Here's a brief background of myself. I got into the tinner side of things around 3.5 years ago (new commercial construction mostly). I recently changed over into the installation / service department in the company I work for.
I'm pretty eager to learn as much as I can about what I'll be doing (have a decent grasp on the sheetmetal part, but don't know much about the rest yet).
Can anyone reccomend some good basic books to get me started in this area? I'll mostly be doing residential and some small commercial for now, but the big commercial stuff is likely to find it's way into my life eventually.
Thanks a bunch fellers, and if there's any questions ya have that might help you direct me to a better answer feel free to ask away.
The link below will take you to my list. That is until I update it.
Your article regarding 410A was great. The guys at the shop liked it and didn't feel so overwhelmed by it all anymore. We are going to start offering 410A soon. Thanks.
BTW, I will take the certification test since nobody, even the Carrier dealer isn't certified....give me a one-up on the others :D . I had my wife do a little acting one day, calling competitors acting like a dangerously informed homeowner to find out nobody else is certified, had her ask thier hourly rates to have her old unit fixed while she was at it :D LOL
OHHH, the books :)
You could go to HVAC shops in your area and ask for old service manuals, tell them you'll give 'em a little $$ for thier time. Read the manuals and you'll get a pretty good understanding of the methodology used in the controls systems. An internet search is good too. Look at manufacturer's web sites. I remember there was a good one that had great troubleshooting PDF files, I believe it was Heil. It told how to follow your power, check flame sensors, etc.
Your thirst for knowledge is going to be flooded soon. There is a lot to learn and you'll NEVER know it all. Good to see someone willing to learn.
'Can anyone reccomend some good basic books to get me started in this area? I'll mostly be doing residential and some small commercial for now,
ME: Back when i got into the trade which was 1974..Copeland Compressor Co. used to give out about 4 free manuals on Compressor fundamentals and servicing. Carrier Corp. has some very good instructional booklets on Fundamentals of Servicing hvac residential as well as engineering booklets . Honneywell used to give out a few free handbooks on HVAC residential troubleshooting and controls.
I would check around you area at wholesalers ..they often hold Manufacturer seminairs and Technical Training courses. Check with the Carrier Distributor and the Trane Distributor in your area --- they are big on Contractor Training .
Good luck and i think youll find servicing a nice change . Lots of variety and interesting people to meet.
Thanks guys! I've got my eye on a couple books that'll I'll most likely get this week sometime. And while I'm making my rounds I'm going to see if any of the wholesalers have any books/pamplets on this kinda stuff or thier equipment.
I'll be sure to keep in touch with y'all on the board from time to time :-)