If you are looking to hire a technician for installation, maintenance or repair services for your HVAC unit, finding the most knowledgeable and qualified person for the task can be daunting. Keeping your HVAC unit in working order is essential to ensuring the comfort of your home. When choosing a technician, consider using a NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified technician to be certain that the most qualified person is on the job.
Created in 1997, the North American Technician Excellence was developed to create standards of knowledge for the HVAC industry. Experts in the industry have collaborated to create NATE exams that test for understanding on topics that are relevant to HVAC units. Each test is knowledge-based, to prove that each technician is fully qualified before receiving certification. Each test candidate can earn certifications in either installation, service or both. Service certifications offer specialties such as Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps, Oil Heating, or Light Commercial Refrigerant. To become certified, the tester must pass both a Core exam and a Specialty exam. Once the exam is passed, the certification lasts two years and continuing education is required to maintain certification. Companies may also bear the NATE name and can be listed as NATE C3 Contractors if they meet the requirements. NATE C3 stands for Consumer Contractor Connection and requires that 25% of the technicians employed are NATE technicians with up to date certifications. NATE Quality Circle Contractors have at least 75% of technicians certified by NATE standards. By contacting businesses that advertise NATE, you are placing your HVAC unit in qualified hands.