Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Salary
Job Description for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer
A heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration mechanic/installer works with various climate control and ventilation systems in residential, commercial, or industrial settings. Frequently this job is known as an HVAC (for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) technician.Read More...
These mechanic/installers set up new HVAC systems in homes and businesses. This may require performing a customer-needs assessment and coming up with a heating and cooling solution that matches those requirements. The technician then installs the equipment, including necessary ventilation and ducting needs, as well as ensures the system to be working properly. For commercial accounts (such as restaurants or grocery stores), this job may also include installation of new refrigeration units and walk-in coolers or freezers as well.
This occupation also services and maintains this climate control equipment. Many dedicated companies that hire for this job work with preventative maintenance contracts, and the mechanic/installer visits these accounts to ensure proper working order of the equipment, as well as changing out filters and conducting inspections of wiring, ductwork, and ventilation systems.
The education requirements for this field are normally a relevant technical school degree and certification in HVAC repair and installation. In many jurisdictions, a certification test and certificate or license may be required. Additionally, persons at the entry level on this job should expect to find work mostly on smaller residential jobs until they acquire more experience and can move on to accounts or companies that work with larger facilities.
While the mechanic/installer normally works during regular business hours, in HVAC companies that do commercial work, it is normal for the repair personnel to rotate “on call” shifts for 24-hour emergency availability. Persons in this field should also expect to work outdoors in the heat of summer or freezing cold of winter as a regular part of their job duties.
Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer Tasks
- Install heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration equipment to company standards.
- Assemble and connect equipment, thermostats, timers, and other accessories.
- Interpret instructions, designs, and schematics.
- Communicate with clients, setting expectations, and delivering quality customer service.
- Test systems and diagnose installation problems to ensure products perform at specifications.
Common Career Paths for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer
Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. The most common promotion for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics is HVAC Service Technician, a position that typically pays $44K annually. Another standard transition for Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics seeking advancement is to assume a HVAC Installer role, where pay is often $37K.
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Pay by Experience Level for Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics make a median salary of $47K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $54K.
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