If I were you I would learn about the following:
24 volt control wiring
240 volt circuits
convectional heat exchange and the refrigeration system.
Return Air/Supply air/ CFM's and ducting
Because without the basics it will be so foreign you will likely get very discouraged. And the old techs can judge a techs knowledge very quickly and will humiliate you for not knowing anything. I would also examine an air conditioner and how they are laid out and designed.
Thank you, for the advice and the congrats !
Originally Posted by jnsrose
I have known many the guy, (including a former boss) that refused to look at an instruction manual.
Originally Posted by John Markl
Sometimes I go too far the other way, and study a manual too long. I know the clock is ticking and I am standing there, studying the instruction manual, while the other guy is hooking stuff up.
So, I guess there is a balance that needs to be attained.
Thank you !
Originally Posted by blazey10
Yes, I graduated from electronics trade school quite a few years ago. One of the reasons I chose HVAC for my new career (besides it being a growing field) is that I figured I had a head start with my electronic/electrical training.
Originally Posted by blitz
Your statement about a "mechanical issue" intrigued me. Are you talking about relays and contacts ?
Uh, I hope, I am not that guy !
Originally Posted by Joehvac25
From what I have learned so far, there is not a lot of DC power used in heating and cooling systems.
Ah, the refrigerant cycle ! It took me about 6 weeks of class before that started clicking.
Originally Posted by Sicofthis
There is a good video on this site that explains the refrigerant cycle, that I look at to keep it fresh in my mind.
Good advice about the note taking, thanks !
Thanks for the reply !
Originally Posted by WMG
I know I have a lot to learn, but I do like to learn new things. I suspect I will be eating some humble pie, but that is part of learning anything new.
relays, contacts, safety switches. by mechanical I mean anything that got nothing to do with electricity. based on my experience as long as I know what kind of voltage/current/capacitance/resistance I should get at an electrical device I could do diagnostic on most electrical problems. motor issues will stump me every now and then, but that happened all the time.
Originally Posted by drkglass01
other issues are mechanical. ie burnt contacts/wiring/bugs/rats, plugged orifice/sensing line/filter, not enough airflow, etc.
oh and 24v will give you a little jolt if you're sweaty. normally it won't.
Have tools and gauges, will travel.
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