Bartol Heating and Cooling Inc. has been family owned and operated since first opening our doors in 1948. We specialize in problem solving, designing, engineering and installing complete comfort systems for commercial and industrial clients.
Over the years heating and cooling manufacturers have continued to improve their products, and Bartol Heating and Cooling Inc. has kept pace with this technology. This allows us to continually offer our customers the most effective, energy efficient HVAC products available. We work with numerous manufacturers, including Carrier, York, Trane, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and LG. That combination of superior products and with professional, ethical service have set Bartol apart from the competition for more than 60 years.
All of our technicians are presentable, courteous and respectful of your property. They will treat you and your business with respect, taking care to completely clean up when service is completed.
Small enough to know all our customers and their needs, Bartol Heating and Cooling Inc. services all types of cooling and heating systems and can create new systems for any budget.
Back in the 1940s, Navy veteran Franklin (Frank) H. Bartol trained at American Refrigeration in West Hartford, but decided to open his own business in New London so as not to compete with the company that taught him his craft. The company, located on Broad Street, was named Bartol Refrigeration Service.
When World War II ended, companies like General Motors and International Harvester, which had produced tanks for the war effort, switched over to making refrigerators. These units were quite tank-like in terms of their mass and weight. When he opened the shop, Frank was the lone employee, which made for a long difficult workday, especially when delivering refrigerators – up stairs, up fire escapes – all by himself.
As the years went on, the number of employees increased, as did the company’s areas of expertise. By the 1960s, air conditioners increased in popularity and availability and became a Bartol specialty. Heating was added to the list a short time later.
Franklin J. (also known as Frank) Bartol, son of Franklin H., began working at the company as a window air conditioner installer while a high school student in 1962. After college and a stint in the Army, Frank received his Contractor’s License in 1976 and completed Carrier Factory Applied Products Engineering Training in 1980. Frank left the company in the early 1990s, still working in the trade and serving as a manufacturer’s rep, selling commercial and industrial equipment. Frank brought this experience and new levels of technology back to Bartol Heating and Cooling Inc., and purchased the company in January 2010.
Later that year, the company moved to its present home: 1 Bailey Circle in Hodges Square, New London. Despite the changes over the years, one thing has remained constant: Bartol Heating and Cooling, Inc remains committed to the same customer-centered principles of its founder.
In 2017, Frank Jr. sought retirement from the family business through the purchase of Bartol Heating and Cooling by Phalanx Engineering of Warwick, RI. Although a much larger firm, its owner, Michael Drummond, remains committed to allowing Bartol to continue to foster the personal relationships that Bartol had developed over the years with their local customers. In 2018, as part of Frank Bartol’s transition to retirement, Joe Short was named VP and General Manager. Joe’s energy, enthusiasm, and infectious customer service attitude is what drives Bartol today.