HVAC systems sometimes encounter problems that can compromise comfort and energy efficiency inside the home. As a homeowner, it’s important to have your system serviced by a skilled technician as soon as possible. Be sure, however, to first check for professional qualifications, particularly NATE certification.
Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling, one of the top home heating companies in the local area, discusses what NATE is and the reasons for working with a technician with this certification.
What Is NATE?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, a non-profit HVAC certification program in the U.S. Founded in 1997, it was established out of the need for a standardized system for HVAC professionals who only learn the ins and outs of the trade through apprenticeship and other informal means.
Formal coursework is not required, though it is important for individuals testing for NATE certification to obtain formal training first. Installation technicians must be trained for a year, while service technicians must do so for two years. Those within the senior level are subject to five-year training.
To become NATE-certified, technicians must pass tests that measure their knowledge of the fundamental and technical aspects of everything related to HVAC products and processes. In addition to performing hands-on air conditioner replacement, furnace installation or heat pump maintenance, the tests also tackle the business side of the industry.
The Benefits of Hiring a NATE-Certified Technician
Hiring a NATE-certified technician comes with a lot of benefits. In addition to fast, efficient service, you can expect a well-trained professional to get the job done right the first time. You can also rely on whatever advice the pro provides you. After all, the certification tests meet a certain level of standards, which means the technician is sure to know the industry.
Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling employs a group of NATE-certified technicians. When you reach out to our company, you can expect us to expertly install, repair or maintain your new or existing HVAC system, guaranteeing maximum efficiency. Turn to us for your heater repair, air conditioning replacement or any other HVAC needs. Call (503) 344-1315 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.