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 professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers 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 may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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. 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, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
As reported by 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 completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.