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Understanding the Roles of HVAC Tools

When interviewing for a job, one of the common questions the interviewee will ask is: what does a typical day look like? In the case of an HVAC technician, there really is no “typical” day. Each home they visit and each job they set out to complete is unique. HVAC technicians carry so many different tools with them because they need to be prepared for anything that comes their way.

Naturally, many homeowners are curious about these tools, how they work, and what they are used for. Though most homeowners will never use these tools themselves (for gas line or furnace installations), it is important for them to have an understanding of how they work.

Essentials of HVAC Tools

Today, there is an “essentials” product line for pretty much every product category. For instance, clothing essentials include a pair of blue jeans and a simple black or white t-shirt. Cooking essentials are comprised of pots, pans, mixing bowls, baking dishes, and serving utensils. HVAC tools also have an essentials line.

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These essential tools include hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches. These tools are used again and again by HVAC technicians, no matter what type of job they are completing. These tools stand the test of time. They have been used for many years in the past, and they will continue to be used in the future.

Specialized Tools for the HVAC Industry

specialized toolsOne level up from the essential tools is specialized HVAC tools. These tools serve a unique purpose for specific jobs. They are used less frequently, but most HVAC technicians will still carry these tools with them. Power drills, multimeters, and thermometers are a few examples of specialized HVAC tools.

Drills contain a large amount of power, so they are highly efficient at putting in screws. Impact drivers are a commonly used type of drill because they hold more power than traditional drills despite being smaller. Drilling tools are especially helpful when working with thick HVAC materials that are tough to penetrate.

Another specialized HVAC tool is the multimeter. This tool is a piece of electronic test equipment that determines the level of electronic voltage that exists in a particular region of the wall, floor, HVAC system, or other parts of the house. It is a safety tool to prevent technicians from being electrocuted. HVAC thermometers are also important for safety. This specialized HVAC tool measures the temperature of the air, water, refrigerant, and copper lines.

Tools for Safety Precautions

Taking the proper safety precautions is a huge task for all HVAC technicians. Multimeters and thermometers are a few examples of safety-related tools, but there are many others. Floors can be slippery, especially if there are leaks near the HVAC unit. Slip-resistant shoes are a great tool to prevent falls and injuries.

safety precaution

Technicians spend much of their days working with sharp objects, chemicals, and electrical materials, so gloves are a great tool to prevent cuts, avoid electrical shocks, and keep chemicals from making contact with the skin. Using proper safety precautions and safety-related tools is critical for preventing an HVAC emergency.

About Laney’s Inc.

Laney’s Inc. is a full-service plumbing, HVAC, and electrical company - with additional specializations in indoor air quality and water treatment. They can provide customized services and solutions that fit customers’ unique situations. No matter your needs, put your trust in their expertise.