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.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
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 heating and cooling systems
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
To become 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 may choose to become certified by a professional organization, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may 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 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, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
Generally, 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. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.