When you are HVAC repairman, there will obviously be tools that are specialized that will not be used in most other industries or professions. If you are new to the job, you may not have any idea as to what these tools may be. Here is a brief breakdown of what a few of the specialty tools are and how they are used.
- The first tool you should be familiar with is the tubing cutter. This tool is used to cut the copper tubing that is found on air conditioning systems. One of the best things about this tool is that it can be adjusted to fit almost any width or diameter of the tubing. A de-burring tool will frequently be built right into the tool for ease of use and for removing the burs which can be dangerous if left intact.
- The next tool which will come in very handy when you are on the job is refrigeration gauges. These gauges are used to read the various pressures that a refrigerator will endure. They also monitor the two types of refrigerants R-22 & R-410A. The manifold, which is the brass metal part of the tool is almost always sold with these gauges but the hoses that are also used with them are generally sold separately.
- A vacuum pump will also be needed to remove all moisture from the air conditioner lines. This is because the air lines must be tested for any leaks prior to them being filled with refrigerant.
As you can see, there are many hvac specialty tools that one can choose from, even more, that are not listed here. With this knowledge, you can be at the top of your game in the HVAC industry.