Exploring trends piece on an emerging HVAC/R niche: next-generation power tubing tools.


Navigating the HVAC industry involves constant adaptation to ever-evolving technology and techniques. A notable trend gaining momentum is the utilization of automatic power tubing tools, which are increasingly becoming essential assets to every technician’s toolkit. As well as significantly enhancing tubing efficiency and precision, these advanced tools also offer an astoundingly swift return on investment – often recouping their initial cost in a matter of months or even weeks.

NAVAC, a leading provider of HVAC solutions, showcases a triumphant example of this evolution through its three-item power tubing series: a power flaring tool, a power tube expander, and a power tubing bender. When evaluating these tools’ performance in contrast to traditional industry standards, we discovered striking evidence that supports the value of “going automatic”.

Let’s delve into some specifics.

  • Assuming a 10% leakage rate, two-hour fixing time and $100 hourly technician rate, a power flaring tool like NAVAC’s NEF6LM more than pays for itself once a tech makes 20 flares – generally about a month during cooling season.
  • The conventional, manual means of connecting two tubes involves brazing and fitting pieces. Even disregarding the additional labor associated with manual connection, fittings run about $8 apiece. Using an automatic power tool to either make a swage (tube expander) or a smooth sweeping bend (tubing bender) pays for itself in about 60 connections – about three months in cooling season, when an elevated number of jobs comprise new installations.

But let’s not limit our perception to financials alone. The benefits of power tubing tools extend far beyond immediate cost savings. They significantly improve efficiency, convenience, and accuracy while simultaneously reducing callbacks due to tube leaks or inadequate connections.

NAVAC’s “Less is More” philosophy is the driving force behind their T3 Power Tubing solutions. Investing in these tools can lead to substantial cost savings and a boost in efficiency. Over the past five years, the cost of fittings has surged, placing immense pressure on contractors’ bottom lines. The PowerT3 Tubing Expanders and Tubing Benders offered by NAVAC virtually eliminate the need for fittings altogether.

Technicians gain the ability to fabricate custom angles, fittings, and piping designs, giving them full control over both design and budget. This also leads to a reduction in brazing time and material use. By minimizing fitting usage and related costs, NAVAC power tools help technicians do More with Less.

In conclusion, embracing automatic power tools for HVAC installations is not just a passing trend; it’s an investment in the future of the industry. The potential benefits of these tools in terms of cost savings, efficiency, and quality work make them a game-changer in the field.



NAVAC is a global manufacturer that has dedicated over 20 years to the R&D and manufacturing of industrial vacuum solutions and HVAC/R tools. NAVAC draws upon its commitment to technical innovation, strong customer service and robust R&D allocation to deliver solutions offering unsurpassed efficiency, accuracy and ease of use.

Comprising a full lineup of tools, gauges, detectors, charger and vacuum pumps, among other solutions, NAVAC’s product portfolio is designed with one overarching concept in mind: user-friendliness. The company seeks to meet a need for simpler, lighter, faster solutions that expedite service without sacrificing accuracy.