HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform 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 are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
What Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers often assist with many aspects of key HVAC services, such as:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. It takes an average of several months to a year to complete these programs, which 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.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, 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.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming fully certified 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.