Celebrating 50 years of successfully serving the area are (from left) Kristen Bagnall, Bill Wantuck Sr., Patricia Wantuck, Bill Wantuck III and Bill Wantuck Jr. --Photo by Cosmo Hadac

Celebrating 50 years of successfully serving the area are (from left) Kristen Bagnall, Bill Wantuck Sr., Patricia Wantuck, Bill Wantuck III and Bill Wantuck Jr. --Photo by Cosmo Hadac

Wantuck Comfort Solutions celebrates 50 years of service

Thousands served in Clearing, Garfield Ridge

By Tim Hadac

Some small businesses in Clearing and Garfield Ridge have served so many people for so long, you just have to say the family name and folks will know exactly what kind of business you’re talking about.

For example, Soukal is one. Pticek is another.

And of course, there’s Wantuck.

With Wantuck, the family-owned heating and air conditioning business has served thousands of homes in the area. In fact, it’s fair to say that at least half the homes in Clearing and Garfield Ridge have been served by Wantuck at one point or another in the past 50 years—making the Wantuck name like gold in the neighborhood.

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Celebrating 50 years of successfully serving the area are (from left) Kristen Bagnall, Bill Wantuck Sr., Patricia Wantuck, Bill Wantuck III and Bill Wantuck Jr. –Photo by Cosmo Hadac

But that journey started with a single step. Bill Wantuck Sr. launched his business in 1971 out of his home garage near 61st and McVicker.

“My grandpa was a hard-working man, very enterprising,” said his grandson, 30-year-old Bill Wantuck III. “In the beginning, it was just him, his truck, his hopes and dreams and a very tolerant wife (Patricia) taking his business appointments.”

These days, Bill Sr. is retired, and Bill Jr. is in charge. Over the years, Wantuck set up shop on Archer, but then later moved to a larger, more efficient building at 48th and Knox—where they are today.

Bill Jr. and his wife, Lisa, raised their family in Garfield Ridge, and their children all attended St. Symphorosa School. Bill III went on to Brother Rice High School, and his sisters attended Mother McAuley. To this day, they live in the neighborhood.

In 2021, Wantuck Comfort Solutions is a successful three-generation family business.

“We’re basically doing the same thing we did in 1971: going around the neighborhood, making sure everyone’s heating and air conditioning units are working, as well as installing new units,” Bill III said.

As a Carrier factory-authorized dealer for 18 years and a three-time Carrier President’s Award winner, the products Wantuck sells are top quality and highly reliable.

Bill III speaks highly of his sister, Kristen Bagnall (Wantuck’s main residential sales manager), for her role in generating sales that paved the way for the company to win the prestigious Carrier President’s Award repeatedly.

In addition to offering top-of-the-line equipment, customers can now make appointments online, use the Wantuck Comfort Solutions app to enroll in excusive rewards and coupons, peruse affordable financing options and stay up to date with the monthly newsletter

Another thing that set Wantuck Comfort Solutions apart from the larger companies that aren’t local or family-owned, is the personal touch.

“On my way home recently, I stopped at the home of a customer of ours, a very nice elderly lady,” Bill III recalled. “She had called and told us she was having difficulty reading the digital display on her thermostat.

“Well, we’re not going to schedule a service call for that, so I just went there myself. That’s a small thing for me, but it wasn’t for her. She needed help,” he added.

“At Wantuck, we enjoy helping customers. We’re building a family legacy by helping the neighborhood. That’s important to us.”

For more information, call longtime Wantuck office manager Monica Zuba at (773) 581-9000 or email [email protected] Customers may also find the Wantuck app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at wantuck.net.

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