HVAC technicians may seem just like regular people, but if you’ve ever had the air conditioning go out on a hot summer’s day, you know them as heroes. The work of an HVAC technician is difficult, but incredibly rewarding when you see the happy faces of the family or business you serve. If you’re interested in joining this field, there are some aspects of the job you should know beforehand.
Job Duties and Salary of an HVAC Technician
HVAC technicians are responsible for installing, repairing, cleaning, and maintaining the entire HVAC system. This includes any air conditioning or heating component in a facility such as the air ducts, outdoor units, vents, and other features of the system. Some of the tasks you’ll do on the job include:
- Replacing old HVAC systems and installing new ones
- Scheduling and performing maintenance
- Cleaning ducts and outdoor units
- Ensuring buildings meet local HVAC codes
- Communicating with clients
HVAC technician work is not easy. Oftentimes you’ll be called to fix broken units in the middle of summer or winter when the systems are most often overworked. This means you’ll be working in cramped spaces either in the biting cold or sweltering heat. However, the salary often compensates for this. HVAC technicians can make anywhere between $50K and $60K at upper levels, and will often receive overtime when specializing in commercial work.
How To Become an HVAC Technician
HVAC technicians typically start their careers with technical school training or an apprenticeship similar to other vocational training. However, this is not necessary to become a certified technician. If you have worked in the family business or have received an entry-level position at a company, you can learn on the job and take your certification tests just like a technical school graduate. To practice with a license, however, you will need to be certified in your state.
HVAC technician work is incredibly rewarding, and MaintenX offers both a competitive salary and numerous on-the-job benefits. We value our technicians and make sure they always have a reason to come to work tomorrow. If you’re interested in starting your career with MaintenX contact us today or visit our careers page for more information.