An HVAC helper is a technician who works with experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Your average HVAC helper has less experience when 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 will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:

  • 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 ensure they are functioning properly.

What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?

To become an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job 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. 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. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent on their total experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average 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. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.