Furnace Installer-Repairer

Most furnace installer-repairers are formally certified and trained as “HVAC Technicians.” HVAC stands for “Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.” Most buildings including residential commercial and office buildings have some form of heating ventilation and air conditioning system. When problems arise it is the job of a furnace installer-repairer to evaluate the heating systems within these building and determine if new systems must be installed or if current systems can be repaired. If new furnace systems are to be installed the installer must be trained to assemble and set up the new system. Oftentimes homeowners neglect their heating system and do not perform routine maintenance on them and they therefore break down when the systems are needed most. Furnace installer-repairers often work as on-call technicians who make house-calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Repairs are sometimes simple and straightforward but some furnace problems require expert knowledge of the system. While it is possible to learn skills on the job most furnace repairers-installers complete a certified HVAC program before becoming certified. Typically programs last anywhere from 6 months to two years and once a classroom program is completed most furnace installers-repairers complete an apprenticeship program lasting up to one year. Some of the most essential characteristics of a successful furnace repairer-installer are high-level problem-solving skills and the ability to use many different types of tools gauges and mechanical instruments. Many furnace repairers-installers work for large or small HVAC companies but some are self-employed and run their own small businesses. According to www.salaryexpert.com the salary range for a furnace installer-repairer is between $40000 and $65000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $52500
High Salary: $65000
Low Salary: $40000
Tasks: Evaluates furnaces to determine if they should be fixed or replaced.
Assembles and installs heating units.
Uses skills and knowledge to determine where furnace problems exist.
Recommends furnace maintenance programs to customers.
Also Called: HVAC Technician
Heating Technician
Furnace Repairer
Furnace Installer
Additional Resources: http://www.salaryexpert.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Browse.Furnace-Installer-and-Repairer-salary-data-details&PositionId=1571&CityId=300
http://education-portal.com/articles/Furnace_Repair_Technician_Job_Description_and_Employment_Info_for_Students_Wishing_to_Pursue_a_Career_in_Furnace_Repair.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5547356_job-description-hvac.html