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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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Signs of Subpar Air Quality in Your Home

July 15th, 2019

blowing-noseIf your air conditioner is not working during the summer season, then you’ll probably notice the problem right away. Same with your heater in the summer. A heater blowing cool air is obviously going to lead to problems in your home and with your comfort. What about your indoor air quality, though? Is it as high as it should be? Do you do anything to keep it at a high level? Have you even really considered it much?

If not, then now is the time. It sounds surprising, but the fact is that the air quality in your home may well be lower than the air quality outside! This makes sense. Sure, there is air pollution outside. However, the air outside is not trapped indoors, being recirculated through your HVAC system over and over. While opening up your windows on nice days will help to refresh the air in your home, it typically won’t have a huge effect on boosting air quality.

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AC Tips: When to Call for Repairs

July 1st, 2019

AC-technicianWouldn’t it be nice if you could buy an air conditioning system that would never give you any trouble at all? Sure, and it’d also be nice if your car could sprout wings and soar you to work over the traffic backup below. The point is, neither of these scenarios is very likely. No air conditioner is 100% reliable, and you are going to require professional AC repairs in Glendale, CA, at some point.

So what can the homeowner do to protect his or her comfort? You may not be able to completely fend off problems with your air conditioner—though routine AC maintenance will certainly keep them as few and far between as possible—but you can intervene early to limit any potential damages to your home. The sooner you have your ailing air conditioner repaired, the better off your system is going to be. So keep these common signs of trouble in mind,  and contact us when you suspect there’s a problem.

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Is An Evaporative Cooler a Better Choice for Your Cooling?

June 17th, 2019

warm-manAir conditioning is a necessity in our area, not a luxury. Homeowners are well-advised to take their air conditioning systems and the needs of those systems seriously. That’s why so many homeowners in our area work with us! We not only install and service air conditioning systems, but we also help homeowners to find the ideal air conditioners for their own personal needs and preferences. In many cases, this turns out to be the evaporative cooler.

If you’re not familiar with evaporative coolers, but you are ready to invest in a new AC,  then you need to pump the brakes a bit and familiarize yourself with all of your options. There are a lot of them out there,  but it’s well-worth your time to do the research. There are a lot of benefits to be had with an evaporative cooler. Just remember that,  like any other air conditioning service in Glendale, CA, you need to schedule your evaporative cooler installation with trained professionals. You’re here reading this, so you’re in the right place!

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4 Things Stopping Your AC From Reaching Peak Efficiency

June 3rd, 2019

ac-toolsInstalling air conditioning in Long Beach, CA is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely to run that air conditioner efficiently. In the end, it all comes down to money, and that’s going to be decided by your air conditioner’s efficiency.

Here are four things that could be stopping your HVAC system from reaching its full efficiency potential:

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The Worst Things You Could Do to Your Heat Pump

May 20th, 2019

disgruntled man reads heat pump horror stories

Aside from deliberately causing harm to your heat pump—or worse, forgetting to change the air filter—some of the worst things you could do to your heat pump are in the way that you choose to operate it.

Of course, no homeowner would do these things on purpose if they knew how bad it was. At the same time, they might have had their unit installed by a technician who was less than thorough about operating the device. But hey, that’s what the internet is for!

In this post, we’ll go over a few operational behaviors you should avoid if you want to run your heat pump efficiently. This will help you save money in the long run, as well as to prevent causing unnecessary wear and tear on the system.

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3 Signs Your Central AC Needs an Inspection

May 6th, 2019

ac-condenser-unitsThe central air conditioner is one of the most reliable HVAC systems you could have installed in your home. It’s no wonder why we’re asked to install them time and time again in Southern California.

That being said, these systems—just like any other—will develop their own share of repair problems every now and then.

The best thing you can do is to try and prevent them with regularly scheduled maintenance. The second best thing you can do is to know what these problems are so that you can identify them. The sooner you get in touch with an expert of air conditioning repair in Long Beach, CA, the sooner you can restore your efficiency and the full potential for your system.

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Get Those Last-Minute Heating Repairs Done Now

April 22nd, 2019

time-for-serviceAccording to the calendar, winter is over. It’s also over for most Californians, too.

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still getting our share of uncomfortably cold nights. You might have to fire up your furnace or heater a few more times to stay cozy.

If you do, take note of how your system operates. If it displays any signs of operational issues, we highly suggest calling in for some last-minute repairs. Just because it’s “the end of the season” doesn’t mean you should put off those problems until fall.

We’ll give you an idea of some common last-minute heating repair issues that you can watch out for, and why you shouldn’t wait until next season.

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Don’t Wait for After Summer to Fix Furnace Issues

April 8th, 2019

furnace-inspectionDespite what they say about California, we’ll still be using our heaters at night for a little bit longer after the end of winter. During that final stretch of using your furnace, perhaps you might notice some small issues beginning to crop up.

You don’t expect to use your furnace for many more weeks, so the question becomes: Should I have it fixed now by an HVAC contractor in Long Beach, CA, or should I just wait until after summer?

Here’s why you should get it over with now:

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Add Zone Control to Your New AC Installation

March 25th, 2019

zone-control-cross-sectionPlanning on installing an air conditioner this year? Before you do, you might want to add “zone control” to that installation. Retrofitting an existing ductwork system with zone control is not an easy task, so we want to inform you of this option before the installation.

But even if you do have a ductwork system in place already, that doesn’t mean you can’t opt for another form of zone control. We’ll explain everything down below.

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Which Air Filter is Best for Smoke?

March 11th, 2019

air-filter-up-closeThe smell of cigarette smoke can leave behind some stubborn odors. If a room of your home has been smoked in for several months or years, you know just how oppressive that odor can be. Plus, the effects of second-hand smoke over a long period of time can prove harmful. Even before that, it may be enough to trigger the allergy and asthma symptoms in certain individuals.

Fortunately, there are some air quality systems out there that can help with eliminating those odors. Whether you enjoy lighting up a cigar every now and then or if you’re trying to clear smoke odors from a previous owner or tenant, the right combination of purifiers and filters can make all the difference.

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