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EPA Refrigerant Recovery Certification Sample Questions Core: 1. If a system will not hold a vacuum after it has been evacuated: A. the system is ready to be charged with refrigerant B. the metering device is restricted C. there could be a leak in the system D. a deep enough vacuum has been pulled 2. Service technicians who violate the EPA Clean Air Act: A. may be fined B. may be required to appear in Federal Court C. may lose their certification D. all of the above 3. Which of the following is a violation of the Clean Air Act? A. venting refrigerants B. failing to evacuate appliances before disposal C. failing to keep records or falsifying reports D. all of the above 4. Ozone depletion is considered to be a ________ problem. A. global B. national C. regional D. local 5. Recovery equipment that relies on the refrigeration system compressor or refrigeration system pressure would be classified as: A. self-contained B. system dependent C. inefficient equipment D. vacuum pump assisted


6. Which refrigerant does not contain chlorine? A. R-12 B. R-22 C. R-134a D. R-500 7. Ozone in the stratosphere contains: A. molecules made up of 3 oxygen atoms B. molecules made up of 100 oxygen atoms C. pollutants from earth D. molecules of chlorine atoms 8. All devices used for refrigerant recovery must: A. have reciprocating compressors B. meet EPA standards C. have rotary compressors D. have a built-in storage tank for refrigerant 9. Blended refrigerants leak from a system: A. all the time due to their chemical make-up B. at uneven rates due to various vapor pressures C. only in a liquid form D. slower than HFC refrigerants 10. The refrigerants that have the highest ODP are: A. HFCs B. blends C. CFCs D. HCFCs


Type I: 1. The EPA definition of a small appliance is: A. Equipment charged with less than 5lbs of refrigerant B. Equipment manufactured, charged and hermetically sealed in a factory C. Equipment that has a fractional horsepower compressor D. Both A and B 2. When installing an access valve on a refrigeration system: A. there is no need to leak test the fitting B. you should test the fitting before proceeding with servicing the system C. it should only be installed on the high side of the system D. only permanent access valves can be used 3. When servicing a Type I appliance: A. all leaks must be repaired B. it is not mandatory to repair leaks C. leak repair is required only if the system is leaking half of is charge in 24 hours D. none of the above 4. When using piercing valves, they should generally be installed on: A. steel tubing B. aluminum tubing C. copper tubing D. tubing more than 5/16” in diameter


5. When servicing a refrigerator with a non-operating compressor, both high and low side access valves should be installed to facilitate recovery because: A. without both sides accessed, required recovery efficiency may not be obtained B. the recovery process may be accomplished in less time than if one access valve is used C. liquid refrigerant may escape D. both A and B 6. At high temperatures such as an open flame, R-12 and R-22 can decompose to form: A. phosgene gas B. hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid C. an inert gas D. both A and B 7. If, when servicing a system, you note a pungent odor during the recovery process: A. refrigerant has been mixed in the system B. a compressor burn-out has likely occurred C. a filter drier is restricted D. there is a leak in the evaporator coil 8. EPA regulations: A. allow for the mixing of R-12 and R-134a B. does not allow for any mixing of refrigerants C. allow for the mixing of R-12 and R-500 D. allow for the mixing of R-134a and R-410a 9. Nitrogen, when used to pressurize a system: A. can be vented B. can only be vented if mixed with R-22 C. can be added without a pressure regulator D. will cause coils to fail


10. A cylinder of R-22 sitting in a 75-degree ambient should have a pressure of: A. 75 PSIG B. 130 PSIG C. 210 PSIG D. 40 PSIG


Type II: 1. The EPA considers a major repair to a refrigeration system to be: A. replacement of a TEV B. replacement of a filter drier C. replacement of an access valve D. replacement of an evaporator coil 2. Before releasing the charge in the condensing unit throughout a split system, you should: A. test for leaks with nitrogen B. test for leaks with some of the system’s refrigerant C. test for leaks with a less expensive refrigerant D. test for leaks with a mixture of R-12 and nitrogen 3. With an air-cooled condenser on the roof of a building and the evaporator located below, you should start recovery: A. at the liquid line entering the evaporator B. at the discharge line of the compressor C. at the suction side of the compressor only D. on the vapor side of the condenser coil 4. When inspecting a system for leaks, look for: A. liquid refrigerant near the condenser B. traces of oil C. loose metering device connections D. a frosted suction line 5. If a system has not been properly evacuated or service, and there are non-condensibles in the system: A. the system will operate more efficiently B. the low side pressure will be lower than normal C. the high side pressure will be higher than normal D. the high side pressure will be lower than normal


6. Refrigerant should be removed from the condenser outlet when: A. the suction line is kinked B. the filter-drier is restricted C. the condenser is below the receiver D. the evaporator coil is oil-logged 7. Equipment room refrigerant monitors are required under ASHRAE Standard 15 for: A. R-134a B. R-22 C. R-12 D. all of the above 8. Recovery equipment manufactured after November 15, 1993, when used to evacuate equipment containing more than 200 lbs of refrigerant, must be able to reach: A. 15 inches of vacuum B. 10 inches of vacuum C. 0 PSIG D. 4 inches of vacuum 9. Refrigeration systems are protected by: A. both high and low pressure switches B. oil-pressure safety switches C. a pressure relief device D. oil sensors 10. Leaks in a comfort cooling system containing more than 50 pounds of refrigerant must be repaired when the leak rate exceeds: A. 35 percent of the charge B. 15 percent of the charge C. 50 percent of the charge D. 5 percent of the charge


Type III: 1. EPA regulations require that leaking industrial process refrigeration systems containing more than 50 pounds of refrigerant when the leak rate exceeds _____ percent of the charge per year. A. 35 B. 15 C. 10 D. 5 2. When leak-testing low-pressure centrifugal systems with nitrogen, pressurize to a maximum of : A. 100 PSIG B. 200 PSIG C. 10 PSIG D. 20 PSIG 3. What is the primary purpose of a purge unit on a chiller system? A. to remove refrigerants B. to remove non-condensibles from the system C. to remove oil D. to keep the suction side above 10 PSIG 4. The rupture disc on a centrifugal chiller is connected to: A. the compressor discharge line B. the evaporator C. the condenser D. the purge unit


5. ASHRAE Standard 15-94 rates refrigerants according to flammability and toxicity. R-123 is rated as: A. A-1 B. A-3 C. B-1 D. B-3 6. EPA regulations state that equipment need not be evacuated to prescribed levels if: A. the equipment is being scrapped B. leaks make complete evacuation impossible C. a filter drier is replaced D. the system is restricted
7. When servicing Type III equipment the EPA requires that

recovery equipment manufactured before November 15th 1993 be capable of evacuating to what level? A. 25” Hg B. 15” Hg C. 25 mm Hg D. 5” Hg 8. After reaching the required level of vacuum during the evacuation process, recommended procedure would be to: A. begin charging immediately with liquid refrigerant B. wait a few minutes to check for rising pressure C. sweep charge the system on all types of equipment D. break the vacuum with vapor before charging with liquid


9. When working on low-pressure chillers, the best method to use for raising the refrigerant pressure in preparation for service would be to: A. attach an air compressor to the purge unit B. add nitrogen to the charge to increase pressure C. heat the entire equipment room to a higher level D. use warming blankets to raise the refrigerant temperature 10. When recovering refrigerant from a system, you should begin by removing: A. liquid B. vapor C. oil D. moisture