Can You Name All of These HVAC Tools?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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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!

Identify the tool in this picture, a must in any HVAC toolbox.

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.


What is this tool called?

A range of pliers are important in HVAC work, including the flat nose.


This should be the easiest tool to identify. It is found in almost every toolbox including in the HVAC industry.

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.


To illuminate things, a toolbox should include a ____________

A flashlight is perfect for those dark places where equipment is stored.


When you're making holes, you use the piece of equipment shown here. What is it?

Often, no power points are available when working on HVAC units. Cordless drills are therefore, a must!


You would think this would be found in a garden, but it has its place in the HVAC environment. What is it?

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.


Every toolbox should carry protection for its owner. What are these?

To protect your hands, a pair of thick gloves should always be in a HVAC technician's toolbox.


Helps you reach the hard-to-reach places. What is this piece of equipment called?

The perfect way to get to higher places, a stepladder is easily transported as well.


Any idea as to the name of this tool?

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!


How long is it? This will help!

A tape measure of around 50 feet is a toolbox essential in the HVAC world. You will be measuring often.


In this image, we have a ________________

A range of different-sized crescent wrenches are always handy to have in any toolbox and in an HVAC environment as well.


An alternative fastening system, can you name this tool?

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.


Identify this HVAC tool that is used often.

While working in an HVAC environment, cutting metal is a daily requirement. A sharp pair of metal cutters will get the job done.


This tool performs a variety of functions. What is it?

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.


One tool is useless without these. What are they?

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


This is a specialized HVAC tool. What is it called?

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.


This measures hot and cold ... but what is it?

These can be left in supply or return vents while working on the HVAC system to make it easier to monitor temperatures.


A tool for every occasion. What is shown here?

A multi-tool can come in very useful in many situations. No self-respecting HVAC technician would be without one on their belt.


Cuts just about anything. Can you name it?

For when sawing is the only option, a Sawzall can cut through just about anything.


Only for protection, name the tool in this image?

To protect your eyes, a pair of safety glasses should always be in a HVAC technician's toolbox.


Do you have any idea what this tool is called?

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.


When another version of this tool won't work, you turn to this one. What is it?

A range of pliers are important in HVAC work including the needle nose.


Used for tell how hot or cold certain points in the HVAC system is, this tool is a must! What is it?

A temperature clamp can plug into a multi-meter and is used to tell the temperature at a certain point in the HVAC system.


Used to create the right lengths of piping an HVAC tech works with every day, can you name the tool?

PVC cutters are the perfect tool to cut PVC piping.


The most accurate way to take temperature readings is with this tool. Do you know what it is called?

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.


The tool shown in this image is a ___________

Side snips can be used to cut PVC piping, wires, thin pieces of metal. They are invaluable in the HVAC environment.


Are you able to identify this strange-looking tool, a must in any HVAC toolbox?

An important part of an HVAC technician's toolbox, refrigeration gauges can read the different pressures of gases in air conditioning or cooling systems.


This is usually filled with silicone. What is it?

A caulking gun is used to seal piping, among other handy applications.


Another gauge! What is this HVAC-specific tool called?

Need to measure the strength of a vacuum in an HVAC system? Then a micron gauge is the perfect gadget.


What tool is shown here?

A core removal tool is used to remove restrictive access valves in HVAC systems.


Could you please identify what we have in this image?

Sometimes power outlets are not easily to come by where HVAC systems are found. That's where an extension lead comes in handy.


Another important tool that is often overlooked, what is shown in this image?

A pair of heavy duty scissors is perfect for cutting thin PVC piping among other things.


This tool is used daily in the world of the HVAC technician. What is it?

Tubing cutters do what they say, cut tubing ... a daily requirement in the HVAC world.


Not something you would think would be needed in the world of HVAC ... but it comes in very handy.

The easiest way to clear a clogged drain line in an HVAC system is by simply using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.


Can you identify this tool?

Although sometimes leaks are obvious to find, when they are small, a leak detector will locate them in next to no time.


A tool for protection, what is shown in this image?

HVAC systems can be noisy. To protect their ears, HVAC technicials should keep a pair of ear muffs handy.


Found in every toolbox in the world, what do we have here?

No toolbox is complete without a pipe wrench, especially one belonging to a HVAC technician.


Always keep a pair of these handy! What are they?

HVAC equipment is heavy, and technicians should wear steel-toed boots to protect their feet when carrying parts or air conditioning units.


More dials! What are these called?

A manifold gauge is a must in an HVAC toolbox. It can help to determine if leaks are present in a system


Sometimes metal has to be joined. You do it with this. What is it?

With a welding torch, pieces of metal can be fused together. Not a necessary tool but a great one to have.


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