HVAC helpers work alongside more 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 professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

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
  • Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC 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?

To start as 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, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

An HVAC helper's salary varies depending on factors such as their level of experience, 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 around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.