Originally posted by wyoming
recently also purchased and read the volumes 1,2,3 of the Audel hvac fundamentals. found them very helpful and for the price affordable for the information contained in them.
Even though the fundamentals remain the same, the Audels books are a bit out of date.
In addition, the book "Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning" by Althouse, etc... is also out of date and contains a few errors. Is more of a reference book than a textbook too. There are better.
ASHRAE handbook, acca manual s, d, etc. why not check out the international mechanical code book, building code book, smacna, just read your a** off and use those around you to help make sense of it all. This forum is awesome too!
first start here, there is alot of info at your fingertips. next i would suggest you read install guides that come with the equipment that you are/ will be installing. learn to read wireing diagrams. ask lots of questions and when you get a free minute look over equipment and see how and why it works.
education - no substitute
I am a firm proponent of education. Experience is a good teacher, but only if you take the time to learn from the experience. Have seen many individuals with 'years' of experience that I would not hire.
Had an electrician once, Said he had 30+ years experience.
Could not use a megger, could not draw a schematic diagram, was only a pipe bender / wire puller, I guess.
Had an 'HVAC mechanic' apply for a position, but could not draw the schematic diagram for a cooling unit with strip heat. Could not even draw a thermostat diagram. And yet he had 10 years experience which included service.
To me, experience allows a person to troubleshoot, maybe, 60% - 70% of problems - the rest are monkey-see-monkey-do.
With proper technical school training, that same tech could troubleshoot 80% to 90% of problems.
I believe in education!!!
If this is going to be your "career", listen to Norm.
Originally posted by NormChris
You are simply not going to learn all that you need to know on the job. You need an instructor. Enroll in technical school.
If this is a job for a while, you can read a book or two and get by.