BuildAnInstaller™

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Course Description

70% - 90% of faults that compromise the performance of residential air conditioner or heat pump systems are installation-related.* Don’t be part of system fault statistics. In two weeks of intensive classroom instruction and hands-on lab practice, the BuildAnInstaller™ program teaches new HVAC workers or experienced helpers how to properly install and commission new systems. Participants gain the technical and safety knowledge and the skills to perform excellent installs and get the system running. This class prepares brand-new installers and experienced helpers to perform on the job as qualified installers.

*source: U.S. Department of Energy, “Residential HVAC Installation Practices: A Review of Research Findings”

What you'll learn

  • The “why” and “how” of installing new HVAC equipment.
  • Basic refrigeration, including the principles of superheat and sub-cooling.
  • Gas heating, refrigerant recovery, brazing, and more.
  • Installing and uninstalling single and multiple furnace and air conditioner systems.

Course Overview

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Week One

Day One Theory (Safety)

  • Personal
  • Job site
  • Tools and equipment
  • Handling pressurized cylinders
  • Brazing and fire
  • Technician Communication
  • Proper appearance
  • Record keeping

Day Two Theory - Wiring projects

  • Wiring to loads
  • Wiring switches
  • Wiring thermostats
    • Gas electric
    • Heat pump
  • Wiring accessories
    • Float switches
    • Condensate pumps
    • High and low pressure switches
    • Hard start kits
    • Electrical Checks On Units

    Day Three Theory - Basic Refrigeration

    • Superheat
    • Sub-cooling
    • Fixed metering devices
    • TXV metering devices
    • Approach
    • Charging charts
    • Typical pressures
    • Typical temperatures
    • Using typical value charts

Day Three Lab Assignment

  • Hands-on practice with
    • Superheat
    • Sub-cooling
  • Checking charge using
    • Superheat
    • Sub-cooling
    • Approach
  • Determining types of metering devices

Day Four Theory - Gas Heating

  • Basic gas combustion
  • 80% operation and venting
  • 90% operation and venting
  • Single and multi-stage operation
  • Gas pressure adjustment
  • Combustion analysis

Day Four Lab Assignment

  • Check and adjust gas pressures on single and multi-stage furnaces
  • Perform combustion analysis on both 80% and 90% furnaces
  • Measure temperature rise
  • Adjust blower speeds based on temperature rise

Day Five Theory

  • EPA Exam
  • Recovery of refrigerant
  • Measuring liquid line and weighing in charge
  • Brazing
  • Dryers and filters

Day Five Lab Assignment

  • Recover refrigerant in system
  • Calculate charge and weigh in refrigerant
  • Hands-on brazing projects

Week Two

Day One Lab Assignment - Uninstall multiple air conditioning systems

  • Recover refrigerant from entire system
  • Disconnect tubing at condenser and evaporator
  • Disconnect high-voltage wiring (install new disconnect)
  • Disconnect low-voltage wiring
  • Disconnect condensate drain
  • Remove condenser and evaporator

Day Two Lab Assignment -Day Two Lab Assignment Uninstall multiple furnaces

  • Disconnect vent system
  • Disconnect high-voltage wiring
  • Disconnect low-voltage wiring (run new wiring)
  • Disconnect condensate drain (90%)
  • Disconnect gas piping
  • Remove furnace

Day Three Lab Assignment - Install multiple furnaces

  • Connect vent system
  • Connect high-voltage wiring
  • Connect low-voltage wiring
  • Connect condensate drain
  • Connect gas piping

Day Four Lab Assignment - Install multiple air conditioning systems

  • Connect tubing at condenser and evaporator
  • Connect high-voltage wiring (install new disconnect)
  • Connect low-voltage wiring
  • Connect condensate drain

Day Five Theory - NATE Installer Technician Exam

Certifications: At the end of Week One, students take their EPA exam. Upon successful completion of the class, students sit for their NATE
Installer Technician Exam.


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Testimonials

“Learning the how/why of the system was a big help. Knowing the science and processes involved make understanding set-up and troubleshooting much easier.”

Alex Keedy, Peter Levi Plumbing,
San Rafael, CA