HVAC technicians work year-round, installing, repairing, and maintaining the machines that regulate temperature and ventilation in buildings. They work on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They may be self-employed or work for a larger company that manage businesses or large residential properties.
HVAC technicians may work on installing the equipment needed for heating and cooling in a building; this typically involves reading the blueprints and preparing the building for installation, which includes preparing the space for pipes and ductwork. They must monitor compliance with local government regulations and ensure that the system is installed in a way that provides for the most effective climate control in the building or space.
HVAC technicians also often work on maintenance for existing equipment. They inspect the entire system, identifying any components that may be malfunctioning or broken. If they do find issues, such as leaks, inoperable fans, or other concerns, they make the necessary repairs to ensure that the system returns to proper working order.
Some HVAC technicians also work closely with ventilation and refrigeration. They may check the ventilation for any concerns and make the appropriate fixes. They are often working with refrigerants, such as freon, and must take the proper precautions to ensure that they are not injured on the job.
HVAC technicians may study at a vocational or trade school in a two-year program. The programs will typically include apprenticeships for on-the-job training with experienced HVAC technicians.
HVAC Technician Tasks
- Perform preventative maintenance and part repairs according to schedule.
- Instruct end users in appropriate use of HVAC and environmental systems.
- Respond to customer service needs, installing, repairing, checking, and testing systems for performance problems.
- Document all activities, parts, equipment used, and travel in log book.