Why you should only work with NATE-certified technicians

At Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving South Louisiana home and business owners since 1965. One of the keys to our ongoing success is the high quality of our HVAC technicians. That’s because all our techs are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), a non-profit organization founded to recognize cooling and heating professionals with a high level of real-world knowledge.

NATE-certified technicians are the best people you can hire to work on your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace. For service here in Houma and Morgan City, contact our team today!

Benefits of NATE certification

According to NATE, choosing a technician who has gone through the rigorous certification process ensures optimal installation and service of your HVAC system. Some of the unique benefits reported include:

  • Reduced need for warranty returns and post-installation follow-up service
  • Lower utility bills and energy use
  • Advice from a skilled technician with demonstrated industry knowledge
  • Longer equipment lifespan
  • Increased peace of mind

In addition, techs who are certified by NATE tend to stay in the industry longer, increasing their value to contractors, consumers, and manufacturers.

How techs get certified

The certification process for HVAC technicians requires a series of multiple-choice tests. The Ready-to-Work certification is available for techs who have been working in the industry for fewer than six months.

The Ready-to-Work tests consists of 50 questions in subject areas that include tools, components, basic heat transfer, general safety, electrical safety, and measurements and conversions.

More experienced technicians are eligible for additional certifications, including the HVAC Support Technician credential and various installation and service specialties.

The Support Technician test includes 100 multiple-choice questions on tools, safety, basic science, construction terms, temperature and humidity measurements, and desired conditions.

Both tests are designed to evaluate the tech’s hands-on knowledge of the skills necessary to excel in the HVAC industry. The more experience an employee has, the more certifications he or she is able to obtain.

In general, installation specialists have at least a year of experience, service specialists at least two years, and at least five years for senior-level technicians.

NATE also offers a Core Exam, which is designed to test general HVAC and construction knowledge as well as general knowledge about safety, tools, and science. Passing this test is required for most specialty exams.

For NATE-certified technicians, call Bob’s!

Experience the difference that comes from working with NATE-certified technicians. We’re so confident in their abilities that we back our work with our Ironclad Guarantees. If you need HVAC services here in Houma or Morgan City, contact us for your consultation.

Why you should schedule marine HVAC service

Just like the HVAC systems in your home on land, the marine HVAC system aboard your boat is just as important to repair and maintain on a regular basis. It is important to maintain these items to maximize the life of both your HVAC system and your boat. When you need marine HVAC service, call the team here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Pictured: When you need marine HVAC service for your boat here in Morgan City, call Bob's!There are many reasons to perform regular and necessary maintenance:

  • Ensure that your boating excursions are as comfortable as possible
  • Avoid marine HVAC repair later due to lack of scheduled and routine maintenance
  • Keep your boat operating safely

Required maintenance elements

There are many components to a marine HVAC system, and performing routine maintenance on them can prevent you from incurring large bills later. At Bob’s Heating and Cooling Services, we’ve seen the neglect of marine HVAC service turn into very expensive repairs.

This is some of the equipment you should examine and maintain to keep your marine AC repair items to a minimum and maximize the life of your systems:

  • Clean air filters at least once per month
  • Check chilled-water AC systems to be sure there is no air in water pipes
  • Upgrade to disposable filters that will capture debris in the air and system

HVAC Repair

Even with diligent maintenance, the time may inevitably come when you are required to perform marine HVAC repair on your vessel. When that time comes, it is crucial that you use a reliable service company (Bob’s!) to perform the repairs to your system.

Our company provides the following so you can be sure to get the service you need, when you need it:

  • Technicians who are certified through NATE (North American Technician Excellence)
  • Ability to work with many makes and models of boats
  • 24/7 availability to repair your vessel as needed

Schedule your marine HVAC service today!

Marine HVAC repairs are only going to get worse the longer they go unattended. Avoid waiting any longer to schedule your routine maintenance or necessary repairs to get your boat’s HVAC system up and running optimally.

Contact us today and allow us to help you with all of your marine HVAC needs. We’ve been in business for over 50 years and are ready and able to provide you with whatever assistance you need.

4 Tips For Marine HVAC Maintenance

For the comfort of your river, lake, or ocean voyages, your marine air conditioner needs to be kept in its best shape.

The marine HVAC system is an important part of any watercraft, as it heats, ventilates, and cools the inside of the boat.

In this blog, we’ll review some tips you should follow in order to make sure that your vessel or yacht’s heating and cooling systems are working properly at all times.

Pictured: Bridge of a boat, cooled by an efficient and working marine air conditioner.

#1. Clean the air filter of your marine air conditioner

Cleaning your boat’s air filters is the easiest maintenance task you can do. Remove the panel cover of the filter and inspect it for dust and fluff. If you notice considerable accumulation, then remove the filter and wash it with running water. Reinstall it once it’s completely dry.

How often you need to clean this filter depends on how frequently you use your vessel and the HVAC system it has. In normal conditions, cleaning air filters once a month is appropriate, with more cleaning taking place in the summer.

If you need advice about how to best clean your boat’s air filters—or need advice about when to replace the filter—contact the professional team here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

#2. Clean your sea strainer for better cooling

Like air filters, sea strainers play an important role in the cooling process because they filter out all foreign pollutants and debris from the pumped water used to cool off the heat produced by the engine and marine HVAC system.

Cleaning sea strainers can be done without much hassle. Shut the seacock off, open its casing, and pull the basket cylinder out. Flush this mesh cylinder with a hose to clear any debris. You can also use a scrubbing brush to clean every last single remnant of debris. This is recommended.

Here’s a helpful video detailing the best way to clean you sea strainer.

Once you are done cleaning the sea strainer, place the cylinder in its housing. Close the strainer, open the seacock, and run the system to check its efficiency and to make sure everything looks good.

#3. Check the evaporator coils

The evaporator coils are an important part of any air conditioner, and your marine air conditioner is no exception. There are several indicators of an improperly functioning evaporator coil that you need to keep your eye on:

  • Inefficient cooling ability
  • Increased energy consumption
  • Frost buildup on the coil

If you see a buildup of dust on the coil fins, remove it through an air blower. If the problem(s) continue after that, you’ll probably need to call our team for marine HVAC service.

#4. Schedule marine air conditioner maintenance

Lastly, check the condenser unit of your marine HVAC system. This is the system that takes the biggest beating from all the debris and rubble in seawater. Seawater is corrosive in nature, so you need to protect the condenser from its effects.

Condenser units must be flushed chemically once a year for better performance. If you’ve been putting off this service, give us a call. We provide marine air conditioner services in Berwick, Morgan City, and other parts of southern Louisiana.

Call Bob’s for marine HVAC maintenance and repairs

To make sure that the marine HVAC system of your vessel or boat is working properly, get it inspected by a seasoned and reputable marine air conditioner company. Bob’s has a reputation in southern Louisiana for providing expert services. Learn more about us or contact us by calling (985) 384-0283.