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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.

Video created by Jack Perkin's great-granddaughter & Rich Larsen's granddaughter

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

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

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 and Stefeny, who lives with her husband Jason and daughter Monroe Bebe in Seattle, WA.

Sue Larsen, Accounting

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.

Matt, Operations Manager

Matt came to J.R. Perkins in 2003 as a Service Tech in training and is now the Operations Manager. Matt is NATE certified, married with one infant daughter. He has extensive customer service training.

Caitlin, Office Manager

Caitlin is third generation family and Office Manager. She too has extensive training in customer service and is married and blessed with a son. She has been with the Company for three years and continues to move our Company forward by handling all special tasks.


Sal moved here from Long Island where he practiced HVAC for 16 years. Sal adds his experience to our office staff by assisting techs in the field and handling customer questions about their HVAC systems.

Ivan, Service Tech

Ivan is a highly competent and very requested as a service tech. He is bi-lingual and has a degree in computer science. He has worked at J.R. Perkins for over 7 years and is expecting his first child.

Ed, Service Tech

Ed is another of our senior service techs and is also a very accomplished installer. Ed has been with our company four years now and continues to impress his customers with his great attitude and 15 plus years of experience in our field. Ed and his wife have a young son, who loves that his Dad comes to see him play baseball.

Blair, Service Tech

Blair has been with us for two years and is often requested by our customers. He is about to graduate from TRANE’s tech 2 class and is not only a great tech, but an electrician as well.

Louis, Service Tech

Louis came to us from another HVAC company last year and he is already proving himself as a solid service tech. He is also finishing the TECH 2 classes with Blair. Louis is an avid bow hunter and a veteran of the Iraq war.

Johnathan, Service Tech

John is the newest member of the J.R. Perkins Company. He is a maintenance technician and continuing his training with attending the Trane Tech One courses. He is an avid hunter and has family in the Scottsdale area.

Jake, Lead Installer

Jake is our lead installer and has been for over 16 years. His installation abilities are the best in the industry and his customer service is outstanding. He leaves his jobs well done and the area clean and the customers very happy.