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By Ken Goodrich as featured in The Arizona Republic 8/26/2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Why is the cost to recharge your AC unit going up?

By 2020, Arizona air-conditioning users will be forced to find new sources of refrigerant to recharge their systems as R22, a popular Freon now in use, will be phased out by order of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA believes R22 harms the ozone layer and its use will be banned forever in January 2020. There are other types of less harmful refrigerants that will replace R22, but homeowners today need to make informed decisions when servicing and replacing their AC units.

Here are some common questions:

I keep hearing about R22. What is it and how does it impact air-conditioning in my home? R22 is a type of Freon refrigerant that helps your air conditioning produce cool air. The EPA has determined R22 harms the ozone layer and has ordered it to be phased out of use by 2020. Once this happens, R22 will no longer be produced or imported and will be replaced with R-410A. Air-conditioning manufacturers stopped production of R22-charged systems in 2010.

Why is the EPA phasing out R22? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs, are chemicals that are mainly used as refrigerants. Unfortunately, the EPA has found the releases of HCFCs can deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

What should I do? Do I need to replace my AC unit? No, you don’t have to replace your AC system at this time. You can continue to use R22 in existing systems, however, it will be available only from older systems that have been recycled, reclaimed or recovered. Lower supply of R22 is already resulting in much higher costs to recharge AC systems, and there will be no guarantee that R22 will be available in the future. In fact, R22 costs 10 times what it did five years ago. According to the EPA, “as a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost and the refrigerant used.”

Should I buy a new unit now or wait until 2020? It really depends. You’ll need to balance the age of your system with cost benefits realized from new systems. New, energy-efficient air-conditioners save on energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model, according to the EPA.

How do I know what kind of AC unit I should consider buying? A central air-conditioner that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is at least 14 percent more efficient and will save you money. Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning.

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Goettl Air Conditioning Supports Motocrosser in ‘Longest Race in U.S.’

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

LAS VEGAS – (Aug. 31, 2017) – HVAC entrepreneur Ken Goodrich and his team at Goettl Air Conditioning donated thousands of dollars to help one of its employees’ children compete in the Best in the Desert, an epic 545-mile race through the desert from Las Vegas to Reno.

Dubbed “the longest race is the United States,” hundreds of competitors participate in the brutal race. Among those competing this year was Brett Aguilera and his racing partner, Tallon Taylor. The duo entered the 300 Pro-Class Race with Aguilera’s 2016 KTM 250 sx. The pair placed first in class and 37th overall.

Goodrich, CEO and Owner at Goettl AC in Las Vegas, supported Aguilera’s efforts to race. Goodrich was one of a handful sponsors whose contributions helped fund the journey. Goodrich paid $1,200 for Goettl’s sponsorship and he also sweetened the deal with a $1,000 bonus for Aguilera winning his class.

Aguilera also won first-place is the same race last year. “I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported me,” said Aguilera, who singled out his parents and other sponsors including TEAM AGGIE, Goettl AC, The Williams Bros., Kayu Trucking, Thurlow Wealth Management, Baja Nikki, Eddy King, Silver State Speed Shop, Jason Roar, Scotty Robertson, Fly Racing, X Brand Goggles, Fasst Co., Sidi Boots and Dubya wheels.

 

The duo started the race physically at 13th overall out of 92 bike and quad teams. Halfway through, they were seventh overall, but had some mechanical problems that took them out of the action for more than an hour. Later, they would finish at 12 hours, 48 minutes and 48 seconds – and in first-place.

“I’ve been racing since I was about 5-years-old,” Aguilera added. “I just love it and I am so thankful for everyone who helps me compete – it’s a dream come true.”

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Keep Cool and Safe During a Monsoon This Summer with Tips for your AC Unit

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

 

How will a monsoon affect my HVAC system?

Monsoons bring dust storms, torrential downpours, flash flooding and lightening, all of which wreak havoc on air conditioning systems. With the average temperature in July in Phoenix 104 and Las Vegas 106, a non-working air conditioning can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

How can I maintain my HVAC system during the summertime?

When an AC unit sits idle for a long time, it collects debris and is then in need of maintenance to keep it running properly. You can do several things to keep up with the health of your unit such as having the condenser cleaned, and checking the coolant lines.

Most importantly, be sure to replace your filters regularly since monsoons increase the amount of dust and particles in the air, that are then being sucked into your HVAC system. Because the wind from a monsoon is blowing debris around your condenser, be sure that you clean and maintain the area around your unit. It is recommended that you keep plants, patio furniture, or other outdoor items, at least 2 feet away from your unit.

How often should I change my filter during the summer monsoon season?

The amount of dust and particles being trapped in your HVAC system can reduce the air flow to your air conditioning and cause poor indoor air quality resulting in allergies and reduced efficiency. Replace the filters at least once a month and when a monsoon blows through consider replacing them as soon as it passes.

 What should I do if lightning strikes near my home during a monsoon, causing a disruption in my HVAC system?

Surges in electricity can damage the components in the air conditioner and lightening doesn’t have to hit the home to cause surges, a lightning strike within a half mile can cause damage. A lightning strike can deliver 20k volts into through a home, taking out the air conditioning unit. To prevent expense repairs and hot nights if your unit is damaged invest in a circuit breaker, during extreme electricity changes the breaker will be tripped. If you have a breaker and come home to a hot house, make sure to check it before calling for a service call.

What should I do if my system won’t turn on?

There are a few things to check if your system is not turning on. First, be sure your AC unit is plugged in and check your circuit breaker – if it trips, don’t force it. Make sure to also checking the batteries in your thermostat regularly. You’ll want to ensure the cooler setting is on, and your fan is on the auto/on mode, as opposed to off.

How often should my system be maintained?

Twice a year, before the heat and before the colder temperatures. If you had your system maintained before the start of the summer season last year, you should not go through the whole summer without doing so again. We depend upon our air conditioners far too much to force them to go through two long, brutal summer seasons without service.

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Goettl Owner Turned A Broken Business Around

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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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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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Be sure to bookmark the Goettl Air Conditioning blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

We’ll feature money saving promotions here as well.

Call Goettl Air Conditioning for all your air conditioning, commercial HVAC, heating, and indoor air quality needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

iMarket Solutions has launched Goettl Air Conditioning new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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