A new HVAC system is an expensive purchase. Whether you’re considering the Northern Virginia HVAC experts at Eastern Tech for your new installation, or another HVAC installer, you want to be sure when you’re buying such a large-ticket item for your home that you’re dealing with an experienced contractor with all the proper licenses and certifications. Asking and ensuring they are properly qualified is something they should be only too happy to confirm for you.
While states vary in their specific requirements for contractors and technicians, this general information should be helpful.
Contractor’s license – Every state has fairly standard licensing requirements for HVAC contractors, though the specifics can vary from state to state. Research the HVAC contractor licensing requirements in your state and then make sure the contractors you talk about for the job have the proper paperwork. It is also possible in most states to find if a contractor has an active license online.
Exams – Though there is no single HVAC licensing exam throughout the country, all states require that prospective contractors be familiar with all areas of HVAC installation and repair. A number of states also require applicants to be familiar with electrical codes.
Technician certification – Ask about the certifications for the technicians on the job. There are a number of options for technicians. For example, the HVAC Excellence organization is a non-profit group that ensures highly skilled workers, as well as the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification exams on the topics of air conditioning, heating, ventilation and other areas.
EPA 608 certification – The Environmental Protection Agency requires that both contractors and technicians pass written exams to be certified to legally buy refrigerants.