Jul 03

How To Find The Right HVAC Technician

Your heating and cooling system requires regular maintenance and periodic checkups. Therefore, it is important that you find a skilled air conditioner technician. If you are like most owners, you might find it difficult to find an AC technician. Before you hire a technician to maintain your air conditioning system, there are a few things that you should consider first.

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Training And Certification

image of an AC repair Neshanic Station NJIn order for an A/C technician to be qualified to service your unit, they need to have completed an industry specific training program. They should also have a relevant certification from a reputable organization. It is important that you understand that the necessary certifications vary depending on the state that you live in. It is important that you know the standards and regulations that apply in your state.

One certification that is necessary for all states is through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This requirement is under the Clean Air Act section 608. It requires that all technicians who repair, maintain, or dispose of equipment containing refrigerant must take an EPA certification exam. It is best to look for a technician who is NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified. These technicians come the most highly recommended. Most training programs last from 6 months to two years. Finally, you should hire a technician who is in compliance with the state’s insurance coverage requirements.

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Continuing Education

It is best to hire a technician who has continued their education. If you are working with a technician who isn’t always staying up to date when it comes to the new technology, they might not be able to repair and maintain your equipment. The most common challenges in the industry is the ioT (Internet-of-Things). The IoT has made it possible for homeowners to control their air conditioner over the internet, often through an app on their mobile phone. Continuing education programs cover all of the recent applications in the HVAC industry. A technician who continues their education would be able to stay up to date with the industry’s needs and requirements.


AC unitIt is a good idea to work with an HVAC technician who has several years experience. Depending on the state that you live in, HVAC techs would need to work for a certain period of time before they can get the necessary license. It is usually better to work with a full-time HVAC tech rather than a part-time contractor. A contractor can say that they have been working for 10 years, however, if those 10 years were only part-time hours, they wouldn’t have as much experience as an HVAC tech that has been working full time for 5 years.


It is important to understand that expertise is different than experience. Expertise is the technician’s skill and capability and it varies based on the technician. The best way to be sure that you are hiring a technician with expertise is to ask friends, family members, or co-workers for recommendations. If you don’t know anyone with an HVAC system, you can check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB gives businesses letter grades based on their quality of service. The only problem with hiring an expert is that they will charge more than other HVAC technicians. It is important to understand that you get what you paid for. If you hired the cheapest HVAC tech you can find, you could end up paying to have the same job done twice.

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It is important that you hire an HVAC tech with an excellent reputation. When you contact the technician, you should pay attention to:

  • communication skills
  • professionalism
  • attention to detail
  • honesty

Since you will likely be using the same HVAC tech for years, you want to develop a trusting relationship. To find an HVAC technician with a good reputation, you can check with the Better Business Bureau or you can check on of the many review sites online.


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Many homeowners look for HVAC techs by comparing prices. This should not be your biggest consideration. Before you look at the HVAC company‘s cost, be sure to look at other factors first. You should consider the tech’s reputation, their expertise, their training and certification, their training, and continuing education. When you focus on these things before the cost, you can be sure that you are getting a highly qualified HVAC tech.

Skylands Energy offers trusted heating and cooling services. We have been in the industry for quite some time and since then, we have provided our customers with service that prioritizes the customer experience. We do this by providing high quality work, excellent customer service, and affordable prices. Be sure to call us today to schedule an appointment for your air conditioner. We offer trusted, honest, and skilled air conditioning services.

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We service Belle Mead NJ 08502, Flagtown NJ 08821, Flemington NJ 08822, Hillsborough NJ 08844, Neshanic Station NJ 08853, Raritan NJ 08869, Readington NJ 08870, Stanton NJ 08885, Three Bridges NJ 08887, Whitehouse NJ 08888, Whitehouse Station NJ 08889, and surrounding towns in Warren County, Union County, and Somerset County.

Skylands Energy is proud to be an authorized dealer for Thermo Pride, Heil, and Mitsubishi. These brands are known for offering the best HVAC equipment in the heating and cooling industry. By carrying such a designation from high quality brands like these, you know that, when you hire Skylands Energy, you are getting some of best contractors available. To learn more about Thermo Pride, click here. To learn more about Heil, click here. Learn more about our Mitsubishi product line by clicking here.

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