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What is an HVAC Technician?

Written by Autumn Granza on Friday, 27 March 2020. Posted in Career

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An HVAC Technician installs, repairs, and maintains various heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems, which control the temperature and air in a home, building, or business.

What are heating and cooling?

A heating and cooling process is maintaining the temperature and air control within a home or business. A career in HVAC means you’ll be responsible for various tasks concerning the heating and cooling systems within a building. In our online HVAC program, you may learn how to maintain HVAC systems for residential and commercial buildings.

What does a HVAC technician do?

HVAC technicians are responsible for various heating and cooling-related tasks. Technicians oversee installation, repair and troubleshoot, uphold local HVAC codes, provide customers with support, and layout, design, and install wiring. Some HVAC technicians do full service work and others specialize in one area, whether it be installation, maintenance, or repair.

What’s the average pay for a HVAC technician?

The amount of money you can make as an HVAC technician may depend on your location, level of experience, and your skillset. Receiving training as an HVAC technician may also increase your salary. In 2021, the median salary for HVAC technicians was $48,630 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How do you become a HVAC technician?

After completing our online HVAC program, you should be able to identify the common tools and work procedures required to work safely and effectively as heating and air conditioning technicians, describe the theory of the refrigeration cycle, explain the basic scientific principles that apply to the refrigeration cycle, and identify standard refrigerants used in common commercial applications and outline the accepted procedures for safe handling and disposal of common refrigerants.

Our HVAC certification program includes the cost of the EPA Section 608 Certification exam* proctored by the ESCO Institute. This certification ensures graduates understand how to safely handle chemical refrigerants. Federal law requires all working HVAC technicians to hold this certification.

A career in the field may require you to hold certain licensing and training. This may vary by state.

If you’re ready to start studying for a career online, at your own pace, call an Admissions Advisor at or enroll online.

*Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with ESCO for their requirements.

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