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PLHE 2160

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump Controls

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed to give the learner a thorough understanding of air conditioning principals and controls. The course begins with a refresher on the refrigeration process and progresses to controls systems and troubleshooting. The learner will progress from the controlled environment of the lab with system trainers and progress to operational residential and light commercial equipment. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 2/1/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate technology skills.
  3. Demonstrate self-development skills.
  4. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of power consuming components
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of low voltage systems
  3. Clasify refrigerent types and there specific oil compatability
  4. Manipulate refrigerant control components to operate safely and efficeintly
  5. Troubleshoot system malfunctions
  6. Repair or replace system components as needed
  7. Confirm and adjust system charge
  8. Verify proper system operation

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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