HVAC helpers 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 certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.

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
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.

How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?

To become an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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. Some programs may also include classes in 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, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent on their level of experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.

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

Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.