HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Does an HVAC Helper Do?

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
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.

How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?

For anyone interested in being an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job 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. Some programs may also include classes in related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.

As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, including 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.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

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.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

All in all,, 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.