What Kinds of Tools Do HVAC Techs Use On the Job?
A Look At Some Common Tools Used By Heating & AC Contractors
HVAC systems are one of the most complex aspects of a home, next to the electrical and plumbing systems. Not only are the units themselves incredibly sophisticated, but they often involve a variety of other systems that are complicated in their own right – thermostats, air duct networks, natural gas plumbing, etc.
With all those different elements, it’s no wonder that cooling and heating technicians tend to show up in a truck or van brimming with tools, parts, and equipment. Sure, one can find some of the tools they use in just about any home’s garage, but some are highly specialized – and they all come in handy. Keep reading to learn about some of the essential tools HVAC techs utilize to get the job done!
General Hand Tools
Every HVAC contractor’s tool kit starts with an assortment of fairly common tools. Screwdrivers, nut drivers, and cordless drills allow them to open access panels and tighten bolts and screws holding components in place. Along these lines, they’ll have various types of pliers and wrenches on hand for valves, pipe fittings, wire terminals, and other nuts and bolts.
They’ll have pipe and tube cutters, wire strippers, and sheet metal shears for cutting through ductwork. Other invaluable tools include:
- Pipe calipers (for measuring pipe diameter)
- A tape measure
- A magnetic level
- A flashlight or headlamp
- A small inspection mirror for seeing into hard-to-reach places
- A good old-fashioned hammer
Working on HVAC systems can be dangerous, so professionals protect themselves and their clients by using the proper safety equipment. Face masks are generally considered an essential part of the uniform these days, but they can also help protect the technician from dust, airborne debris, and other pollutants while they work in attics or crawl spaces.
Goggles or safety glasses are vital for eye protection, especially when operating power tools or working with chemical refrigerants. Technicians also use earplugs to protect their hearing while using power tools in enclosed spaces. And of course, gloves will help protect against various hazards when handling sharp objects, hot surfaces, or dangerous chemicals.
Specialized Tools and Instruments
Finally, an HVAC technician needs various tools specifically designed for working on HVAC systems. A special multimeter will allow them to test electrical components to make sure they’re safe to work with and measure the amperage of motors and other components to ensure they’re functioning correctly. Vacuum pumps will allow them to clear out any contaminants and leftover chemicals from refrigerant lines before recharging them with new refrigerant.
AC contractors use coil fin straighteners to help clean out debris from the evaporator and condenser coils. They may use leak detectors to pinpoint possible leaks in the refrigerant or condensate lines. Professional heating technicians may use special gas leak detection devices to ensure safe gas furnaces. Using these instruments correctly requires special training and experience, so it’s a no-brainer to call a pro when the heater or AC needs work!
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