We know that when you have problems with your air conditioning system, you could go into a panic, and scamper around for a solution. If you aren’t too experienced in looking for an experienced person or company to deal with your problems, you may not know how to go about it, other than recommendations you may get from friends or neighbors.
We’re not saying that isn’t a way to go, but one thing you may want to look for is the seal of certification from something called “NATE.”
That stands for North American Technician Excellence, and it is a pretty good indication that you are dealing with people who are among the most highly-trained in their field. Isn’t that who you want to be dealing with?
NATE is a program that is supported by the HVAC industry, and certainly all areas of air conditioning are covered. The technician can test to be certified in any of a number of areas of specialization.
These areas include air conditioning installation, air distribution installation, light commercial refrigeration installation and commercial refrigeration installation. There are also a number of specialty areas that relate to heating, including: air to air heat pump installation, gas heating and oil heating installation. The point is, they cover the whole spectrum when it comes to HVAC training and certification.
However, even if they want to be certified in a specialty area, they must also pass the core exam, which is a comprehensive test of the general knowledge of the technician, which includes basics of electrical principles, safety in HVAC systems, tools that are needed to perform tasks, measurements in temperature and humidity, and basic construction. There is an experience component as well, as senior level technicians are advised to have at least five years of it in their given field. There are NATE testing organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The non-profit organization, which is headquartered in Arlington, TX, has been doing this since 1997.
The NATE certification is rigorous, and it represents expertise and reputability in the field of air conditioning, to be certain. There are organizations that provide service in all HVAC disciplines who will use nothing but NATE-cdertified people for their senior technicians. If you are concerned about getting somebody who can do the job right, this may be one of the indicators to look for, as the AC is a very important investment for you.