HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Assisting with 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.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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 can then receive certification from a known organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on their level of experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.