It is important for HVAC technicians to keep up with changes in technology. Homes are becoming “smarter” by using products with wireless technology to control everything from lighting to temperature to appliances, all with a tap on a keypad or app. While these connected devices feel futuristic, they’re also changing what the future holds for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians.
Consider a programmable thermostat, for example, that can be adjusted from a smartphone. The device connects to the HVACR system through the Internet of Things (IoT). Units are equipped with “intelligent” features like sensors, timers and self-regulating compressors that provide predictive maintenance reports. A homeowner may get an alert that a part is in risk of failing, which can be handled immediately instead of causing an expensive repair later.
One of the most interesting changes resulting from the “smart” technology is how HVACR mechanics get their information. Just as homeowners can use their smartphones to adjust their thermostat, there are apps that connect to the units and provide technicians and installers with insights that can help them troubleshoot problems remotely. This is making a big difference for HVACR techs, allowing them to show up on the job site ready to make a repair. They may even be able to fix a problem without ever leaving their office or service truck using web-based controls.
While all of these features are exciting, HVACR technicians must learn how to operate, maintain and repair these computerized devices. Students who enter HVACR programs will usually receive training in computerized diagnostics to be able to service and repair today's complex systems. It’s the perfect blend of hardware and software, and it is creating an impactful career where you can help improve people’s lives by improving their environment.
The successful HVACR technician of tomorrow will combine a love of working on machinery with a passion for innovation. If this sounds like a job where you might thrive and grow, All-State Career can help you get started. Click here for more information or call us today at (855) 834-4580 and speak to one of our career counselors.