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 licensed HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers often assist with many aspects of key HVAC services, such as:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Supporting the 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. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The average salary of an HVAC helper varies depending on factors such as how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.