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Tools of the Trade: Equipment HVAC Technicians Use on the Job

Tools of the Trade: Equipment HVAC Technicians Use on the Job

An HVAC Contractor May Use These Tools to Get the Job Done

It's a cold winter evening when a heating technician steps onto the scene. The job is simple enough: a homeowner's HVAC system isn't correctly heating the residence. As they rifle through their toolbox, they're faced with familiar friends: wrenches, screwdrivers, pumps--his tools of the trade. But the question is: which one will turn this icebox into a warm, cozy home?

An experienced heating technician will immediately know what tools they need. A homeowner, on the other hand, might not. Right now, interested parties can learn all about what means a contractor might use to get an HVAC system up and running. They can continue reading to learn more.

Hand Tools: Ol' Reliable screw drivers

Humankind's been using hand tools for more than one million years. Yet, these tools have come a long way since the Stone Age. When fixing a leak, replacing a pipe, or installing a new system, a contractor might use:
  • Drills
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Ratchets
  • Saws
  • Cutters
  • Flashlights
  • Pliers

Some hand tools are even motorized. For instance, a contractor might use an electric saw to cut the suitable pipe. They might even use a power drill when anchoring something to the floor or wall.

Safety Equipment Is More Than Goggles and Glovesgoggles

There's no telling what an HVAC professional will encounter when they step onto a job site. Even if they perform routine repairs on a new HVAC unit, they should still be prepared for anything. For instance, gas leaks, intense pressure, and live wires could threaten the home's (and contractor's) safety.

To protect themselves from injuries or exposure-related illnesses, an AC contractor may use:

  • Goggles to prevent debris from getting into their eyes
  • A respirator, to avoid breathing in harmful chemicals, like gas or asbestos
  • Gloves to prevent cuts, bruises, and burns
  • A mask to avoid breathing in toxins
  • Boots, to anchor the worker on unsteady flooring

A professional may also use ladder safety devices to keep a ladder steady while working at significant heights.

Some Jobs Call for Specialized Tools

Sometimes, a trusty old drill can only go so far. Some situations call for specialized tools, such as:

  • Leak detectors: Using soundwaves, HVAC professionals can find leaks without tearing down drywall.
  • Pumps: While working on an HVAC unit, a contractor may use a pump to remove excess water, moisture, and stale air.
  • Coil fin straighteners: If an HVAC unit has a bent coil, it won't work correctly. A contractor might use a coil fin straightener to address the issue.
  • An electric adjustable wrench: Instead of blindly adjusting a wrench's jaws, a contractor can enter the numbers into the tool and watch the magic happen.

These are just some of the tools that a professional heating technician may use to fix a faulty HVAC system. While many retail stores carry these tools, it's important to note that using them is best left to the experts. If a homeowner tries to do a DIY repair with a specialized tool, they risk causing more damage - or worse - hurting themselves.

About Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Air

If a homeowner's looking for reliable, quality HVAC service, Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Air will be there in a snap. These professionals have years of experience serving Marietta and the surrounding area. Homeowners in need of quality HVAC service can call them today.