The United States is one of the most well-developed countries on planet Earth. A vast majority of its homes are heated, cooled, and ventilated via central heating and cooling systems, or those in which a large HVAC unit stored directly outside of the home draws air from inside homes, processes it, then spreads it throughout those homes via networks of insulated ducts that eventually enter the home in the form of floor, ceiling, and wall vents.
HVAC units are expensive – there’s no debating the fact that HVAC units are so expensive that replacing them outright is often not an option for most Americans. As such, homeowners and landlords must closely maintain HVAC units themselves, the tens of feet of ductwork that line the same homes that central heating and cooling systems keep comfortable, air filters that prevent foreign material from weighing down on HVAC systems, and thermostats to make sure their HVAC units – both individually and as a cohort.
Here’s a short list of some tools that are essential for completing the maintenance of your home’s heating and cooling system.
A Sawzall and an oscillating tool
You’ll likely be required to cut through something when you get around to taking care of the maintenance of your HVAC system. As such, make sure to have at least one of the above tools, if not both. Oscillating tools are best for scenarios in which screws, nails, and other small objects need to be removed.
Owning a refrigerant scale is of utmost importance
Believe it or not, adding a little too much – or just a hair too little – refrigerant into an HVAC unit can cause operational issues. Although refrigerant scales aren’t free, they’re a must-have investment for any homeowner or business operator who wants to take care of their HVAC systems.
HVAC units and systems are chock-full of screws. However, because they are often connected to electrical power, make sure to bring along multiple screwdrivers with insulated handles to prevent bodily harm.
If you want to repair your own HVAC system, you’re going to need a few select HVAC service tools. Make sure to put safety above everything else; further, don’t hesitate to ask for professional help if you feel like you’re harming your unit.