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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.

The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change dependent on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Genoa. Reach us at 847-306-8990 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air.

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