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Terms Associated with Refrigeration Contractors
Any commercial or industrial enterprise that deals in food, perishables, pharmaceuticals or any products that require cold storage will need a refrigeration contractor. Many contractors are responsible for more than sales and service of refrigerators, ice machines, air conditioning units and other HVAC products. They are also engineers who design, build and install refrigerated structures to meet each client’s needs. These are some common terms associated with the refrigeration contractor industry.
Refrigerant – The liquid used to transfer heat from one part of the refrigeration or air conditioning system to another.
Ammonia Refrigeration – Products created to heat and cool environments have evolved over the years, but ammonia has been used in the refrigeration industry since its earliest days. As a refrigerant, ammonia is efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
Compressor – The compressor is an integral part of any air conditioning, HVAC or refrigerated unit. It is a pump that maintains adequate pressure to cause refrigerant to condense and flow in sufficient quantities to meet the cooling requirements of the system.
CFC Certification – A technician who repairs refrigerators, ice machines and other HVAC products that use chlorofluorocarbons must pass a training program to receive industry certification.
AHRI – The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute is a trade organization that represents approximately 90% of refrigeration contractors.
Saddle Valve – A valve that is clamped to the refrigerant tubing surface, that provides a means to monitor pressure, charge or evacuate refrigerant.
Absorption Refrigerator – A refrigerated unit that keeps its contents cold through having refrigerant absorbed by a chemical substance.
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