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About AJAX Refrigeration

AJAX Refrigeration was founded in Santa Barbara in 1949! The business has remained family owned since then and has been operated by the current local family since 1992. “Service is Our Business” has been the slogan for decades and Ajax has been providing professional commercial refrigeration services in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Our commitment to you, the customer, is second to none and our team will go above and beyond to provide you with great service. Period.

Over sixty years of repair service, community involvement and commitment to high ethical standards has been what our locally owned and operated commercial refrigeration outfit is all about. Recognized by the state of California to run refrigeration (C38) and HVAC (C20) contracting services we are fully licensed and insured so you, the client, can rest assured that you will receive quality service. Most importantly, AJAX is legally recognized to provide that great service. Please verify our CA. State License # 718494

In the early days the business fixed everything from grocery store conveyor belts to home appliances to ice machines and, of course, commercial refrigeration. Today, our high level of commercial refrigeration repair service has evolved into other services. Ice machine leasing and Preventive Maintenance services have become synonymous with AJAX.  Full service equipment sales that include delivery to and installation at your location is another reason to contact us for a quote.  See our lists of services here.

AJAX Refrigeration:  Mission, Vision & Values

AJAX Mission Statement

“Provide the best commercial refrigeration and ice experience while remaining faithful to the company’s core values and forging meaningful relationships within the communities we serve.”

AJAX Vision

“Our vision for the future is to be the gold standard brand for commercial refrigeration and ice machine leasing in California.

Chris and Father of Ajax Refrigeration

AJAX team Core Values

  • Provide consistent, professional, high value & quality customer service.
  • Be honest and respectful at all times.
  • Communicate clearly and openly.
  • Create a thriving team working environment.
  • Be Present, work smart and productively
  • Maintain a sustainable business.
  • Follow environmentally conscious business practices.
  • Foster creative and forward thinking solutions.
  • Pursue constant growth & educational opportunities.
  • Have fun!
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When deciding on a refrigeration contractor

  • Please be sure to verify that the individual or company that you’re considering working with hold a valid California State Contractor’s License.
  • The classification for the refrigeration is C38 and its c20 for HVAC.
  • It’s illegal to perform HVAC/Refrigeration services without a license.
  • If the service company you are considering has employees beyond the owner/operator they are required to hold a Worker’s Compensation policy.

You can check a contractors license status here…

Excerpt from the California State License Board

At the request of the building industry, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was established in 1929 to help raise construction standards through state regulation and, thereby, protect consumers. Those who operate without a state-issued license harm the public, tarnish the respectability of the construction industry, and undermine California’s financial foundation by operating in the underground economy. Enforcement of state contracting laws is part of the regulatory process.

CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) proactively conducts undercover sting and construction site sweep operations each week around the state to determine if contracting laws and regulations are properly followed. Those who are caught contracting without a license likely will have to appear before a Superior Court judge to answer to misdemeanor charges that can carry a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, as well as an administrative fine of $200 to $15,000. If illegal contracting continues, the penalties become more severe. A second offense results in a mandatory 90-day jail sentence and a fine of 20 percent of the contract price or $5,000. Felony charges are filed against anyone who illegally uses another person’s contractor license or who tries to mislead consumers into believing that he or she is a licensed contractor. Anyone who contracts for work in a state or federal natural disaster area without an active state contractor license also could face felony charges.

If convicted of a felony, a person may have to serve time in state prison. Also be aware that consumers are not legally required to pay a person who is not state-licensed, and cannot be sued for non-payment. If a licensed contractor can’t resolve a disagreement with a consumer, CSLB offers tools ranging from on-site negotiation to mediation and arbitration. These services are free of charge to licensed contractors and consumers.

Please take this information into consideration when hiring a contractor! Hiring unlicensed workers is very risky and you can end up being held liable for injuries etc. of these unlicensed people.

AJAX/SB Refrigeration is proud to be “above the line” and is doing the right thing!

AJAX/SBR’s Ca. State License # is 718494 for C38 and C20 contracting


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