About Us

James River Air Conditioning was established in the Richmond community and was built on a entrepreneurial spirit that provides world-class service with all the warmth, spirit, and conviction of a locally owned and operated business. This philosophy has kept us growing for 50 years.

Our Residential Department specializes in home comfort systems. We service and install air conditioners, heat pumps, mini-splits, furnaces, boilers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air cleaners. We service all makes and models of heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, and indoor air quality.

Our Commercial Department specializes in commercial comfort systems and building automation systems. Our team of technicians service and install air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, chillers, 

Company History

JRAC Founded

Hugh E. Joyce founded James River Air Conditioning Co. in 1967. The company, initially called Joyce Air, began as a one-man operation - with the owner selling, installing, and managing the entire operation. 

The Turning Point

During the early 1970's, the company continued to grow and become more diversified. In the mid 1970's, the company's name was changed to James River Air Conditioning Co. As the company began to develop a strong service business, Mr. Joyce realized that people were the key to growth and success. They were the most valuable asset a good mechanical firm could have. In order to maintain the best personnel, promote high professional standards, and increase productivity, Mr. Joyce established a caring atmosphere that still exists today. 

Building the Legacy

Throughout the 1980's, the company continued to grow, offering services and products through three major groups: Residential, Commercial, and Design/Build. 

Passing the Torch

During the 1990's, Hugh E. Joyce passed the torch on to his son, Hugh A. Joyce. "Hugh Jr." launched the company towards the twenty-first century with plans for growth and expansion. Using the solid foundation already established and the latest products and technology, the company continued to grow rapidly. 

Showroom & Headquarters

Since 1997, the company showroom and headquarters has been located at 1905 Westmoreland Street, a central location allowing us to better serve our valued clients.

Continuing the Legacy

The years since 2000 have been a time of further growth and change for the company. Hugh E. Joyce remained active in the company until he passed away in 2005. His son continues to operate the company using the same principles, putting our clients, employees, and community first. 


Today, the company has over 200 employees and serves the entire Central Virginia Area through a fleet of over eighty GPS-Enabled service and installation trucks. We continue to offer new products and services, including our own in-house brand of equipment, James River Select, as well as the latest indoor air quality products.

Mission Statement & Values

Accredited Business
NATE Certified
Accredited Contractor
ACCA Contractor

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