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Your tools are your livelihood. Use the correct ones and you become more efficient. Organize the correct ones and you become more productive. Become more productive and you make more money. Take care of your tools and that Ducati 999S gets one mile closer to your garage.
Today we will examine the tools you use to perform air conditioning preventive maintenance and troubleshooting.
Tool CarriersWhat does the technician use to carry the tools into the house? The following are four common methods:
Safety GearSafety first. Safety glasses and gloves are a must. A rubber pad to kneel on or knee protectors should be considered. Remember to only use the tool that is designed for the job at hand.
The professional technician works through preventive maintenance and diagnostic troubleshooting in a methodical manner. It is essential that in each step of the process the correct tool is close at hand and in good working order. Conscientious tool care and organization should be second nature for the advanced technician.
Your tools are family. Oftentimes we take our loved ones for granted, and tools are no different. You may be rushing on a job and leave one of your tools behind. (We call this “orphaning” in the business.) Pay special attention when you clean your work area and put tools away so this doesn’t happen to you. Adding a member to your family is an adrenaline rush. Just make sure you take good care of the little fellows and they will provide years of enjoyment.
David E. Rothacker is a member of the National Comfort Institute’s Advisory Board and a National Comfort Team Founding Member. For questions or comments on Tech Basics, contact Rothacker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 05/19/2003