National HVAC Tech Day: Why HVAC Techs Deserve a Day All to Themselves

Every year, we hear about national observances – many with a goal of driving awareness to groups working toward eliminating diseases or funding charities, and others design to recognize hard-working tradesman.

The HVACR industry is recognized on National HVAC Tech Day! Observed annually every twenty-second day of June, National HVAC Tech Day recognizes the dedication and hard work industry professionals put in every day and on every job. From braving uncomfortable weather conditions and tight, dark crawl spaces to keeping up with the latest best practices ensuring jobs are always performed safely and accurately, HVACR techs are valuable to every community across the globe.

HVACR technicians are essential to our everyday functions. Their impact to their communities goes beyond repairing a broken air conditioning unit or servicing a heating furnace. In fact, they play an integral role in keeping our homes cool and comfortable when the hot summer sun is beaming through the windows; keeping families warm when outdoor temperatures dip below freezing; ensuring food is maintained at a required temperature so food resources don’t spoil prematurely; maintaining standards of comfort while working toward reducing environmental impacts; and the list goes on and on.

Thanks to the skillsets, training and knowledge HVACR techs acquire to stay ahead of the curve, people everywhere can take comfort in knowing their home temperature is set just to their liking and so much more. Plus, with so many innovative, cutting-edge HVACR tools being introduced to the market, HVACR techs work hard to stay up with the latest to ensure they can cater to customers more quickly and deliver work that is efficient and accurate.

This year, celebrating a technician can be done in many ways. Here are some quick ideas to say “thanks” to your service technician:

  • Give your tech a shout out on social media
  • Always be kind and thankful to your tech – maybe send them off to their next job with an ice-cold water (or a warm cup of coffee)
  • Gift them with an HVACR tool they’ll love
  • Change your filter as often as required

Happy National HVAC Tech Day to all of the masters of the trade!


Fieldpiece Patented Technologies – Designing Innovative HVACR Tools with HVACR Techs at the Forefront

If you know Fieldpiece, you know we’re always working hard to help HVACR pros do their job easier, faster and better. We want to bring you higher efficiency and increased productivity, and we’re proud to say that our hard work has paid off in the form of industry accolades and game-changing patents.

Two of our most recognized patents techs rave about are our Rapid Rail® Sensor Technology and RunQuick® Oil Change System.

Rapid Rail® Sensor Technology

Let’s start with our Rapid Rail® Sensor Technology. This advanced technology is featured in the Job Link® System Premium Pipe Clamp Probe, JL3PC; and in the two largest pipe clamps in the industry, measuring up to 41/8” – the Large Pipe Clamp, TC48 and the wireless Job Link® System Large Pipe Clamp, JL3LC. Previous technology measured temperature with readings affected by the ambient air and  moisture. Rapid Rail® Sensor Technology perfected the process – only giving accurate readings.

With two sensors, one on either side of the pipe clamp tool, the electrically conductive pipe itself completes the circuit on both sides, giving the tech a stabilized and accurate reading within five seconds. And, as the tech adjusts the system with the clamp attached, they can instantly see temperature changes as they happen in real time.

RunQuick® Oil Change System

Our second most notable patent is for the RunQuick® Oil Change System. This allows techs to change the oil on a vacuum pump without turning off the pump or losing vacuum. In less than 20 seconds, a tech can swap out the old oil and add in new oil.

During an evacuation, once oil has become cloudy, that means it could be saturated with moisture or contaminants. This signals that it needs to be changed or you’ll experience longer system evacuation times. Fieldpiece pumps equipped with the RunQuick® Oil Change System like the Fieldpiece Vacuum Pumps, 10 CFM VPX7, 8 CFM VP87 and 6 CFM VP67 also include a large oil viewing window that allows techs to see the oil condition, so they know when it’s time for a quick change. The days of not changing oil to avoid the mess or the hassles are things of the past.

Add any of these innovations to your tool bag to get ready to work more efficiently and more effectively.


Fieldpiece Brings Out the Cool Tools

Fieldpiece Instruments’ HVACR tools keep the HVACR professional cool when the temperatures rise. From their clear, easy-to-read leak detectors to the MG44 Wireless Vacuum Gauge, the Fieldpiece cooling season HVACR tools enable technicians to work easier, faster, and better.

Professionals use the wireless HVACR tools stand-alone, integrated with the Job Link® System App, or connected to the latest SMAN Refrigerant Manifold 4-Port. For fast, easy, on-the-fly oil changes, HVACR technicians rely on the Fieldpiece RunQuick™ Oil Change System. From clamp meters and digital manifolds to the Job Link® System Flex Psychrometer Probe, Fieldpiece Instruments provides all the HVACR tools to make the HVACR professional’s job easier while delivering excellent service.


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Wireless HVACR Tools: Your Secret Weapon for Cooling Season

As you are doing more and more service calls this summer, a few advanced and techy HVACR tools in your bag could help make every call faster, easier and more accurate. The latest Job Link® tools from Fieldpiece use wireless technology to help make troubleshooting and diagnosing a system faster by giving techs an overview of the entire system in real time.

Back in the days before wireless tools, a tech would arrive on-site and need to rundown a checklist that covers airflow, refrigerant charge and the electrical components of the system to get to a more accurate diagnosis. Each test would be done independently, and each would take a lot of time. In fact, this used to be the main reason that diagnosing a system was the most time-consuming part of any service call. The other, more common scenario would have techs only focusing on one part of the system, typically located near the refrigerant charge and any other electrical components. This became the more common practice as it was the best way to save time and get to the next call.

Now, with wireless HVACR tools, techs are better equipped to work easier, faster and better the first time around. For instance, to determine the DeltaT a tech could rely on using two Job Link® Flex Psychrometer Probes, JL3RH; and for the Total External Static Pressure, a tech could use Job Link® System Dual Port Manometer Probe Kit – both wireless tools that enable more efficient work. And, at the same time, they can connect the Job Link® System Premium Pipe Clamp Probe, JL3PC and Job Link® System Pressure Probe, JL3PR to the system and calculate superheat and subcooling. These tools can turn what would have been multiple attempts and extra time spent in the past into a quick, accurate system diagnosis. No more guesswork. No more scrambling around the jobsite to find another reading.

Right away, a tech will have the pertinent information they need to diagnose if the system is running poorly because of airflow or the refrigerant charge.

Wireless technology can also help a tech determine if there’s an electrical problem with a system. Not only does it enable more accurate measurements, but wireless HVACR tools like the AC/DC Swivel Clamp Meter Dual Display, SC680 and the Clamp Mater Dual Display, SC480 are designed to complete the total diagnostic picture of the system. They enable electrical documentation directly to the Job Link® System.

These data points – like voltage going into the system or the amperage of the compressor when it’s running – can be collected throughout the job and the tech can monitor their fluctuations as they make adjustments to other parts. These clamp meters also work on newer systems with Variable Frequency Drives. If a tech is using an older meter to measure the voltage of these new drives, they won’t get an accurate reading. These clamp meters can even be used to show a customer how much power in kW the system draws both before and after a service call – it’s a great way for a tech to show how they improved the system’s efficiency.

The entire Job Link System was designed with techs in mind. These new wireless HVACR tools will help a tech in the field take measurements more easily, diagnose systems faster and allow real time readings to populate in one place, cutting out the extra steps!

What other Fieldpiece products with wireless technology is available to support tech during cooling season? Glad you asked:

  • Wireless Vacuum Gauge, MG44 is built to make work easier, eliminating misleading measurements by allowing techs to connect it at the system port – even in those awkward, hard-to-reach spots.
  • Wireless Refrigerant Scale, SRS3 performs at a high level with a 250 lb. capacity, combining modern wireless electronics and rugged materials for accurate and live weight measurements.

The Job Link suite of wireless HVACR tools from Fieldpiece helps techs get it right faster and get it right the first time. Put some in your bag right now.


Press Releases

Fieldpiece Instruments Awards $25,000 In #Masterofthetrade Scholarships To Ten HVACR SkillsUSA Students

ORANGE, Calif. (May 16, 2022)Fieldpiece Instruments, a proven category leader known for delivering innovative and high-quality HVACR test tools for more than 30 years, has awarded $2,500 #MasteroftheTrade scholarships to 10 SkillsUSA students committed to studying for a fulfilling career in the HVACR industry. The grant awarded by Fieldpiece is intended to support aspiring HVACR techs in their continued education and will be used to pay for college or postsecondary HVACR technology program tuition.

The Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship, in partnership with SkillsUSA, was designed to support the next generation of up-and-coming HVACR professionals, with a concurrent aim to close the skills gap in the U.S. labor market for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration trade.

Through the partnership with SkillsUSA, Fieldpiece Instruments aims to give back to the industry as well as do its part to address 80,000 jobs that are currently vacant and in need of being filled. Without HVACR pros energy is wasted, food goes bad and people’s comfort and safety are at stake. HVACR is a stable, great-paying trade that offers freedom, hands-on work and the chance to make a big impact on the environment and the community.

“We thank Fieldpiece Instruments for supporting the HVACR industry and America’s future skilled workforce,” said Chelle Travis, executive director at SkillsUSA. “It is exciting to see these students pursue further education in HVACR. They have demonstrated a true passion for the industry, and we are thrilled they will receive these scholarships.”

SkillsUSA students and recipients of the Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship are:

Josh Parson, Bevill State Community College, Hamilton Campus

Johnny Hammonds, Pinellas Technical College

Leslie Plemons, Moore-Norman Technology Center

William “Billy” Coughlin, Career and Technology Center, Maryland

Cole Hamby, Northland Career Center

Becca Thorstad, Hennepin Technical College

Josh Parish, Kiamichi Technology Center

Jack Ely, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga Campus

Dave Jentis, Western Technical College

Manuel Ramirez, Western Technical College

 “Selecting the ten winners was no easy task, as we received many applications from promising, talented and committed individuals,” said Fieldpiece Instruments Director of Marketing, Rachel Newport. “Fieldpiece is proud to support the next generation of HVACR professionals. We congratulate this year’s winners and hope to continue empowering industry professionals by providing scholarships, training resources like our innovative Fieldpiece University program and the most advanced and cutting edge tools available on the market today—developed by HVACR industry pros for HVACR industry pros—to keep them ahead of the curve as masters of their trade.”

About SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s credentialing process, they can assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served more than 14 million members since 1965. For more information: