Just a curious home owner. The initial spark was that there was a debate
about online goodman sales and the fine print in the warranty. I read up at
the goodman sight and the only requirement for an installer, at least as far
as I could see, was an epa 608 certification. which would make sense. Now,
before anyone goes nuts, I do not want to install my own ac system. That's
what the pro's are for.
Since your so curious, how about doing a little home work on recovery
machines, recovery cans, refrigerant reclaiming and recycling, as well as
the proper methods of charging systems per the diferent types of metering
Its not rocket science, its more complicated than that.
I beg to differ, It just a sealed phase change system. Sure there are a ton
of variables, but its not really that hard. What is hard is finding
information about the "trade". Its interesting to me to see the fairly surly
one or two line responses to a simple question about a certification. with
that said, its just about what I expected after watching this group for a
while... You all have a good night..
I got a section 609 card some years ago, it was pretty easy. You pay
$19, I think, take an OPEN-BOOK multiple choice exam where you can refer
back to the online text to find the answers, and when you get enough
right, you enter some info and they mail you the certificate and wallet
card. I think there were 50 questions. If you didn't know one off the
top of your head, it did take a little time to search through the text
to find it. Procedures may have changed, I did this 13 years ago.
thanks for the info. Its interesting that a person could get a type I
(systems under 5 pounds of refrigerant) via the open book test, but the type
II (large systems) and type III (larger /largest systems) required a
again, just a curious homeowner....
At the time I did it, I am pretty sure I could have gotten any one of
them, I chose the 609 because I wanted to be able to get R12 for my
cars. I never actually needed to get any more, I still have a couple
cans sitting around, and no cars with R12 anymore. I do have a couple
small refrigeration systems left with R12, though. I have enough R22 to
probably last to the end of the home central air system, too - its only
35 years old.
The green card did let me buy a run capacitor for my AC at the local
"closed shop" refrigeration supply place for under $10, I was expecting
it to cost a LOT more.
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