We’ve all heard the saying that a mechanic is only as good as his tools. This holds a lot of truth as having the right tools makes for getting a professional look in a decent amount of time. When you don’t have the right tools by your side, it can turn into a lengthy disaster. Instead, considering investing in these 10 tools to increase the number of HVAC jobs you do each day.
1) Battery Powered Drills
Having cordless drills is a must for so many reasons it would take forever to go into detail about all of them. The most important is that they can be used anywhere without having to plug it in. This makes working on remote job sites very easy to do. Be sure that you have an array of bits to fit your battery powered drill.
2) The Sawzall
Also known as a reciprocating saw, the sawzall is so versatile that it can be used for cutting many different materials. It’s very easy to handle and allows you access to cutting at a variety of angles when a traditional circular saw won’t fit. We suggest investing in a battery-powered sawzall as this will allow for more functionality without having to worry about utilizing extension cords.
3) Reciprocating Saw Blades
We’re putting these in two different categories because they’re just that important. When you have a sawzall, you need to have a variety of saw blades to use with it. You never know what material you’ll be required to cut through and at what thickness. You should have blades to cut through metal, wood, and other materials. These should be in varying sizes from three to nine inches long.
4) Vacuum Pump
A vacuum pump is a tool specifically for those working in the HVAC industry. It works to remove moisture out of the lines that run throughout the entire HVAC system. This is a must-have in order to identify potential leaks throughout the air conditioning system.
5) Mobile HVAC Software
To ensure that your HVAC business runs successfully, you’ll want to give your staff mobile access to your HVAC software program. This will include information for calls, such as location, customer name, and the issue that they’re having. By having all this data readily available for your techs, they can use the mobile software to send alerts to your customers to let them know when they’ll be arriving. The best part is that your technicians will be able to read past service reports that your company has performed so they have a whole picture of what they’re walking into.
6) Refrigerant Scale
Another must-have for the HVAC industry is the refrigerant scale. This scale is commonly used to charge an air conditioning system. This is the precise way to ensure that your techs are using the right amount of refrigerant for each job. If they use too little, the system will not cool effectively. If they use too much, the system will have too high of pressure and overwork the system components. This will lead to premature equipment failure.
This one seems so simple, but it’s surprising how many HVAC companies simply don’t supply their employees with screwdrivers. Each technician should have a range of screwdrivers that can handle all different sizes of screws they may run into on the job. Different length handles is also a necessity as some jobs won’t allow for access with a regular-sized screwdriver.
Pipe Wrenches and Pliers
Pipe wrenches are essential to ensuring the techs are able to handle gas lines and other piping connections that are within HVAC systems. Each employee should also have a range of different pliers to handle wires, pipes, and bolts that they’ll encounter through their day. Ensure to include some needle nosed pliers of varying sizes. Also, opt for the insulated handles as these allow for a sturdier grip for the user.
Tin Snips and Shears
Since it’s highly likely that your techs will be dealing with some sheet metal within the ductwork of a home ventilation system, they’ll need to have some tin snips, also called aviators, to get the job done right. Also, a sharp pair of shears can help when longer cut lines are required.
Used as a safety tool, your technicians can use the multimeter to check for electrical hazards when completing a job. These will display the voltage that is present in the wire so that your techs will know what they’re dealing with when on sight.
Brittany Waddell is a contributing writer and media specialist for Microbial Insights. She often produces content for a variety of blogs.