HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Does an HVAC Helper Do?

HVAC helpers will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems

They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.

How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?

To become an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. These programs usually last for a few months to a year and provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.

After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

An HVAC helper's salary varies depending on factors such as their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming fully certified HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.

Overall, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.