What Does an HVAC Technician Do?

Branford Hall Career Institute can get you ready for this career

Are you good with your hands? If you are someone who likes to tinker and repair things, then a career as an HVAC/R technician might be a good fit for you.

HVAC/R stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. These heating and cooling systems are needed in every building you see, whether it is a house, apartment, school, hospital, warehouse, factory, office building, or large corporate office park. HVAC/R mechanics and installers are trained to work with both residential and commercial systems, and they play an important role in the everyday functioning of our homes and businesses.

What does an HVAC/R technician do every day? Take a look at some of the typical responsibilities that these technicians do on the job:

  • Install new HVAC/R systems in both residential and commercial sites
  • Connect systems to water lines, fuel lines, electrical wiring, air ducts, and other components
  • Inspect and do regular maintenance on HVAC/R systems
  • Clean out air ducts, replace filters, and inspect the main unit
  • Do trouble-shooting tests to determine what is working and what is not working
  • Identify problems and replace broken parts
  • Repair systems that are not functioning correctly
  • Test systems to verify that they are working efficiently
  • Follow proper handling procedures for refrigerants, pressurized gases, and other fluids
  • Respond to emergencies where a customer needs a system repaired quickly
  • Travel to several customers each day
  • Sell maintenance contracts to customers

How do I become an HVAC/R technician?

If you are considering this field, be sure to check the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This handbook will tell you what an HVAC/R does, how much money you can expect to earn, and the job outlook for the future.

If you think this is a good career field for you, why don’t you look into getting trained? Most training programs can be completed in less than one year. Look for HVAC/R training programs at your local community college, a nearby vocational school, or at a private career school.

When you find a training program in your area, be sure to pick your school carefully. Take the time to schedule a tour of the school, and ask a lot of questions. You want to be sure the school has a positive reputation in the community and provides you with the job training you will need.

  • Is the school accredited?
  • How long has the school been operating? How long has it offered HVAC/R training?
  • How are the instructors selected?
  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • How much is tuition? Is financial aid accepted at this school?
  • Are the training facilities up-to-date?
  • What is the job placement rate of the graduates?
  • What are the names of companies where recent grads have found work?
  • What are the courses like?
  • How long does the program take to complete?
  • When are classes held?

By choosing your school carefully, you can make the most out of your educational opportunity. Be sure to study hard and try to master all of the job skills you are taught. Getting comfortable with HVAC/R skills, technology, and equipment won’t be easy, but it will be worth the work!


The Branford Hall Career Institute is proud to offer HVAC/R training in two locations: Bohemia, NY and Springfield, MA. Contact us online to learn how to schedule a tour of our schools.