If you’re interested in becoming an HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) contractor, there are a few things you should know before starting your career. Many states which license HVAC Contractors require that the potential applicant have at least some on-the-job training or experience working with HVAC equipment. This experience is especially critical because an HVAC professional will also need to have an advanced knowledge of how HVAC items like refrigerant, electric wiring, combustion engines, and air flow through ducts work. Without the proper training, a homeowner’s HVAC system could be at-home hazards for both him/her and anyone else who uses the system.
A lot of people get started thinking they’d like to work on HVAC installations when it’s time to replace old equipment. Unfortunately, this rarely works out well for HVAC contractors. Often times, HVAC contractors are called in when a HVAC system has problems instead of when it’s time to install new equipment. When HVAC installers are called in, they are usually the ones doing most of the labor work; the customer is just paying them to install new HVAC equipment. But as with any occupation, HVAC work can be stressful. By keeping these five tips in mind, an HVAC technician can make the most of his/her HVAC profession.
Make sure you know the codes for the city, town, or county where you live. Some cities and counties have their own ordinances regarding when and how HVAC technicians must enter a house. Before starting work on an HVAC system, always check the local ordinances. You may find that there are many states that require mechanical clearance for all HVAC equipment, not just heating and cooling systems.
Hvac contractors should make sure they have good communication skills. Communication is key to getting things done and maintaining an open line of communication with your HVAC technician. Having a technician that does not communicate well with you may actually slow down the process of your HVAC installation, not to mention making both you and the HVAC technician (and anyone else working on your HVAC) feel unappreciated. Be sure you have an open line of communication with your HVAC technician so you both can mutually understand what is expected of each of you.
Many people think that if they hire a good HVAC contractor, they won’t have to worry about hiring another one. In fact, HVAC technicians that are hired by just one person often tend to leave town after a few months. This is because HVAC installation is just too complicated for just one person to install. Make sure you choose a certified HVAC technician who has installed HVAC for several years before you call them for help with your HVAC system. HVAC technicians that know how to install and maintain HVACs usually aren’t afraid to recommend the best contractors in their area to other businesses as well.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to HVAC is to not trust your home or your HVAC to just anyone. Hire a reputable HVAC technician from a local contractor’s list. Ask for a detailed list of references. Then, follow up on each of your contractors recommendations.