Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4% (slower than the average)


What Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Do

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

Other Job Titles Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers May Have

A/C Tech (Air Conditioning Technician), HVAC Installer (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Installer), HVAC Mechanic (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic), HVAC Specialist (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Specialist), Refrigeration Mechanic, Refrigeration Operator, Refrigeration Technician (Refrigeration Tech), Service Technician (Service Tech), Systems Mechanic, Transportation Refrigeration Technician (Transportation Refrigeration Tech)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Owner Center A/C & Heating ,

Repairing air conditioners and heaters and installing new systems.

HVAC Business Owner ,

Christos HVAC LLC

Drink a gallon of coffee, contact customers to set up jobs, take calls for new jobs, and either load up truck or go to the supply house and get the days material. Drive all over creation to customers houses and businesses. Do the magic and get paid, drive back to home base then do the books.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Discuss heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected malfunctions.
  • Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuit.
  • Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, or timers.

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