HVAC installation and maintenance are essential for homes, building, and other facilities in Alaska. Proper heating, ventilation, and air conditioning creates a healthy and safe environment. For HVAC technicians in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and across the Bush communities, using the proper equipment and creating the best building conditions is always the goal.

The right tools are essential for HVAC technicians to be successful. Purchasing durable, long-lasting tools are an investment that prove worth their money over the years. There are many specialty tools that are useful for HVAC services, but there are a few basic tools that should be purchased before all others.

Denali Industrial, an Alaska based industrial supply company, carries a wide range of tools for HVAC services. We are your one-stop shop for your entire list of HVAC tools.

HVAC Tools in Alaska

Essential Tools for HVAC Technicians

  • Screwdrivers
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Flashlights
  • Wire strippers
  • Cordless drill
  • Pipe wrenches and pliers
  • Tin snips and shears
  • Eye protection
  • Tape measurer
  • Multi-meter and voltage tester


One of the most important tools an HVAC technician can have in their tool belt is a set of screwdrivers. They serve various purposes, from working on units to vents to thermostats, screwdrivers in various sizes will come in handy for nearly every job.

Reciprocating Saw

A reciprocating saw will saw almost anything, depending on the blade. They can be used to cut old condensers, drywall, sheet metal, pipes, or wood. It’s important to purchase a high-quality, durable reciprocating saw that is going to last through years of daily use. A reciprocating saw is only as good as its blades, so its also important to purchase a pack of high quality blades.


Seeing clearly is integral to any job, and rooms where jobs are located can have any variation of light. That’s why a flashlight, though simple, is an essential tool for any HVAC technician. Headlamps can be even more useful because they free your hands.

Wire Strippers

HVAC technicians frequently use wire stripping tools for stripping wire and reconnecting with wire nuts. While this can be done with a knife, wire strippers make this process quicker, more efficient, easier and safer.

Cordless Drill

A battery powered cordless drill may be the most important tool for HVAC services. They are portable and make it easy for HVAC technicians to work in tight spaces without the restrictions of outlets. A minimum of 18 volts is suggested, as well as a set of bits for added versatility.

Pipe Wrenches and Pliers

A full set of pliers are great for varying sizes of wires, bolts, and pipes. Pliers are frequently used for cutting heavy-duty wires. For more specialty pipe jobs involving natural gas or plumbing pipes, having a set of pipe wrenches is also a great idea.

Tin Snips and Shears

Most HVAC systems use sheet metal for the duct work, making tin snips and shears essential for metal work. It is recommended that HVAC technicians have all three types of tin snips: Lefts, Rights, and Straights. Shears are great for longer, straight-line cuts.

Eye Protection

As previously stated, being able to see clearly is essential to performing HVAC services. Working with materials like sheet metal and drywall can lead to debris in the eyes, which is dangerous to the technician’s health. Having proper safety glasses/goggles is important for eye protection, for both health reasons and job efficiency.

Tape Measurer

A tape measure, like the flashlight, may seem simple, but is an essential item to have in any HVAC technician’s tool kit. These are used for various applications including measuring ductwork and measuring space for furnaces, vents, or air conditioner units. The tape measure needs to be long enough, and 25-ft is applicable for the majority of jobs.

Multi-Meter and Voltage Tester

Multi-meters and voltage testers are important for safety reasons. Electrical testers are used to check for the presence of electrical currents and to measure resistance and voltage. HVAC systems are connected to electrical systems and using multi-meters and voltage testers can prevent accidents and potential electrocution.

Contact Denali Industrial for All Your HVAC Tool Needs

Denali Industrial offers an extensive collection of HVAC tools that can be shipped anywhere in the Bush from our locations in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska. We also offer tool combination kits that can provide a great discount over buying tools and batteries separately.

For some of our firestop and silica dust control equipment, we offer in-store trainings. For more information on our trainings or products, contact us today.

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