HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers 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
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
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?
For anyone interested in being 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. 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 can then receive certification from a known organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
The average salary of an HVAC helper usually depends on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
Generally, 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.