CHOOSING A MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR

Important Factors to Remember When choosing a Mechanical Contractor

Selecting the right mechanical contractor is imperative when it comes to any construction, repair or maintenance of a mechanical system in a commercial or residential facility. You can save time and money when you have selected a professional mechanical contractor that is fit for your project. However, it may not be an easy task to select a good mechanical contractor as there are quite a lot of them.  The quoted cost is not the only factor that can help you make the right selection. Below are some of the factors that you should remember when choosing a mechanical contractor:

Contractor’s Licensing and Experience
Canada and other developed countries require a mechanical contractor to have the proper licensing before the person can practice. You should hire contractors with at least three to five years of field experience before receiving a license. Experience is the master key when you have seen a licensed contractor. If you are hiring a company, you should ensure that it has a minimal level of insurance to protect you in case of accidental damage or injury.  Longevity does not guarantee that you would get an excellent job from a contractor. However, stability as a contractor is equally essential.

Evaluation of Property
A prospective mechanical contractor should be able to evaluate your home when it comes to HVAC system installation. A home evaluation would determine the ideal heating and cooling system a building requires. Some of the factors that should be considered during evaluation include the number of windows, the position these windows face, state of the duct system, square footage of the building and the R-value the insulation. You should not base your judgment only on the evaluation. The warranties, energy efficiency and costs should be compared with other contractors.

References and Referrals
You should request for references and referrals to call the previous customers up.  Some of the questions you may ask should include;

  • How long did the job take?
  • Did the contractor perform a clean installation?
  • Did the contractor respect the privacy of the property?
  • Did the contractor perform any test before installation?

You can search online to check the contractor’s rating or complaints, but you should be aware that some of the online reviews are not genuine.  Your trusted referrals can be your co-workers, family, neighbours or friends.

Rebates and Special Offers
You need to shop around for companies that offer some rebates when it comes to the installation of energy-efficient systems like the HVAC system.

Resources
A mechanical contracting company without adequate resources to work should not be hired. Some of these resources may include a reliable team of sub-contractors at its disposal, advanced and cutting-edge tools and equipment as well as adequate staff unit for larger projects.

Financially Responsible
A financially responsible contractor is always dependable. An excellent financial record would prove that the contractor can manage the cost of a project without difficulty.   You should keep in mind that the actual end cost of a project is not a quoted cost.  A good contractor does his homework before giving an accurate estimate.

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