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40th Anniversary Article

Appleton Campbell Celebrates 40 Years in 2016
The Story Behind Appleton Campbell’s Growth & Success

Appleton Campbell Celebrates 40 Years in 2016

Appleton Campbell began in 1976 with one truck run by Jim Appleton. He had retired from a plumbing and heating company with just a tool bag in hand. His son worked full time for the telephone company while helping him with the bookkeeping. His grandson, Mike Appleton, current president of the company, worked as his helper in the field. Mike had a vision and a goal to grow the company in order to provide a retirement check for his grandfather, and for the last seven years of his grandfather’s life he was able to do so.

Scott Wayland, vice president, joined the company in 1993 and became part owner in 1997. His experience, people skills with customers and employees alike, as well as his roots in the community have proven to be a tremendous asset to the organization.

The company now employs more than 50 people and has more than 30 trucks. The growth of Appleton Campbell’s service department in this challenging economy is due largely to exceptional customer service and community involvement.

Mike Appleton and Scott Wayland realize that happy employees equal happy customers. The teamwork and family atmosphere is unique and customers are thought of as family as well. Some customers have even provided keys to their homes. The honesty and trustworthiness of the Appleton Campbell family is one to be admired and respected.

Appleton Campbell’s employees are provided with good wages, trucks, tools, insurance, gas, cell phones, uniforms, training, holidays, personal leave, vacation time, medical benefits, and a retirement plan to ensure employee and customer satisfaction.

During the industry’s slower months, employees are not sent home without pay—instead that time is used for training and inventory. Customers seem surprised that Appleton Campbell’s technicians are paid the same hourly rate for driving to and from jobs as they are doing technical work in customers’ homes. Service technicians are not paid by how much they can sell, instead they are trained to listen and determine customers’ specific needs. Appleton Campbell’s technicians educate customers on the services and options available to them and leave the decisions to the customers. There is no hard sell with Appleton Campbell.

Appleton Campbell’s staff understands that most people call only when they have a problem and the work is not something they have budgeted for in advance. When customers call Appleton Campbell, customer service specialists are trained to let customers vent, listen to their problems, and create a solution.

Mike Appleton continues to work to improve the public image of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical industry—not by just washing trucks or having a belt as part of the company’s uniform. He has traveled across the country to visit other companies and often talks with other business owners in the industry. The industry has many good companies but unfortunately the few bad ones, as well as the unlicensed non-professionals, have really hurt the public perception and the industry as a whole. Mike Appleton is highly regarded in the business community and was chosen as Business Person of the Year in 2011 by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

Appleton Campbell is proud to be a member of four local chambers of commerce: Fauquier, Warrenton, Culpeper, and Prince William. Appleton Campbell is also a member of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) and Quality Service Contractors (QSC). Appleton Campbell was voted the Best of Warrenton by the readers of Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and the Best of Culpeper in 2011 and 2012.

Chosen as the 2008 Large Business of the Year by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce—Appleton Campbell has a strong commitment to the community. This commitment includes but is not limited to the: Fauquier County Fair, Warrenton Spring Festival, CulpeperFest, Evening Under the Stars, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Partnership for the Town of Warrenton, Boys and Girls Club, and numerous youth sports leagues. Appleton Campbell strongly believes in giving back and supporting the community that has supported them over the years.


You'll be quoted in advance the full price of any work required and that price remains fixed right through to completion. Call Appleton Campbell Electrical Today

Honesty, Integrity & Experience Since 1976

  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing 2022 Presidents Award
  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing 2022 North Virginia Magazine Award for Best Home Experts
  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing 2022 Best Of Culpeper
  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing Best Of Princ William 2022
  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing 2022 Best of Fauquier
  • Appleton Campbell Plumbing 2022 Best of Haymarket

Why Choose Appleton Campbell?

With Appleton Campbell, you're assured of the best in customer service. From your first call through to after service care and beyond you'll be treated to 1st class customer care. Read what already delighted customers had to say about their experience here.


Choose from convenient appointment times and relax knowing we won't keep you waiting as our technician will arrive on time.


You'll be quoted in advance the full price of any work required and that price remains fixed right through to completion.


We've been the trusted choice for homes in Virginia since we opened our doors in 1976 and look forward to being your choice too.


When we come to your home premises we'll take care to minimize mess with the use of mats and boot covers and will clean up before leaving.


We'll gladly listen to your concerns and questions, and help any way we can.


Being both family owned and operated, we believe in treating our customers the same way we'd expect to be treated.

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Towns & Cities Served

  • Amissville
  • Ashburn
  • Bealeton
  • Berryville
  • Bluemont
  • Boston
  • Boyce
  • Brandy Station
  • Bristow
  • Broad Run
  • Burke
  • Calverton
  • Casanova
  • Castleton
  • Catharpin
  • Catlett
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • Chester Gap
  • Culpeper
  • Delaplane
  • Elkwood
  • Fairfax
  • Fairfax Station
  • Flint Hill
  • Fredericksburg
  • Gainesville
  • Garrisonville
  • Goldvein
  • Hamilton
  • Hartwood
  • Haymarket
  • Herndon
  • Hume
  • Huntly
  • Jeffersonton
  • Leesburg
  • Lignum
  • Lincoln
  • Linden
  • Manassas
  • Markham
  • Marshall
  • Middleburg
  • Midland
  • Millwood
  • Mitchells
  • Nokesville
  • Orlean
  • Paeonian Springs
  • Paris
  • Philomont
  • Purcellville
  • Rapidan
  • Rectortown
  • Remington
  • Reston
  • Reva
  • Richardsville
  • Rixeyville
  • Round Hill
  • Ruby
  • Somerville
  • Sperryville
  • Stafford
  • Sterling
  • Stevensburg
  • Sumerduck
  • The Plains
  • Upperville
  • Viewtown
  • Warrenton
  • Washington
  • White Post
  • Woodville

Delighting Customers Every Day

  • Experienced, helpful and wonderful to work with.

    Thank you for keeping us cool with window A/C units as we waited for our installation during this really hot weather. We are very happy with our new unit and the wonderful team that made it happen.

    Jane T. - Warrenton, VA

    This is an amazing company with 1st class service.

    Another contractor damaged my geothermal loop and my a.c. went down at 2:00 on a Friday with temps in the 90’s. Appleton Campbell sent someone out right away to assess the work needed. The repairs could not be made until Monday but they brought me 2 window unit air conditioners to keep my dogs and I cool over the weekend. So kind!

    Pat S. - Clifton, VA
  • Excellent service from initial quote to job completion

    Your representatives and technicians are very knowledgeable in the products and services you provide. The work was done to our complete satisfaction and the technicians were very pleasant and took the time to answer our questions and explain their process during the installation.

    Gina K. - Amissville, VA

    Hvac inspection, cleaning, and installation

    Very satisfied. As usual, a great job done by the tech! Very friendly and proffessional. Did an excellent job cleaning my hvac unit. Showed before and after puctures, and installed equipment he recommended. Very happy with the tech and the end result. Great job!

    Tom L. - Sumerduck, VA
  • Excellent work

    Excellent company to deal with technicians were knowledgeable explained thoroughly what was needed. I also spoke with office staff they along with the technician were extremely helpful kudos to all!

    Carl P. - Midland, VA

    Excellent Service

    Particularly loved the text message notification with my technician's photo when he was on the way to our home.! Joey was great, extremely professional, quickly diagnosed our problem and worked quickly and efficiently to rectify. Very thorough and even cleaned up! Great service, highly recommend Appleton Campbell. Thank you.

    Lindsay M. - Bealeton, VA