HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more 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 professional HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

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 be responsible for performing 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. 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.

As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, 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 a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

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

As reported by 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 additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

Overall, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, ensuring professional 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.