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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Hire a Commercial HVAC Pro for Your Commercial Service Needs

December 2nd, 2019

One of the worst things that you as a commercial property owner or manager can do is to assume that just any HVAC contractor can handle your commercial HVAC service needs. While many of the fundamentals are the same, it is important to keep in mind the fact that commercial HVAC and IAQ services are not a 1-1 comparison with residential services.

When you work with our team, you ensure that you are working with commercial heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality technicians that you can count on to get the job done right. We’re adept in the installation, repair, and maintenance of this complicated equipment, and our goal is always your 100% satisfaction. Let us handle your commercial HVAC services in Long Beach, CA.

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Keep a Fresh Filter in Your Furnace!

November 18th, 2019

That title is pretty direct, isn’t it? Well, sometimes it just really pays to be direct. This is one of those cases. We don’t have the most intense winter weather in this part of the country, obviously, which is why some homeowners allow themselves to be lulled into a false sense of security. To that we say—enough!

It may not be that cold around here in the winter, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to take any chances with your home heating system. Do everything that you can to avoid problems with your heater. The simplest thing you can do is also one of the most effective. Changing the filter in your HVAC system in Glendale, CA.

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Start Thinking Seriously About Your Heater’s Condition

November 4th, 2019
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Are things getting cold enough around here to freeze up your pipes or allow for outdoor ice skating? No, of course not. It’s still California, after all. However, if you’ve been out and about in the early morning or later hours of the night, or even if you’ve just forgotten to close the windows before going to bed, then you certainly have realized it is getting chilly out there.

If you are serious about making it through the winter season in comfort, regardless of how mild winters around here may be, then the fact of the matter is that you do need a great heating system installed in your home. Not only do you need a great heater, but you need the right heater for your personal needs and user preferences. So leave your HVAC services in Long Beach to us.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

October 21st, 2019
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Things have finally become a little cooler here in Lakewood and many of us have enjoyed the luxury of giving our AC systems a break. But that break isn’t likely to last for very long, considering how the climate here in Southern California can be.

So while you have time, you likely have been taking a look at your AC to make sure it is still doing well. At least, that is what we would do. And if you are like us, if you notice that either your indoor or outdoor unit seems to be leaking, you are wondering why.

A leaking air conditioner indicates a need for repairs, that much is easy to figure out. What you might be wondering though is what is causing the leak.

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Why Is My AC Blowing Warm Air?

October 7th, 2019

When you live in as warm a climate as we do, you need more than a “good enough” performance from your air conditioning system. You need a dependable, effective, and efficient performance from your AC. Unfortunately, there is not a single system out there today that is going to offer service of that quality at all times. And an air conditioner that blows warm air is just about the last thing that you want to encounter in your home.

There are a few different reasons why your air conditioning may start to blow warm air. It is important to remember that your system shouldn’t ever do so, even when it is very hot outside. This may seem like a problem that nobody would ever ignore, but that’s where you get into that “good enough” area. If your system is struggling to cool air sufficiently, then it’s time for AC repair in Long Beach, CA.

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3 Ways to Prevent Air Conditioning Problems

September 23rd, 2019

While we would love to tell you that there are 3 ways to completely prevent problems from developing with your air conditioning system, this just isn’t possible. Make no mistake about it. You are going to need professional air conditioning repairs at some point. When you do, you want to schedule your AC repair in Glendale, CA with a member of our team. That way, you can count on a job well done.

Now, what we can promise in this post is that taking these precautionary measures will help to keep any air conditioning repairs that you do need as few and far between as possible—not to mention as minor. Will they eliminate them entirely? No, but nothing will. Just remember this. The better that you take care of your air conditioner, the better that it is going to take care of you.

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Simple Tips for More Affordable Air Conditioning

September 9th, 2019

While things are certainly cooling down in our area now that we’re moving through September, residents around here know that they can’t just put their air conditioning systems out of mind. Whether you just want to be prepared for the occasionally hotter day to come, or you’re thinking in the long term, you definitely want to be prepared. Part of being prepared to cool your home successfully is figuring out how to do so affordably.

There are some individuals out there who may try to convince you that the only way to do so is to invest in a brand new,  likely quite expensive,  air conditioning system. That’s not exactly the case, though. Will investing in a new system and having it installed by a trustworthy HVAC company in Pasadena get you an affordable performance? Sure. But there are other options to consider that come with a much smaller price tag.

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Short Cycling Causes Long-Term Problems

August 26th, 2019

AC-techsOne of the most damaging assumptions that homeowners can make is just because their air conditioners start-ups and cools their home, it’s working properly. That is not necessarily the case, and ignoring signs of trouble with an operational system is going to put you on the express path to a broken-down system. Something like short cycling cannot be ignored and may indicate that you need serious air conditioning repair in Torrance, CA.

What is short cycling? Why should you be concerned? Should you always be concerned? Those are the questions that we are going to answer in today’s post. Short cycling may not always indicate a very serious issue,  but the possibility is there. Regardless of what causes the problem to begin with, letting it continue can and will lead to more serious issues eventually. Whatever the cause of your system’s short cycling, it is a problem that you want resolved ASAP.

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Is Ductless Cooling Worth It?

August 12th, 2019

hand-with-remote-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerAbsolutely! We’ll always vouch for a good ductless mini split installation. When it comes to tailoring a custom comfort experience that saves you money, no system does it better than a ductless one!

However, like all air conditioning units, a ductless cooling system is an expensive investment that will require a deeper dive into your wallet than other, more conventional air conditioning units. The installation is more expensive, but for reasons that we’ll get into further down, a ductless HVAC can save on operating costs as well as help customize your cooling and heating needs throughout the year. A ductless system is a great option for many homes, and you’ll want to make sure you work with a professional for installation to avoid any unique needs for AC repair in Diamond Bar, CA.

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Is My AC Leaking Refrigerant?

July 29th, 2019

manifoldWhat’s refrigerant?

If you find yourself asking that question after reading the title above, then this is definitely the post for you! It is not an exaggeration at all to say that your air conditioner is only able to cool your home thanks to the refrigerant that it cycles through the system over and over. When refrigerant leaks develop, the integrity of your system and the quality of your comfort are at risk.

But how do you know if you have a refrigerant leak? Well, the “good” news is that there are some pretty clear warning signs that you may be dealing with a leak. The bad news is that any given AC issue can have a few different potential causes, and ignoring what you think is a “minor” issue could have some very serious consequences. Be sure to reach out to our Long Beach, CA air conditioning pros if you suspect that you have a refrigerant leak. 

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