Company Background

J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling was founded on April 1st, 1960 by John R. Perkins. A 3rd generation family-owned and operated business, we love to serve our neighbors in the Scottsdale area and treat all our customers as if they were family.

In 2015, J.R. Perkins assimilated with Sun Services Air Conditioning. Sun Services, also a family-owned business, provides HVAC services with the same commitment to quality and customer service. We are pleased to continue offering the same level of service to existing Sun Services customers and welcome customers and employees both to the J.R. Perkins family.

We are proud to be the longest family-owned and operated HVAC company in the East Valley. Meet our family…


Jack R. Perkins, Founder

Jack R. Perkins, Founder

John R. Perkins, known as Jack to many long time customers or Papa to those who know him best, served in the U.S. Navy as a Refrigerations Mate from 1951 until 1955. He then worked for Murphy Miller Air Conditioning in Chicago from 1955 until 1959, when he was then hired by Johnson Brothers here in Phoenix as a refrigeration foreman.

The J.R. Perkins Company was officially open for business on April 1, 1960 when Jack was duly licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and by the city of Scottsdale. At that time, Scottsdale Rd was only paved up to Shea Blvd and above that was only desert!


Rich Larsen, Owner & Son-in-Law

Rich Larsen, Owner

Raised on Long Island, NY, Rich later moved to Phoenix when he got accepted to Arizona State University (ASU) in 1972 getting his degree in history. Entering the USMC as a 2nd LT in 1977, he became a CH53 helicopter pilot. He then left the Marines to enter the private sector in 1983 where he worked for Colt Aerospace, Motorola, and the National Guard where he once again flew helicopters.

In 1988, Rich retired from the Guard as a LtCol. While working for Motorola and living in Maryland, Rich and his wife Sue, were asked to take over the family air conditioning business and did so in January of 1994.

Rich is a NATE certified technician, designs ductwork, and does heat load calculations. He was the President of the Blue Energy Institute for two terms and is currently expanding The J.R. Perkins Company to be successful for another 50 yrs for the 3rd generation of family to take over when Rich decides to retire.

Rich and Sue have 2 daughters: Jen, who is the 3rd generation family member working for JR Perkins Company in the office, and Stefeny, who lives with her husband Jason and daughter Monroe Bebe in Ashburn, VA.


Sue Larsen, Accounting

Sue Larsen

Jack's daughter, Sue, works for the company alongside Rich and handles all the accounting. As the office has grown, Sue has brought on additional office co-workers to handle all aspects of the administration of our growing company.

Sue listens carefully to our customers and continuously improves and implements new processes to improve the customer experience.

Fast, efficient service, as usual! Thanks! —Al H.