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Hiring HVAC Contractors: The NATE Certification Advantage




How can you make sure the technicians you’re hiring are qualified for the job? Simply look at their certifications. One of the most trusted certifications in the industry is the one given by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). 

In this post, the air conditioning repair experts at Air Pro Heating & Air Conditioning elaborate further on what makes this certification so widely recognized, as well as what it means for you as a homeowner. 

The NATE Certification Process

NATE is the largest non-profit HVACR certification program in the country. To get certified, 25% of a basic contractor’s technicians have to be certified, at least 50% for a standard contractor and 75% for a quality-circle contractor.  

NATE places particular importance on real-world training, which is why the program requires technicians to have prior field experience before taking the test. The test itself focuses on practical real-world scenarios instead of hypothetical scenarios. And although technicians aren’t required to take formal coursework, NATE strongly encourages them to do so. 

What Does This Mean for You?

Naturally, higher training standards mean a NATE-certified technician’s quality of service will be correspondingly higher. More importantly for homeowners, it means smooth, error-free installations and repairs. And since there’s an assurance that HVAC systems are properly installed, repeat visits from technicians and warranty returns are highly unlikely. 

Homeowners are wary about installation errors because one single mistake can hamper the efficiency of newly-installed HVAC systems, or even damage them. But when hiring a NATE-certified technician, you can rest easy knowing that your air conditioner replacement will work perfectly after being installed. 

Wondering if there are any NATE-certified contractors near you? 

Air Pro Heating & Air Conditioning is a heating contractor with an A+ rating from the BBB. We also offer HVAC services and only employ NATE-certified technicians. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly-qualified technicians, call us at (703) 832-0400 or leave us a message on this form


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