The EPA recommends that you should choose a contractor who hires only NATE certified technicians when it comes time for service on your HVAC systems. But, why is being NATE certified so important? What separates NATE from any other type of HVAC certification? What is NATE anyways?
What is NATE?
NATE is an acronym for North American Technician Excellence, and it provides certification tests to the HVAC (and refrigeration) industry. There are several reasons why NATE is different from other certification programs.
- Non-profit Organization- Since NATE is a non-profit organization, contractors and service technicians cannot buy their way into being NATE certified. It has to be earned.
- Third-party Organization- NATE was created to give consumers an impartial assessment of a technician’s ability when it comes to repairing, servicing, and installing HVAC equipment.
- Supported by the HVAC industry- NATE certifications are the only legitimate certifications that are recognized as by manufacturers and contractors who work in the HVAC industry.
- Recommended by the EPA and Consumer Reports- Both of these reputable organizations recommend that consumers use technicians that are NATE certified.
NATE gained this respect by providing examinations that are a true example of what a technician will encounter when working in the field. To become NATE certified, a person must pass both a CORE and SPECIALTY test in either the service or install fields. The CORE test is an examination of the person’s basic understanding of the HVAC industry including:
- Soft skills
- Heat transfer
- Home comfort
- Electrical systems
The SPECIALTY test involves a more in depth understanding of a specific facet of the HVAC industry. NATE has several to choose from, but a few of them include: air conditioning service, gas heating service, air conditioning installation, and many more. A technician who can pass one of these tests has a firm understanding and can skillfully work on units in their chosen area of specialty.
What does this mean for the consumer?
When you find a company that only hires NATE certified technicians, you know that you have found a company that takes pride in their name. Contractors who do not care whether or not their technicians are certified really do not care about the customer. They are risking their reputation and your money on someone who may or may not know what they are doing. If the technician carries a NATE certification, you can rest assured that your furnace or air conditioner is in good hands.
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning only hires NATE certified service and install technicians. We want you to have as much confidence in our technicians’ abilities as we do, so we will only send you the best. Four Seasons understands that no one wants to invest in an extensive repair or a new system if they are not sure the job will be done correctly. That is why we hire only NATE certified technicians and stand behind their work with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. The next time you have a problem with your HVAC units, remember Four Seasons and our NATE certified technicians and you will get the job done right.