HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete 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 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
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- 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.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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. 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 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 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 will be dependent on their total experience, 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 hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Overall, 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. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.