What Does an HVAC Mechanic Do?
As alluded to in the introduction, HVAC mechanics can be employed by a variety of organizations, including building management companies, general contractors, and even themselves.
On a day-to-day basis, an HVAC mechanic may install a brand-new air conditioning unit in a home as it is being built, troubleshoot the ventilation system at a local hospital, or change out the air filters in an apartment building—it all depends on which career path he or she has chosen. On all of these paths, however, HVAC mechanics will find themselves working in situations that are not always that comfortable (think extreme temperatures) and with clients that do not always understand what they do. Patience and a level head are key traits in a great HVAC mechanic, and those attributes give workers a head start.
Specifically, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates the most important and common tasks for HVAC mechanics:
- Installing, cleaning, and maintaining HVAC systems
- Installing electrical components and wiring
- Inspecting and testing HVAC systems
- Discussing system malfunctions with customers
- Repairing or replacing worn or defective parts
- Recommending maintenance to improve system performance
- Keeping accurate records of work performed
As with virtually any job, the daily tasks that an HVAC mechanic performs will vary based on the job as well as the experience of the individual, but aspiring HVAC professionals should be ready to do whatever it takes to install and maintain climate-control systems each and every day.