Energy
4. Gas Laws I
5. Gas Laws II
6. Pressure-Temperature Relationships
7. Compression Cycle I
8. Compression Cycle II
9. Refrigerant Tables
10. Refrigerant Properties

Every Module Includes:

* Reading assignment
* Learning activities
* Lesson summary
* Module exam

Outcomes: The 10 online modules help you to understand:

* The operation of the vapor compressor system and the components and fluids associated with it, the basic principles of thermodynamics.
* The basic structure of matter, the various states of matter and the concept of chemical compounds, the behavior of matter under different conditions.
* The processes that take place when heat is added to a material (solid, liquid, or gas) or removed from it, the concepts of measuring temperature changes and amounts of heat.
* The description of gas laws that govern the behavior of the refrigerant used in an air conditioning system.
* The behavior of various gases under different circumstances, the concept of density and temperature change, the specific volume and specific gravity of a material, the behavior of gases with respect to changes in weight and density.
* The key terms - saturation, superheat, and subcooling, and how they relate to the functioning of an air conditioning system, the various temperature and pressure scales used in the HVAC industry and the concept of a pressure-temperature chart.
* The principles of cooling, the concept of vapour to liquid conversion, and the air conditioning compression cycle.
* The concept of volumetric efficiency and the factors that affect it, transformation of energy, and mechanical energy.
* The concept of refrigerant tables and how they help to set controls and compute head pressure, the use of refrigerant tables to calculate liquid and vapor density and net refrigeration effect and estimate discharge temperatures.
* The various properties of refrigerants, an explanation of the terms zeotropes, azeotropes, and near-azeotropes and the difference between them, the thermodynamic, physical and safety properties of common refrigerants.

How This Course Relates to Existing RSES Training:

This online course is a great complement to the instructor-led trainings being offered by RSES Chapters.

The modules that make up the Air Conditioning Fundamentals online course most directly resemble content within the first few Lessons of the, "RAC Unit1 - Principles of Refrigeration," manual as well as the, "RSES Technical Institute Manual 1," however, because the eLearning courses are available in short, segmented, module format, you can also choose to use any of the independent modules to supplement nearly any course in which further study or explanation is needed in a given topic area.

If you are not satisfied with this product RSES will provide you with a full refund up to 30 days after purchase. Additional terms may apply.

RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.

Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

RSES’ monthly magazine, RSES Journal, serves HVAC contractors, service technicians, students, operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians who work in the residential, light commercial, commercial and institutional markets on air conditioning, warm-air heating, refrigeration, ventilation, electrical, ice machines, chillers, hydronic heating, piping, refrigeration control and energy management, building automation, indoor air quality and duct cleaning, and sheet metal fabrication equipment and/or systems.
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