Intelligent Weatherization

Course Description: Retrofit Installer-Mechanical

Course Description:
Retrofit Installer: Mechanical


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Fred Clade is a BPI-certified Quality Control Inspector.

Course Description

This course is appropriate for all professionals who in Indiana are referred to as Heating Technicians — specifically, those who are responsible for installation of mechanical equipment such as gas furnaces and appliances in residential buildings.

Course Objectives

This course will cover:

  • gas furnace fundamentals
  • gas appliance inspection procedure
  • carbon monoxide mitigation
  • worst-case draft testing

Course Details

  • Three days of course instruction and demonstrations
  • Written test at end of day three
  • Customized to meet your network’s needs

What You Will Learn

  • basic principles of combustion
  • principles of venting atmospheric and induced-draft furnaces
  • how condensing furnaces operate
  • furnace blower and airflow properties
  • leak-testing and inspecting gas piping systems
  • checking a gas furnace for electrical safety
  • weatherization and code requirements for gas systems
  • furnace cleaning and tuning
  • testing carbon monoxide (CO) levels in combusition gas
  • action levels for CO in ambient air and  all gas appliances
  • indicators and causes of CO production
  • CO locations, standards and dangers
  • chimney effect and vent pressure
  • definition and identification of Combustion Appliance Zones
  • how air ducts and exhaust fans affect pressure balances
  • the process of determining worst case
  • and more

Course Prerequisite

Participants must be heating system installers or service technicians, or have attended Basic Heating Systems training course or equivalent.

What is an Retrofit Installer?

A Retrofit Installer Technician is a residential heating professional who installs energy-efficiency and safety upgrades in single-family homes and small (2-4 units) multi-family housing facilities. The technician uses a variety of bulding-science best practices to improve safety, comfort, durability, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

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