HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more experienced 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 fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

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 HVAC systems

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

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.

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. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

The average salary of an HVAC helper will be dependent on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.