Table of Contents
- 1 Awl
- 2 Cordless or battery powered drill
- 3 Caulking gun
- 4 Crimpers
- 5 Electrical testers or multimeter
- 6 50-footer extension cord
- 7 Folding bar
- 8 Hammer
- 9 Hand Seamers
- 10 Heavy duty staple gun
- 11 Hex head nut drivers
- 12 Level
- 13 Pipe wrench
- 14 Pliers
- 15 Reciprocating saw
- 16 Screw drivers
- 17 Step ladder
- 18 25-footer tape measure
- 19 Tin snips
- 20 Shears
- 21 Coil fin comb or fin straightener
- 22 Core removal tool
- 23 Manifold gauges
- 24 Refrigerant recovery machine
- 25 Refrigerant scale
- 26 Tubing cutter
- 27 Vacuum pump
- 28 Headlamps and flashlights
- 29 Dry or wet vac
An air conditioner is a must-have when the heat of summer becomes too stifling and unbearable. What do you need to install an air conditioner, then?
There is actually a long list of tools that AC technicians use when installing an air conditioner. Read on below to get a good idea about the functions and purposes of these different tools.
This tool is used for poking holes in metal or wood or scoring the metal to mark the cut lines.
Cordless or battery powered drill
A cordless drill is an important tool that allows HVAC installers to reach areas like awkward attic space or crawl space that corded drill cannot get to.
A dripless caulking gun is used for sealing seams, plugging other openings, and doing ductwork.
Crimpers help form the crimped edge required for fitting directly to the un-crimpled part of another pipe. These can also act as metal cutters or wire strippers when needed.
Electrical testers or multimeter
Electrical testers or multimeters are used for checking for electrical currents in all types of wiring and devices. This is crucial in preventing electrocution and pinpointing problem areas.
A 50-footer extension cord can reach a good distance and is not that awkward to carry.
This is one of the simplest looking tools required for installing an air conditioner that can come in handy when working with sheet metal.
This is a trusty classic tool that must be a part of any AC installation kit. It is best to carry one that is of lighter weight to lessen the burden on your part.
Hand seamers must be kept handy when you work with sheet metal. This helps form straight seams at any angle you need and works better for the smaller bends compared to the folding bar.
Heavy duty staple gun
A heavy duty staple is an essential tool if you need to tack up insulation or attach foil-covered cardboard panning or sheet metal to joists.
Hex head nut drivers
While there are AC units built with standard crews, there are some that have been put together using hex heads. A set of hex head nut drivers are required to install or repair such units.
Most air conditioning units need leveling when being installed. Buy a magnetic level and place this on top of metal units to keep your hands free.
Pipe wrenches are the most commonly used tip wrenches when it comes to installing an air conditioner. A pipe wrench is required whether you need to remove a pipe or attach one.
All HVAC installers must have a complete set of pliers. Some of the ones you will need include channel-lock, wire-stripping, and needle-nose pliers.
An AC installer will have to cut through wood pieces, metal pipes, brick, wires, or even stray branches that may get in the way of your job when working outside. A reciprocating saw or sawzall is a recommended tool to use for getting through all these materials.
Screw drivers are another must-have when installing an AC unit. Those that feature insulated handles can help prevent electric shock while working. Screwdrivers of different shapes and sizes are necessary for this job.
You will usually need to get to higher heights and to make it possible, you will need a four-foot step ladder. Fiberglass framed ladders are found to be more durable compared to wood ladders and are also safer than the aluminum ladders when you work with electricity.
Exact measurements are required when installing an air conditioner. A tape measure is necessary and you will need one with a length of 25 feet or more to ensure that you will be getting all the required exact lengths.
Regular scissors will never be enough when installing an air conditioner. Tin snips can get through the metal ductwork. Straight cutting, right cutting, and left cutting snips are among the options available.
Shears come in handy with those longer straight cuts that cannot be handled by tin snips. It is best to use a pair made of steel that comes with insulated handles.
Coil fin comb or fin straightener
This tiny tool straightens the bent fins on the air conditioner’s condensing unit. Bent compressor fins can restrict the airflow to the AC unit that may make it less efficient in doing its job.
Core removal tool
Valve cores can restrict the refrigerant flow by an extremely high percentage. Getting rid of these using a core removal tool will allow faster evacuation process or recovery while making it possible to put the core back to position after the job is finished.
Analog or digital manifold gauges are used to test an air conditioning system and check for leaks. It is a useful contraption also does evacuations and recharges.
Refrigerant recovery machine
The refrigerant recovery machine is not just useful as it is also required for safe recovery and proper disposal of the used refrigerant. The tools come in twin-cylinder and single-cylinder styles with different recovery times.
A reliable refrigerant scale is used to determine the amount of refrigerant for installing or recharging an air conditioner. The required model depends on the size and type of unit you are working on.
Tubing cutter is a tool especially made for installing an air conditioner that can cut the strong copper pipes that are used in Acc units. This can also be used for cutting other materials.
The air compressing vacuum pump can create a vacuum and get rid of any leftover water, air, or gas in the air conditioning unit.
Headlamps and flashlights
Good and reliable light sources are essential when working in dimly lit areas. Headlamps let you work with both your hands free.
Dry or wet vac
Although vacuums might not be a must-have tool for installing an air conditioner, these will help you clean up the mess once your job is completed.