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HVAC technicians work on heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in all types of buildings such as residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and factories. HVAC techs can sometimes work under extreme temperature conditions while they repair the heating or cooling system that is broken. Technicians generally work indoors but sometimes may have to work outside on heat pumps even in poor weather conditions. Operating in confined spaces is also common.

HVAC technicians typically do the following:

  • Travel to worksites
  • Follow blueprints or other design specifications to install or repair HVAC systems
  • Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
  • Install electrical wiring and controls and test for proper operation
  • Inspect and maintain customers’ HVAC systems
  • Test individual components to determine necessary repairs
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts


Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in buildings. Refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items by providing a climate controlled environment.

Although HVAC techs are trained in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems they sometimes work exclusively with one of the three systems and may even specialize in certain HVAC equipment (i.e. solar panels or commercial refrigeration).

HVAC technicians use a variety of different tools for different tasks ranging from the basic screwdriver to the complex combustion analyzer. There are strict government guidelines to adhere to when working on air conditioning and refrigeration systems; technicians must follow regulations regarding the proper handling, recycling, and disposal of fluids.


Most union HVAC contracts are on a commercial and industrial platform. When working on a large air conditioning installation job, some specializations may be carried out by other unions. For example, ductwork might be done by sheet metal workers and duct installers, or electrical work by electricians. 

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