So you’ve decided to pursue a career as an HVAC technician. What tools will you need going into a training class? There are several standard tools every technician should have, though you’ll likely have specialized tools suggested or even provided once you advance in your career.
HVAC Tool List For Every Technician
HVAC technicians use a wide variety of tools. From hammers to testing kits, the experienced HVAC technician should know how to use their tools properly. Click To Tweet Tools should be well maintained and cared for. Here are some essential tools you’ll need as an HVAC technician:
You’ll need at least one measuring tape to do almost every job as an HVAC tech. This means that your measuring tape will be used several times a day. It should be durable and easy to use, and it would be wise to carry a backup with you as well.
HVAC technicians use hand tools extensively. Hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers and wrenches will be utilized again and again, making them a crucial investment. Although it can be tempting to opt for the cheapest sets, they will not last. Technicians will also want a cordless drill, though that will not replace hand drills, as they both play an important role in HVAC repair.
Ductwork installation and repair tools may look similar to hand tools but do very different things. Hand tools would not be efficient in repairing ductwork. Tin snips, crimpers, hand seamers and an awl are a few ductwork tools you’ll need. Without these tools, ductwork will be tedious and inefficient
Testing kits are absolutely vital for the safety of every technician. Multimeters will be your go-to tool to protect yourself from possible electrocution. The multimeter checks for electrical currents to determine if there is any voltage present. Working on a unit that is still connected to power can prove fatal.Technicians also frequently use thermometers, to detect changes in temperature that could signal a problem. This is not nearly the same as a thermometer you would use to check for a fever!
When you’re preparing for a job, don’t overlook the step ladder. Some HVAC technicians rely on the homeowner’s ladder, but that’s both unprofessional and not always available. If you are servicing units you’ll need a step ladder several times a week.
Beside the tools needed to get the job done, you’ll need a few things to protect yourself. Gloves, protective eyewear and a mask when necessary are all important to have, especially when working around insulation or dangerous materials.
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