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.

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

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

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

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?

To start as 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. Some programs may also include classes in related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.

As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, 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.

Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?

The average salary of an HVAC helper usually depends on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.