INFOGRAPHIC - Important Qualities of an HVAC TechSummer has begun and heat continues to rise to blistering heights. Having the luxury of air conditioned buildings is something we often take for granted. But, when our AC stops working and the heat quickly turns a once comfortable room into an unbearable one, we immediately rely on the skills and expertise of an HVAC tech (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician).
What does it take to be an HVAC Tech?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, the median pay for HVAC Techs was $21.59 per hour, or $45,110 annually. In 2014, there were 292,000 jobs in the heating and cooling industry. Most HVAC pros work 40-45 hours per week and often work overtime and holidays to restore comfort back into people’s lives.
2.Typical Work Environment
There is an intense need for qualified HVAC techs across the United States. Homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings and factories typically need HVAC attention and work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC pros have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Conditions include extreme heat or numbing cold, working in confined spaces, and working outside of normal business hours. Every service call is a new experience and the job can often be unpredictable.
A 14% industry growth in employment rates of HVAC Techs is expected by 2024. Employers are struggling to find qualified technicians with excellent trouble shooting, computer, and electronic skills.
4.Tools of the Trade
HVAC Techs use a variety of tools during system installations including screwdrivers, wrenches, pipe cutter, and other basic hand tools. During technician training, they will also learn how to use carbon monoxide tester, voltmeters, combustion analyzers, and acetylene torches.
Check out this ARS HVAC Tech’s perspective on what it’s like being an HVAC pro:
“I’ve always liked helping people. It's a big reason why I loved being a service technician for many years as well. As a Comfort Advisor, I can use my 12 plus years of experience to help guide them to a sound decision for their family that will work well for their needs.” -Marc Elliott, ARS Boston
It takes much more than a few handy man skills to be an HVAC Technician. Thanks to these pros, we are able to beat the heat and stay out of the cold in the comfort of our own homes! Do you need HVAC work done in your home? Let ARS®/Rescue Rooter® and their HVAC techs solve all your problems! Call us at 1-800-277-9400 to set up an appointment with a Comfort Advisor, and they can evaluate your current HVAC system!