Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician

Inspect, test, and adjust heating, cooling, and ventilating systems.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Air and Hydronic Balancing Technicians do?

Inspects, tests, adjusts, and balances heating, cooling, and ventilating systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, using specialized tools and test equipment, to attain performance standards specified in system design: Studies system blueprints, specifications, and performance data to determine configuration and purpose of system components, such as motors, pumps, fans, switches, ducts, or pipes. Discusses system malfunctions with users to isolate problems. Inspects system to verify system compliance with plans and specifications and to detect malfunctions in system component parts. Adjusts system controls to settings recommended by vendor to prepare to perform tests. Tests performance of air and hydronic systems, using specialized tools and test equipment, such as pitot tube, manometer, anemometer, velometer, tachometer, psychrometer, and thermometer, to isolate problems and determine where adjustments are necessary. Opens or closes louvers in system ductwork or adjusts flow control valves in piping to balance system, using handtools such as pliers, screwdriver, or wrenches. Discusses system operation with users to verify that malfunctions have been corrected.

Should I be an Air and Hydronic Balancing Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: HVAC Service Technician

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