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How to Choose the Right Heating Technician


When something is very important to your well-being and comfort, it should be taken quite seriously, and you should make careful choices about the people who help you keep it in good condition. If you needed a doctor, you wouldn’t call on any random person who said, “hey, I know how to fix people.” You’d make sure they were qualified first!

The same should be true of the people you trust with your heating system. A furnace or heater is a big investment, and it’s not something you should take risks with. How can you choose the right heating technician? What qualifications should they have? Here are our recommendations.


The baseline qualification you should look for is licensing. In the state where the technician’s company is located, they must be licensed. Without this, you have no way of ensuring that the technician who comes to your home has any knowledge of heating systems at all. California’s HVAC licensing requires either four years of experience as a journeyman or a similar amount of education and on-the-job experience.


There are independent organizations that also provide training and certification for HVAC technicians. The best-known and most-reputable of these organizations is NATE, North American Technician Excellence. A NATE certification requires a technician to complete a training and pass a test, and the technician must be recertified every two years.


Even a young HVAC technician with fewer years on the job can be an excellent technician. This is largely dependent upon the mentorship they receive. When a company has been in business for many years, that’s a good indicator that they’re retaining highly experienced technicians who can provide the best possible guidance and mentorship to newer technicians.


It should go without saying that you should choose a company with a good reputation in the community. How can you tell? You can check with the Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. You can read reviews online. But again, it’s a great sign when a company that has been in business for many years. They’ve been keeping customers happy for a very long time.


While a long-lasting, licensed business with good reviews is probably reliable in general, there are a couple of things to check for. Does the business provide all the services you might need? Installation, maintenance, and repair will all be critical for your heating system eventually. And finally, what about emergencies? You’ll want to do business with a company that has 24-hour emergency service so you won’t freeze on a holiday weekend.

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Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning has been caring for the HVAC systems and community members of the greater Fresno area since 1970. With California state HVAC licensing, NATE certification, and 24/7 emergency help available, we’ve provided reliable service to satisfied customers for decades. Whatever heating concerns you may have, we’re ready to get your home cozy again.

For any heating service in Clovis, CA and beyond, rely on Donald P. Dick.

We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers’ experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find! Contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning to schedule service or sign up for Mr. Cool’s Super Saver Program.

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