Can You Name All of These HVAC Tools?

By: Robin Tyler

Can You Name All of These HVAC Tools?
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About This Quiz

A toolbox is an essential must-have in many different types of employment around the world. A car mechanic, for sure!  An electrician ... can't do without one. A handyman, yes of course.

And in the world of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), it is no different. Of course, although many tools are similar, there are many specialized pieces of equipment that are used on a daily basis to not only help with repairs but detect problems. A great example of this would be a leak in the gas system that forms an integral part of your air conditioner. Leaking gas means it certainly is not operating properly, so that means not enough warmth in winter or cold air in summer.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are found all over, in our homes, at our offices and even in our cars. Each of these needs to be maintained to keep the system in peak shape, able to do its job at 100%.

So in this quiz, we are going to see if you can identify the tools an HVAC technician would have in his toolbox. Some are similar to what technicians in other fields would carry, while others are specific to the field.

Can you pick them out?

Good luck!

Multipurpose screwdriver Identify the tool in this picture, a must in any HVAC toolbox.
Multipurpose screwdriver
Either use a multipurpose screwdriver with various detachable heads or a selection of screwdrivers such as a flathead and Phillips. These are used every day in the HVAC environment.
Flat nose pliers
Hammer
Flashlight

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Flat nose pliers What is this tool called?
Multipurpose screwdriver
Flat nose pliers
A range of pliers are important in HVAC work, including the flat nose.
Hammer
Flashlight

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Hammer This should be the easiest tool to identify. It is found in almost every toolbox including in the HVAC industry.
Multipurpose screwdriver
Flat nose pliers
Hammer
Sometimes things need to be hit. That's where a hammer comes in useful. As an example, a tight bolt might need a friendly tap to loosen it.
Flashlight

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Flashlight To illuminate things, a toolbox should include a ____________
Multipurpose screwdriver
Flat nose pliers
Hammer
Flashlight
A flashlight is perfect for those dark places where equipment is stored.

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Cordless drill When you're making holes, you use the piece of equipment shown here. What is it?
Cordless drill
Often, no power points are available when working on HVAC units. Cordless drills are therefore, a must!
Flashlight
Flat nose pliers
Multipurpose screwdriver

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Heavy duty sprayer You would think this would be found in a garden, but it has its place in the HVAC environment. What is it?
Hammer
Cordless drill
Flat nose pliers
Heavy duty sprayer
Refrigeration units, air conditioners and other HVAC components are often dusty, especially if they are older units. Sometimes they need a good clean before they are worked on. A heavy-duty sprayer is the best way to do this.

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Thick gloves Every toolbox should carry protection for its owner. What are these?
Flashlight
Thick gloves
To protect your hands, a pair of thick gloves should always be in a HVAC technician's toolbox.
Heavy duty sprayer
Multipurpose screwdriver

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Stepladder Helps you reach the hard-to-reach places. What is this piece of equipment called?
Stepladder
The perfect way to get to higher places, a stepladder is easily transported as well.
Cordless drill
Heavy duty sprayer
Thick gloves

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Wire strippers Any idea as to the name of this tool?
Cordless drill
Multipurpose screwdriver
Stepladder
Wire strippers
Does exactly what it says on the box, strips wires as needed. Don't buy cheap. You want wire strippers that will do the job the first time!

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Heavy-duty tape measure How long is it? This will help!
Heavy-duty tape measure
A tape measure of around 50 feet is a toolbox essential in the HVAC world. You will be measuring often.
Wire strippers
Screwdriver
Flat nose pliers

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Crescent wrench In this image, we have a ________________
Flashlight
Cordless drill
Crescent wrench
A range of different-sized crescent wrenches are always handy to have in any toolbox and in an HVAC environment as well.
Thick gloves

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Allen key set An alternative fastening system, can you name this tool?
Crescent wrench
Socket
Screwdriver
Allen key set
Never leave home without them! Many manufacturers use bolts with Allen key heads, so having a range of sizes is a great idea as well. Having a metric and standard set is what you should aim for.

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Metal cutters Identify this HVAC tool that is used often.
Allen key set
Metal cutters
While working in an HVAC environment, cutting metal is a daily requirement. A sharp pair of metal cutters will get the job done.
Flashlight
Flat-nose pliers

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Multi-meter This tool performs a variety of functions. What is it?
Metal cutters
Two-way radio
Multi-meter
A top of the range multi-meter can test a/c and d/c voltage, amps, temperature, and micro-farads. It is a must for your toolbox.
Altimeter

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Drill bits
Having a range of drill bits means never getting frustrated when holes are needed. Nothing is more frustrating than not having the necessary bit.
Multi-meter
Screws
Nails

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Coil fin straightener This is a specialized HVAC tool. What is it called?
Drill bits
Heavy duty sprayer
Tape measure
Coil fin straightener
This is used to help straighten bent fins on an air-conditioning unit. Of course, if they are bent too much, they will need to be replaced.

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Digital thermometer This measures hot and cold ... but what is it?
Multi-tool
Digital thermometer
These can be left in supply or return vents while working on the HVAC system to make it easier to monitor temperatures.
Coil fin straightener
Multi-meter

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Multi-tool A tool for every occasion. What is shown here?
Phillips screwdriver
Digital thermometer
Flat nose pliers
Multi-tool
A multi-tool can come in very useful in many situations. No self-respecting HVAC technician would be without one on their belt.

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Sawzall Cuts just about anything. Can you name it?
Cordless drill
Multi-tool
Scissors
Sawzall
For when sawing is the only option, a Sawzall can cut through just about anything.

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Safety glasses Only for protection, name the tool in this image?
Stepladder
Sawzall
Safety glasses
To protect your eyes, a pair of safety glasses should always be in a HVAC technician's toolbox.
Digital thermometer

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Vacuum pump Do you have any idea what this tool is called?
Vacuum pump
Although it can be costly, a vacuum pump is a great addition to any HVAC toolbox. It helps to remove any excess water and water vapor in an air conditioning system, for instance.
Safety glasses
Sawzall
Thick gloves

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Needle nose pliers When another version of this tool won't work, you turn to this one. What is it?
Tape measure
Vacuum pump
Wire strippers
Needle nose pliers
A range of pliers are important in HVAC work including the needle nose.

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Temperature clamp Used for tell how hot or cold certain points in the HVAC system is, this tool is a must! What is it?
Temperature clamp
A temperature clamp can plug into a multi-meter and is used to tell the temperature at a certain point in the HVAC system.
Needle nose pliers
Cordless drill
Multitool

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PVC cutters Used to create the right lengths of piping an HVAC tech works with every day, can you name the tool?
Temperature clamp
Gloves
PVC cutter
PVC cutters are the perfect tool to cut PVC piping.
Side cutters

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Infrared digital thermometer The most accurate way to take temperature readings is with this tool. Do you know what it is called?
PVC cutters
Vacuum pump
Multi-meter
Infrared digital thermometer
An infra-red digital thermometer is perfect to take accurate readings to check for motors, breakers or other parts of an HVAC system that is overheating.

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Side snips The tool shown in this image is a ___________
Infrared digital thermometer
Side snips
Side snips can be used to cut PVC piping, wires, thin pieces of metal. They are invaluable in the HVAC environment.
Flatnosed pliers
Scissors

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Refrigeration gauges Are you able to identify this strange-looking tool, a must in any HVAC toolbox?
Side snips
Refrigeration gauges
An important part of an HVAC technician's toolbox, refrigeration gauges can read the different pressures of gases in air conditioning or cooling systems.
Heavy duty sprayer
Multi-meter

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Caulking gun This is usually filled with silicone. What is it?
Cordless drill
Tube of glue
Refrigeration gauges
Caulking gun
A caulking gun is used to seal piping, among other handy applications.

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Micron gauge Another gauge! What is this HVAC-specific tool called?
Infrared digital thermometer
Caulking gun
Micron gauge
Need to measure the strength of a vacuum in an HVAC system? Then a micron gauge is the perfect gadget.
Refrigeration gauges

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Core removal tool What tool is shown here?
Core removal tool
A core removal tool is used to remove restrictive access valves in HVAC systems.
Micron gauge
Sawzall
Stepladder

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Extension cord Could you please identify what we have in this image?
Flashlight
Core removal tool
Extension cord
Sometimes power outlets are not easily to come by where HVAC systems are found. That's where an extension lead comes in handy.
Cordless drill

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Heavy-duty scissors Another important tool that is often overlooked, what is shown in this image?
Extension cord
Allen key set
Crescent wrench
Heavy-duty scissors
A pair of heavy duty scissors is perfect for cutting thin PVC piping among other things.
Side cutters

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Tubing cutter This tool is used daily in the world of the HVAC technician. What is it?
Tubing cutter
Tubing cutters do what they say, cut tubing ... a daily requirement in the HVAC world.
Drill bits
Core removal tool
Heavy duty sprayer

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Wet Dry vacuum cleaner Not something you would think would be needed in the world of HVAC ... but it comes in very handy.
Wet/Dry vacuum cleaner
The easiest way to clear a clogged drain line in an HVAC system is by simply using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
Heavy duty sprayer
Tubing cutters
Refrigeration gauges

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Leak detector Can you identify this tool?
Extension cord
Leak detector
Although sometimes leaks are obvious to find, when they are small, a leak detector will locate them in next to no time.
Wet/Dry vacuum cleaner
Safety glasses

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Ear muffs A tool for protection, what is shown in this image?
Leak detector
Heavy duty gloves
Safety glasses
Ear muffs
HVAC systems can be noisy. To protect their ears, HVAC technicials should keep a pair of ear muffs handy.

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Pipe wrench Found in every toolbox in the world, what do we have here?
Ear muffs
Pipe wrench
No toolbox is complete without a pipe wrench, especially one belonging to a HVAC technician.
Flat nosed screwdriver
Hammer

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Steel-toed boots Always keep a pair of these handy! What are they?
Steel-toed boots
HVAC equipment is heavy, and technicians should wear steel-toed boots to protect their feet when carrying parts or air conditioning units.
Safety glasses
Pipe wrench
Ear muffs

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Manifold gauges More dials! What are these called?
Manifold gauges
A manifold gauge is a must in an HVAC toolbox. It can help to determine if leaks are present in a system
Micron guage
Temperature gauge
Steel-tipped boots

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Welding torch Sometimes metal has to be joined. You do it with this. What is it?
Heavy duty sprayer
Welding torch
With a welding torch, pieces of metal can be fused together. Not a necessary tool but a great one to have.
Glue gun
Manifold gauge

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