To REGISTER for this workshop, select the date and location in the box below.

This TSA workshop is designed for:

  • Facility Maintenance staff who must maintain and trouble-shoot heat pumps and gas/electric furnaces  

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge needed to service heat pumps as well as gas and electric furnaces.  Under the direct supervision of the workshop leader, who is highly skilled in HVAC with many years of experience in the industry, participants will learn how furnaces work, and how to troubleshoot and maintain them.

During the hands-on portion of the workshop, participants will be shown how to test furnace components to determine if they are good or bad. They will learn the skills necessary to make repairs, perform preventive maintenance, and troubleshoot existing problems in modern gas and electric furnaces. Additionally, and with proper safety procedures having been thoroughly reviewed prior, live electrical circuits will be used during the class to test electrical components.

Workshop participants will learn how to use a digital multi-meter.  After a thorough explanation of how to use the meter, they will test both gas and electric furnace components so that they will know exactly how to use the meter when they return to their agencies.  Everyone attending the training will be given a digital multi-meter.  Each workshop participant will also receive a TSA certificate, and a detailed workbook that clearly explains how to perform gas and electric furnace preventive maintenance, troubleshoot, and make minor repairs. The workbooks can later be used as reference on the job. 


Day One, 8:00 am – 4:00
Day Two, 8:00 am – 4:00


  • Introduction to gas and electric furnaces operation
  • Understanding electricity as it relates to gas & electric furnace components (step-down transformers, relays, motors, gas valves, & heating elements)
  • Introduction to natural gas and propane fuels, & how they perform in a furnace
  • Introduction to electric heat pumps and how to properly maintain and diagnose their unique components.
  • How gas fuel, air, and ignition are properly mixed for efficient and safe operation, and what to do if they are not properly mixed
  • Alignment and cleaning of gas burners
  • Checking heat exchangers for deadly cracks
  • Performing FALL preventive maintenance on furnaces, and checking for deadly carbon
  • Understanding the operation of gas burners, pilots, valves, and venting
  • Determining if a thermocouple is good or bad
  • Checking the operation of fan and limit switches
  • Inspecting electric heating elements
  • Testing reversing valves and heat pump compressors.
  • Basic refrigerant charging/recovery practices and theory.
  • Testing a furnace blower motor
  • Checking a furnace draft-venting motor
  • Setting the heat anticipator on a space heating thermostat
  • Testing electric pilot ignition systems

To REGISTER for this workshop, select the date and location in the box below.