Must Have Tools For HVAC Technicians

Are you ready to begin your journey as an HVAC student? Are you curious about the tools you’ll need as a student or technician? ETI School of Skilled Trades provides everything you’ll need for the trade. You will receive your tools when you start the program, and these are the tools you will take with you when you complete of the program. So, what are the must-have tools for HVAC technicians?


Snips – These are important tools for all HVAC programs. They include straight, left hand and right-hand snips used for cutting sheet metal.

Safety Glasses – These are important for protecting your eyes from chemicals, dust, impact, heat and optical radiation.

Manometer – This instrument is used to measure and indicate pressure.

Jumper wire – This is normally used to interconnect the components of a breadboard or other prototype or test circuit without soldering.

11-1 Screwdriver & Nut Driver set– As an HVAC student, you will need to have both Philips and Flathead screwdrivers for work and school. The screwdrivers come in different sizes.

Refrigerant Wrench – This is used to access refrigerant within air conditioning systems.

Scratch Awls – This tool is used to pierce holes and scratch lines on various materials like light-gauge metal.

12” Folding Tool – This is ideal for HVAC applications such as 3/8-inch folds for drive cleats and 1-inch deep folds. Folding seams are formed from two steel halves, permanently joined together.

Crimpers – These are used to conjoin two pieces of metal by deforming one or both of them to hold each other together.

Swaging Kit – This is used to allow copper pipes to connect without a coupling.

Sheet Metal Scribe – This will help scribe commonplace trim lines on galvanized sheet metal quickly and accurately.

Straight Seamers – This is used to bend, shape or flatten the sheet metal used in ductwork.

Reamer – This is a type of rotary cutting tool used in metalworking. They are designed to enlarge the size of a previously formed hole by a small amount but with a high degree of accuracy to leave smooth sides.

Tape Measure – From measuring ductwork to furnaces, vents or air conditioner units, HVAC technicians are constantly using a tape measure.

Pliers – Long nose 6” and 10” pliers come in handy for numerous tasks on the job site.

Pipe Wrench 12” – Pipes of varying sizes require you to use different size pipe wrenches.

Wire Strippers – The wire strippers assist in peeling the wire’s covering back.

Mini Mag-Lite – HVAC service technicians always need a reliable flashlight to accurately assess the heating or air conditioning situation.

Hacksaw – This is the best saw to cut through materials in most HVAC jobs or situations.

Multimeter – This safety device is used when working near electrical hazards and live wires. It detects the presence of electricity and the voltage.

Hex Key Set – These have numerous purposes for refrigeration.

Aluminum Folder – You will use this clipboard when going to different job sites to contain your paperwork.

Tubing Cutter – This tool is able to cut through copper tubing.

PVC Cutter – This tool is used to cut through PVC pipes.


ETI School of Skilled Trades also provides:

  • Extension Mirror
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Hammer
  • 3 ETI Shirts
  • Tool Bag


 Are you ready to be essential? ETI’s HVAC/R program can be completed in as little as seven months. Day and evening classes are also available to fit your busy schedule. Contact ETI School of Skilled Trades at (888) 830-7678 for more information on our HVAC/R Program.



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