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HVAC FAQs

 

What are some skills that successful HVAC technicians possess?
In general, HVAC technicians that exceed in their field excel at: customer service, understanding building plans, working with wires and pipes, using power tools, and have a solid understanding of math and science.

What is the level of education required to become an HVAC technician?
A high school diploma or GED equivalent is the entry-level education required to be an HVAC technician. Any additional degrees or certifications will make you more desirable to hiring companies. How much do HVAC technicians make? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC technicians make anywhere between $46,000-$67,000 annually. Many HVAC technicians exceed these amounts by working overtime at the beginning of cooling and heating seasons and by opening up their own companies (16% of HVAC techs own their own businesses.)

How long is an HVAC apprenticeship?
On average, a formal HVAC apprenticeship lasts anywhere from 3-5 years. Learning the trade as an apprentice offers new technicians a hands-on learning opportunity while they are getting paid.

Do you need to have a license to be an HVAC tech?
License requirements for HVAC technicians vary state-to-state while some states do not require any licenses at all. If you are going to be handing refrigerant, the EPA does require a certificate that you can gain when you pass their exam.

What is covered in the EPA refrigerant exam required of HVAC technicians handling refrigerant?
The EPA has 3 different exams – the exams cover topics specific to the type of refrigerant work your job requires. The exams cover topics such as: ozone depletion; the Clean Air Act; refrigeration states, gauges, recovery, recycling & shipping; and safety. To learn more about each of the specific exams click below:
Type 1 Certification for Small Appliances
Type 2 Certification for High Pressure
Type 3 Certification for Low Pressure

Is HVAC a growing industry?
According to the BLS.gov, the growth rate for the HVAC industry is expected to hit 14% between 2014-2024. This growth rate is much higher than the average of all other occupations.

What are some personal requirements for HVAC technicians?
Most successful HVAC technicians are organized, detail oriented, and mechanical in nature. For HVAC techs that wish to work in residential field, a strong ability to communicate with others is a key skill.

What is an HVAC technicians schedule like?
The average HVCA technician works 8 hours a day, during normal working hours (8-4 or 9-5). During extreme weather patterns most HVAC techs are offered overtime hours during nights and weekends.

Is working as an HVAC technician dangerous?
For HVAC technicians that have not been trained through an apprenticeship or a technical program the field can be dangerous – that is why certifications and licenses are very important. Working with electricity, water supplies, chemicals and heavy equipment are daily tasks that require the proper training and attention to detail.

What does HVAC stand for? And HVACR?
HVAC stands for: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVACR stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

What states are showing the highest demand for hiring HVAC techs right now?
The demand for HVAC technicians is on the rise across the US, but the following states currently have the highest demand for new technicians: Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.