About Us

Providing Exceptional Heating and Cooling Services since 1914.

In 1911 15-year old Elroy L. Payne dropped out of high school and left Lincoln, Nebraska to seek his fortune in Los Angeles, California. One year later he convinced his father to move with his mother and seven brothers and sisters to California. On July 4, 1914 Elroy and his Father opened up their sheet metal and plumbing shop in downtown Los Angeles and within a few short years were manufacturing gas-fired furnaces to be installed in homes throughout southern California. By 1933 Payne Furnace and Supply Company was the largest manufacturer of gas-fired furnaces in the western United States.

The Origin of our “Omaha Orange” Vehicles

Elroy Payne loved California and in 1933 decided to paint all Payne Company trucks to match the color of the State flower, the California poppy. Elroy went to Chevrolet and they had him work with their pain shop to custom mix that particular color orange. They also allowed him to name this new color, which remained in the Chevy line for 60-years. Elroy named the color, “Omaha Orange” in honor of the State of his birth. Today E.L. Payne Company trucks are still Omaha Orange.

From Engineering to Full Service Heating and Air Conditioning

The most unique aspect of Payne’s history is that while Elroy and his father made and sold quality furnaces, the company also engineered system installations, installed new central heating systems, and provided maintenance and repair service on those systems. In 1949 Elroy sold his manufacturing divisions to Dresser Industries, who at the time owned Bryant and Day & Night Companies, which was later sold to the Carrier Corporation. Elroy and his son Gordon re-named the Company E.L. Payne and continued in the air conditioning contracting and service business.

The Legacy of Building Relationships with Clients Continues

Today we are the largest and oldest family owned residential heating & air conditioning Service Company in Southern California. Thousands of our homeowner-customers have been with us more that 40-years, and many of those relationships are multi-generational.

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