HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians to assist in 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.
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
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as sufficient on-site 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 the type of company they work for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and completing more 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, 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.