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So you want to be a HVAC tech?

Updated on August 18, 2014

What to expect as a HVAC tech.



Anywhere from $12.00 to $30.00 per hour dependent on experience and area.


  • Pay
  • No two days are the same.
  • Company vehicle
  • Company phone
  • Meet new people daily and make good connections around town.
  • Being able to help family and friends
  • There is always a demand for good techs


  • Working in all weather
  • Some clients can have nasty attitudes and even worse,nasty houses.
  • After hours calls can be annoying.
  • Working in hot attics and rarely working in a place with A/C.


In my honest opinion it is a great job and very rewarding. It will always be in demand as long as people want to be comfortable.

List of tools all HVAC techs use daily

Below I list the basic tools every residential hvac tech has on their truck,of course there are more for specialized purposes,but these are the fundamental basics and must haves.

  • Multimeter
  • 1/4" and 5/16" nut drivers
  • copper tubing cutter
  • gagues
  • tape measure
  • various sized screw drivers
  • small and large pipe wrenches
  • Small and large channel locks
  • Hammer
  • pipe thermometer
  • wire strippers
  • duct knife
  • PVC cutters
  • tin snips
  • refrigerant scale
  • 100' extension cord
  • sawzall
  • vacuum gauge
  • vacuum pump
  • Recovery machine
  • recovery tank
  • brazing torches and bazing rods
  • Fan puller
  • nitrogen tank andregulator
  • Pen and notepad
  • circular saw

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    • KawikaChann profile image

      KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done Matt, I would have liked it better if you put more personal input into your article - a snap-shot of a typical work day for instance. I can sense a great sense of humor, but all in all, a much needed checklist for those (I've considered it - the turn off was other people's messy houses, and insect infested crawl spaces.... bleh) that are interested in the field...