What to look for when hiring an HVAC technician


What to look for when hiring an HVAC technician?

Updated: 8/29/2017

Some people wait until their system breaks before replacing it. Others tend to be more proactive and responsible with their system. Personally, I highly recommend the latter example. Staying on top of your HVAC system will save you time and money. These systems are generally extremely efficient and low in cost. Finding the right HVAC technician is important for maintaining your device.

Your ability to maintain your system will affect its lifespan. Like we stated above, you should not wait until something breaks before checking it. There are specific equipment checks to perform on your HVAC system. Some of these include checks on your filter, seasonal tune-ups, debris around the unity, and the refrigerant. The most common mistake people make is checking the filter. The filter should be changed every month. Additionally, the AC should be serviced during the seasons. A great example is checking it before summer begins. If you know you will be using it extensively in the summer, get it checked. The refrigerant in your AC is also important because it makes the air cold. This insulate needs to sometimes be replaced. All of these maintenance issues can be handled by your HVAC technician. Here are a few factors you should incorporate in your search.

  • NATE certification
  • Licensed and insured technician
  • Experience
  • References
  • Guarantees

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, and is an organization that stands up for the HVAC community. To possess a NATE certification, technicians must demonstrate the proper amount of knowledge to install and service HVAC’s. Not everyone can achieve the certification as the tests are rigorous. You can ensure a technician with this certification can be trusted.

In most places, a HVAC technician must be licensed in order to work on your device. This ensures you get the best possible service on your HVAC system. If your technician is not licensed, you should probably look around for other options. Besides possessing a license, many technicians will contain insurance. We love insurance because it guarantees protection if something goes wrong. No matter how much you trust your technician, insurance is never a bad way to go.

It’s important to know and understand your technician’s background before hiring them. You want someone who experienced in the field and feels confident. Ask if they have experience working with different types of models and brands. A technician who’s well rounded will be extremely beneficial for you.

If these technicians have years of experience, they usually have references. More often than not, they will have frequent customers. This is because an HVAC system requires servicing every few months. Ask your potential technician for references who can validate their good work. You will feel safe knowing your technician has helped other people.

Lastly, you want your technician to provide some type of guarantee for your system. You should get this in writing to ensure he or she follows out the request. It’s in your best interest to protect your investment and receive the best service possible.

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