When your heating and cooling equipment acts up, you want only the best HVAC technician to fix it. With dozens of contractors in the Racine and Kenosha area to choose from, how can you possibly narrow down your options? One way to spot the true professionals is to consider their certifications.
At First Call Heating & Cooling, we are a Trane® Certified Comfort Specialist™, member of the Better Business Bureau, and installer of Energy Star-qualified equipment. Our technicians are also NATE-certified. Here's your chance to learn more about NATE certification and why you should never hire a contractor without this distinction.
North American Technician Excellence, or NATE, is the country's largest non-profit organization that provides training and testing for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians. This is the only nationally accepted certification program of its kind, and participation by HVAC technicians is strictly voluntary.
To earn this distinction, HVAC technicians must not only undergo training-they must also pass written and practical exams with a grade of 70% or higher to prove their understanding. Passing the exams confirms that the technicians have become experts in all areas of the HVAC industry, including servicing and installing gas furnaces, air conditioning, heat pumps, oil furnaces, and air distribution systems. Technicians can also specialize in areas like hydronics and refrigeration to further enhance their resume.
Most NATE certification categories last for five years. To become re-certified, techs must complete 60 hours of continuing education or retake the exams. This requirement ensures that HVAC industry employees remain up-to-date with the latest technologies and safety techniques.
Passing the NATE certification exams isn't easy. The organization has worked hard to create challenging but practical training and tests that enhance the skills of those who complete the program. The ultimate goal is to ensure customers receive reliable service when they hire an HVAC contractor.
While many heating and cooling companies provide training for their technicians, this isn't nearly as comprehensive as the training and testing NATE provides. Don't settle for anyone other than a NATE-certified technician if you want to enjoy:
While participation in the NATE certification program is voluntary, First Call Heating & Cooling only employs technicians with this distinction. This means when you choose us to install, repair, maintain, or replace your HVAC equipment, you'll always receive the very best service.
Life without air conditioning would be pretty uncomfortable here in the Midwest in mid-summer. Still, for most local residents, the AC system is "out of sight and out of mind" until the hot day when you need it most–and it stops working. The key to staying cool all summer requires just a quick call to your local air conditioning experts for an AC tune-up. Make the call now, before the warm weather (and our busy season) hits, so we can schedule your AC maintenance service at your complete convenience.
Take a few moments to schedule preventative air conditioner maintenance and you’ll avoid an inconvenient (and possibly expensive) AC breakdown. Ideally, our well-trained HVAC technicians should inspect and tune-up your cooling system every spring, to make sure your air conditioner is ready for heavy summer use.
Major benefits of our AC tune-up service include:
During your maintenance call, our air conditioning specialist will perform crucial preventive maintenance tasks and inspect your entire AC system.
Here’s a partial list of essential maintenance tasks that your technician will take care of: