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Tools Used By HVAC/R Technicians

October 15, 2020

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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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