HVAC helpers are technicians who work with seasoned HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

What Does an HVAC Helper Do?

HVAC helpers will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
  • Assisting with the 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, 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, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

An HVAC helper's salary varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.

Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any 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.