With a history dating back to 1900, Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal has been providing Bakersfield with unbeatable service and an unparalleled customer experience ever since. In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss a bit about our history and how we grew from a local plumbing repair shop to your Top Rated Local® Bakersfield plumbing and HVAC specialists.

Read on to learn more, and if you’re in need of plumbing, air conditioning, or heating services in Bakersfield, reach out to Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal today.

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Local Plumber Founds Company in 1900

In 1900, Max Gundlach Jr. founded Gundlach’s Plumbing with his partner A.C. Wroot. Specializing in plumbing repair, this was the beginning of the Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal company that we know today. The repair shop, located on the corner of 20th and Chester in Bakersfield, operated under the name Gundlach & Wroot. It wouldn’t be another 30 years until the company acquired the name Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal.

Gundlach’s Plumbing Business Timeline

In the past 121 years, Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal has grown from a small plumbing repair shop to the local Bakersfield plumber and HVAC specialist we know today. This didn’t happen overnight. Instead, it required steady growth throughout the years based on hard work and professionalism. The timeline for Gundlach’s looks something like this:

  • 1900 – Gundlach & Wroot was founded as a small plumbing repair shop.
  • 1927 – Rees Jones bought into the business and helped to expand its services to include sheet metal work.
  • 1930 – The business is officially renamed Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet metal Co. Ltd.
  • 1934 – Air conditioning services are added when Cecil and Lee Jones decide to join their fathers business.
  • 1941 – Max Gundlach passes away and his widow sells her part of the business to the Jones family.
  • 1950’s & 1960’s – Gundlach’s becomes one of the most reputable and largest mechanical contractors in Bakersfield.
  • 1985 – The company decides to focus on servicing and remodeling work for plumbing and air conditioning, and discontinues sheet metal work.
  • 2004 – Gundlach’s is purchased by Ken and Shelly Wonderly from Trent and Jennifer Jones.
  • 2015 – The company continues to expand and grow, while offering personalized service. With Ken at the helm, Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal is proud to offer their customers “Today’s technology with good old fashioned integrity.”

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The Gundlach’s Advantage

There are many reasons that Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal has seen over one hundred years of success. At the forefront of these is their unparalleled work quality and dedication to customer satisfaction. At Gundlach’s, we offer our customers what we call the Gundlach’s Advantage.

  • Certified: We believe that being the best requires the proper education, experience, and certifications. When you choose Gundlach’s, you can rest assured that our air conditioning technicians are factory trained and N.A.T.E. certified, and our plumbers are Pex, Ward, and TracPipe certified.
  • Unmatched Quality: At Gundlach’s, we know that the only way to provide unbeatable HVAC and plumbing services is by utilizing the best supplies. That’s why we always use grade A pex tubing and type L copper piping.
  • Guaranteed Work: When you choose Gundlach’s, you can rest assured that you are protected by our guarantees and warranties.
    • We guarantee your quoted price for every project.
    • We include a two-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs.
    • Unit installations are permitted and guaranteed.
    • Extended warranties are made available for new air conditioning units.

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Certifications & Credentials

At Gundlach’s, we know that it takes dedication and hardwork to continue to be the best plumber in Bakersfield. With more than a hundred years under our belt, we understand that it requires innovation and the ability to adapt and grow with the times in order to remain the best at what we do. It’s also essential that we keep up-to-date with our certifications, continue to provide unparalleled service, and remain active in the Bakersfield community. Below is a list of our certifications and credentials that we believe help us to continue to be the best Bakersfield plumbers and HVAC specialists.

  • N.A.T.E. Certified Technicians
  • Better Business Bureau Accredited Member
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Recipients
  • Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer
  • Greenhomes America Contractor Network
  • Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
  • The Bakersfield Californian

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Our Services

While Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal began as a small plumbing repair shop more than a century ago, we have since grown into a full-service plumbing, heating, and air conditioning service provider. We are a Top Rated Local® Bakersfield company and continue to provide unparalleled services and an unbeatable customer experience.

  • Plumbing: Plumbing is our history and our future. We always have and continue to provide professional plumbing services to Bakersfield.

    • 24/7 plumbing emergency services
    • Certified and highly qualified plumbers
    • Capable of handling plumbing projects of all kinds from whole house repiping to small repairs
    • Professional and quality work with satisfaction guaranteed
  • Heating: Whether you’re having an issue with your furnace or heating system, or you are interested in a new installation, Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet Metal has you covered because we aren’t just the best Bakersfield plumber, we are also your local heating and HVAC specialist.

    • 24/7 emergency heating services available
    • N.A.T.E.-certified technicians
    • Wide selection of high quality Carrier heating equipment
    • We handle furnace repair, installation, and maintenance
  • Air Conditioning: We’ve been providing air conditioning services since 1934. Since that time, we have probably worked on every type of air conditioner out there. Whether your air conditioning has stopped working on a hot summer day or you’re interested in learning more about a new central air system, we can handle it all.

    • 24/7 emergency air conditioning services available
    • N.A.T.E.-certified technicians
    • We provide air condition tune-ups, repairs, replacements, and installations
    • The first Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier equipment in Kern County

The Best Local Plumber in Bakersfield

Are you looking for the best HVAC tech and plumber in Bakersfield? Look no further than Gundlach’s Plumbing & Sheet metal. Reach out to our team today and we’ll get you started with a guaranteed price quote.