Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

modern refrigeration and air conditioning

The modern refrigeration and air conditioning is the book in which three refrigeration and air-conditioning gurus share the secrets of the world’s most essential cooling devices, leading the reader from the fundamentals of refrigeration to the use of solar energy for cooling. The book includes discussions on compression systems, refrigerants, service and installation, fundamentals of air conditioning, cooling and dehumidifying, automobile air conditioning, and refrigerant recycling and recovery, among other issues. With 2000 illustrations, an index, and handy appendices, this may be the only book on refrigeration and cooling systems you’ll ever need.

About the authors:

Alfred Bracciano received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education with Certification in Vocational Education from Wayne State University in Michigan. He also earned a Masters degree in Secondary Education and a Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision.
Mr. Bracciano was employed as a teacher of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for twelve years. He then became Director of Career and Technical Education for Warren Consolidated Schools in Warren, Michigan. He taught Community Resources Workshops for Michigan State University and presented at conferences throughout the country.
Mr. Bracciano is a life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and the American Technical Education Association (ATEA).
Dan Bracciano graduated from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career in HVACR at the Warren Schools Career Center, graduating in HVACR, and worked in the HVACR field performing air conditioning installations and domestic and commercial refrigeration, heating and air conditioning service.
Dan has 26 years of experience working in design development and manufacture of HVAC systems for General Motors, Mitsubishi Climate Control, and Alternative Energy Corporation. He holds several patents in the field, including a patent for a Modular Hermetic HVAC system. Dan is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS).
Gloria Bracciano received a Bachelor degree in Education, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist degree in Administrative Leadership. She completed coursework in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration through Oakland and Macomb Community Colleges.
Ms. Bracciano has worked in the field of education for over twenty-five years and has held positions as both university professor and administrator. Currently, she is the Provost of Gulliver Schools. Ms. Bracciano specializes in development and implementation of innovative curriculums and has presented at local, state, and national conferences.
Ms. Bracciano is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE), Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), and the American Technical Education Association (ATEA).

Table of contest:
1. Fundamentals of Refrigeration
2. Service Basics
3. Refrigerants
4. Basic Electricity, Magnetism, and Electronics
5. Motors and Electric Control Systems
6. Compressors, Valves, and Metering Devices
7. Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers
8. Indoor Air Fundamentals
9. Air Conditioning Systems
10. Heating Systems
11. Energy Management and Conservation
12. Commercial Refrigeration Systems
13. Designing Commercial Refrigeration Systems
14. Installing and Servicing Commercial Systems
15. Professional Development



This book provides an excellent blend of theory, skill development, and service information, making it a leader in the refrigeration and air conditioning field. The comprehensive text teaches both fundamental principles and the service techniques needed to diagnose and remedy refrigeration and HVAC problems. In addition, this book also provides information on properly designing, sizing, and installing new HVAC-R systems.
Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning has been extensively updated to improve readability and address recent developments in the HVAC-R field. The new edition includes information about the latest equipment, refrigerants, and environmentally responsible service procedures. An all new layout and revised text make the book easier to read and comprehend.
Book chapter opening outlines give readers an overview of the chapter contents so they can see how key concepts in the chapter are interrelated. A Review of Key Concepts feature appears at the beginning of each chapter to help readers relate previously learned concepts to the material presented in that chapter.
Throughout the book, care has been taken to promote energy efficiency, from detailing proper system sizing and charging techniques to explaining the integration of solar heating systems. If you want to know more about solar systems be sure to read our article Do I need solar panels? Factors affecting heating and cooling system efficiency are clearly explained in detail.
Both students and practicing technicians will benefit from the comprehensive approach of this text, which provides a solid and thorough knowledge of all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning.

The text reflects the latest in HVACR practices and covers the fundamental principles and service techniques needed to diagnose and repair HVACR systems. Over 100 step-by-step procedures are incorporated throughout the text making it an ideal book for every technician and DIY homeowner.

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