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Service Area

We are proud to offer service in and around the following communities:

Alameda County

  • Alameda
  • Albany
  • Berkeley
  • Emeryville
  • Oakland
  • Piedmont
  • Kensington

Contra Costa County


Fraschieri Family

Compare Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated full service contractor celebrating almost 50 years of operational excellence. Founded by Al Fraschieri (with his wife Helen), our company has extensive experience, along with a strong reputation for complete attention to detail and well thought out designs to meet our customer’s needs. Through three generations, we have continuously improved our offerings and researched new products to provide unique, customized solutions for every home comfort need; we will continue this tradition into the fourth generation as well.

In addition to our exceptional customer care, we are available to answer any questions or assist with your home comfort and design needs.

Our customers can be assured that when you work with Compare Heating & Air Conditioning, whether it is regarding a small service repair, preventative maintenance, indoor air quality or system upgrades, we are committed to providing you with the level of quality and service that can only come from a business committed to your complete satisfaction.

Our Qualifications

We are heating and cooling Professionals!

License Number: 220289

We maintain a high level of quality among our staff. All of our installers and technicians are trained on a regular, on-going basis. We, and they, are certified by the following industry organizations:


Carrier factory authorized dealer

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers are the home heating and cooling experts to turn to. They are your single resource for everything you need -- from tailoring your ideal comfort system to installation, service and beyond.

Look for the Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer seal of approval -- it means your dealer has met our rigid criteria for quality. In fact, Carrier offers you a 100% satisfaction guarantee when you purchase your Carrier equipment from a Factory Authorized Dealer. It's your sure sign of an air conditioning and heating system dealer that will provide you with superior products, intelligent insight and the ultimate service.

Becoming a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer is no easy feat. Only those expert heating and air conditioning dealers who meet our highest standards and closest scrutiny -- not only for their technical expertise, but also for their business practices and customer service quality -- earn the Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers distinction.


NATE Certified

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an independent, third-party organization that develops and promotes excellence in the installation and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment by recognizing high-quality industry technicians through voluntary testing and certification. Our technicians have passed the rigorous testing necessary to qualify as NATE Certified Technicians.


Air Conditioning Contractor's Association of America Member

The Air Conditioning Contractor's Association of America is the heating and cooling industry's leading trade organization. ACCA members adhere to a standard of ethical best practices that is your assurance of quality and professionalism. We are an active member in good standing with ACCA.


The Better Business Bureau Member

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation; coast-to-coast, and in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Since the founding of the first BBB in 1912, the BBB system has proven that the majority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education.

Carrier Healthy Air Expert

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Carrier Healthy Air Expert dealers are the specialists you can turn to for your indoor air quality solutions. With today's rising concerns about air quality, allergens, and respiratory illnesses, more and more homeowners are looking for solutions to improve their indoor air quality. Carrier's complete line of Healthy Home Solutions include the products you can trust to improve the air in your home.



The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through the home improvement and renewable energy industries.

EGIA serves a rapidly-growing nationwide network of over 2,500 installation contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to millions of homes and businesses. EGIA is also a recognized leader in delivering sponsored demand management and resource efficiency services on behalf of electric, gas, water utilities and municipalities. EGIA services include financing, rebate program administration and rebate processing; contractor network management, training and certification; and sales channel development and support.

EGIA has facilitated the financing of over 40,000 residential and business projects valued in excess of $500 million, and administered over $250 million in rebate payments.

Meet Our Team

Al and Helen Fraschieri - Founders

Al & Helen Fraschieri started Compare Heating & Air Conditioning in September of 1963 in Walnut Creek, CA. As the quality of Compare's work became known around the local construction industry, they got the support and referrals of local contractors. Since day one, quality and attention to detail was of great importance to Compare Heating & Air Conditioning. This motto allowed Al & Helen to develop a loyal customer base.

After feeling confident that their children were able to uphold the reputation that they had worked so hard to establish, Al and Helen retired.

Mark Fraschieri

Mark Fraschieri - President

Mark started at Compare Heating & Air Conditioning when he was just 10 years old cleaning up the shop. As Mark grew up working along side his Dad, he decided that he would follow in his father's footsteps. After graduating from De La Salle High School in 1971, Mark went on to California State University, Chico to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. 

Mark joined Compare in 1976. Mark began by learning the trade out in the field and attending industry classes in order to fully understand the HVAC business. As of today, Mark is the President of Compare and is still maintaining the integrity and quality of work that his father instilled in 1963. He is married to his wife Corina and has two children, Keegan and Luke.


Jayne Hardin - Office Manager

Jayne started at Compare Heating & Air Conditioning when she a young girl helping her Mom in the office. Jayne also decided to follow her mother’s career path. After graduating from Carondelet High School in 1974, Jayne went on to Diablo Valley College to earn her Associate’s Degree in 1976. In order to perfect the office managing skills she learned from her Mom, Jayne attended Heald Business College’s Office Skills program in 1977. She became a full time employee in 1985, and is now the Office Manager at Compare.

Jayne married Ralph Hardin in 1977. They have two children Kelli and Corey, and two grandchildren Jeremy and Ryan.


Ralph Hardin - Estimator/Job Supervisor

Ralph began working at Compare Heating & Air Conditioning in 1980, shortly after marrying Jayne. Ralph graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1973. He then began a Carpenter Apprenticeship program and later earned his General Contractor License. Along with his carpentry skills, Ralph developed highly skilled copper and sheet metal work. His works can be seen in the Photo Gallery. Ralph now is an estimator and manages the new construction segment of Compare Heating & Air Conditioning.

Ralph married Jayne Fraschieri in 1977. They have two children Kelli and Corey, and two grandchildren Jeremy and Ryan.