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 fully certified 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 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 start as 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 may choose to become certified by a professional 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 a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
An HVAC helper's salary usually depends on how much experience they have, 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 is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
All in all,, HVAC helpers are key members of any 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.