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What is an HVAC Technician?

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What is an HVAC Technician?

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HVAC is short for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and HVAC/R, includes refrigeration. A HVAC Technician installs, repairs and maintains all of these units and ensures these machines and technologies run at full capacity. All of these systems are installed into a variety of buildings whether that’s the home, office, retail shop, town halls, buses, cars, etc. to ensure maximum comfort and environmental regulation.

What do HVAC Technicians do?

On particularly cold or hot days, you’ll be gravitating toward the air conditioning or heating, to alleviate yourself and others from extreme temperatures, which have been installed by skilled HVAC/R Technicians.

Being a HVAC Technician is no trivial job, these dedicated individuals must have and understand physics, electronics and maths in order to provide a functional and safe heating/cooling/plumbing system.     

Day-to-day HVAC Technician life

The majority of technicians will be full time workers and during the winter and really hot summers they will work over time, when the demand is higher. Some may also work irregular hours to be able to respond to emergency call outs when a system breaks down unexpectedly.

Most of the time, technicians will be indoors, installing new systems, fixing and replacing components and providing yearly safety maintenance checks. Heating and cooling has become essential to our comfort at home and health and safety measures within the workplace. So as you can imagine, HVAC Technicians spend their day solving a wide array of issues, so the day-to-day life as a tech can be highly satisfying and dynamic.

HVAC call outs

An HVAC Technician’s job is likely to take you to a number of places including schools, factories, offices, homes, shops, gyms, spas, etc.  

Steps to becoming an HVAC Technician

  1. GCSEs/Diploma equivalent – chemistry and physics
  2. Complete an accredited and recognised HVAC program
  3. Gain work experience as an apprentice
  4. Become a qualified HVAC Technician and gain 2 years of experience
  5. Gain professional certification

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Why train to be an HVAC Technician?

Learn countless skills

  • Being an HVAC Technician takes dedication and skill – ideal for an individual who is eager to learn and grow. Once training is complete, a tech will be able to apply their knowledge and gain experience within the sector and from there, they will be able to problem solve and speak with customers.

Always a need for engineers

  • With such a high demand for cooling/heating and ventilation systems, it’s no surprise that the need for engineers is rapidly increasing. New regulations are being put in place to ensure there’s adequate environmental control within the workplace and so, companies must act quickly to ensure their working environment is up to scratch for their workers. This has a snowball effect too because the more systems that are installed, the need for repairs and maintenance increases too, so there will always be a need for HVAC Technicians.

New avenues

  • Such a role is not limiting, this sector requires technicians, installers, managers, project managers, sales, HR, logistics and technical customer service staff. Perfect should you not wish to respond to callouts and be on-the-go the majority of the time.

Steady progression

  • In the HVAC industry, you can rise through the ranks and increase personal remuneration.

High job satisfaction

  • To be able to fix broken systems, replace old parts and maintain complex units – and to see that the issue has been solved – has been reported to provide workers with high job satisfaction. The complexity of each system whether it’s heating, cooling, refrigeration provides a variety of work within the day-to-day job and helps to maintain focus and dedication.

A&D Plumbing Services is a trusted and accredited company who provide a reliable and speedy service with no call out charge. From boiler installations to emergency plumbing services, our HVAC Technicians have a wealth of experience within the industry and will provide each and every customer with an honest and transparent service. We operate throughout Cambridge, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Royston, Maldon, Southend, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Ipswich, Basildon, Colchester, Braintree, Harlow, Newmarket and Sudbury. Contact us today for help and advice.


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