Electricity for Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning,
10th Edition

Russell E. Smith

ISBN-13: 9781337399128
Copyright 2019 | Published
720 pages | List Price: USD $200.95

Master the electrical principles and practices you need to succeed as a professional installation and service technician with this trusted guide. Accurate and easy-to-understand, ELECTRICITY FOR REFRIGERATION, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, Tenth Edition, will give you a strong foundation in essential electrical theory--and help you hone real-world skills and techniques you can apply on the job. Thoroughly updated for today’s professionals, the Tenth Edition includes up-to-date information based on current trends, technology, and industry practices--including key diagnosis and troubleshooting methods--making this an ideal resource whether you’re new to the field or a current practitioner ready to update your knowledge and skills. Now available with this text is The Complete HVAC Lab Manual, which features over 250 lab exercises, covering 15 topic areas. See the supplements section for more details.


1. Electrical Safety.
2. Basic Electricity.
3. Electrical Circuits.
4. Electric Meters.
5. Components, Symbols, and Circuitry of Air-Conditioning Wiring Diagrams.
6. Reading Schematic Diagrams.
7. Alternating Current, Power Distribution, and Voltage Systems.
8. Basic Electric Motors.
9. Components for Electric Motors.
10. Contactors, Relays, and Overloads.
11. Thermostats, Pressure Switches, and Other Electric Control Devices.
12. Electronic Control Devices.
13. Heating Control Devices.
14. Troubleshooting Electric Control Devices.
15. Residential Air-Conditioning Control Systems.
16. Installation of Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration Systems.
17. Commercial and Industrial Air-Conditioning Control Systems.
18. Troubleshooting Refrigeration, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Control Circuits and Systems.

  • Russell E. Smith

    Russell E. Smith is an Air Conditioning Technology Instructor emeritus at Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Smith also ran his own contracting and consulting firm for many years. He is a Certificate Member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and holder of Conditioned Air Non-Restricted in the State of Georgia. He holds an AE in Air Conditioning Engineering.

  • Newly added and expanded information highlights recent advances in the industry, providing easy-to-understand, up-to-date coverage of important topics such as arc flash, digital meter functions, the universal capacitor, DC brushless motors, Wi-Fi thermostats, troubleshooting integrated furnace controls, and mini-split control systems.

  • The chapter on Installation of Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration Systems now follows the introduction of Residential Air-Conditioning Control Systems, reinforcing the text’s systematic approach to presenting concepts in logical sequence and introducing the practical application of those concepts in the field.

  • The Tenth Edition features additional troubleshooting practice problems (“Practice Service Calls”) integrated within the chapters, while Review Questions, which allow students to apply what they have learned, reflect new information added to the readings.

  • The author has reviewed and revised text content to ensure alignment with current industry standards, including updating schematic diagrams, photos, and reference tables to feature information from the 2017 edition of the NEC®.

  • MindTap for Smith’s ELECTRICITY FOR REFRIGERATION, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, Tenth Edition, is an integrated online course that combines an enhanced ebook with video, simulations, games, interactivities, quizzing, and more, to enrich the teaching and learning experience for instructors and students alike.

  • A chapter on Electrical Safety, including a section on arc flash, emphasizes the importance of awareness while working in the field and outlines preventive measures to help readers avoid dangerous situations.

  • Detailed schematic diagrams walk readers through the intricate arrangements of control systems and components to help them understand how parts fit together and function effectively as a whole.

  • Integrated within the text chapters, “Service Calls” and “Practice Service Calls” features provide engaging learning experiences, encouraging readers to visualize and troubleshoot realistic issues they may encounter in the field.

  • “Green Technology” features highlight refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning practices related to protecting the environment, providing useful insights into an increasingly important focus for the industry.

  • “Delmar Online Training Simulation” icons designate readings accompanied by 3D, immersive simulations that allow students to explore and experiment with interactive wiring diagrams and adaptive questions, enabling them to engage more deeply with concepts covered in the reading while gaining useful hands-on experience.

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