It would seem that nothing could be worse than your air conditioner going on the fritz during the height of the summer season or your heater going breaking down during a deep freeze. It makes the problem even worse if you have an unqualified HVAC technician coming to your home to fix the issue, and instead of coming away with a job well-done, your problems multiply.
When calling for HVAC service all you have to do is ask, “Is your technician NATE-certified?” You may be asking yourself what does NATE-certified mean? NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It was established in 1997 and is the largest non-profit HVAC and Refrigeration certification program in the nation.
To become NATE-certified, a candidate must pass stringent, knowledge-based core and specialty exams in HVAC and Refrigeration. Among the certifications available in installation and service are:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Heating
- Oil Heating
There are also categories of certification to become a senior-level technician. However, merely having the NATE certification is not enough. A professional will continue his or her education in their specialty areas. To maintain NATE certification status, each candidate must attain at least 16 continuing education hours every two years and provide proof to NATE. At Cool Power LLC, we go beyond the minimum when it comes to training.
NATE-certified technicians are allowed to wear a NATE certification patch on their work uniform, along with their specialty area tabs. When you see these patches proudly sported upon your technician’s uniform, you can be rest-assured that the work they were hired for will be done with professionalism, skill and pride. But more than that, every NATE-certified technician has a unique NATE identification number, which can be verified with the national organization.
The next time you need to reach out for HVAC repair, contact us at Cool Power LLC and ask for an NATE-certified technician. We have been serving the residents and businesses of Long Island, New York since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about NATE-certification and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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