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How to Find an Industrial Electrical Contractor for Your Facility

by Megan Althoff | Mar 29, 2016 | Electrical | 0 Comments


When it comes to hiring an industrial electrical contractor in Chicago, you should examine each potential company thoroughly. Hiring a contractor that isn't experienced or doesn't have enough insurance coverage could cause you problems during and after the work is performed.

Skills, Training and Experience

When choosing an industrial electrical contractor for your facility, it is important to make sure they have the skills, training and experience to complete the job to the highest standards. Industrial facilities have highly specialized electrical equipment that could be damaged if installed or repaired by an electrician that is not fully qualified. For this reason, you should always ask to see the business' documentation on their training, experience and past projects.

Check The Industrial Electrician's Reviews Online 

Past customers can give you a good idea of how well the industrial electrical contractor performs. To conduct a search across the Internet for reviews, simply plug the company name into the Google search engine. On the right hand side of the web page, you will see the business name, website and contact information. Beneath the business information, there will be a section labeled “Reviews” and a link labeled “View all Google Reviews.” Click on the link. The business' overall rating will be located at the top and specific reviews will be listed below.

Next, look up the business on the BBB of Chicago website. Even if the business is not BBB accredited, they will still be on file with the BBB, and they will have a BBB rating. Ideally, you want to choose a business with a B+ to A+ rating. High ratings mean the business either hasn't had any complaints or has resolved all complaints in accordance with the BBB's standards.

Licensed Bonded and Insured

Make sure the company is adequately licensed, bonded and insured. The business should have worker's compensation insurance that covers employees if they get hurt on the job, and they should have enough liability insurance to cover any potential problems that occur with the equipment after the job. You should also ask if the industrial electrician offers a warranty for the parts and labor and get the warranty in writing.

Get Quotes in Writing

Schedule appointments with the companies you are considering hiring and get all quotes in writing. The quotes should be detailed and explain the work to be performed, potential parts used and the cost of the services. This will help you choose the right contractor for your project and prevent any surprise cost increases.

Decide on an Industrial Electrician

Lastly, review all of the information you have collected, including each contractor's experience levels, qualifications, their rating and their quotes. This will help ensure you choose the best industrial electrical contractor for your particular project.

Althoff Industries has more than 55 years experience in industrial electrical repairs, installation and maintenance. 

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