North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an organization that provides specialized certification exams for people who install and maintain heating, ventilating and air conditioning units (HVAC). These exams cover electrical issues, frozen coils, compressor failure and other problems that will shut down your Saraland, AL system. Here’s why using a NATE-certified professional technician, will ensure the work is done properly.
What Is NATE?
The North American Technician Excellence certification is one of the top HVAC certifications in the country. Professionals with NATE certification are experts in the industry.
To acquire a NATE certification, the technician must pass a core test. Once they pass it, they choose a specialty test for certification.
What Is the NATE Exam?
The core exam tests the specific HVAC knowledge concerning the tools they use, safety rules and the basic construction of AC units. It will test their understanding of the science behind air conditioning and how to optimize the unit to achieve the desired conditions. They will also need to know how to take humidity and temperature measurements and understand the electrical connections.
Once they pass the core exam, they will not have to repeat it during their ongoing training. There are books and articles that they can study before they take the exam, but there’s nothing like real-world experience for a basic grounding in the subject.
New Certification Pathway
The above core exam is a 50-question exam and the specialty exam is 100 questions. It is a valid and professional way to certification.
However, another possibility is the new CHP-5 exams that they can take in person or at specific times online when live proctoring is available. Those who certify with the new system must complete re-certification requirements every two years to maintain their certification. The exams include but are not limited to these topics:
- Service: Repair and replacement, planned maintenance and basic HVAC system analysis
- HVAC Fundamentals: Safety, tools and codes and regulations
- Electrical and Controls: Wiring layouts, basic electricity and troubleshooting and electrical science fundamentals
- Installation: Installing outdoor and indoor equipment, start-up and checkout, and fabricating copper tubing
- Comfort and Airflow: Air balancing and taking temperature and humidity
The Benefits of Having a NATE-Certified Technician
NATE certification started in 1987 to provide a standardized, high-quality HVAC certification. It is the largest organization of its kind in North America. You can rest easy knowing that a NATE-certified technician or contractor knows the job.
Technicians who are NATE-certified are experts in the areas of air conditioning, air distribution, commercial refrigeration and much more. They tend to remain in the industry and have extensive experience dealing with all kinds of problems.
Our NATE-certified technicians provide high-quality work as well as customer service. We know how to deal with warranty claims as well as state codes.
NATE-certified technicians tend to have been in the industry longer and can give you the benefit of their experience related to the type of AC repair or replacement you need. With the most cost-effective solution, our technicians can save you money and reduce your environmental impact.
You Can Trust Our NATE-Certified Technicians
For the last several decades, NATE has garnered the trust of consumers, when they need repair and installation of their HVAC systems. You can be sure our technicians have extensive knowledge, experience and training to provide high-quality work.
In order to make sure you get the high-quality air conditioning service you need, you should verify that the technicians are NATE certified. Some manufacturers require only NATE-certified technicians to work on a unit in order to maintain the warranty. This may include a warranty on labor as well as parts.
If you haven’t had your air conditioner checked in the past year, it may not be working as efficiently as it should. Contact Air-Specialty today to have your AC unit serviced by a NATE-certified professional. We can ensure it is functioning properly and keeping your indoor air clean and comfortable.
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