Not all contractors are created equal. In order to provide Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) services to consumers, all contractors are required to be licensed by their respective state (i.e. a C-20 license in California, or a C-21 license in Nevada). This is a good minimum requirement. However, here at AC Pro, we know that having a license doesn’t reflect a technician’s years of experience or code of ethics.
This is why we created our own certification system. AC Pro Certified contractors not only meet, but exceed state licensing requirements for servicing HVAC systems. Our certified technicians are required to meet all of the requirements listed below. These include being NATE-certified, EPA-certified, bonded and insured, well trained, and above all else, our certified specialists must practice honesty and integrity in all business matters.
As a homeowner or small business owner, it is impossible for you to know whether a business works with integrity and honesty, so we make the process of choosing the right contractor easy for you. When you choose an HVAC specialist from our listings, rest assured that each contractor meets our most valued prerequisite, namely, working with integrity and honesty.
As you search through our list of heating and air conditioning servicemen in your area, you’ll notice our AC Pro Certified logo on most listings. As mentioned, AC Pro Certified contractors have been thoroughly evaluated by our team, and they hold all AC Pro Certification requirements. But don’t rule out the rest of our suggestions. Listed contractors without the AC Pro Certification logo are close to being AC Pro Certified, but they may be missing one or two requirements. However, the one requirement all listed businesses must have is integrity.
At AC Pro, we believe in adhering to honesty and integrity in all business relations. This is why we offer HVAC contractor listings to homeowners, so that you can find a trustworthy service or repairman. We also recommend that you verify any HVAC contractor’s license by using the following links.
To learn more about AC Pro Certification requirements, take a look at the sections below.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a non-profit organization for the HVAC industry that tests and certifies technicians working on HVAC systems. NATE-certified technicians demonstrate their deep knowledge by passing both comprehensive and specialty exams. Technicians who are NATE-certified display a proven level of expertise that has been thoroughly tested and evaluated by a rigorous certification process. Technicians who wish to maintain their certification, must also attend a minimum of 60 hours of NATE-approved training every five years. Consumer Reports and the Environmental Protection Agency agree to ask about NATE when researching qualified technicians.
All AC Pro Certified contractors are bonded and insured. This provides an added layer of financial protection to the homeowner or property owner. Mistakes happen, and whenever servicemen are hired to work on-site, there is always a risk for accidents, no matter how qualified and experienced the technician is. Whether working with an HVAC professional or not, it is prudent to only hire bonded and insured contractors, as this will guarantee that the work will get done, and that in the case of an accident, the property owner is protected. Our customers’ peace of mind is most important to us, so being bonded and insured is mandatory for all AC Pro Certified contractors.
AC Pro Certified contractors stay current on all HVAC best practices through NATE certification, EPA certification, business management training, and industry training. In order to maintain certification, they must also attend at least four training sessions per year. As a homeowner, having a well-qualified HVAC professional working in your home means that projects will get done right the first time, and technicians will spend less time in your home. Blunders and misdiagnoses are also unlikely, as our AC Pro Certified repairmen work diligently to remain experts in their craft.
AC Pro wants to ensure that refrigerant is handled responsibly during installation, repair, and maintenance services. AC Pro Certified contractors take painstaking care in properly installing heating and air conditioning units, since avoiding leaks is crucial to being environmentally conscious of the ozone layer and the environment. Furthermore, AC Pro contractors are committed to recovering, recycling, and reclaiming all used refrigerant according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines.
All AC Pro contractors believe in honest advertising. They only advertise items they carry and product benefits that have been proven to work. They offer real solutions for real central air problems. Homeowners need not worry about false or misleading advertising, as our AC Pro Certified contractors provide genuine services that are reflected in their truthful advertising campaigns. We place a high value on honesty and integrity in all of our business matters, so we also look for it in the people we do business with, making your experience working with our contractors all the more satisfying.