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What Does an HVAC Technician Do?

HVAC technicians can count on job security and career growth, so if you like to solve mechanical problems, this job is worth a closer look. Technicians in HVAC — which stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning — install, service and repair heating and air conditioning units in residential and commercial buildings. They make sure the equipment that regulates indoor temperature, humidity and air quality is in good working order. 

Also known as HVAC installers and HVAC mechanics, these technicians work on all the systems in the acronym while others specialize. (Good to know: HVAC is also sometimes written as HVAC/R to include refrigeration systems.) HVAC technicians may install and fix units, but installers typically only install them.

HVAC repairs can be considered an emergency, so technicians can expect to work at odd hours, especially during the peak heating and cooling seasons.

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Jobs Available
33,660+
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When there’s a problem with the heating or cooling, everyone's happy to see the HVAC tech arrive. (Credit: sturti/iStock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Install new HVAC systems in residential and commercial buildings
  • Diagnose and fix existing HVAC systems, using digital gauges and meters
  • Install electrical components and wiring
  • Clearly explain HVAC problems and solutions with customers
  • Follow government rules on proper handling and disposal of fluids and pressurized gasses
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for an entry-level position. Some companies want technicians who have served an apprenticeship. Such programs generally last from six months to two years and include classes and on-the-job training. Increasingly, companies also look for candidates who have completed a trade school program, which lasts from 18-24 months.

Requirements for certification and licensing vary by state. Technicians who work with refrigerants must pass an EPA certification exam. Advanced certification is not typically required but may provide new employment opportunities. Multiple certifications exist through manufacturers and trade organizations. Employers often prefer candidates with a clean driving record.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have good problem-solving and diagnostic skills
  • Have good dexterity 
  • Possess the physical strength to move heavy equipment
  • Possess the physical stamina to work in extreme temperatures and to stand or crouch for long periods
  • Have excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Are mathematically and mechanically inclined
  • Have good interpersonal skills

HVAC Technician training in your area

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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Diploma

Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem (0.0 Miles)

HVAC Entry Level Certificate

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Heating and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship Certificate

Santa Fe College
Gainesville (0.0 Miles)

HVACR Apprenticeship Training Program

Howard Community College
Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, A.A.S.

Bevill State Community College
Jasper (0.0 Miles)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technician, A.A.S

South Central College
North Mankato (0.0 Miles)

Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Diploma

Tri-County Community College
Murphy (0.0 Miles)

HVAC, Commercial Air Conditioning Air Conditioning Technology Level 2 Certificate

San Jacinto College District
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Stationary Engineer

Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Green HVAC Residential Certificate of Achievement

College of the Desert
Palm Desert (0.0 Miles)

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Diploma

Wayne Community College
Goldsboro (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Anthony Strada
Meet Ambassador
Anthony Strada

Many HVAC companies offer paid on-the-job training, alleviating the need to pay to learn a trade. Just ask Anthony Strada, who’s keeping busy installing air conditioners in homes in Sanford, Florida. “You're generating income out of the gate while you're learning a very valuable skillset,” he says. 

Learn more about Anthony’s story.

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Ask the Expert: Erin Izen
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Ask the Expert: Erin Izen

If you’re considering a career in the skilled trades, and the construction industry in particular, you no doubt have questions. Are there good jobs available? Can I earn a decent living? Will I like it?

Erin Izen, director of workforce development and military relations at The Home Depot, has some answers. She and her team work to equip and upskill populations that are often underserved so they can grow their careers. This includes connecting potential tradespeople to careers in the residential and commercial construction and remodeling industries.

Read more.