Pre-Conference Course

The HVAC Certificate Course - 8 hours
Sunday, January 12th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The course is comprised of lectures throughout the day by two nationally recognized instructors and includes the examination of numerous HVAC exhibits that will be on-site during the class. Equipment typically found in the field will be in the classroom. The instructors will also use PowerPoint presentations that include extensive field images and animations to demonstrate the operation of gas furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps. Video clips of system tests and field observations are also used.

Students are invited to get close to each piece of equipment during the session for component observation and study. The equipment will be available for up close examination during breaks, including lunch, and an instructor will remain with the exhibits for Q&A during breaks. Approved for 8 ASHI CE hours.

The course day is broken into two parts. The morning session focuses on gas furnace operation, installation and field inspection. The day begins with a brief history of residential heating systems and then turns to the most popular heating source found in homes today, the gas-fired forced hot air furnace.  Combustion issues, CO concerns and the science behind modern high-efficiency condensing furnaces will be explained. Heating system components are shown and their function is examined in detail. Images of installation concerns and system defects are shown throughout the morning.

The afternoon session will focus on air conditioning and heat pump systems. This session will begin with a brief history of residential cooling and heat pump systems. The science behind mechanical refrigeration will be reviewed. Then the focus will turn to the air conditioning and heat pump equipment on-site.  System components are shown and their function is explained in detail. As with the morning session, images of installation concerns and system defects are shown throughout the afternoon. 

Kenny Hart, ACI - With more than 35 years of experience in the mechanical fields, Kenny is a Virginia and ASHI Certified Home Inspector.  He has been a presenter at numerous InspectionWorld events, dozens of chapter events and state home inspector association meetings. He has authored many articles for the ASHI Reporter and written for Drinking Water & Backflow Prevention and the Journal of Light Construction. He is a regular contributor to REALTOR® publications and works as a SME for publishers of print and web based home inspector training courses.

Michael Casey, ACI - Besides co-authoring several books in the Code Check series, Michael has authored numerous other books, has taught home and building inspection nationwide and has an expert witness and claims consulting practice. He has inspected more than 10,000 buildings in his over 25 years career in the inspection profession. Michael is past president of ASHI (2002) and of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (1994/1995). He is partner with Casey, O'Malley Associates.