HVAC helpers 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 certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
What Does an HVAC Helper 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 systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
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. 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, 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 sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on their total experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Overall, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the 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.