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How to Make Your AC Installation a Success

goettl-vanWith summers as long and hot as ours, it goes without saying that our air conditioners are not something to take chances with. When you invest in a new air conditioning system, you want to make sure that you are investing in the right system for your needs and that it will be the right fit for your home. That is why you should schedule your AC installation, along with any other air conditioning services in Tucson, AZs, with the tried and true technicians here at Goettl Air Conditioning Tucson.

The key to a successful cooling experience starts with a successful air conditioning installation. Even before the actual installation itself, however, you’ll want to take some steps to get the ball rolling on the correct course. We have some tips to share with you today that should help you to do just that. We rely on our air conditioners far too much around here to leave anything to chance or to rush through the decisions leading up to an installation.

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Are You Ready for a New Air Conditioner This Year?

logoDeciding when to replace an air conditioning system can be a real puzzler in this part of the country. It gets incredibly hot here during the summer—and the heat persists well outside the actual season. That means that you definitely do not want to run your air conditioner into the ground, waiting for a complete breakdown before you go ahead and replace it. Doing so opens you up to vulnerability for periods of discomfort as you await your replacement.

Of course, you also do not want to replace your air conditioner prematurely. Why not? Well, you are essentially just throwing money down the drain in doing so. You need to find a happy middle ground when it comes to air conditioning replacement in Tucson, AZ. That is what we are here to help with today. Let the cooling experts here at Goettl Air Conditioning Tucson help you to decide if this is the year for an air conditioning replacement in your home. 

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Get Your AC Back in Fighting Shape

technician-at-doorWhat little and relatively mild winter weather we have around here is fading into the distance. Sure,  nighttime temperatures are still fairly chilly, but we’re also regularly hitting the 80s  during the day—and that number is only going to keep climbing! The question is whether your air conditioner is going to be able to handle the hottest days of the summer that looms ahead. If you do not schedule your AC maintenance in Tucson, AZ before it arrives,  then the answer is likely “no”.

Air conditioning maintenance is something that you’ve definitely seen us talking about if you have visited our site or this blog before. Why are we so ardent in covering this topic? Because routine AC maintenance is truly the best way in which to keep your air conditioner working at peak performance and efficiency levels. Considering just how hot it gets in our geographic region, your air conditioning performance is not something that you can afford to take chances with.

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Forced Air Systems Need Fresh Filters

man-with-filterYou have no doubt been told that routine HVAC maintenance is an absolute necessity if you are serious about getting the best performance that your home heating and air conditioning systems have to offer. Routine maintenance is a job that only trained professionals can handle, and it is not one that you should ever attempt to handle on your own. That is not to say, however, that there is nothing that you can do for your HVAC systems in terms of maintenance.

In fact, one of the most important of maintenance tasks is one that you can and should be doing on your own. That is changing the air filter as needed. The air filter in most forced air HVAC systems is going to need to be changed every 1-3 months, so your annual maintenance visit just doesn’t come frequently enough to meet that need. Fortunately for you, changing the air filter is very simple, these filters are very cheap, and it can help you to avoid some very real problems.

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2018 Industry Leaders of Arizona are honored

A joyous crowd filled JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Thursday night for Az Business magazine’s 2018 Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards.

“John Quincy Adams once said, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,’” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Tonight, we are recognizing organizations that are doing just that by driving innovation, carrying out visions and producing success in a way that stands out from the competition.”

Companies were honored as Industry Leaders of Arizona in five key industries: 

• Healthcare Support Services

• Food and Beverage

• Aerospace and Defense

• Software Firms and Data Support

• Commercial & Residential Service Contractors

Making the evening possible as sponsors were Arcadia Capital Partners, Clark Hill, Cresa, Lovitt & Touché and Merestone.

“All the finalists tonight are innovators who excel, who are passionate about making Arizona a better place to do business, a better place to live, a better place to play and, most importantly, who help create a better place to stay,” Green said.

Here are those who were honored:

Healthcare Support Services

Winner: Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

Finalists: Arizona’s Children Association, Circle the City, Homewatch CareGivers, Sonora Quest Laboratories, Southwest Human Development       

Food and Beverage

Winner: Stern Produce

Finalists: Café Valley, Jennifer’s Catering and Events, Isagenix, M Culinary Concepts, Sprouts Farmers Market

Aerospace and Defense

Winner: GECO Incorporated

Finalists: Able Aerospace Services, AvAir, Aerospace Contacts, Cutter Aviation, ITS

Software Firms and Data Support

Winner: Digital Air Strike

Finalists: FacilitySource, Ipro Tech, JDA Software, Mobivity, Vixxo

Commercial and Residential Service Contractors

Winner: Goettl Air Conditioning

Finalists: AAA Landscape, Azpro group, California Pools and Landscape, Canyon State Electric, DP Electric, Goettl Air Conditioning, Sun Mechanical, Wilson Electric

In addition, two special awards were presented:

• Breakthrough Award, which recognizes the adversity that often needs to be overcome to become successful in business: Café Valley

• Founder’s Award., which is presented to a company whose founder has impacted Arizona’s business community: AAA Landscape

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Goettl celebrates 79 years of keeping Arizona cool

In 1939, the U.S. was emerging from the Depression and some 65,000 people called the small desert city of Phoenix home. At the time, the region’s economy revolved around the copper, cotton, citrus and cattle industries. The city was also quickly gaining a national reputation as a sought-after destination and winter tourism began to flourish. And internationally, threats of war loomed to change history. 

Amid this intriguing backdrop, a pair of brothers from Austria moved to Phoenix. Gust and Adam Goettl had a vision to establish a company that could make the intense desert heat a livable environment. The pair would establish Goettl Air Conditioning on Feb. 14, 1939 and revolutionize cooled air technology paving the way for a population boom in the emerging Southwest.

As demand grew for their product, the Goettl brothers would pioneer sheet metal manufacturing and hone the process to a science – at one point the brothers had more than 100 patents on their technology. Soon, however, World War II would change the world’s landscape and the brothers were quick to shift their manufacturing operations to support the war and the need for metal-related products.

In fact, Phoenix would begin to establish itself as a military industrial center with three air force fields – Luke, Williams and Falcon Field – training and supporting soldiers from around the U.S. These facilities would join the Desert Training Center created by General George S. Patton, which would bring thousands of military men and women to the desert to train and support war efforts.

The Phoenix Rises

While all of this was occurring, air conditioning made the environment livable. The prevalence of air conditioning in homes and offices, made the state attractive to businesses, tourist, retirees and those seeking refuge from bitter winters in the Midwest and along the East Coast. By the 1950s, the use of cooled air technology would spur a growth boom that continues today. By 1960, Phoenix grew more in a year than it did in from statehood in 1914 to the end of World War II.

Since this series of linked events, the Goettl name has been recognized for excellence in heating and air conditioning installation. A consumer-focused brand, the Goettl name and reputation continued to grow. The term “Goettl” was soon used to epitomize strength, power and longevity as a source of hospitality in the searing and relentless desert heat.

The Goettl brothers would also pioneer marketing of their product. Since most didn’t understand how the technology could work to cool their homes, the brothers would strap air conditioning units on trucks and drive around town blasting cool air on the porches of residents, tempting them with the refreshing, breezy air. Once the wondrous cool air reached the faces of families trying to survive the desert heat, it was a done deal and Goettl would soon be a household name.

“We are truly honored to carry on the well-known legacy of the Goettl brand,” said Ken Goodrich, CEO and owner of Goettl Air Conditioning. “The Goettl brothers invented the industry and created an innovative and well-respected brand. Today, the ‘Goettl workhorse’ is well-known and continues to be cited in awe by industry peers.”

The Iron-Horse Inspires

Goodrich, whose father, J. Duncan Goodrich, was an HVAC expert himself, would join his dad on jobs as a child where he would hold a flashlight to help complete jobs in Las Vegas during hot, dark nights. The experience would lead Goodrich to use the image of his own son, Duncan, in his marketing holding a flashlight illuminating the right way to complete HVAC jobs. It was during these jobs that the younger Goodrich would begin to admire the Goettl brand for its “iron-horse” longevity and integrity in the industry.

Later, when Ken Goodrich established his own HVAC company, Goettl was the only brand willing to extend him credit to nurture his business. Goodrich would continue to build his HVAC businesses, but he would never forget the Goettl brand.

By 2013, the economic recession and a hyper-competitive industry, had taken its toll on Goettl in Arizona. Ownership changes threatened to kill the Goettl brand.

Enter Goodrich, an air conditioning industry executive who has bought and sold several HVAC companies around the U.S. In 2013, he took control of Goettl and immediately installed new management and systems to manage the company. Soon, Goettl Air Conditioning went from hemorrhaging millions of dollars a year to being a profitable, industry pioneer yet again. Soon, Goodrich would start expanding Goettl Air Conditioning throughout the Southwest while resurrecting the brand and ideals that shaped the company.

Class Is In: Goettl University

Later this year, the Goettl name will be elevated to new heights when Goodrich opens a new Las Vegas headquarters, which will include “Goettl University.”

Besides housing 200 employees of Goettl Air Conditioning, the 53,000-square-foot Las Vegas facility will also have the region’s largest state-of-the-art training center: Goettl University. The facility will include a 100-seat customer service center and mock HVAC systems built into the complex for realistic hands-on training and learning.

“This facility and Goettl University will fulfill a life-long dream of mine where HVAC technicians throughout the U.S. will be trained the Goettl way,” said Goodrich, who will continue to transform the industry and maintain the commitment to quality and doing the right thing for consumers. “Our technicians will receive ongoing real-life training and will be taught to be perfectionists – just like my father trained me. Every customer experience, every screw and bolt we install and every detail in the process will be best in class. Perfection will be our guide.”

Goodrich expanded Goettl Air Conditioning to his hometown of Las Vegas in April 2016. Since 2015 alone, Goettl has experienced 500 percent year-over-year growth and continues to grow. Today, Goettl Air Conditioning operates in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Southern California. Goodrich plans on continuing to expand nationally. “Our plan is simple: grow the Goettl Air Conditioning brand and continue the iconic legacy and founding principals that made the company the most trusted and leader in the industry.”

 

 

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Is It Time for a Heating Replacement?

temperature-just-rightIf we were to ask you what your first choice would be in terms of a big, exciting purchase, “a new heating system” probably would not be at the top of that list. This is understandable, of course. Heaters aren’t all that exciting to most homeowners in general, and the fact that we live in a pretty warm climate here means that they are not really on our mind all that much. All that being said, though, you are going to need a heating replacement eventually.

When that time comes, work with the Tucson heating professionals that you know you can count on: us! Goettl Air Conditioning Tucson is dedicated to providing our clients with the best experience possible, both in terms of customer service and in the big picture as concerns their ongoing comfort. That is why we want to help you understand when it makes sense to replace your home heating system. Here’s a hint—don’t wait for a complete breakdown before doing so!

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Don’t Ignore These Common Signs of Heating Problems

stopwatchAs great as it would be to invest in a new heating system and to know with all certainty that you will never run into problems with it, that really is not the case. All heaters, even those that are manufactured by the most trusted names in the industry, are mechanical systems and, like all other mechanical systems, they are going to run into operational problems from time to time. The best thing to do is to learn to recognize the signs of trouble and deal with them in a prompt manner.

Today, we are going to explore some of the common signs that heating repairs in Tucson are necessary. That way, you’ll know what to look for and when to call for help. Sure, we don’t use our heating systems around here nearly as much as we use our air conditioners. That does not mean, however, that we can afford to ignore the signs of trouble we do encounter. If you think your heater is struggling, give the pros here at Goettl Air Conditioning Tucson a call.

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Carbon Monoxide: How to Keep Your Family Safe From This Silent Killer

By Ken Goodrich

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year accidental carbon monoxide poisoning sickens more than 25,000 people in the U.S. and nearly 500 people die annually from exposure to the odorless and undetectable gas. In the desert, the cool months of December, January and February are typically when most homeowners and their families are vulnerable as gas heaters are used to keep warm. However, a few simple tips can help prevent illness and death. Here’s what you need to know.

How can I ensure the air my family breaths doesn’t have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Installing and maintaining a carbon monoxide detector is the best defense to prevent illness and death from carbon monoxide. Since “CO” is odorless and colorless, a detector can help save your loved ones. CO is produced when fuel is burned to produce heat and a detector is the only way to monitor the gas levels in your home.

Is a CO detector expensive and can I install one by myself?

Installing and maintaining a carbon monoxide detector is not difficult, however finding the right location to install one is vital. Include information here on where to install. A typical stand-alone detector will cost between $20 to $50.

What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

Headaches, dizziness and an upset stomach are key indicators that CO might be at unhealthy levels in your home. Unfortunately, people sleeping are unaware that they might be breathing the gas so it’s important that CO detectors are located near sleeping areas in your home and have alarms loud enough to wake you.

Who is at risk for carbon dioxide poisoning?

Everyone is at risk for high levels of CO, however, the most vulnerable are infants, elderly and those with chronic heart disease.

 

What else should I know about CO?

Like smoke detectors, make sure you replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector annually in your home. In dessert areas , we always recommend homeowners do this in the spring when they service their HVAC systems before the summertime heat.

You should have your HVAC system, water heater and any other gas burning appliances checked by a qualified technician each year to ensure there are no leaks or unknown harm looming.
Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning

About Goettl Air Conditioning
Goettl Air Conditioning, established in 1939, offers the highest quality AC and heating equipment and a full range of maintenance, repair and replacement services. Goettl operates in the Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Southern California areas. All Goettl technicians are background-checked, drug-tested and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. Goettl AC was recently named the “Best HVAC” company by readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2018”

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Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Down?

cold-manRunning your heater in Arizona is not going to be a daily occurrence, at least not for much of the year. That being said, if you think that you can squeak by without a great heater installed in your home, you really need to think again. The professional heating technicians on our team are here to tell you that, when temperatures do drop, it doesn’t matter how long they drop for. You deserve to be comfortable in your home at all times. That simply won’t be the case if your furnace is malfunctioning.

One common issue that homeowners run into with their furnaces is short cycling. This is the event in which a heater starts up, but runs only briefly before cycling back down. It may not seem like the biggest problem in the world, especially if the system is still heating your home effectively despite the erratic behavior. However, short cycling can have a number of negative consequences for your furnace, and may result in the need for serious furnace repairs in Tucson if it is not addressed in a timely fashion.

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