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.

These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

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
  • Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
  • Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also be responsible for performing 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, the first step should be finishing a job 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. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as 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 varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, 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.