5 Must Have Hand Tools For HVAC Techs In 2024

Hand Tools In HVAC

What tools do you need if you want to get started in the HVAC industry? There are many tools used on a day to day basic. From basic hand tools to high tech refrigerant tools. 

What hand tools do you need when getting started? Here is a basic check list for you. P.s. you might have have many of these tools just laying around in your garage or tools box! 

What Is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It refers to the technology used in indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. The primary goal of HVAC systems is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality.

Here’s a breakdown of each component:

  1. Heating (H): This involves the process of raising the temperature of an enclosed space to provide comfort. Common heating methods include furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps.

  2. Ventilation (V): Ventilation is the process of exchanging or replacing air in any space to provide high indoor air quality. It involves the removal of odors, moisture, smoke, heat, dust, airborne bacteria, and carbon dioxide. Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.

  3. Air Conditioning (AC): Air conditioning involves the cooling and dehumidification of indoor air. It’s commonly used to maintain a comfortable temperature during hot weather. Air conditioners can also help control indoor humidity levels.

HVAC systems are crucial for maintaining a comfortable and healthy indoor environment in various settings, including homes, offices, industrial facilities, and vehicles. They play a significant role in controlling temperature, humidity, and air quality to ensure the well-being and productivity of occupants.

What Hand Tools Do You Need

Here is a list of tools that are good to have on your first day on the job as a helper or apprentice in the HVAC industry! 

  1. Flathead & Phillips head screwdriver – You will needs these for prying off panels and for taking out screws that have flathead and phillips head screws.
  2.  Needle Nose & Normal Pliers – Great for pulling off wires and anywhere you need some pliers.
  3. Wire Strippers & Dikes – You will be handling a lot of electrical wires. So you will need to be able to strip the and cut the wires.
  4. PVC Cutters – You can & will be using PVC for condensation lines.
  5. Crescent Wrench & Channel Locks – Used for removing caps off of a system or holding hot pipe while soldering.
  6. Tin Snips – Used for making adjustments on aluminum or tin plenums on units,
  7. Duct Knife – Used for easily cutting duct; which is really thick insulation. 
  8. Multi Meter –  Check voltage and amp draws on capacitors and the compressor.
  9. Battery Impact with 5/16 & 1/4 Inch Bit – Great for removing screws that hold a unit together. Common sizes are 5/16 & 1/4 inch.

How To Get Started

There are many ways to get started in the HVAC industry. Learn more on our YouTube channel, click HERE. You can also go to our career tab and under “Home Service” click “Become An HVAC Tech” 

A Fulfilling Career

Getting into a skilled trade like HVAC is an awesome opportunity. There are many different routes you can go to build a career and make great money in the industry. You can work in residential houses or commercial/industrial buildings. Work for a union or an open shop private company. The choice is yours to choose what route you want to go!

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