About us

We’re Buchanan & Hall… one of Stratford & area’s most established and dependable refrigeration, heating and air conditioning contractors. We’ve been serving residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers since 1950.

Whether you need maintenance work, repairs, or installations, we pride ourselves on making a positive impression and establishing long lasting relationships with our customers.

Buchanan & Hall employs some of the brightest and most experienced technicians in refrigeration, electrical, heating, air conditioning, gas fitting, sheet metal, geothermal and directional drilling. We have you covered with prompt, reliable service, and a 24 hour emergency service department.

We listen to your concerns, answer your questions and discuss your options to help you determine what best meets your needs.

Feel free to contact us if you would like a free estimate, service request, references, recommendations or anything else.

In December 2015 we moved to our new location at 551 Wright Boulevard, Stratford ON. The new attractive facility is larger, more efficient and ideally located. The new building also showcases much of the technology we regularly install for our customers, including GeoSmart geothermal heating/cooling and hydronic floor heating. We’d be happy to take anyone for a tour of our new facility, especially if you would like to see how a geothermal system operates first hand.

Buchanan & Hall is an approved contractor under the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) Authorized Contractor Program (ACP). We are also registered by TSSA as a Heating Fuels Contractor and are certified under the Boilers & Pressure Vessels Regulation.

Buchanan & Hall is a member of the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) of Canada. We are also members of the London & District Construction Association and the Stratford & Area Builder’s Association.

Our History

1942 – Weldon Buchanan started Weldon Buchanan Electric after working for Lloyd Bettger Electric for 5 years. They installed complete hydro systems for the first time in many farms, residences and small businesses.

1945 – Weldon opened a shop in Milverton which sold appliances, grain grinders, milking machines and Pittsburgh Paints.

1949 – Weldon hired Willard Schmidt, a refrigeration mechanic. He passed his refrigeration knowledge on to many of the employees until his retirement in the late 1970’s.

1950 – Jim Hall joined Weldon to become Buchanan & Hall. He had experience selling Bettger Industries grain grinders and hammer mills. He served as the Sales Manager.

1950 – Dari-Kool spray can coolers were sold and serviced from the Milverton location. Buchanan & Hall manufactured and sold about 100 spray can coolers under the label Sterling Milk Coolers, soon after getting into the direct expansion bulk milk tank business.

1953 – The property at 615 Huron Street (Corner of Huron St and O’Loane Ave) in Stratford was purchased and a new shop was built.

1954 – The first direct expansion bulk milk coolers were sold by Buchanan & Hall. Over 4000 used and new bulk milk coolers have been installed up to present time.

1959 – The first expansion to the shop at 615 Huron Street took place as the business started to expand.

1965 – Buchanan & Hall became incorporated in Ontario as Buchanan & Hall Limited.

1968 – Bob Buchanan became the first certified Refrigeration Mechanic in Perth, Huron and Bruce counties. In fact, Buchanan & Hall had the first 4 Certificates of Qualification for Refrigeration in these areas. Up until 1964 the Ontario Department of Labour didn’t recognize Refrigeration as a trade. Since 1968, over 30 different apprentices have obtained their license through Buchanan & Hall.

1968 – Buchanan & Hall became a Mueller milk tank dealer, winning many awards during the 1970’s for Canada’s largest Mueller dealer.

1969 – The lot size at 615 Huron Street was increased with the purchase of the Finegan Dairy property from DHO.

1975 – A second expansion onto the shop at 615 Huron Street too place.

1982 – Buchanan & Hall installed their first ground source (geothermal) heat pump. As heat pump technology continued to advance, and the geothermal industry started to take shape, B&H continued to lead the way with innovative applications. With over 34 years of experience, Buchanan & Hall has become a national leader in the geothermal heating and cooling industry.

1989 – Buchanan & Hall became a WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump dealer.

2005 – Buchanan & Hall was sold to Rob Anderson. Rob had worked for Buchanan & Hall since 1985.

2009 – Buchanan & Hall purchased their first horizontal directional drilling machine. Primarily used to install geothermal ground loops, B&H used innovative techniques to develop this method of installing ground loops, with minimal disruption to the soil above. We’ve installed hundreds of ground loops using this method, often in places where any other method would not be possible.

2015 – Buchanan & Hall built a new facility at 551 Wright Boulevard in Stratford. The old property at 615 Huron Street was sold.

Our Commitment

Our professional and experienced mechanics can help you find the perfect answer to your environment control needs. Our certified installers get the job done right and on time. Our service technicians are there when you need them, and ready to return comfort to the climate of your business or residence.

We take great pride in our work. This becomes evident to our clients when they see the level of quality and service we hold ourselves to. At Buchanan & Hall, we go the extra distance for complete customer satisfaction with every residential and commercial installation. Our goal is to build long-lasting relationships with our clients through honesty, integrity, and accountability.