Look for a Tech with These HVAC Certifications
When you choose a company to maintain, repair or install HVAC equipment in your home, you’re putting the safety and comfort of your household in the hands of their technicians. Knowing whether these technicians have HVAC certifications that verify their training, skills and experience can give you peace of mind that they’re fully qualified and up-to-date on the latest industry best practices. When you’re deciding who to hire, ask each contractor if their technicians have the following HVAC certifications.
HVAC licensing requirements vary between Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, so check with the state professional licensing department where you live to verify the license status of an HVAC contractor before their technicians do any work in your home.
A trustworthy contractor who puts their customers first makes sure that their technicians have passed the rigorous testing required to obtain North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. This industry-leading independent testing organization only certifies technicians who pass a core exam on their general industry knowledge as well as an exam in a service or installation specialty of their choosing.
HVAC Excellence Certification HVAC
Excellence is another prominent industry organization that tests and certifies HVAC technicians at professional and master specialist levels. To obtain a professional level credential, a technician must pass an in-depth exam in their chosen specialty and have two years of relevant experience. Qualifying for a master specialist certification requires passing the exam and having three years of related field experience.
EPA 608 Certification
Technicians who service, repair and install cooling equipment that contains refrigerants like R-410A or R-22 must be certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. To qualify for this credential, technicians have to pass both core and specialty exams that test their knowledge on service and refrigerant reclamation best practices.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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