HVAC helpers work with 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 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
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • 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 Become an HVAC Helper?

To start as an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job 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. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, 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, like 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.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

The average salary of an HVAC helper usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually 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, HVAC helpers are key members of any 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.