Learning Center for HVAC

hvac-units.jpgHVAC - Earn great money and have even better job security as an HVAC specialist. While some levels of expertise require an associate's degree, you can get started in the business with just your certification. Or even better, get started as an apprentice and get paid while doing it. Come find out how you can get started in your career as an HVAC technician. If you're already in the biz, we've got some great stuff for you too.

 Books for Licensing Exams - The books you need for your HVAC licensing exam vary by state. We here at Brown Technical have taken the time to break these down for you so you know exactly which books you'll need to help pass your exam.

  HVAC Licensing Authorities by State - Most states do require HVAC technicians to be licensed. There are some exceptions in which case the tech will instead need to be licensed at the municipal or local level. The following is a list of US states and their licensing authorities.

 100 Accredited HVAC Schools - HVAC technicians are among the highest paid of all the tradesmen. They are also extrememely versatile and needed in all types of industries. But becoming an HVAC technician is means first getting an education. There are a lot of great schools out there, but very few comprehensive databases. That's why we put together for you a list of more than 100 accredited HVAC schools from most every state in the nation.

pen-icon.png Why Become an HVAC Technician? - Why become an HVAC technician? Why take any job? For the love of the job, sure; but we all do our jobs for the money primarily. In that regard, it’s important to note that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that growth in the HAV industry is estimated at 34 percent for the next ten years. That’s higher than most of the trades, and well above the national average.

pen-icon.png Steps for Getting Your HVAC License - An HVAC technician can be a lifelong and lucrative career. It’s right up there at the top of the trades and job growth is expected to be 34 percent industry-wide over the next ten years. But to become an HVAC technician first you must be licensed. If a career in HVAC is what you’re aiming for, here are the steps you’ll need to take to acquire your license.


  HVAC Servicing: Troubleshooting The Blower Relay - This is not something you should try at home unless you are a licensed HVAC technician.

pen-icon.png Getting Started in an HVAC Career - First of all, what is HVAC? HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Basically, it is the technology that drives both indoor and vehicular environmental controls. It is technically a sub discipline of mechanical engineering, but it is a trade in its own right. Getting started in an HVAC career means first getting to know exactly what the trade entails.


  How a Furnace Sequencer Works - Electrically powered furnaces normally have several heating elements. These heating elements are essentially large enclosed metal coils or rods through which electricity passes. A sequencer acts to stagger the rate at which each heating element receives electricity in turn.


  How to Test a Heat Sequencer - Now that you know what a heat sequencer is, here is how to test one.

pen-icon.png Top 10 States for HVAC Jobs - The Top 10 states for HVAC jobs list is in and you may be surprised at the results. Unlike other trades jobs list, this one is not dominated by the huge oil and gas producing states. The list comes from Emerson Climate Technologies and is compiled using employment data provided by the US Dept. of Labor, the US Census, and the Partnership for Air Conditioning, heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation, among other sources.

pen-icon.png How an HVAC System Works - Of course you know that HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning. But do you know how an HVAC system really works? Did you know that even though your central heating and central cooling systems are matched together, in reality they are completely separate components. Here is how an HVAC system operates.


  HVAC Electric Heat Strips - A tour of a 15 KW heat kit and some basic diagnosing.

pen-icon.png How to Start Your Own HVAC Repair Business - So you’ve been working as an HVAC technician for years, went through the apprenticeship stage, got your journeyman’s then your master’s license, perhaps been working for others for even more years, and now you’ve decided the time has come to start your own business. So, exactly how do you start your own HVAC repair business?

pen-icon.png 2015 HVAC Efficiency Standards - 2015 means a new year, new business, new customers, new goals, but for the HVAC industry it also means new minimum efficiency standards for both the residential and commercial systems. All new HVAC systems installed after January 1 will have to adhere to these new standards. See how this affects you.


  How to Perform an HVAC Service Call - For those of you who might be new in the business, this is a great video that shows you what you need to do from start to finish.

pen-icon.png Having What It Takes to Be Successful in HVAC - Do you have what it takes to be a successful HVAC contractor? Just accomplishing the bare minimum, just being as good as the other guy, you may find in today’s competitive market that that just doesn’t cut it. Here are some helpful tips on how you can ensure your success in the HVAC business.

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