Starting a new HVAC company requires the right tools, products and trucks. In this article, we will provide a list of HVAC tools for technicians, as well as some of the best trucks for HVAC work. We’ll also discuss some of the most important HVAC products to keep in stock.
HVAC Tools List for HVAC Technicians
New HVAC business owners can expect to make an investment in new tools, products, and trucks that range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. The average costs are:
- HVAC Tools: $1,000 – $5,000
- HVAC Products: $500 – $2,000
- HVAC Trucks: $10,000 – $30,000
HVAC companies complete a wide range of projects for their customers, such as HVAC system installation, HVAC system repair and maintenance, and ductwork installation. As a result, HVAC technicians need a variety of tools to get the job done right.
Below is a list of HVAC tools that every technician should have.
Technician HVAC Tools
No matter what type of HVAC work is being performed, there are some basic tools that every HVAC technician should have. These include:
- A high-quality set of screwdrivers, including Phillips head and flathead screwdrivers
- A high-quality set of wrenches, including a pipe wrench
- Hammers: one hammer should be a standard size and weight; one should be lightweight and made of fiberglass
- A utility knife
- A 25-foot tape measure
- A laser or line level
- A heavy-duty flashlight
If you provide these tools for your team, establish an inventory system to keep track of them.
HVAC Specialty Tools
In addition to the basic HVAC tools, there are some specialty HVAC tools that you may need, depending on the type of work you’ll be doing. These include:
- An HVAC manifold gauge set (used to measure refrigerant levels)
- An HVAC vacuum pump (used to remove air and moisture from HVAC systems)
- HVAC ductwork tools (used to install or repair ductwork)
These tools can be expensive, so you may want to consider renting them, as needed. However, if you provide services that require them, keep them in stock.
Misc. HVAC Tools
There are also some miscellaneous HVAC tools that you may find useful, including:
- A computer laptop or tablet (used for HVAC system diagnostics)
- An HVAC camera (used to inspect HVAC systems)
- HVAC insulation (used to insulate HVAC ductwork)
It’s always good to be prepared. You can manage and sometimes negotiate the cost of tools by developing a strong relationship with your suppliers.
In addition to tools, there are a few important HVAC products that you’ll need to keep in stock. These include:
- Refrigerant ( used in HVAC systems that use refrigeration)
- Freon (used in HVAC systems that use refrigeration)
- Ductwork sealant (used to seal leaks in HVAC ductwork)
Best Trucks for HVAC Technicians
The best trucks for HVAC work are typically cargo vans or box trucks. These types of vehicles have the space to carry all of the HVAC tools and equipment you’ll need, as well as any HVAC products you need to keep in stock. If you plan on doing several projects in HVAC commercial work, a box truck may be a better option, as it will have more space for larger HVAC equipment.
Some options are:
- Ford Transit Cargo Van
- Chevrolet Express Cargo Van
- GMC Savana Cargo Van
- Nissan NV Cargo Van
Look for a truck that’s large enough to carry all of the HVAC equipment you need, but not so large that it’s difficult to maneuver.
Truck Stock List for HVAC Technicians
In addition to keeping a close eye on your inventory, you’ll want to keep a detailed “truck stock list” so that every HVAC technician can service systems and equipment on site during a mobile truck or van visit.
This best practice uses the technician’s time efficiently and build’s customer trust because repairs can be made during the initial service call instead of in a later return visit.
In addition to HVAC technician tools, trucks or vans should contain the following:
- Condenser parts
- Quick Fix Items: torch kit, extension ladder, caulking/caulking gun, electrical tape, wire of various types (including copper)
Starting a new HVAC company requires a significant investment in tools, products, and trucks. However, with the right equipment and truck stock parts, you’ll be able to successfully start and grow your HVAC business.