HVAC helpers are technicians who work with seasoned 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 remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
What Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- 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 look for signs of trouble.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being 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.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
An HVAC helper's salary usually depends on 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, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
Overall, 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.