An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to fully certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Does an HVAC Helper 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
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems

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 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.

As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, such as 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.

Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?

The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn varies depending on factors such as their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher 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.