Goettl Air Conditioning Tucson Blog

Sadie says “Remember we get hot too! Take care of us with these tips and tricks!”

List of General Tips

  • Beware the Sidewalk

Cement, asphalt, and even truck beds can be hotter than they look! The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends trying to stay off hot surfaces during the summer as they can burn your pet’s paws. If you can’t hold the back of your hand to sidewalk for 10 seconds without feeling the heat, consider moving your walks to the morning or late evening.

  • You pets can get sunburn too!
    Pets can get sunburn too, and pets with light colored, short coats are especially susceptible. To beat the heat, apply a pet safe sunscreen to their ears and nose 30 minutes to outdoor activity.
  • Set an appointment with your groomer!

Keeping your pets well-groomed in the summer months helps them regulate their temperature. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping your pet’s properly groomed to provide better circulation and temperature relation.  Call your local veterinarian to figure out the best cut for your pets.

  • Heatwave

Because your pets can’t sweat like you do, it’s harder for them to keep cool during the summer. The Humane Society of the United States recommends making sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water and shady places during the summer, and keep an eye out for dehydration while they are outside.

  • Splish-Splash!

Consider getting a doggie pool for your pets to play in during the heat. A doggie pool will give your pets a way to keep cool while also provide them with a new toy to play with at the same time. It’s a win-win!

  • Gardens, Garages, and Grass oh my!

Summer temperate can cause antifreeze to leak from overheating cars, leaving sweet tasting puddles that are harmful to pets. Keep an eye out for leaking cars, and make sure to keep your pets away from the mess. Some lawn and garden products could be harmful to your pet’s health. Keep fertilizers and other garden related products up and out of your pet’s reach.

  • Day at the Beach (Lake)?

While the cool water may be tempting to a hot dog, make sure they don’t drink too much (lake? salt?) and the salt in the water could make them sick. Did Fido make a splash? At the end of the day, make sure to rinse their coat with freshwater, as salt and other minerals found in ocean (lake?) can cause damage to your pets coat.

  • BBQ and Fireworks

With BBQ season in full swing, Make sure to keep your dogs and cats out of foods containing grapes, avocado, chocolate, fatty meats, and onions, as these foods are harmful to your pets. When it’s time for fireworks, remember your pets might get scared! According to the ASPCA, more animals go missing around 4th of July than any other time, so give your pets a safe, comfortable place to hide during the festivities, and make sure their collar tag is up to date.

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Does Changing the AC Filter Really Matter?

changing-filterTo answer the question posed in the title of this blog as quickly as possible: yes, yes it really does. You see, the air filter in your air conditioner plays a vital role, and a dirty filter is not going to fulfill that role successfully. Not only that, but a dirty filter can also impede the operation of your system in a few different ways. Of course, we’re not happy to just give you the short answer, especially not with such an important question at stake.

You’ve no doubt seen us talk about the fact that changing your air filter regularly is incredibly important here on this blog. While routine air conditioning maintenance is, of course, extremely beneficial, the fact is that waiting around to have your air filter changed once a year just is not going to cut it. Typically, the air filter in your air conditioner in Green Valley, AZ is going to have to be changed once every 1-3 months.

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Ready for an AC Replacement?

Tech-working-on-ACIf so, then you want to act fast. When you live in as hot an area as we do, any time without an effectively functioning air conditioner during the summer season can be major cause for concern. Of course, this means that you will ideally replace your air conditioner before it breaks down entirely. You want to get the greatest return possible on the air conditioner that you’ve invested in, naturally. However, waiting for it to give out on you completely only puts you at risk for serious discomfort as you wait for a replacement.

So when is the right time to schedule a replacement, you may be wondering. Well, that depends on a number of different factors. You don’t want to replace your air conditioner prematurely, either. We have a few tips to help you decide if the time is right for an air conditioning replacement in Benson, AZ. If you think that the time has come for a new cooling solution, schedule service with us for a successful AC replacement.

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Why Does My AC Blow Warm Air?

question-markThere are certain points in life when taking a big gamble can pay off in huge dividends. For those of us living here in Arizona, though, gambling with our air conditioning systems is just taking things too far. It is much too hot for too much of the year around here to take any chances with the condition or overall operational quality of your air conditioning system. Any irregularities with its performance should raise a red flag.

Aside from a complete system breakdown, an air conditioner that blows warm air from its vents is probably the most alarming situation that a homeowner could encounter with his or her system. However, the problem may not be quite as serious as it seems. In fact, you may be able to resolve the issue yourself in mere moments. Just remember that it could be something serious, though. If you cannot find a simple solution to get your air conditioner in Tucson, AZ back on track promptly, then give our professional technicians a call.

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Profile: Vice President Dan Bonner

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Name: Dan Bonner

Title: Vice President at Goettl Air Conditioning & Sunny Plumber

Married/Single: Married

Kids: 2 daughters Samantha and Emily, and my son Zack

My day is like…

getting through a significant day of work, then ending it with my family.

I was born…

in Philadelphia, let’s go E-A- G-L- E-S!

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is the weather. No more daily rain, raking, shoveling, wind hurting my face, dressing in a dozen layers just to run a quick errand, etc.

I’m listening to…

our newly adopted puppy squeaking his new toy. He is making sure that is all anyone can hear at the moment, a payback gift from mom, it contains 5 squeakers.

One thing I cannot live without…

is my coffee in the morning. I need to get in at least one cup at 5 am just before diving into my work emails.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

older. I’ve gained more patience since.

I’m inspired by…

my wife. She is a strong person. She bends without breaking, while keeping everything together and holding the family up at the same time. She is incredible.

The one person who motivates me is…

there has been several people that I have met, but the man in the mirror does it most. It has not been easy, but I’ve found that when I took the responsibility for my own motivation, I was able to meet more of my own goals and exceed my own expectations.

The perfect day would be…

an early round of good golf followed by an evening with my wife. She is my best friend. It doesn’t matter what we do, we always have a wonderful time.

My first job was…

caddying at a country club. A group of us from the neighborhood would get up early on Saturdays’ hitch hike out to the Country Club. The job was a good way for an underaged kid to earn some real money for some real unnecessary stuff I’m sure I had to have at the time.

My life…

has been an adventure, struggle, and a joy. I’m grateful for it all.

I’m currently working on…

tweaking two already successful companies, Goettl Air Conditioning & Sunny Plumber to the next level in customer experience.

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Hot Weather Tips and Tricks

thermometer-going-redVery, very hot summer weather is to be expected here in Arizona. Sometimes, the heat outside can be so overbearing that just leaving the comfort of your air conditioned home can seem a daunting task. Of course, you cannot just hide away in your house until things cool down — the heat is a fact of life for most of the year around here, not just a couple of months.

That’s why we want to give you a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy yourself more in the hot weather. Keep them in mind, and see what else you can come up with to beat the heat during our intense and long cooling season.

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3 Reasons to Schedule Air Conditioning Repairs

AC-repair-technicianLiving in Arizona means experiencing pretty warm weather for most of the year. When the heat of summer really starts to spike, “pretty warm” doesn’t even begin to describe it, of course. The last thing that you want to find yourself dealing with in the middle of a hot summer season is an air conditioner that is not functioning properly — except, maybe, an AC that is not functioning at all.

Ideally, you won’t let problems with your air conditioning system develop to the point that the air conditioner breaks down entirely. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, though, you first need to know the warning signs that it is time to call for AC repairs in Tucson, AZ. Here are a few such signs to keep in mind.

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Goettl Owner Turned A Broken Business Around

Ken Goodrich saw the usual signs of a business in need of a rescue: no profits, mostly losses and poor morale.

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Buying broken businesses and fixing them had been Ken Goodrich’s specialty for years. By the time he purchased Goettl Air Conditioning in 2013, he had done that 15 times.

But his 16th, the storied air-conditioning company that has operated in Phoenix since 1939, gave the air-conditioning and HVAC industry veteran a challenge he had never faced.

The once family-run company that was founded by brothers Gust and Adam Goettl changed ownership hands several times over the years. When Goodrich purchased it from the large out-of-state company that had owned it for five years, Goodrich saw the usual signs of a business in need of a rescue: no profits, mostly losses and poor morale.

Problem-solving new challenges

The former ownership had been cited by the attorney general for questionable business practices, Goodrich said. The legal matter was settled, but the public-perception scars remained.

“Consumer confidence and the legal issues: That was something I never experienced before in terms of fixing a broken business,” Goodrich said of the new territory he was in.

Goodrich approached this new problem the old-fashioned way. He focused on building morale within the company. He did that by emphasizing the needs of customers and employees’ roles in that process.

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He incorporated daily conversations with employees about making positive impact on customers, other team members and the industry overall. They established charitable initiatives, such as an annual drive that delivers more than 50,000 cases of water during the summer to the homeless, and rallying around veterans’ initiatives.

Goodrich also got Goettl involved in the community. A recent example: Goettl installed for free a new unit and ducting in the home of an elderly woman in Chandler who had been coping with an aged swamp cooler for the past 20 summers.

With the company culture rebuilt on a positive cornerstone, Goodrich saw the rest come together. Employees were motivated and excited to take service from the heavy lifting of installation and repairs to interactions with clients to a higher level.

“National companies are all about the money, so I took that out of the equation,” he said. “We stopped talking about the dollars and started talking about (how) did we make a happy customer.”

From there, Goettl was built back up one customer at a time. Since the ownership change, Goettl has grown more than 500 percent, Goodrich said. It has expanded into Tucson, Las Vegas and Southern California and generates in excess of $50 million in annual revenue, he said.

Stiff competition and a customer-first strategy

A solid product helps. Goodrich said the average air-conditioning unit runs 10-12 years. He sees 30-year-old Goettls that are running strong.

The business of keeping people cool or warm, depending on the season and part of the country, has become a crucial and big one. More than three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air-conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Globally, the air-conditioning systems market is projected to be a more than $167 billion industry by 2024, according to the firm Transparency Market Research.

Competition is intense. Goodrich’s customer-first strategy may not be new, but it’s effective.

Goettl replaced Randy Pullen’s unit in 2016, and also evaluated his Phoenix home and broke it into cooling areas where little-used rooms don’t get cooled down. This has amounted to savings, Pullen said.

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It was the second unit that Goettl had installed for Pullen. The first was a brand that the company was considering carrying; it gave Pullen a nice offer to replace his old unit with this one to see how it worked. After three years, Goettl decided not to carry it and replaced it with a Carrier last year.

Pullen said all of the technicians have been professional, and he has been pleased with the service. He said they take photos and send them to Goodrich, so they know he is looking at the equipment and work. Everyone has showed up on time and the jobs have ended on time without overcharging.

“It goes back to the way Ken does business. He’s very customer-oriented and it comes from the top,” said Pullen, who met Goodrich through a business contact in 2011. “They do what they say their going to do, and they deliver.”

“People are proud to be part of Goettl”

Goodrich’s history with Goettl goes back much further than his four-year ownership.

He was 10 growing up in Las Vegas, where his father owned an air-conditioning company. One night, he had the chance to work with his dad on a job. His father asked him to hold a flashlight so he could see what he was doing. This instilled Goodrich’s interest and passion for the industry.

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Incidentally, that flashlight shone on the first air-conditioner Goodrich saw up close. It was a Goettl — the brand that his father’s company specialized in. Goettl stopped making the units in 2007.

This inspired the radio ads that tout Goettl, the company today. Goodrich had replicas made of the old-style silver heavy-duty flashlights to give out to community members.

As Goodrich grew up, the air-conditioning company remained a big part of his and his family’s lives. Goodrich was 25 when his father died and left him in charge of the family business. Goettl was the only company that was willing to extend credit to the young, rookie owner thrust into business ownership.

“(Their) comment was, ‘We know you can do it,’” Goodrich recalled. “Without Goettl, we would not have been able to keep the family business going.”

Fast forward decades later to when the opportunity arose to purchase the company, he credited with keeping his father’s legacy going. Goodrich jumped at it.

“I am so proud to own Goettl because it meant so much to me. I know it’s heritage and quality products that have helped allow millions of people to live in this severe desert climate,” he said. “People are proud to be part of Goettl and what we’re doing.”

What: Goettl Air Conditioning

Where: 1845 W. First St., No. 108, Tempe 

Employees: 160 

Interesting stat: 86 percent of American households have air-conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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Do I Need AC Maintenance Every Year?

AC-being-servicedYes, you absolutely do. Even those areas of the country with cooler summers demand routine, annual AC maintenance. Considering how hard our air conditioners work around here, this is not a service that you can afford to overlook.

Long story short, there is simply nothing better that you can do for your air conditioning system than scheduling routine, professional air conditioning maintenance in Tucson, AZ. AC maintenance is not something that you can handle on your own or that you can entrust to a general handyman or woman. Thorough air conditioning maintenance demands the skill and expertise that only an experienced professional can offer, which is why you should schedule service with us.

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