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History and About Us

Barron Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. was founded in 1972 by Dan and Vivian Barron. We’re a locally owned and family run business with a commitment to the communities we serve here in Bellingham, WA and throughout Northwest Washington. Dan began his apprenticeship in the Seattle area in the early 1950s as the son of a journeyman sheet metal worker. He and his wife, Vivian, decided it was the right time to start their own business when he was working in Whatcom County for a Seattle-based shop.

Barron Heating, as it was known then, started out serving the residential new construction needs of homeowners in the greater Bellingham and Sudden Valley areas. Similar to most start-ups, the business started in their home, with the garage being the shop and the kitchen table being the office. Today, Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing has over 125 employees and our primary service areas include Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish Counties.

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Fireplace Showroom 1978

Install & Service Vehicles 1978

Comprehensive Home Performance Solutions with a Mom and Pop Shop Feel

We pride ourselves on our community involvement here at Barron. We’ve also completed numerous special projects out of state as well. Our business activities are divided into distinct operation divisions and departments, including Residential (replacement and new construction), Commercial, Hydronics (radiant floor), Retail (hearth & spa), Service and Maintenance, Building and Home Performance, and Fabrication.

After moving from its original Bellingham location, where it operated for over 30 years, Barron Heating now operates a showroom, corporate office, and fabrication facility in Ferndale since June 2009. A second location was established in Skagit County (Burlington) in the early 1980s, and a third location opened in Marysville in 2015 to serve Snohomish County residents and commercial spaces.

3 Generations: Brad, Dan & John Barron 2017

About John Barron

John Barron, the current owner, is a third-generation sheet metal worker. He began his HVAC career working part-time in the family business. In the 1980s, he progressed from a sheet metal trainee through the apprenticeship program to become a journeyman mechanic.

He moved into sales after several years of installation experience, and took over sales management responsibilities as our Vice President of Sales in 1991. The business continued to grow and prosper, and John assumed a number of additional responsibilities until 1998, when he took over the position of President and CEO of Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing.

Dan and Vivian Barron 1972

John Barron assumed ownership of Barron upon Dan and Vivian’s retirement in 1998, along with long-time Company Controller, Bill Pinkey. Our owners adhere to the values that Barron started with; quality, honesty, and personalized service for employees, customers, and the community. John and Bill have presided over the continued growth of our business, and in 2018 John became the sole owner following Bill Pinkey’s retirement.

The long history of growth and service of Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing continues today under the leadership of John Barron, the Executive Support Team--including Brad Barron, a Professional Engineer and fourth-generation Barron--and a strong Leadership team.

Executive Support Team (left to right): Michael T, Raksha R, Merrill B, Patrick H, John B, Brad B, Debbie G & Linda N.