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Question: 1 ton of refrigeration = ____ btu’s?

 a.188,000  b. 12,000  c. 288,000  d. 2,000

This is a Gotcha question.  A “ton of refrigeration” is defined as the amount of btu’s required to melt one US ton of ice  in 24 hours.

When we melt ice, we are in effect, changing the state of water from a solid to liquid,without changing the temperature. Energy required to change the state of a substance is called latent heat. When changing from a solid to a liquid, it is called latent heat of fussion. the latent heat of fussion is 144 btu’s per pound of water. Therefore, it takes 144 btu’s to melt one pound of water (ice). Two thousand  pounds  x 144 btu’s = 288,000 btu’s. If, you divide 288,000 by 12 hours, you will get the 12,000 btuh you were looking for. Nevertheless, it takes 288,000 btu’s to melt a ton of ice. Therefore, 1 ton of refrigeration = c. 288,000 btu’s 

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1.   Where the minimum size combustion air duct is 6” X 12”, a metal louver with unknown free area, must be at least _______ square inches    HELP

2.  Calculate the required outdoor ventilation rate for a 1700 sq. ft. office space? HELP

3.  When installing B-vent for a 120,000 BTUH gas furnace (fan assisted), what is the minimum diameter if the vent is 12 feet high with a 2 foot lateral?  HELP

4.  Calculate the velocity (FPM) of 800 CFM in an 8″ x 14″ duct.  HELP

5.  If R-19 insulation is added to a 1200 square foot ceiling with a U-value of .05, what is the new R-value? New U-value? Heat loss (BTUH) at 50 degree temperature difference? HELP

6.  If you purchase an appliance for $1000 and wish to make 30% profit; what would your selling price be? Hint: the answer is not $1300.  HELP


1. 96

2. 144.5 cfm

3. 5”

4. 1039 fpm

5. R=39, U=.025, 1500 btuh

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