Letter To Our Customers

Letter To Our Customers

Air Rite

(805) 461-3303 CA LICENSE #494661

Dear Valued Customers,

Rick Johansen started to live his dream in 1985 when he and his partner started Air Rite. They set out to provide quality service on the Central Coast. Over the next ten years, they built what today is one of the longest-running locally-owned HVAC contractors. His commitment to excellence was only outshone by his commitment to community support. Rick diversified Air Rite’s service offerings to include restaurant equipment and hence, kept both him and his crew busy, no matter the weather.

Air Rite is continuing its family tradition and in 2020 will be passing on the reins to Rick’s son, Arne Johansen.

Arne has been riding in the front seat of Rick’s red truck since he was 10 years old, soaking up the street smarts and field knowledge that his dad would provide. By working alongside his dad, Arne has inherited the work ethic and loyalty necessary to take Air Rite for the next thirty years. Arne completed Small Business Management courses at Cuesta College early in his career. He has gone on to complete the preparation for and receipt of his contractor’s license, ensuring his up-to-date knowledge on trade safety, regulations, and contract law. Rick will continue to work part-time and begin to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

As California strives to decrease our environmental impact, Air Rite strives to improve energy efficiency and decrease its carbon footprint. He has taken steps to work with closely local construction contractors and developers. Arne has grown the company by providing new installations and services to our county’s healthy construction industry while continuing to honor the small-town service model his dad founded the company on.

With Arne at the helm, Air Rite will specialize in

  • Residential and commercial heating and cooling service and replacement
  • New construction commercial and residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation
  • Refrigeration service and installation
  • Restaurant Equipment service and installation

Arne, his wife Nena, and their two sons are proud to live and work on the Central Coast. They are investing in the future of their family by investing in their community. You will continue to see the Air Rite name as a supporter of local youth sports teams, schools, CASA, Lighthouse Foundation, 4-H, and FFA clubs as well as members of the Heritage Foundation, SLO County Builders Exchange, and on the Chamber of Commerce list of preferred vendors.

Thank you for your continued loyalty over the years. Now, more than ever, we are grateful for your patronage and trust.


Rick Johansen

Arne Johansen


– Debra M.

They can fix anything Great People !!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 I’ve been working with this company since 1996!!!!!!!

– Susie J.

As the caretaker for a senior gentleman in Atascadero, I was concerned for his health and safety during a recent cold snap. I called Air Rite, explained the situation and they made getting my patient’s needs taken care of a priority. The service technician was knowledgeable and professional, going above and beyond and taking the time to listen to my patient’s own diagnosis. The heating repair was completed within an hour and the price was right. I will recommend Air Rite Heating and Cooling to both my patients and my friends.

– L.

“Let me tell you why this company should have “10” stars. First, you need to know we had attempted to get our forced air heating fixed by another company from Templeton (posted a review on their site). After waiting several days for the other company to return after their initial visit (said they needed to order a part). After many cold days without even a call back we called “Air Rite” in Atascadero. We spoke with Rick (the owner of the company) and explained our dilemma and frustration with our attempt to get it fixed. He understood and said a ...

– Joe M.

“Great company to work with. I would say anyone looking for a fair, professional, and prompt company you could call Air Rite.”

– Joy J.

“We have used Air rite twice. Once to replace our heater and the most recent was to replace our A/C unit. We have been more than satisfied both times. They are fair, reasonably priced, efficient, and professional.”

– Ross T.

“Great service at a great price. When my parents needed an entirely new heater system Air Rite took care of it. When our heater recently went out Air Rite took care of it. Arnie came out diagnosed the problem and had us back up and running in no time. Great doing business with a small family-owned business. Highly recommend!”

– Fronando C.

“These guys are quick on service. They know what they are doing and put the customer first. There are a lot of air companies out there and service is the only thing that sets them apart and Air Rite knows this.”

– Nena J.

“I have used Air Rite for all my business needs over the past 8 years. They are honest, professional, and always come through. They are the best HVAC company on the central coast. Plus I love that they are family-owned! Try them out, they won’t disappoint.”

– Sara B.

“They are the best! I have you used them for everything. Honest and Fair.”

– Dennis E.

“Air Rite certainly did right by me! Our 20 year old HVAC system, which had been nursed along for the last few years, finally gave up the ghost. Arne came out and assessed the situation and recommended a reasonably priced replacement system. This morning he sent his team of Cameron, Daniel, David, and Keith, and they went to work. Before 3:00 p.m. on this wickedly hot day in the North County (105°+), they got our new furnace and air conditioning units installed, up, and running. Thank you, Air Rite!”

– Carrie W.

“We needed to have our AC unit serviced and called Air Rite. The woman who works in the office was attentive and kind. They were really busy because it has been so hot but she let us know the soonest they could send someone out. When the technician arrived he was kind and courteous. He went above and beyond to clean out the leaves that were in our unit and made it ready for summer. Thanks, Air Rite!”