How is an absorption refrigerator different from a regular household refrigerator? There are many differences between a household compression refrigerator and an RV absorption refrigerator. Compression refrigerators operate strictly off of 110 Volt AC and use an HCFC or HFC refrigerant which can be harmful to the environment and is controlled by EPA laws. An absorption refrigerator can operate off of 110 Volt AC, 12 Volt DC, and LP gas and uses environmentally friendly chemicals. The compression is designed to operate in your home under an approximate 72 degree ambient temperature. The absorption is designed to operate in outdoor conditions ranging from the extreme cold to the extreme heat. The compression has many moving parts and is made out of soft alloys such as copper, aluminum, and brass. In ambient temperatures above 72 degrees, these many moving parts work harder to keep the temperatures cool in the refrigerator and the parts wear out much sooner. Neither of these are cost effective. In addition, when these refrigerators are in a moving RV, the vibration puts extra wear and tear on the moving parts. The absorption has no moving parts. The cooling unit which houses the chemicals is made out of durable steel. This and the other few parts found in this refrigerator are made specifically for transport. Changing the absorption refrigerator in your RV to a compression refrigerator will greatly lower you resale value.
What is the cost for the Hands-On or the Online training and tools? Please see everything under the Hands-On Training or the Online Training tabs in the navigation bar at the top of each page. After doing so, if you have any other questions you can email or call us.
How large does my shop have to be? A single car garage is large enough to offer this service.
Does the Ford Procedures Manual come in the Custom Tool Kit? No. It is sold separately. We recommend you purchase and read the manual before you register for the hands-on training, or purchase the online training. This will help you be certain you are ready to become an RV Refrigerator Specialist. Then you would purchase the Custom Tool Kit.
Where can I purchase the needed chemicals? The hydrogen gas can be purchased at your local gas company – the same place you would buy welding gasses. The aqua ammonia and anhydrous ammonia will need to be purchased from a chemical company or your local co-op. You should be able to find these in the yellow pages. We will give you more information about where to look during your training or phone support for those not attending training.
Can I just purchase the Custom Tools and not the training? No, training is required in order to purchase the customized tools.
How much do I have to pay up front for training? See the pricing page. It can be found under the hands-on or the online training tabs in the navigation bar at the top of every page on this web site.
Can I get the tools before I am trained? No. Training to use the tools is required.
How long is the training and where should I stay? The Certified hands-on training is scheduled for five days. We will be happy to supply you with an accommodations list when you register. If you cannot attend the training, you can learn from the Ford Procedures manual and the online training video. See everything under the online training tab.
What happens if I have to reschedule my training? See the Ford’s Training Catalog under the hands-on training tab.
How hard is it to pass the certification exam? Due to our teaching methods, all of our students have passed with an “A”. We do recommend that you read through the manual as many times as possible before you arrive for the training. This has proven to be very helpful in the success of our students.
How do I find customers that need their refrigerator repaired? This information is provided in the training. We have some easy and very inexpensive methods that will help you get started.
How do I know if there is a need for this in my area and how much I can make? The answer to this is on the hands-on training page. You can make over $100.00/hour reconditioning an RV refrigerator cooling unit.
Do I need a license to provide this service? Laws vary in different areas. This is something you will have to check in your location. Things to know: License, Zoning, Purchasing the Chemicals. However, EPA is not something to be concerned with.
What other startup costs will I have? This is hard to answer. It depends on what you do or do not need. Here are some items to give you an idea: Steel tank (stores one of the chemicals) can be any size we recommend 15-20 gallon, chemicals, welding equipment, leak checking manifold, common hand tools, safety equipment (minimal expense), and of course, a shop.
We will assist you in any way we can.