HVAC technicians work on equipment that controls the air environment within a building. Whether it’s industrial HVAC systems or residential split systems, today’s “air conditioner repair man” is a highly skilled, technically adept trades-person.

HVAC Tech Job Responsibilities

As an HVAC technician your day to day job description will include:

  • Installing, and repairing different types of HVAC systems
  • Install all the wiring and other components
  • Inspect, test, and monitor all the equipment
  • There is a customer service component where you’ll discuss what’s going on with the customer
  • If there are defective parts, you’ll repair or replace them
  • Make recommendations for optimal HVAC performance
  • You’ll need to keep detailed records of all repairs and conversations you’ve had

Many future HVAC technicians choose HVAC trade school programs to train for their diploma, NATE, and EPA certifications, but there are other options like apprenticeships.

HVAC Tech Salary & Job Outlook

When you first start out as an apprentice, you’ll earn about half of what an entry level HVAC tech earns, but as you gain more experience, your paychecks will get larger. The median annual wage for HVAC mechanics and installers was $50,590 in May 2020. The bottom 10% earned close to $31,910, and the top 10% earned around $80,820.

The job outlook for HVAC technicians is average when compared to all other occupations and projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. HVAC and plumbing contractors are the largest employers of HVAC technicians, but you may also find jobs in the retail industry, as a self employed contractor, and within the educational system.