An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians to assist in 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 are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

HVAC helpers will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

To start as an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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.

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 a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent on their level of experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual 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. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.