Locating an experienced HVAC contractor with a track record you can trust can be a big job. The process often leaves homeowners with a lot of uncertainty. Everyone will tell you they’re the best — but how can you separate the professionals from the pretenders? Luckily, there’s an excellent way to distinguish the knowledgeable technicians from those who’ll say anything just to get the job. Look for the NATE logo on the website of any top-notch San Diego-area contractor you are considering, or ask if their technicians are certified.
North American Technician Excellence is a non-profit founded in the early 90s to create an industry-wide certification process. Since then, NATE has become an industry leader, helping technicians advance their careers by participating in continuing education opportunities and skills testing in real-world situations.
Contractors can take classes in the basics of installation and maintenance of HVAC systems, as well as more advanced specialty subjects. Contractors must prove their knowledge through examinations in order to be certified. Participation is voluntary, so you can be assured that certified technicians are devoted to their craft.
Homeowners who’ve hired NATE-certified technicians have mentioned the following benefits:
- Utility savings that result from attention to detail during installation
- Heating and cooling systems that operate at peak efficiency due to careful maintenance
- Work done right the first time
- Few call-backs or product returns
- Quick, efficient, courteous service
- Detailed product knowledge
- Trustworthy, professional advice
When selecting a contractor, it’s also important to verify that they are properly state licensed and insured. Get referrals, preferably from friends, family or neighbors; ask for customer references and be sure to call them; and always make sure potential contractors employ NATE-certified technicians.
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that at ASI Hastings Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians are NATE-certified. We’re proud of our well-trained and experienced staff, and hope to be able to send one of them to meet you when you need quality HVAC service or professional advice. Visit our website to learn more, or just give us a call.