HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than fully certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?

HVAC helpers often assist with many aspects of key HVAC services, such as:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
  • Supporting 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.

What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?

To start as an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job 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. 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 then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as 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 their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.

All in all,, 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.