An HVAC helper is a technician who works with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform 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 Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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.
After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, 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 usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a 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.