HVAC helpers are technicians who work 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 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
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
To become an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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 then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, including 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.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.