Air conditioning tools and equipment enhance sped-up service and repair work for home or automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They include hand tools, safety tools, HVAC software and specialty tools. Critical factors for choosing the right tools and equipment include durability, safety and ease of use.
From measuring space for vents and conditioner units to measuring ductwork, a 25ft tape measure is a crucial addition to most technicians’ kits. Find a retractable tape measure that self-locks for smooth and convenient handling. Most blades have eighth and quarter-inch speed marks, which make it easy to identify the exact measurements.
A multimeter kit lets you detect current in wires, outlets and switches before running operations. It includes a flame detector for gas-powered units and an integrated thermometer for different air conditioning applications. Choose a multimeter with a low impedance limit to minimize false readings and ghost signals.
Personal protective equipment such as gloves minimize the risk of burns, cuts and gouges when working with various air conditioning tools and equipment. Find cozy gloves that are light on the fingertips to enable full-range hand motion.
Car AC refrigeration kits typically include manifold gauge tool sets, a vacuum pump, refrigerant lines, adapters, quick-disconnect couplers and color-coded hoses for high and low pressure. These automotive AC service tools let you fix and run diagnostics on your AC. Most kits come with a protective storage bag for the equipment.
The manifold gauge helps charge the AC unit, check for leaks and remove the refrigerant. Analog gauges are easy to read and interpret and are more popular among technicians. Digital gauge sets provide live updates typically through USB and can support up to 45 refrigerants.
The aluminum alloy vacuum pump is lightweight and durable and is thus suitable for extended periods of efficient cooling. Tethered brass safety caps prevent oil leakage from the pump during transport. The gauges work with different refrigerants so you can diagnose and repair AC and industrial applicator systems.
A battery maintenance kit contains a multipurpose screwdriver with flathead and Phillips-head bits that is versatile. Some screwdrivers double up as testers, allowing you to check for active currents in circuits. There are also complete digital diesel decompression test kits with adapters and gauges included.
An AC condenser unit works with the AC evaporator, compressor and expansion valves to replace the heat in your car with cooler air. Mount the unit right under the grille to take advantage of the free-flowing air in the region.
The AC expansion valve has a long rod that moves up and down. It controls the opening and closing of the passageway for the refrigerant depending on the temperature.