If you're looking ahead to heating season and want to get your furnace in top shape before the cold weather hits, you may be wondering how to find a capable technician or contractor. State licenses are required, and they are a good indicator of a reputable contractor. But you may not have complete faith in them if you've heard horror stories from friends and neighbors, or if you've had a disappointing experience with a previous technician.
One way to recognize the HVAC industry's best is to insist on NATE certification from your technician or contractor. "NATE" is an acronym for "North American Technician Excellence," and it is an optional designation that only the top professionals are able to earn. It goes above and beyond state licensing requirements; to earn the certification, a professional must pass a rigorous and challenging series of examinations that put their knowledge on advanced concepts in system design, repair, maintenance and installation to the test.
The advantages of hiring a NATE-certified professional are multifold:
- First, you can rest easy knowing your repair or installation project is in the hands of a professional with elite skills.
- Second, you'll get the job done right the first time, reducing or even eliminating the need for future service calls.
- Third, equipment installed or repaired by a NATE-certified technician will run more smoothly and efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills.
- Finally, you can extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment by hiring a top professional to install or service it, helping you avoid the need for costly replacements down the road.
At P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling, we've been providing residents of the Cleveland area with outstanding service at competitive prices since 1936, but, even with our 75 years of experience, we still want to offer our customers more. That's why we're proud to participate in the NATE program; it's part of our pledge to provide our customers with the very best service. If your heating and cooling equipment needs service or replacement, don't hesitate to contact us.
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