HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform 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 Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
  • 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.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. It takes an average of several months to a year to complete these programs, which 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.

After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.

Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?

The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.

Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality 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.