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About Us | Central Heating & Air Conditioning

At Central Heating & Air Conditioning, we make it our priority to meet the needs of our customers. Our qualified technicians are available for new installations, planned maintenance and sheet metal work, and can help you solve a variety of problems, including indoor air quality issues, a cold or hot room or indoor humidity concerns. We are even available 24-hours a day with our emergency service.

Our top-notch service technicians are HVAC certified and receive ongoing education for the constant changes and technological advances in our field. We are BBB Accredited since March 2013. We are proud to offer the highest quality of service from the most knowledgeable technicians in the area, so you can rest assured knowing that when you call us, you will receive the best results.

Proudly Serving the Billings, Montana
Community Since 1945

Central Heating and Air Conditioning have proudly served Billings and the surrounding areas since 1945. Ralph Winchell founded the company in 1945, then known as Central Sheet Metal, to provide the local community with high-quality HVAC equipment installed by skilled craftsmen. Eventually, the company was handed to Ralph’s sons, John and Jerry Winchell, to continue the tradition of excellent service.

In 1997, Lenny Earnst began working for the Winchells. When it came time for John to retire, he didn’t want to see the shop close after 66 years and knew Lenny would continue to provide the same level of service the community had come to expect. In 2011, Lenny and his wife, Gina, purchased Central Sheet Metal from John. Together, they decided to rename the company Central Heating & Air Conditioning to better reflect their scope of work.

How We Give Back to the Billings Area

Each year, we partner with Lennox “Feel the Love” to provide a free HVAC installation to an outstanding member of our community. While unsung heroes come from all walks of life, some examples of past nominees “Feel The Love” has honored have included community leaders such as teachers, first responders, and volunteers; veterans; senior citizens; and families facing hard times. This is our chance to give back to the community that has given us all so much. If you know of someone that helps others in times of need, please nominate them for this program. Nominations begin in May.

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Meet the Team

Lenny & Gina Earnst


Lenny and his wife Gina started Central Heating in 2011 after purchasing Central Sheet Metal from John Winchell. Lenny was employed with Central Sheet Metal for thirteen years before purchasing the company and renaming it Central Heating & Air Conditioning. In their free time, Lenny and Gina enjoy spending time in West Yellowstone fishing, camping, and snowmobiling.

Dan Jergens

Shop Foreman

Dan joined Central Heating in 2014. He enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting.

Darren Pulver

Service Technician

Darren joined the team as an apprentice in 2012. Darren enjoys the outdoors and has six wonderful children.

Tyler Philip

Service Technician

Tyler joined Central Heating in 2017 as an apprentice. Tyler enjoys spending time with his fiance and his dog.

Brett Toland

Install Technician

Brett joined our team in 2020 as an apprentice. Brett enjoys camping, dirt biking, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Trent McKinney

Comfort Advisor

We welcomed Trent to the team in January 2020. Trent was originally from Hawaii and came to Montana as quarterback for the Montana Grizzlies. Trent married his beautiful wife in 2021.

Stacey Jergens

Office Manager

Stacey joined our team in 2020. She loves camping, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.

Brock Riley

Mechanical Helper

Brock joined us in April 2021 after graduating early. Brock enjoys snowboarding and has just begun the apprentice program.


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