HVAC helpers work with seasoned 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 are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
How Do You Become 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. Many programs extend classes to cover 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 sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent on how much experience they have, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
According to 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 can transition to becoming truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, 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. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.