What does an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technician do? From maintaining, repairing, and installing HVAC systems to advising customers on the most appropriate solutions to their needs, an HVAC technician is hard at work complying with industry service standards and customers’ queries and requirements.
While the job is extremely satisfying (especially when the customer is happy), it’s also difficult and dangerous. As an HVAC technician, you are proactively keeping our buildings and communities safe by carefully testing wires, lines, components, and connections. Not only do you need to know about electricity, such as power factor correction and frequency drives, the job also requires squeezing into tight spaces, carrying heavy equipment, and other physical demands.
Yes, there’s hard work and danger involved, but it’s an interesting and gratifying career that can lead to all sorts of specializations, such as facilities engineering, chiller mechanics, air balancing, duct fabrication, and more. HVAC/R (the R stands for refrigeration) is a wide-open field, and demand is high.
In fact, if you’re interested in a career in HVAC, plumbing, or windows, Bell Brothers allows trainees to earn money while learning from the best of the best. If you think you have what it takes to join our team, apply today!
A Day in the Life of Marvin Hendrickson, Senior HVAC Technician at Bell Brothers
Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the HVAC industry or are just curious about what an HVAC technician does all day, step inside the shoes of one of our senior technicians: Marvin Hendrickson.
When does the day start?
As an HVAC technician, my day usually starts at 8 a.m., and on days that we have meetings, it’s at 7 a.m.
Is there a meeting?
We meet before our first call at least once a week for continuous training throughout the year.
What needs to be done before leaving for a job?
There are mornings we need to be at the warehouse to pick up parts for jobs that have been ordered, and that’s at 7 a.m.
What’s does your work schedule look like?
Our work schedule varies depending on the time of the year. In between the hot and cold season we perform annual maintenance on systems to keep them running at their best efficiency. That consists of taking amp draws, checking the cleanliness of the blower wheel and evaporator coil, changing the air filter, and cleaning the outdoor coil.
Does the customer get a text or phone call before arrival?
Before a technician shows up to a house, dispatch calls and lets the customer know a technician is on the way. We like to give our customers enough time to prepare for our visit.
How does a technician guarantee clean floors and home?
We make sure that we keep our customer’s house clean by wearing shoe covers, and picking up anything that may have dropped on the floor.
What are the standard duties? How long does the technician spend speaking with the customer?
Standard duties include cleaning the equipment, testing all of the components, and making sure the system is running at optimal performance. We spend about 50% of our time working on the actual equipment and the other half educating clients on everything from system operation, to energy efficiency, and trying to make sure that they understand everything that we are doing.
Are there common difficulties, such as cramped, uncomfortable spaces?
The attic can be a very cramped space and can get extremely hot in the summer, reaching 140 degrees or higher.
How many hours a week does a typical HVAC technician work?
You can expect to work at least 40 hours a week. HVAC technicians usually work longer hours during summertime to try and meet the high demand of calls and to help ease the stress of our customers in need.
What are some of the physical demands of the job?
Our job can be very mentally and physically demanding, but is very rewarding when our clients are happy.
Does an apprentice tag along on jobs? Do you have people training under experienced techs in the field?
We have training a couple times a year for the newer technicians to ride with more seasoned technicians.
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HVAC technicians make sure healthy, efficient air is circulating at a comfortable temperature and humidity level. If it weren’t for mechanical heating and cooling, many cities simply wouldn’t exist. While they’re too humble to admit it, our skilled technicians are everyday heroes, keeping our infrastructure running and customers smiling.
If you have any questions about your HVAC system or what it takes to become an HVAC technician, don’t hesitate to contact Bell Brothers.
Serving Sacramento, Stockton, and the surrounding Central Valley area, every Bell Brothers technician goes above and beyond to treat our customers the way we’d want to be treated.
Our trained technicians can help you identify and fix any issues that may come up. Contact Bell Brothers for a free in-house consultation, from windows and doors to HVAC and plumbing.