An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to fully certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

What Does an HVAC Helper 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
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

To start as 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 can then receive certification from a known organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require completing a certain 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 varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.

Based on findings from 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 more training programs, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.