October 3, 2023 – Basic Troubleshooting Geothermal:  Basic Troubleshooting covers many introductory and refresher topics to prepare a technician to perform diagnostics on our equipment. This course covers loop types, basic geothermal heat pump principles, and the refrigeration cycle. The course also includes how to troubleshoot a geothermal heat pump from the water and refrigeration systems, leak detection, TXV diagnosis, reversing valves, and other water source heat pump components. Basic component replacement is discussed, as well as controls and air and water-side analysis. This one day class is the perfect course for a new technician or a seasoned technician looking to brush up on skills. REGISTER: https://Basic_Troubleshooting_Geo_Training_Oct3.eventbrite.com


October 4, 2023 – Flow Centers Application, Installation & Diagnostics:  This one day module will cover the basics of flow center selection and sizing with GDS pressure drop calculator demonstration, basic installation practices, troubleshooting, pump slaving, impact of water quality on pump life and warranty. This class also includes flushing of both pressurized and non-pressurized flow centers as well as antifreeze selection and safety practices. REGISTER: https://Flow_Centers_Application_Installation_Diagnostics.eventbrite.com

Instructor Bio – Jay A. Hammond, WaterFurnace

Jay Hammond has been in the geothermal heating and cooling industry for well over 30 years.  Jay started his career literally “in the trenches” installing loop systems for a contractor, later moving to installation and service for various HVAC/R systems.  He has been employed by two major geothermal heat pump manufacturers in positions including Field Technical Service Advisor, National Training Manager, and National Accounts Manager.  He also has been employed by a large geothermal contractor and has experience with consumer sales and all other aspects of contracting.  Mr. Hammond is currently Training Manager for WaterFurnace, International.  He believes that training is paramount to successful geothermal systems and satisfied customers.  Mr. Hammond has had many published papers and articles and has been invited to speak at various trade conventions and assemblies.  Mr. Hammond is also listed as inventor for a geothermal heat pump system patent.

Mr. Hammond is a NATE Instructor and Proctor, IGSHPA Instructor, a NCCER Level 1-4 HVAC Instructor, and is certified as an instructor with various other organizations and State authorities.  In his spare time, Mr. Hammond is an NRA Certified Instructor and coaches youth firearms teams.