HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete 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.

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
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

For anyone interested in being 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, such as electrical theory and safety practices.

Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require 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 how much experience they have, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly 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 can transition to becoming fully certified HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.

Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.