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The Road to Becoming an HVAC Technician

The Road to Becoming an HVAC Technician

Posted by
Ed Miller on Wed, Apr 19, 2017



Ever wonder how someone becomes an HVAC technician? Before your service tech could start working as an HVAC tech, he or she had to meet education and technical training that prepared them to work in the heating and cooling industry.

Training to Be an HVAC Technician

It is possible to earn an associate’s degree at a local college or to attend a technical school to earn an HVAC certification. Depending on the training route chosen, it can take between six months to earn a HVAC technician certificate with a technical school and up to two years for a degree going the college route. Before starting an HVAC program, it’s a good idea to have taken courses in shop, math and physics in high school since most HVAC training will rely on this type of knowledge.

Students pursuing a career as an HVAC tech receive general training that covers repairing, installing and replacing HVAC systems. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. There is a lot of information to learn before the student will receive their certification as a technician.

Depending on the type of work that an HVAC student intends to do, he or she may be required to take one or more licensing exams. In Florida, there are three types of state licensing exams available. Any technician that will be handing refrigerants, including CFCs and HCFCs is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to become universally certified or certified in one or more areas, including:

  • Small appliances
  • Low-pressure systems
  • High-pressure systems

This testing can be done online at participating third-party testing facilities.

Special Skills a Technician Should Have

Being successful as an HVAC technician requires more than just training. A candidate should:

  • Have mechanical aptitude
  • Be physically able to lift and move large equipment
  • Have a detail-oriented personality
  • Be reliable
  • Be capable of explaining the intricacies of a customer’s HVAC system to the customer when needed

Our HVAC Technicians

You can rest assured that the HVAC technician that we send to your home has been fully trained and continues to receive training on the latest technology and equipment in the HVAC industry. All our technicians are fully licensed and insured. For the safety of our customers, we conduct background checks on all our technicians and strive to maintain a drug-free workplace. Whether you need a repair or an installation, Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to assist you. Schedule an appointment today!



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Snyder Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric serves families across Florida. You'll find our technicians are just a short phone call away in neighborhoods throughout these counties:


  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Clay
  • Duval
  • Flagler
  • Nassau
  • St. Johns


  • Broward
  • Martin
  • Miami-Dade
  • Palm Beach
  • St. Lucie

Customer Reviews

This was an exceptional experience! We woke up to our A/C on but not cooling (it was 6am and already 81 in the house). The person who set up our appointment was very nice, able to get us seen same-day, and let us know of some options to help save us money.

-Christy Cormier

The service from Sam and Chris was excellent! They were very knowledgeable and professional. They were able to answer all of my questions and completed all of my electrical issues. I will definitely use them again for future jobs. Thank you!

-Adrienne Beal

From the get go I could tell that the Snyder employees were truly professionals and didn’t push to make sales like other companies I’ve talked to my whole life. They took the time to explain so that I could make a decision. The installers and later the duct cleaners were very respectful during their work here. Thank you.

-Mike Daniels

Snyder Heating and AC is dependable, always on time and techs have always been courteous and knowledgeable. Emanuel was a great addition to the company. He was friendly and knew what he was doing. Thank you for great service.

-Linda Ackley

Snyder came in and did a total overhaul of our duct system. They had a great knowledge of what to do to make our home so comfortable! The technicians were all so professional and took great care of us! We’re so thankful for their expertise. Great and easy communication with the call center. We will definitely use them again!

-Crystal Hill

Snyder provided an amazing experience from start to finish. Most of us dread getting estimates with pressuring salespeople. Erik was a great guy, explained all my options and didn’t try to pressure me to act quickly! Justin followed up with my husband and I to offer further assistance in our decision. Again, no pressure, just helped with our follow up questions.

-Michele Bauer

Very prompt, professional, courteous, and cleaned up after repair. Had water line break in my front yard and no pressure. Very pleased and would highly recommend Snyder for all your plumbing, and AC needs. Thank you for making a rough morning get better with ease and professionalism.

-Chuck Jr.

Snyder was easy to get in contact with and had availability the next day. Clint came out and needed some parts so had to reschedule us for the next day for installation. He did a great job converting our old 3 knob shower to one. Looks great! Professional and courteous. 100% recommend this company, especially Clint.

-Nicole Hansen

Very thorough and professional Job

-John Ridenour

Excellent work. Hard worker. Highly recommend.

-Andre A

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