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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3 Reasons Why Heating Maintenance Matters

October 19th, 2020

It is that time of the year already. The time when we start urging homeowners to make sure they’re taking care of their heaters. When we encourage them to enroll in one of our Maintenance Program tiers.

And when we start going on service calls to address problems that homeowners encounter because they didn’t heed our advice.

Don’t be one of those homeowners. We know there is a lot going on. We know that heating maintenance isn’t a free service. But we also know that heater maintenance in Whittier, CA, is the best bet for protecting your system throughout the coldest time of the year.

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Why Does My Heater Smell Like That?

October 5th, 2020

That’s a good question! But while it’s a good question, it’s not an unanswerable one. Heaters are pieces of machinery that work similarly to cars, meaning a professional technician can usually tell what’s making a specific smell or noise. That being said, what you really want to be asking is if that smell is normal or abnormal.

A normal smell can be something that your heater makes at the start of the season, while it burns away dust that has collected throughout the summer months. An abnormal smell could be something as brutal as carbon monoxide or a gas leak. Regardless of which particular smell you’re getting, you’re going to want to know if you need help or not.

We provide targeted repairs, maintenance, and help for HVAC systems in Whittier, CA. Keep reading to find the answers you’re looking for, and make sure to call us when you need a quick fix.

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It’s Not too Early to Be Thinking About Your Heater

September 21st, 2020

We get it. It’s still hot out there. Really hot. During the day, at least. But you’ve probably felt the chill creeping into our nighttime temperatures, right? As we drop into the 60s and even the 50s over night, it’s clear that you’ll be firing up your heating system before too long.

While our winter weather may be pretty mild compared to other areas of the country, there is no denying the need for a great heating system. Even the best systems will require repairs at some point, though. Here are a few tips for recognizing the need for heating repair in Glendale, CA.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

September 7th, 2020

When you notice a problem with your air conditioner, we hope that your first instinct is to schedule professional AC repair in Glendale, CA. However, there are some problems that may not require such action. While we don’t want to encourage DIY repair attempts, we do want to encourage you to rule out simple issues before scheduling service.

If you notice that your air conditioner is leaking water, for instance, we’ve got some tips on what to rule out first. Why? Because your AC doesn’t actually have a water tank that can leak! It’s not like a water heater. So where’s the water coming from? That’s what we’re going to dive into today!

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AC Efficiency: Would Your Ducts Pass the Test?

August 24th, 2020
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Living in California means running your air conditioner. It means running your air conditioner a lot. And if you’re running your air conditioner a lot, then you are right to be concerned with its overall energy efficiency. It only makes sense.

Nobody wants to overpay for comfort.

There are a lot of reasons why your air conditioning system may not function as efficiently as it should. Chief among them, though, is leaky, damaged air ducts. And how do you know if this the case? You schedule duct testing in Whittier, CA with us!

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5 Ways Your AC Wastes Money

August 10th, 2020

Okay, so maybe it’s a little unfair to say it is your AC that is actually wasting the money. More likely, it’s the way that you are using your AC that is causing the problem. Or the way it was installed. Or—you know what, we’ll save it for the list below!

What you need to know right now is that there are a whole lot of different reasons why an air conditioner may cost too much to operate. In many cases, simple upgrades, services, or changes to habits can solve the problem. Don’t put up with high costs any longer. Get the most from your AC in Whittier, CA.

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3 Major Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

July 27th, 2020

Central air conditioners remain very popular. We get that. They’re effective, and they make a lot of sense if you use a forced air heater, too. However, they are far from the only option out there when it comes to whole-house cooling.

Depending upon your own personal preferences and priorities, they may also be far from the best option.

Let’s consider one great alternative today. The ductless mini split. Ductless HVAC systems offer a lot of benefits that ducted systems cannot match. When you choose a ductless AC in Whittier, you get to take advantage of those benefits!

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Dirty Filters Do Bad Things to ACs!

July 13th, 2020
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What kind of bad things? Very bad things! Like—well, we’re not going to dive into it just yet. First, we want to start with the good news. Preventing problems caused by dirty filters is incredibly easy. It is incredibly affordable. And it is incredibly overlooked. That’s the bad part. As simple and affordable as changing your filter is, you may not do it enough.

How often is enough? In most homes, every 1-3 months makes sense. If you are constantly running your AC in Whittier, then probably on the more frequent side. If you go without it frequently, then on the less frequent side. The best step is simply to check the filter. Pull it out. Give it a once over. Replace if it is dirty. Simple enough.

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How Refrigerant Leaks Affect Air Conditioners

June 29th, 2020

You can never expect any air conditioning system to be 100% reliable. Well, actually, we suppose you could—you’d just wind up being sorely disappointed. Investing in a good AC and scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance will keep your system as reliable as possible, but even this won’t make your system completely reliable. You’re going to need AC repairs at some point.

When you do, it is important to schedule those repairs with a trustworthy air conditioning company in Torrance. That’s why you should dial our number. From problems with simple solutions to potentially serious issues like refrigerant leaks, our technicians can handle anything you encounter. And trust us, a refrigerant leak is one of the most serious problems that you might face.

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Why the Size of Your Air Conditioner Matters

June 15th, 2020
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Are you ready for a brand new AC installation in Glendale, CA? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We install high-quality systems the right way, every step of the way. And part of that process is absolutely determining what size of air conditioner you need. There is nothing even remotely resembling a one size fits all option when it comes to a whole-house air conditioning system.

Determining how big your air conditioner needs to be also isn’t as simple as asking what the square footage of your home is. A thorough cooling load calculation takes into account a lot more than that, including considerations about heat gain. And before you ask, no—bigger is not always better, either. The only right air conditioner for your home is one that is of the right size, and we will make sure that this is the case.

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