HVAC helpers work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than professional HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
What Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers often assist with many aspects of key HVAC services, such as:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The average salary of an HVAC helper 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 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, 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.