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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Heed These Signs You Need Heater Repair

January 24th, 2022
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If temperatures lately have been any indication, we may be one of the sunniest states in the country but our winters still get pretty cold for our tastes! Sure, it’s not snowing outside… but it’s cold enough to necessitate a powerful and efficient heating system.

So what if something is wrong with yours? Do you know what signs to watch for that might indicate something is wrong with yours?

First off, we want to mention the importance of maintenance. If you haven’t already had your professional furnace tune-up done this year, it’s not too late. Maintenance helps your heating system work as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. Plus, maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the repairs a heater might ever need.

Of course, maintenance doesn’t make your system immune to repair needs, which is why it’s important to know those indicators we alluded to above. Read on to learn a few signs that you might need professional heater repair sooner rather than later.

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Have You Considered Going Ductless This Winter?

January 10th, 2022

While this isn’t the most popular time to replace a heater, since temperatures are already cooling down, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it if you’ve found yourself too cold this season due to an inefficient or ineffective heating system. That said, if the time has come for you to replace your heater, you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless mini-split. Why? Read on to learn some of the benefits!

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What Can Be Done About Your Dry Air?

December 27th, 2021

Did you know that dry air in your home can be just as bad as air that’s too humid? You’re probably much more familiar with the problems presented by too much moisture in the air–it makes you feel uncomfortable in the summertime, plus it can encourage the growth of mold and mildew in your property. Nobody wants that!

But dry air isn’t great either. The ideal relative humidity level in any given home is less than 50% but more than 30%. Anything under that 30% is considered “too dry.” But, why? And what can be done about it? Read on as we answer these questions in detail!

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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Skip Out on Heating Maintenance

December 13th, 2021
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If you’ve ever had heating maintenance done before, then you likely know some of the benefits. It helps your heater work more efficiently, it reduces repairs by as much as 85%, and it helps your heating system last as long as possible. A well-maintained heating system can last about 10-15 years.

So, what can happen if you don’t have heating maintenance done? Well, your heater could have potential dangerous risks–especially if it’s a gas-powered furnace. It also may only last about half of its intended lifespan. Read on as we uncover more reasons it’s a bad idea to skip out on heating maintenance!

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Beware These 4 Noises Coming from Your Furnace

November 15th, 2021
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It may not get as bitterly cold here in our part of the country as it does others, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a fully functioning, efficiently operating furnace in our homes, right?

Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled maintenance for your furnace to ensure it works as effectively and efficiently as possible the rest of this fall and this upcoming winter. If you haven’t, however, it’s not too late!

Even with maintenance, it is possible that you’ll have some repair needs crop up every now and then–this is a normal part of wear and tear. The important part is that you know when to call for professional repair services. One of the biggest indicators is if your furnace is making some ominous noises. Read on to learn what these are.

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How to Use Your Heater as Efficiently as Possible

November 1st, 2021
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With the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to want to tighten up our wallets and use our budgets for more enjoyable endeavors than our heating systems, whether it’s for gifts or fall and winter excursions.

As a result, you might try to use your heating system as little as possible and just “deal with it” as temperatures cool, in order to save money. After all, our winters aren’t bitterly cold right? It’s not like you really need to be as comfortable as possible.

Well, all we have to say to that is… you deserve comfort! And our team can help you stay as comfortable as possible, as affordably as possible! This starts with routine maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled your fall maintenance tune-up yet, now is the time!

Maintenance isn’t the only way you can ensure efficient and affordable use of your heater though. Read on as we uncover some relatively easy tips for you to follow so you can stay comfy without sacrificing too much of your wallet.

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Beware This Potential Furnace Danger

October 18th, 2021
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We want to reassure you upfront that natural gas furnaces are not “dangerous” appliances to have in a home. If they were general health hazards, they wouldn’t be allowed into homes in the first place. Modern manufacturers of HVAC equipment build furnaces to the highest safety standards and with multiple precautions built in. If you’ve regularly maintained your furnace and scheduled furnace repair in Pasadena, CA whenever it wasn’t working right, there is minimal chance of the furnace operating unsafely.

But any appliance that burns natural gas can potentially create health hazards because of toxic gas byproducts, and it’s important to know about what may go wrong. In this post, we’re going to look at one potential gas furnace danger and what to do about it: the cracked heat exchanger.

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Here’s Why Now Is the Perfect Time for a Heating Tune-Up!

October 4th, 2021

We don’t get the kind of seasons around here that we see in movies and on television. That’s a good thing in our opinion since we get beautiful sunny weather and mild winters for the majority of the year. No crazy snowstorms for us!

That doesn’t mean we’re off the hook though. Our heaters need to be in good shape when the winter rolls around, otherwise, we’ll still be cold and uncomfortable, especially during the night. It’s important that you schedule your heater for maintenance around this time to help it last longer and run efficiently. Heating systems that undergo a routine tune-up every year will not only save you money in the long run, but will also need repairs less often than an unmaintained system.

Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of a heater tune-up. We’ll specify why fall is the perfect time of year to get your heater serviced by a professional.

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How Could Your Home Benefit from Professional Duct Cleaning?

September 20th, 2021
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If you’re like the typical homeowner, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the air ducts running their way through your home. And this makes sense! After all, your ductwork is mostly hidden from view for a reason! You shouldn’t really need to think about the condition of ductwork too much; however, every now and then they need attention.

We don’t expect you to know all the ins and outs of your air ducts, but there are definitely a few things you should know about the impact that dirty ducts can have on your indoor air quality, and therefore your home.

Professional duct cleaning from a qualified team, like ours, is an excellent idea if you’re looking to not only improve your indoor air quality but help your HVAC systems perform more efficiently. Read on to learn more about why this is the case.

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How’s the State of Your Indoor Air Quality?

September 6th, 2021

Perhaps your home seems to be comfortable “enough.” So, if someone asks you how your indoor air quality is, your response might be, “I don’t know, I guess it’s fine.” If this is indeed your response, have you really ever thought about how your indoor air quality and overall comfort could be much better than fine?

If you don’t already have indoor air quality systems in your home, then it’s likely that something is missing.

There are a number of indoor air quality products and services we offer that can benefit your home, with one of the most popular choices for homeowners being the whole-house air purifier.

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