HVAC Hand Tools

Being a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) specialist or technician is made conveniently possible with the use of different tools. While it can be a burden in the pockets to have these important tools, it is a sound investment. Without the right HVAC tools to help you get going, it is impossible to do or complete your job at all.

If you are just entering the HVAC industry now, getting the necessary tools can be overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting. To relieve yourself of such trouble, you can refer to the list of the basic HVAC tools below:


  • Caulking Gun

A caulking gun is useful when you have to seal openings and other ductwork. For HVAC application, a dripless caulking gun is highly recommended.

  • Cordless Drill

Your drill must be battery-powered so that you can operate it without worrying about wires getting tangled while you are working. For HVAC application, you must use a drill that is capable of at least 18V.

  • Extension Cord

You will need to power certain tools and having a lengthy extension cord will enable you to perform your work seamlessly. Typically, one that is 50-foot long can already help you get going.

  • Hammer

For HVAC work, you must have a carpenter-style hammer. While this is not much of a requirement, it can still come handy in most cases.

  • Level

A level is a must-have tool if you are into installations. A magnetic level is advisable when leveling installations of air conditioners, thermostats, and other HVAC systems.

  • Multimeter

You can measure the strength of electricity in a particular electrical component using a multimeter. For troubleshooting, you must have a HVAC multimeter. Meanwhile, for installation, a basic multimeter will do.

  • Set of Hex-Head Nut Drivers

Bolts and screws are what integrates most HVAC systems and their parts together. That being said, you will definitely need a set of hex-head nut drivers. Typically, a ¼-inch model, a ⅜-inch model, and a 5/16-inch model must always be present in your set.

  • Set of Screwdrivers

You need a set of screwdrivers of all shapes and sizes. You never know what types of screws you will be dealing with in the future so it is better to always be prepared with all kinds of screwdrivers. Make sure that you get them with insulated handles.

  • Set of Tin Snips

Tin snips are used for cutting sheet metal. They come in three types: 1) lefts; 2) rights; and 3) straights. Lefts are used for cutting in a left direction and have red handles. Meanwhile, rights are used for cutting in a right direction and have green handles. Lastly, straights or bulldogs are used for cutting in a straight direction and often have orange handles.

  • Tape Measure

Tape measures are important for any type of skilled work. Depending on the nature of your application, a tape measure can usually become obsolete. That being said, don’t buy an expensive model because chances are, you will have to replace it every once in awhile anyway.


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