An HVAC helper is a technician who works 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 licensed 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
  • Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
  • Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems

They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.

What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?

To start as 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, 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, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.

What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?

An HVAC helper's salary varies depending on factors such as how much experience they have, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.

All in all,, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.