When hiring an electrical contractor, you need to make sure they are reputable and technically proficient and have a thorough understanding of the type of electrical work that you need to have done. The following tips can help you find the best Jacksonville electrical contractors whether you are in need of some maintenance, an upgrade or have a new construction project that needs electricity.
Processes, Regulations, and Codes
When it comes to an electrical installation, the two main considerations are electrical system reliability and electrical safety. The electricians performing the work, as well as the contractors that they work for, need to follow recognized quality and safety standards.
The National Electric Code (NEC) is an electrical safety standard that is nationally recognized and most building inspection authorities at the local and national levels have adopted it. The electrical contractor you hired, along with their employees, should all be licensed within your project’s jurisdiction. What that means is that the contractor completely understands the NEC and complies with it. The standard is also used to inspect the work, which will result in an installation that is safe.
To ensure reliability you also want to make sure that the electricians that perform your electrical work have had sufficient training to ensure reliability and safety of your electrical system.
Experience and References
You want to make sure you hire an electrical contractor who has a good reputation. Ask to speak with past customers so that you can check to see if they were happy with the work the electricians performed for them. You can also check online to see if there are any reviews regarding the contractor.
Insurance and Warranty
Ask about the electrical contractor’s insurance and warranty, and get everything in writing. Make sure that the contractor guarantees that their work is installed so that it meets code. Find out if the contractor will fix any work that doesn’t meet any applicable standards. Ask to see the contractor’s insurance certificate and get a written estimate. Make sure the contract or proposal that specifies that the work will be performed so that it complies with the NEC, and the National Electrical Installation Standards when applicable.
It is critical for there to be good communication between the electrical contractor and customer, especially on a construction job in order to stay on budget and schedule. A contractor must be a good business owner who is capable of managing personnel and materials to make sure that the project stays on schedule.