HVAC installers hold the key responsibilities of installing HVAC equipment as well as setup and control of HVAC systems. Within their role they may also be required to repair and maintain HVAC systems as well as detect any malfunctions. In order to work as a HVAC installer it is critical for professionals to have a clear understanding of blueprints, system design and installation as well as how to test and use various kinds of thermostats. No matter the season HVAC installers will always be heavily sought after whether it’s keeping a home warm during the brisk winter months of the north or keeping a building cool for patrons during the scorching summer months found in some parts of the south.
HVAC Installer License and Certification
Prior to working in the field for HVAC installation professionals must meet other requirements. There are other requirements that must be met prior to obtaining work as a HVAC engineer. HVAC engineers must obtain EPA Section 608 Technician Certification. This certification is offered in the forms of Type I, II, III or Universal which span from small appliances of 5lbs of less of refrigerant up to certification which encompasses appliances of varying pressures and refrigerant content. In addition, different states have different licensing requirements for HVAC installers. It is critical for those looking to work in this role to check with both the state level and local level requirements on licensing prior to taking on work in the field. Licensure may be required at the apprentice, journeyman or contractor levels depending on the city or state the applicant lives in and there may also be licensure for the specific type of work that they are able to perform. For states which require HVAC installers to become licensed it is usually required for professionals to obtain both a general HVAC license for the state along with a specialty certification which can be obtained through North American Technician Excellence, HVAC Excellence, or the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association. Even those who work in a state where HVAC installer licensure is not required it is highly advised to seek one or more specialty certifications for prospective salary or career opportunities.
HVAC Installer Training and Education
One of the perks for working as a HVAC installer is that professionals are generally not required to obtain education past having a high school diploma or GED. Although a college education isn’t required for this career path it is always recommended to obtain further education for future occupational roles within the HVAC field or which better prepare professionals in understanding some of the more complex subjects covered within HVAC, such as math, physics and circuitry. Alternatively, those who want more hands on experience outside of a college education prior to entering the workforce may seek apprenticeship opportunities at local companies, businesses or some technical schools.
HVAC Installer Salary
The average salary for HVAC installers is over $49,500 per year with a typical range of $29,000 to $75,000 per year depending on factors such as work experience, level of education, licensure and certifications. States which pay the highest rates for HVAC installers include Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey and Massachusetts.