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Why NATE and EPA Certifications Matter for HVAC Contractors

When it comes to choosing an HVAC contractor, there are a lot of factors to consider. You want to choose one that has the expertise and skills to handle whatever job you’re hiring them for, whether it’s a major system installation or a minor AC repair that has been bothering you. 

Most homeowners know they should never hire an HVAC company that isn’t licensed, bonded, and insured. But what other qualifications should you be looking for that’ll help you choose a company that’s highly qualified and knowledgeable in the field of HVAC? 

Well, one of the easiest ways to determine if a company is qualified is to look at its list of certifications. These are important because in order to earn them, the company needs to adhere to a rigorous certification, training, and continuing education process. Let’s look at some of the accreditations that indicate an HVAC company is well qualified to handle your HVAC needs.

NATE (North American Technician Excellence)

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s the largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) organization in the United States. Homeowners who hire an HVAC company whose technicians hold this certification can feel confident that the HVAC technician who comes to their homes is well trained and highly skilled. 

What Is Required for NATE Certification?

For technicians to become NATE-certified, they must have 2 full years of HVAC experience in the field. They must also pass a rigorous series of exams. These exams are created by a nationwide committee of HVAC experts who draw from their own real-world experience in developing the exams. If a technician passes all the exams with a score of 70% or higher, they become NATE-certified.

Not only that, but NATE certification only lasts for two years. After 2 years, the technician is required to complete continuing education or retake a specialty exam to maintain their certification. This ensures that their skills are up to date and that they possess a demonstrated knowledge of today’s HVAC  systems.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

This certification has to do with the environment and adherence to eco-friendly HVAC practices. To become EPA-certified, an HVAC Company must demonstrate knowledge of the laws and regulations regarding the use and handling of HVAC chemicals such as refrigerants. 

This is important because these chemicals are hazardous and you don’t want an amateur handling them in your home. EPA-certified technicians possess the knowledge and ability to safely maintain, service, repair, or dispose of refrigerant-containing equipment to keep you and your family safe while protecting the environment

What Is Required for EPA Certification?

The requirements for earning EPA certification depend on the certification type, but all require a core test and one specific certification test. The core test addresses the general principles of HVAC and the reasons for industry regulations.

We pride ourselves on the accreditations we hold because we know that by employing only the best, you can rest assured that we’ll deliver only the very best HVAC services.

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