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5 Questions to Help Choose the Right Mechanical Contractor in Minnesota

January is the month many people decide to make changes in their personal or professional lives. If 2020 is the year you want to change who helps maintain your building or manufacturing facility, there are certain things you should consider when choosing a mechanical contractor in Minnesota. Whether you’re dissatisfied with the service you’re currently receiving, don’t have an agreement already in place, or are just doing your due diligence on what else is available, there are a lot of things you must take into account.

Finding the right mechanical contractor in Minnesota can bring many benefits to your business and choosing a partner you can rely on is crucial. You should have confidence in their knowledge and ability to provide a variety of services for your building. But you should also be able to trust that they are looking out for your best interests and view your business as a long-term partnership.

As anyone who has lived here for any length of time understands, Minnesota’s extreme climate swings presents unique challenges. Our state’ is known for its endless winters, and HVAC technicians work on boilers and heaters from September through April. However, also seal with extreme heat and humidity, so a mechanical contractor in Minnesota needs to be well-versed in both heating and cooling systems, as well as energy efficiency.

What to Look for When Choosing a Mechanical Contractor in Minnesota

There is a wide range of mechanical contractors in our area – everything from small independent technicians to national providers. Narrowing down your choices can be daunting, but it’s important to keep the following questions in mind:

  1. How long has the company been in business? The longevity of a company lets you know a few things right off the bat. It proves stability, that a company has an established reputation, that it will be there for you down the road, and that its employees enjoy working there.
  2. How many technicians does it have? This is an important consideration, as there are some large companies where mechanical contracting isn’t the primary focus and it may only have a small number of technicians. At the same time, a company that’s too small may not be able to provide all the services you need, work on your schedule, or be able to your location fast in an emergency.
  3. What range of services does it offer? Most buildings or manufacturing facilities have more than one mechanical contracting need. Whether it’s heating and cooling, plumbing, millwright service or design/build for new construction or renovations, working with one company that knows your building well has a lot of advantages. You’ll have fewer relationships and invoices to manage, but more importantly you’ll have a company that is extremely familiar with the needs of your building.
  4. How do they attempt to save you money? A mechanical contractor should be looking out for your best interest. That means recommending ways to improve energy efficiency and finding rebate opportunities. It also means giving you information on the condition of your equipment so you can budget for when it needs to be replaced.
  5. Are they a union or non-union shop? We’re not here to criticize non-union technicians, as there are some very good ones around. However, union technicians must continue their education, so you can be confident they’ll know how to work on things like newer, high-efficiency equipment, building automation and controls, and whatever technology will be invented in the years ahead.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, be sure to ask for referrals, especially for facilities that are similar to yours. You’ll also want to ask about the company’s safety record, which they should be more than happy to review with you.

If you have any questions about choosing the right mechanical contractor, or would to discuss what Yale Mechanical can do for you, please let me know.

Blog Author

Brent Opitz

As Business Development Manager, Brent helps connect customers with service plans that are right for their building and budget. He has been at Yale Mechanical since 2015 and part of the HVAC supply chain for more than 12 years. Brent knows how to make sure every customer gets the right parts, service and attention they need with our 24-emergency service.

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