Tools Used By HVAC/R Technicians

Are you considering a career as an HVAC/R Technician? Career College of Northern Nevada offers an HVAC/R Diploma Program that can be completed in as few as nine months. Once you’ve successfully completed the program, you will possess the knowledge and skills to install, evaluate service and repair a large array of typical residential and light commercial HVAC equipment.

So, you’ve completed the program and you’re ready to enter the workforce but what tools are needed by HVAC/R Technicians? Although you will work mostly with HVAC equipment, one job could be completely different from the next. HVAC/R Technicians work in a variety of places including residential homes, schools, office buildings, hospitals or factories. Some environments may be very hot or cold, and working in cramped spaces may be common. With the large variety of elements, there are different tools you’ll need for the different jobs.



Common Tools Used by HVAC/R Technicians

HVAC/R Technicians may use any of the following tools for proper service delivery:

  1. Vacuum Pump
    This is a tool used for the maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems. The vacuum can suck air and moisture out of the conditioning lines. It is essential for determining the lines that have ever leaked before you charge the conditioning system with a refrigerant.

  2. Voltage Tester and Multi-Meter
    All HVAC systems are connected to electricity. This means safety measures should be put in place when handling the systems. The multi-meter and voltage tester are used to measure voltage, verify the presence of live wires and measure resistance. Failing to check for the presence of naked wires endangers the life of HVAC technicians.

  3. Pliers and Pipe Wrenches
    These tools are used by HVAC experts when handling systems related to natural gas line and even plumbing. HVAC technicians require pliers like wire strippers and needle-nose for small connections.

  4. Cordless Drill
    This tool is essential for HVAC services. It is used to drill holes for HVAC connections. Every HVAC technician should be equipped with a cordless drill along with two batteries to avoid time-wasting for charging the tool.

  5. Refrigerant Scale
    This is used when charging the air conditioning system with a refrigerant. It is used to measure the weight of the refrigerant removed or added to the compressor of the unit.

  6. Screwdrivers
    Every HVAC technician require screwdrivers with insulated handles. You should have both Philips and Flathead screwdrivers to open various equipment that needs HVAC service. Having screwdrivers with insulated handles reduces the risk of electrical shock.

  7. Shears and Tin Snips
    These are tools for the manipulation of metal sheets. There are three types of tin snips, and they include rights, lefts and straight aviators. They allow for different positioning and direction for cutting metal sheets.


Other Tools Used by HVAC/R Technicians

  • Jumper wire
  • Refrigerant wrench
  • Scratch awls
  • Crimpers
  • Swaging kit
  • Sheet metal scribe
  • Straight seamers
  • Reamer
  • Tape measure
  • Pipe wrench
  • Hex key set
  • Tubing cutter
  • PVC cutter
  • Hammer
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tool bag


Become an HVAC/R Technician at CCNN

Are you ready to begin your career path as an HVAC/R Technician? Let CCNN guide you towards success! Contact us today at 775.241.4445 for more information on our HVAC/R Diploma Program.


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5 Reasons to Become an HVAC/R Technician 

You’re looking for a career that offers you more of what you want, and sitting in a cubicle all day and waiting for the hours to pass just isn’t for you. Well, the field of HVAC/Refrigeration is booming, and it could provide you with the career you’ve been searching for. Here are some of our favorite reasons to become an HVAC technician.

Work with Your Hands

If you were the kind of kid who liked to take things apart to see how they work, HVAC might be up your alley. HVAC technicians complete a variety of hands-on tasks every day, such as disassembly, repair, programing, and assembly. This is active work, which can help keep boredom at bay while also helping you stay healthier.


Good Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in HVAC/R are expected to grow 13% by 2028. That’s much faster than the average career in the US, so now is a great time to enter this growing career. New construction, which is booming in our region, also means a higher demand for HVAC installation, and technological evolution means new technicians are needed—ones with recent training who understand the new technology.


Competitive Salary

HVAC technicians can earn a comfortable living. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data reports the median income for HVAC technicians at $47,610 annually. The average starting salary is $33,726 and includes graduates who reported wage data between 2018 to 2019. The stability and security of the career is one of many great reasons to become an HVAC technician. 


Flexible Working Environment

Unlike so many other jobs where you sit in one place all day, HVAC careers let you work in a variety of environments. You can work in many types of locations—office buildings, residential units, industrial, even warehouses.  HVAC technicians often work outside, and they are needed all over the country.


Help People

All of the above reasons to pursue a career in HVAC are important, but everyone wants to feel that their work really matters and makes a difference. People everywhere rely on HVAC technicians to keep them healthy and comfortable in their homes and places of work. They can also help lower customers’ energy bills, and everyone wants to save money!


How to Become an HVAC Technician

If you’re as convinced as we are that HVAC Technician would make a great career, it’s time to act. CCNN’s HVAC/R Service Technician Program provides career-ready training. Learn more today!



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Get Your Answer Through Hands-On Experience  

If you’re asking, “Should I become an HVAC technician?” you should first stop and ask yourself whether or not you’ve tried your hand at the type of work HVAC technicians do. If you’ve never given the work a shot, you should start by giving it a go. After all, many types of HVAC maintenance can be done with little technical knowledge. One such task is winterization. Check out the infographic below to learn how to winterize your HVAC unit.


Should I Become an HVAC Technician?


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