An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?

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

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

For anyone interested in being 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, 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. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

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

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

Overall, 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. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.