HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to fully certified HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
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 heating and cooling systems
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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. 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, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on their level of experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
All in all,, 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.