hand tools for hvac

Hand Tools for HVAC Technicians

April 3 2019

Hand Tools For HVAC

Are you an HVAC technician? Do you have the right tools at your disposal for every job you are likely to do? At Hanover Supply in Northern New Jersey, we have everything you need for service calls, installs, and routine maintenance of heating and air units.

Basic Hand Tools

If you are a tradesman or a homeowner, you should definitely have the following hand tools for HVAC uses.

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Tape Measure
  • Wire Strippers
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Step Ladder

The above list is a simple set of hand tools used by any tradesman or homeowner on a regular basis and should be staples in any tool kit.

Specialty Tools

In any given week, HVAC technicians find themselves using a variety of specialty tools – sometimes all the tools listed below will be used on the same day. Other days only one or two will be used. It depends on the scope of the job. Knowing what to expect on a job isn’t always possible. It is wise to have the tools listed below on your truck whenever you set out because you simply do not know what you’ll encounter on any given day.

  • Multimeter and Voltage Tester – HVAC systems go hand in hand with electrical systems so for HVAC safety reasons technicians in the field should be equipped with electrical testers capable of identifying live wires, measuring voltage, measuring resistance, and any other electrical tests required.
  • Reciprocating Saw – cutting through just about anything makes these tools valuable and flexible. Keeping extra blades is also important because the time lost working with a dull blade is costly.
  • Manifold Gauge
  • Extension Cord
  • Tubing Cutter

Tools for Ductwork

Installation and repair of ductwork requires special hand tools that need to be on the truck of every HVAC technician who work with ducts. Without these tools duct work is slow, tedious, and inefficient.

  • Tin Snips (see our best snips article)
  • Hand Seamers
  • Crimpers
  • Awl
  • Staple Gun

Refrigerant Scale

Those unfamiliar with what HVAC work entails might be surprised to learn how much precision is required in many HVAC tasks. An example is charging an air conditioning system with refrigerant. Too little refrigerant and the system cannot maintain the temperature of its assigned space. Too much creates a high-pressure system in the cooling equipment which in turn shortens the life of the system by straining the compressor which leads to costly maintenance issue.

A refrigerant scale allows the HVAC technician to measure the refrigerant’s weight as it is added or removed for the unit’s compressor allowing for the right amount to be put into the compressor. This same capability allows HVAC technicians to identify if the system has a leak. This capability allows for the identification and fixing of a small problem before it becomes a big one.

Have The Right Hand Tools For HVAC

No matter how talented and inventive an HVAC Technician is they cannot do a good job in a timely manner unless they have the right tools for the situation they find themselves working on. So if you employ field technicians who have a basic set of tools be sure that you provide your employees with the more expensive, specialized tools necessary for them to be prepared for any job. If you are a self-employed HVAC Technician, you will need these tools as well.

Stop by Hanover Supply today to check out all the tools we have available for your jobs. Visit us in Randolph, Chatham or East Hanover or give us a call. We are always happy to help.

We carry everything you need to ensure that you are prepared for the wide variety of work expected by an HVAC technician. Stop by one of our stores or call us today.