An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more 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 licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?

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
  • Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

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?

For anyone interested in being 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. 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, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly 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 transition to becoming 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.