HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced 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 certified HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems

They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

To become an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job training program or an apprenticeship. These programs usually last for a few months to a year and 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.

After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, including 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 type of company they work for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

Overall, an HVAC helper is an important member of a 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.