Certified HVAC Contractors Can Help You Save Long Term
To save money, some people hire a handyman or someone they know to install, repair, or maintain their heating and cooling systems. However, what you should know is that hiring certified HVAC contractors will most likely save you more money in the long run.
Before we talk about how I’d like to give you an idea as to which certifications you should be looking for when hiring a contractor.
HVAC Contractors Certifications
A certified HVAC contractor possesses two important certifications: EPA and NATE.
To ensure that the environment is protected from the hazards brought about by ozone-depleting substances, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated in Section 608 Refrigeration Recycling Rule of the Clean Air Act in 1990, that all HVAC technicians servicing, maintaining or disposing equipment for cooling and heating must pass the 608 test and become certified.
The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification, on the other hand, proves that a certified HVAC contractor passed its rigorous oral and written examinations, and as such, is competent in his chosen area of specialization.
NATE certified HVAC technicians are also regularly updated with the most recent information from the industry. The NATE website has a section dedicated to training and industry resources.
When a certified AC technician, for example, bears these two nationally recognized certifications, you can be assured that your ac installation, ac repair, and ac maintenance, will be completed with top notch quality services without harming the environment.
Now that you know the credentials to look for, let’s talk about how a professional HVAC contractor can save you some serious cash.
How can a certified HVAC contractor help you save money?
You may not be aware of it, but manufacturers require you to hire a certified HVAC contractor. Otherwise, they can void your warranty.
Here’s a real-life example:
There’s this consumer who had his HVAC installed by a handyman and one day his system had an issue which was supposed to be covered by the HVAC’s three-year-warranty. He contacted the manufacturer, but since he hired an uncertified technician, his warranty was void. So he had to face an $800 bill for the repairs!
My tip – always, always read the fine print.
Speed and performance
I remember the funny anecdote, The Ship Repair Man. In the story, the ship owners hired expert after expert to fix their faulty engine to no avail. They got an old man who spent his life fixing ship engines. To their amazement, all the old man had to do was hammer some areas of the engine and boom! The engine was fixed instantly.
It’s the same thing with certified HVAC contractors. They know what to do, can quickly detect where the problem comes from and apply the skills and knowledge they have gathered through extensive training and years of experience. You get the service you deserve without wasting extra time and money.
Probably one of the things that new HVAC owners ignore is the proper installation. They think that any handyman can do it. Sometimes, they even attempt to do it themselves. Here’s the thing – an improperly installed HVAC can lead not only to higher energy consumption; it can also affect its performance and shorten its lifespan.
A certified contractor knows where and how to install your HVAC for maximum functionality and increased years of usage.
Initially, you might spend more when hiring certified contractors, but the savings you will incur in the long run will far outweigh that cost.
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