Most Commonly Used HVAC Tools

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For those people who choose a career in the HVAC industry, they must remember that the job would require the utilization of various tools. For beginners who are just starting out in an HVAC training program, the list of tools can become rather overwhelming. Moreover, it may sometimes become tough to determine which tools are needed right away. In addition to this, the tools can also be quite costly.

The HVAC tools can come in great variations. Thus, it is very important to choose the tools wisely. It is advisable to purchase tools that are durable and will last long. Here is a list of the general tools used by HVAC technicians:

  • Tape Measure. Tape measures can come in various lengths. The ideal tape measure used in HVAC trade would be a heavy duty measure with a length of no less than 25 feet. Accurate measurements are needed for calculations, and a lot of measurements are taken for every project. A tape measure is absolutely a tool belt essential.
  • Marking Tools. These tools are simply permanent markers, pencils, pens and paper. These are needed on hand for marking measurements when planning an installation, jotting down measurements and calculations, marking where to make cuts, and more.
  • Step Ladder. While there are times that a taller ladder will be needed, a shorter 4-foot ladder is used for interior jobs. It should be sturdy but lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • Battery Powered Drill. Using screws to secure new hardware is necessary in almost any HVAC installation project. You’ll need a strong, durable drill, preferably battery powered or rechargeable so that you can avoid the hassle of cords and finding outlets in unfamiliar or inconvenient places.
  • Hex Head Nut Drivers. Most HVAC systems as well as their parts are actually assembled using various hex head bolts and screws. Thus, it is essential that an HVAC technician should bring hex head nut drivers. The common sizes used are ¼”, 5/16”, and 3/8”.
  • Caulking Gun. This tool will be utilized to seal duct-work and holes in the house. A good caulking gun should be a drip-less variety to help avoid any mess when in use.
  • Level. When installing air conditioners, furnaces, and thermostats, a level will be used to ensure that all hardware is in proper alignment, saving on wear over the life of the appliance. A magnetic level is ideal to use since most of the surfaces that will be leveled are made of metal.
  • Electrical Testers. In some cases, an HVAC technician will need to work with live electrical power. Thus, an electrical tester may be needed. It is ideal to have a multi meter, which can perform several functions.
  • Pliers. Pliers come in a number of varieties, including needle nose, wire strippers, linesman, channel lock pliers, and open face. These tools have many uses. Pliers with insulated handles are ideal for a better grip and some protection against electrical conductivity in case the tool comes into contact with a live wire.

These are only some of the general tools used in the HVAC industry. There are also specialized tools and equipment for specialized HVAC repair and installation tasks. Employers will generally supply you with the more advanced tools you will need for certain jobs, but if you plan on working as an independent contractor, you will need to assemble your own tool kit.


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