HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more 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 are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
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
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, 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 a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
An HVAC helper's salary usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, ensuring professional 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.