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One would think that in such a large state such as New York you would need to hold a license if you want to carry out work as a HVAC technician.

However, this is not the case! It is a very large state so the salaries vary, but they are still decent.

From Big Apple to Buffalo you can expect to build a very successful and well-paying career.


As it was mentioned, New York is quite a large state.

That, in addition to the experience, knowledge and skills you possess, makes the salaries vary greatly.

You can expect to earn anywhere from $15 to $24 per hour.

Here is a table of salaries in the ten largest cities in New York:

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in New York

City NameSalary
New York$56,541
New Rochelle$45,385
Mount Vernon$53,839
* Salary information last updated 2022

Local Regulations

Even though you do not need to obtain a state-level license, you need to stay on top of rules and regulations you should abide by in your local area.

Even the New York City does not require its HVAC technicians to meet special requirements and obtain a HVAC technician license.

Buffalo, on the other hand, does license heating contractors.

If you need more information on that you can check everything with the City Hall.


While there are no special requirements regarding schooling or experience hours, you will benefit from attaining education from an official approved HVAC program that is offered in some of the New York’s schools.

They will provide both the theoretical and practical basis for your future career.

Here is a list of official HVAC training centers in New York:

24 HVAC Schools in New York

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Alfred State College-School of Applied Technology CampusS. Brooklyn Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895
Apex Technical School Inc.6345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Branford Hall Career Institute
Broome-Tioga-BOCES565 Johnson Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
Captial Region Career Technical School421 Upper Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY 13905
Career & Technical Institute/Dutchess BOCES1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205
Dutchess Community College61 Page Park Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Harlem School of Technology53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Hudson Valley Community College215 W. 125th Streeet, New York, NY 10027
hvacredu.net (Online Training)80 Vanderburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
Lincoln Technical InstituteMahwah & Union NJ, NY 11111
Mechanics' Institute20 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Mohawk Valley Community College1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501
Monroe Community College1000 E. Henrietta Road, Bldg 21, Rochester, NY 14623
Myers Education CenterHenning Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Suffolk County Community CollegeGrant Campus/Nesconset Bldg. 17, Long Island, NY 11111
SUNY @ Delhi2 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753
SUNY Canton-Camino Schl of Engineering Technology34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
SUNY@Erie Community College-North Campus6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
TCI College of Technology320 W. 31st Street, New York City, NY 10001
TCI College of Technology - HVAC & Refrigeration Technology – NYCNew York, NY 11111
The Refrigeration Institute545 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
The School of Technical Cooperative Education321 E. 96th Street, New York, NY 10128

EPA Certification

EPA Certification is required by the federal law.

It is what enables you to work with hazardous refrigerants.

This requirement is set by the Environmental Protection Agency and is obligatory for all states.

It does not have a validity date.

That means that it cannot expire once obtained.

There are different types of EPA Certification.

To work with refrigerants you will need to obtain EPA Section 608 Certification (type I, type II, type III, or the universal certification).

While the EPA Section 608 Certification Type I is the one which you can obtain the easiest, you’d best attain at least Type II in order to have an edge over other technicians and have more flexibility.

The best-case scenario is to obtain the Universal License.

If you want to deal with air conditioning systems in motor vehicles you will need to obtain the EPA 609 Certification.

You may want to check if the EPA Type II Section 608 would cover you.


The landscape of New York creates a very good climate for HVAC technicians.

No matter the area – urban, suburban or rural – you will be in demand.

Therefore, complete your education, obtain your certification and begin developing your career.

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