HVAC Tools, A Peek Inside A Pro's Toolbag
We take a look at hvac tools so that you can see what you will need to begin
your career in the heating and air conditioning industry. (If you are just wanting to do the work on
your own heating and cooling systems, you will not need all of the tools of a professional.) The types
and number of hand tools that you will require to start your new job will vary from employer to employer
and depend on whether you will be working as an installer, service technician, or both.
We begin our look inside the tool bag with a look at the basic set you will
require to start as an entry level service mechanic. You will need some general hand tools such as a set
of screwdrivers, a set of nut drivers, a tape measure, channel lock pliers (medium sized), a small
crescent wrench, a torpedo level, allen wrench set, and a utility knife.
You will also require some basic electrical tools such as a pair of lineman's
pliers, needle nose pliers, diagonal wire cutters (dikes), and a pair of wire strippers. Finally, you
will need a small flashlight to perform inspections on equipment as well as a pocket thermometer to
measure air temperatures, and a service valve wrench.
**NOTE** These are typically the tools that most employers will require you to have
while they supply the more specialized things such as test meters etc.