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The Legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik

September 18th, 2018

Our beloved boss passed away and he will be greatly missed. We are thankful for his life and for sharing his wisdom with us so we can continue the business that he created that has served so many. RIP Doug, we love you.

The legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik, age 70, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, from a severe heart attack at his home in Joshua Tree.

Doug was born in Havre, Montana, on Feb. 23, 1948, son of Joseph and Dorothy Farnik.

He was raised on a farm 8 miles north of a small rural town, Hingham, population 150.

He loved animals: cows, pigs, chickens, his horse Sye and especially dogs. He helped his dad on the wheat farm from an early age, learning to operate all kinds of equipment. His mother, Dorothy, started him playing the keyboards at age 9, going 100 miles one way to Great Falls once a week for lessons. Doug played organ at Inverness Supper Club with his mother on Saturday nights when he was a teenager. He continued to perform and played almost every weekend and New Year’s Eve until recent years.

He graduated high school from Hingham High in 1966. He played basketball, did many science projects and acted in several plays. His high school selected Doug to go to Montana Boys State. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

He attended the College of Great Falls and the University of Montana in Missoula to pursue his pharmacy degree while playing music at country clubs and bars, making many lifelong friends. In Missoula, the band OPUS 3 was formed. In 1969, the OPUS 3 moved to the LA area to join a show band called The Rising Generation, which toured the United States and Canada and appeared with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Red Skelton. The Rising Generation did a USO tour during the Vietnam War where he played in Guam, the Philippines, Korea and Japan.

In 1972, he began his career in the appliance/central air, construction business, which he has been currently running for over 45 years. In 1983, he married the love of his life, JoNell, while living in Whittier. In 1990, they moved to Joshua Tree, and continued to live in both cities for 28 years.

He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, entertaining, traveling, mentoring, solving problems, building houses and listening to jazz music and was a private pilot. His travels and cruises took him all over the world and he especially enjoyed the Czech Republic’s food and beer; that was where his grandfather immigrated from. Most of all, Doug enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially the grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoNell; his children, Jennifer Ciccone (Harold), Jimmy Meyer, Melody Farnik and Billy Meyer (Sarah); his brothers Jerome (Marilyn) and Michael (Denise); nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Eddy and his favorite dog, Togo.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sportsman’s Club at 6225 Sunburst St., in Joshua Tree.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Doug to his daughter’s nonprofit: animalactionleague.us or P.O. Box 1413, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

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Now Is a Great Time to Change Your Air Filter

September 10th, 2018

man-considers-changing-air-filterBy the time you’re reading this, it might be time to change your air filter. Under the most average circumstances–an average family without any allergies or asthma issues–you should be changing your HVAC system’s air filter about every 6 months. That time may increase or decrease depending on other factors, but it’s never a bad time to ask yourself every once in a while, “Is it time to change the air filter?” Below are a few reasons why you should change an air filter now instead of later.

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HVAC Preparation for the Winter

August 27th, 2018

dog-under-blanket-is-prepared-for-winterJust because it’s still hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for the winter! In fact, preparing your HVAC system for the winter before it starts is one of the best decisions you can make.

We could make an entire blog post on why you should get maintenance on your heater before winter starts, but we think that one should be a given. Instead, we’ll go over some ideas that will truly help you get ahead of the obstacles that the cold air will bring.

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Replace Your AC Now if Experiencing Any of These 3 Things

August 13th, 2018

old-air-conditioner-junk-yardThe idea of replacing your air conditioner probably sounds like a hassle, but the only thing worse is not replacing it when you’re already dealing with a less than satisfactory AC experience. The longer you keep paying for a bad air conditioner, the more money you’ll have spent overall. To help you see it our way, we’ve prepared three reasons why you might need to replace your AC right now.

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3 Considerations Before Installing an Air Conditioner

July 30th, 2018

ductless-air-condtioningIn most cases, your typical air conditioning installation job doesn’t take more than a day. But that doesn’t mean an AC is plugged into your home without a second thought behind it.

There are several factors that go into installation, all with the purpose of ensuring that you have the right size and type of unit for your home. A sloppy air conditioning installation in Whittier, CA will seriously hamper the efficiency of your unit and could cost you more than you expected to pay.

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This Upgrade Will Bring Perfection to Your Central AC System

July 16th, 2018

woman-relaxing-in-air-conditioned-roomSo, you’ve been enjoying your central air conditioner throughout the summer. But something isn’t quite right. Your common rooms feel nice and cool, but you’re still feeling hot and muggy upstairs or in one of the far bedrooms. In fact, ever since the installation, these rooms have never quite felt right.

Could this mean you need repairs? It’s possible, but in this case, it sounds more like your home is suffering from a typical case of hot spots. Hot spots are those areas that always seem several degrees warmer than the rest of the house. They’re very common, but luckily, there is an air conditioning service in Whittier, CA that can help:

A zone control system.

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5 Common Air Conditioning Repair Issues

July 2nd, 2018

old-air-conditioner-needs-repairsSummer is here, so it’s time to put your air conditioner to the test.

With regular maintenance and repairs, a young AC is more than capable of lasting the summer without a breakdown. If not, you might run into some problems. Your AC relies on each component working in excellent condition. If one piece fails, trouble is on the way.

Below are some of the most common issues plaguing air conditioners. If left unnoticed, they can cause increased energy bills and eventual breakdowns, so be sure to call for air conditioning repair in Whittier, CA.

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5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Maintenance Plan

June 18th, 2018

technician-extending-handEvery day we’re inundated with offers for warranties and maintenance programs for everything from smartphones to toasters. Nine times out of ten, it seems like a scam as you can more easily replace whatever you’re covering with the money being used to “protect” it. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance plan, however, is that one exception out of ten because you definitely need to regularly service this system. Still not convinced? We’ll go over five reasons below why you should rethink this position.

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Why Leaking Refrigerant Is Such a Problem

June 4th, 2018

refrigerant-air-handlerWhether it’s your home AC unit, your car’s AC or your refrigerator – the principle is the same. Refrigeration is a closed loop and relies on a cycle of condensation and evaporation, with a refrigerant being compressed until it turns into a liquid and then evaporating to provide cooling. The refrigerant itself has changed over the years, from a compound that depleted greenhouse gases to a more environmentally-friendly product. Still, refrigerant leaks occur, and they are a real problem. Read on to learn more about this problem, and how to fix it.

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Ductless Air Conditioning : A Good Fit for Vacation Homes

May 21st, 2018

ductless-unit-in-bedroomThinking about building your own vacation home? Remodeling the one you currently have or need to replace the cooling and/or heating system?

If so, we think you should consider a ductless mini-split air conditioning unit. While these systems do have a higher upfront cost compared to traditional ones, they offer unique benefits for your vacation home.

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