Archibald History

Circa 1938

We the staff of ArchibaldHeating and Air Conditioning would like to thank you for the opportunity to provide you with engineered climate control. All Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning systems are engineered to meet your individual needs. We constantly strive to recognize and provide for efficiency and total system comfort.

Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning Co. was formed in 1938 by my grandparents William P. and Marvel Archibald. The Company began it’s life as a dealer for the Holland Furnace Co.. My Grandfather’s vision of a company that can be “trusted”, to try to “Do the Right thing” as he used to say, began to take shape.

My grandparents began to build an organization that would stand the tests of time. A place where a family can grow and prosper, a place where a man can come to work and feel that he has contributed something to himself and to the clients. Our family business was built on the belief that there should be a connection with the customer, to be on a first name basis with the owner, not lost in time, a number, a forgotten person upon job completion. With his own hands he began to forge the metal of this company. His institution of the Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning “Mission Statement” becomes my grandfathers vision. This vision remains alive and well still today, after three generations and working on number four.

Changes in the industry…

  • Coal burning was on it’s way out, and oil heating was on it’s way in.
  • Say good-bye to that coal bin and skuttle in the basement!
  • The first central air conditioning systems are offered.
  • The first steel heat exchangers are offered in warm air furnaces.
  • Hot water heating systems no longer have to be thermo-convection, the invention of the pressurized, pumped hot water heating system.

Circa 1974

Growing up in the business, my Father, Wayne worked in the company business until his military service overseas during world war II. Upon his return, he worked in the company as an installer and service tech. After serving in those roles he progressed to installation supervisor and then to design and lay-out. As part of the family tradition you work your way through the company to become familiar with all aspects of the system types and operation. In 1959 my father Wayne received ownership of the company. We were incorporated in 1959 at the time of my fathers transfer of ownership. At that time the decision was made to become LENNOX Furnace company dealers.

I am proud to say that my Father served with distinction in all things he did. Never taking the easy way out, or turning in the face of adversity. His legacy has given this company much more than a business. He helped forge an organization that remains true to the vision of his father, and that vision remains with all of our staff today.

With great sorrow, we lost my Father Wayne in December of 2006. He will remain in our hearts and minds everyday. His devotion to his fathers vision, his rock strong work ethic and his guidance are sorely missed. As a tribute to my Father’s lifelong efforts we are trying, everyday in every way to continue my Grandfather and my Fathers vision of a strong company, with true attention to detail, heartfelt commitment and a personal touch found quite rarely in business these days.

Changes in the industry…

  • Central air conditioning becomes affordable for the masses
  • Gas heating becomes competitive with the installation of gas piping systems offered by utilities in city areas.
  • Comfort based add-ons: Central humidification, Central system filtration
  • Hot water baseboard displaces radiators as the prefered hot water heating system.
  • The oil embargo of the 1970’s creates a demand for energy efficient heating and cooling systems. The utilities and government agencies offer high efficiency rebates.
  • The conversion from oil to gas becomes popular and affordable
  • The construction industry begins to look at energy efficient building construction

Growing up in the business…(seems to be a pattern developing here), I worked with my Grandfather (until his death in 1984) and my father “learning the ropes” so to speak. Starting off as an installation helper, then a service mechanic, a system designer and job foreman, I learned the business from the ground up, working with people who had been involved in the industry for a long time. It seems to be the Archibald way, and I may say, a good way. I received ownership of Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning in 1989. In 1990 we decided to take on the Carrier line of heating and cooling products. We have been strongly committed to the line since and are enjoying a healthy relationship.

We the staff of Archibald Heating and air Conditioning want you to know that our commitment to quality, timely and professional service is always at the forefront of our thoughts, an integral part of our business strategy. Never polluted by corporate buy-outs, driven solely by numbers or strictly profit oriented. We are truly driven by the commitment of a lasting and healthy relationship with you, the client. We will never forget our roots, with you the client, as our first priority.

My Grandfather and Father left me with a strong sense of pride of ownership. Our staff is here to insure a quality job gets done in a timely manner. Whether it be complete system installations, 7day / 24 hour service or yearly system maintenance we hope that you will consider us as your source (your go to guys).

I would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about our company. We all here hope that we can fulfill your expectations. Our “Mission Statement” remains true in our hearts and minds.

DeWitt J. Archibald

Circa 1989