The HVAC industry is growing constantly and has ever-evolving technology, making it in constant need of hardworking men and women. It is a very rewarding career path as you’re constantly helping your local community and, on top of that, it is a well-paying career. As an HVAC company in North Texas, we get contacted frequently about what it takes to become an HVAC technician, and we wanted to let our friends and neighbors know a little about the career field and offer some information on the duties, requirements, and salary of HVAC technicians.
What Does It Mean To Be A HVAC Technician?
In general, the duties of an HVAC technician are to perform maintenance and service repairs on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Installing new units or replacing parts for existing units according to specs and established safety guidelines are a big part of the job too. In most states, a technician is required to complete an apprenticeship and/or formal training in an area of specialty, as well as hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Many companies typically require 1-3 years of related experience, specified training, or a college degree.
An HVAC technician never runs out of work, as heating and air conditioning is a 365-day-a-year need, so job security is rarely an issue, even when there’s a downturn in the economy. On average, you could expect to earn anywhere from $40k – $52k a year and a highly experienced technician can earn as much as $55 – $70k a year. The ranges in salary are dependent on several factors including education, additional skills, extra certifications you’ve obtained, the area you live in, and the number of years’ experience you have.
How to Start a Career in HVAC
In the State of Texas, you can obtain a Class A or a Class B license in the field of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The Class A HVAC license allows you to work on any size unit, unlike Class B, which allows you to work on cooling systems that are 25 tons or under and a heating system of 1.5 million BTUs/hour and under. Of course, like any license or certificate, classes must be taken and exams must be passed. There are several other requirements and prerequisites, like being at least 18 years of age and having a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information, you can contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.
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If you want to utilize our services and have your HVAC unit serviced, checked, repaired, or replaced, get in contact with us at Comfort Experts, Inc. We have been serving North Texas for over 50 years, and we are still just as passionate about HVAC as we were when we started. We look forward to serving you and your family for all your heating and AC repair needs.