HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to 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
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
To start as 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 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 completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
An HVAC helper's salary usually depends on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.