When companies in an industry band together to create professional associations, certification organizations and trade groups, they legitimize and improve commerce for the entire sector. When it comes to the American HVAC industry, NATE is the sector’s clear frontrunner. Here’s what NATE certification means for you and your HVAC system in El Paso, TX.
What Is NATE?
In the early to mid-1990s, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology was improving at a rapid pace. Despite such improvements, HVAC-R customer satisfaction levels didn’t increase. Companies in the trade boosted their spending on customer service and return handling.
Industry heads came to realize that hardware wasn’t the issue. Rather, many technicians were performing poorly. They weren’t receiving ample training before entering the field, and this reflected badly on manufacturers.
In 1997, two existing trade associations formed North American Technician Excellence. From the outset, NATE’s express purpose was to certify technicians in HVAC-R.
Four Levels of Achievement
Unlike many other professional recognitions, NATE offers four different certificates and certifications. This stepwise model provides a clear, direct path to full certification. When you hire an HVAC company to work on your system, NATE certification lets you know how skilled the technicians are.
Keep Your Warranties Intact
Warranties aren’t all-inclusive — they don’t cover anything and everything that could happen to HVAC systems. Did you know that if a single uncertified technician attempts to repair your HVAC system, it might void your warranty?
HVAC manufacturers have found that NATE-certified technicians are less likely to damage HVAC systems than their noncertified counterparts. Don’t risk losing your warranty by bothering with noncertified providers.
Many HVAC professionals make a living from consulting. When you hire NATE-certified HVAC technicians to remedy your home’s heating issues, you’ll have top-notch guidance to make your home as efficient as possible.
Ready to get hands-on help from NATE-certified HVAC technicians? Call us at Kings Aire of El Paso, TX, for heating repair services, residential maintenance plans, home heating system installation and air conditioner repair.
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