HVAC & Refrigeration Tools

HVAC Tools

Heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to provide and maintain clean and comfortable air in the indoor environment. The HVAC systems can be operated by professional technicians or just regular homeowners. This guide will help you understand the tools required for heat, ventilation, and air conditioning.

What are the measuring tools required for HVAC systems?

The tools needed for HVAC systems include:

  • Thermometer: Thermometers are made using different technologies. You can consider these specs when choosing thermometers. The technologies used include thermocouples, thermistors, and infrared beams. Some thermometers are designed to give two readings at the same time, and others have built-in flashlights to be used in dark places. Other thermometers give their interpretations simultaneously, and this is essential if your environment temperature keeps changing.
  • Leak detectors: These are also very important HVAC tools. They will alert you if there are any harmful gases or radiation in the indoor environment. These tools will help you point out the origin of the leaks. There are different types of leak locators, and each is made to detect specific leaks.
  • Combustion analyzers: These tools help to ensure the proper functioning of the units that generate heat after combustion. They work by measuring the temperature of the smoke in the fuels and the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air.
  • Anemometer: These HVAC tools work by measuring the exchange of air throughout the system. Its purpose is to check that the room is maintained at the right temperature.
How do you choose a leak detector?

These tools are very important to HVAC technicians. There are different types of leak inspectors, including:

  • Halide torch: This is a propane torch with a specific tip that is attached to a canister. It is used to detect refrigerant leaks because it has halogen gases in them. They are used to identify the leaks based on the color of the flame they produce while combusting.
  • Fluorescent dye: These dyes come with dye injectors, dyes, UV protection glasses, and UV light. In order to inspect a leak, the refrigerant has to be injected into the system. Then, the UV light is used to check the areas where the leak is suspected to be coming from.
  • Electronic: These ones are used to sense the presence of any molecules of the refrigerant in the air. They have an alarm that goes off when molecules are detected. There are different models of the electronic leak inspectors. They include heat diode inspectors, corona-suppression, infrared, and ultrasonic refrigerant inspectors.
What are other basic tools an HVAC technician uses?

Apart from the tools used to measure the different elements, there are various tools that HVAC technicians use in their work. They include:

  • Battery-powered drill
  • Sawzall
  • Electrical tester
  • Tape measure
  • Four-foot step ladder
  • Hammer
  • Extension cords
  • Nut drivers
  • Caulking gun
  • Pliers
  • Piper wrenches

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