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The History of Hobaica

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Who is Hobaica?

If you are familiar with Hobaica, then you know that we are a company you can trust to meet your heating and cooling needs. You also know that our company has been around for quite a while, and our mission is to provide uncompromising quality and service. But do you know how it all started? Here is a bit of history about our founder Paul S. Hobaica, and how he began what is now known as Hobaica Services Inc.

Putting Down Roots in Phoenix

Paul Hobaica was the son of immigrants from Syria, Lebanon who came to Phoenix in the early 1920s when he was just six months old. As a child, Paul attended Saint Mary’s Primary School, and later graduated from Saint Mary’s High School. Even as a young boy Paul had an entrepreneurial nature; he sold newspapers in downtown Phoenix from the time he was old enough to work. But when Paul turned 18 he put his career thoughts on the back burner and enlisted in the United States Army to fight for our country in World War II.

The Creation of a Company

After the war, Paul returned to Phoenix and began his career. He purchased and managed some apartments, and decided to take classes in refrigeration and business at Phoenix College under the GI Bill. In 1952 Paul opened his small, one-man operation called Hobaica Refrigeration. He ran his new company out of his home and serviced the refrigeration needs of several neighbors and local businesses. As word traveled about Paul’s skill and service, he built up a clientele. In 1959 Paul decided to build a shop for his business in an area that at that time was outside city limits on county property. He incorporated his business and became Hobaica Refrigeration Co. Inc, and expanded his services to provide heating and air conditioning as well as refrigeration.

The Next Hobaica Generation

As his company grew, so did Paul’s family. He was a father to seven children who all worked for the family business at one point or another. Over the years, Hobaica Refrigeration became a flourishing family business as each of the children contributed under the apprenticeship of their father.

In 1990 when it came time for Paul to think about retiring, his sons Louis and Paul Jr. bought the family business. Several years later his son Mike joined the partnership. As the next Hobaica generation took the lead, the company expanded services to meet the changing heating and cooling needs of the Phoenix community. In 2006 the company name was officially changed to Hobaica Services Inc. to better encompass the array of services provided by this full grown family business.

In 2014 at the age of 92, Paul S. Hobaica passed away. However, with his company in the capable hands of his sons, Paul Sr.’s values continue to be a driving force for the entire Hobaica team. Though there have been many changes since the inception of the small refrigeration company, the original mission remains the same. We keep this in mind as we continually provide uncompromising quality and service every day to every Hobaica customer.

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Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!
Steve DISC
Steve DISC
19:50 24 Jul 21
Scott Dale was johnny-on-the-spot (weekend service!) and diligent in attempting to find a freak leak from the A/C return duct inside the house. It occurred during the strong monsoonal activity in Phoenix during the month of July and he diagnosed that it was probably condensation on the return duct in the attic from humidity that then ran down the duct to the return register in the house. No problems found. Great work and very professional service from Scott!

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