HVAC helpers work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to 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
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.

What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?

To become 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 may choose to become certified by a professional organization, 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.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

The average salary of an HVAC helper varies depending on factors such as how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $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 truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, ensuring professional 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.