HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully certified 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
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. Completing either may take several months to a year, and should provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The average salary of an HVAC helper usually depends on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average 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. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.