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10 Must-Have HVAC Tools for 2020

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 6:11 PM | Robin (Administrator)

A new year is upon us, and now is a great time to make sure you’re stocked with the best HVAC service tools to make your job easier. The right tools can also help you deliver quality work to your clients time and time again while potentially saving you hours on the job. Here are some of the must-have HVAC tools for 2020.

10. Digital Multimeter

A great digital multimeter, such as the Fluke Corporation’s TRMS Multimeter, is a basic yet essential tool that can detect electrical currents to keep you safe. This tool can be used on outlets, wires and switches—and even has a backlit screen for use in dark areas.

9. Magnetic Temperature Meter

It’s no secret that checking intake and output temperatures are a regular part of any HVAC technician’s job. For this reason, a magnetic temperature meter is a must when it comes to HVAC hand tools. The Supco EM10 Temperature Meter can help you diagnose HVAC system problems and can measure not only temperature but dew point and humidity as well.

8. Leak Detectors

Leaks are a common problem in the HVAC world (especially with refrigerant), so having a quality leak detector is a must. A precise leak detector will help save you time by making it easier to pinpoint leaks at their source. The TRADEPRO® Refrigerant Leak Detector features adjustable sensitivity and a three-color LED display for quick and easy readings.

7. Portable Recovery Machines

When it comes time to remove refrigerant from a client’s HVAC system, a portable recovery machine is one of the most important professional HVAC tools you can have. The Fieldpiece MR45 Recovery Machine features a variable-speed motor and comes with a warranty for added peace of mind.

6. Tactical Flashlights

It is not uncommon to be stuck working in the dark as an HVAC professional, so a quality flashlight is one of the best hand tools you can have on your belt. Check out the Streamlight Scorpion Lithium-Powered Flashlight, which is made of lightweight yet durable aluminum and offers up to 30 hours of battery life.

5. A Quality Tool Belt

Cut down on trips back out to your work van with a durable and spacious tool belt. When shopping for a tool belt, look for one that has enough storage compartments for all your new HVAC tools, as well as your existing gear.

4. Dripless Caulking Gun

Caulking gaps and holes are part of many HVAC jobs, and the right caulking gun can make this job a lot easier. Check out the MARS Professional Skelton Caulking Gun, which features an easy-to-load design and maximum thrust for quick, easy and smooth application.

3. Hand Seamers

A manual hand seamer is a must when molding and shaping ductwork. The Klein Tools® Offset Hand Seamer offers a convenient self-opening latch, which allows for one-handed operation. It also features contoured grips for added comfort while ensuring accurate seams and bends, even in tight spaces.

2. Magnetic Tip Tape Measure

A magnetic tape measure may seem like a simple tool, but it’s one that will make your job as an HVAC professional much easier, especially while working alone. The Milwaukee 25-Foot Magnetic Tape Measure is a great choice to add to your belt.

1. Electronic Refrigerant Scale

When it comes to time-saving HVAC tech tools, the Fieldpiece Residential/Commercial Refrigerant Scale can make charging and evacuating HVAC systems a breeze. This one features a lightweight design, charging and recovery alarms, and a durable soft-sided case.

Which of these tools will you add to your belt in 2020? You can always find these HVAC tools and more for sale online at CE. And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

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