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How Does Air Conditioning Actually Work?

goettl-techniciansAt Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas, we install, tune up, and repair a lot of air conditioners all throughout the year. Yes, your heater is still a very important system, but no one will claim that it gets an equal amount of time on the playing field as your air conditioner does. Because whole-house air conditioning systems are such a regular part of everyday life,  it’s a bit surprising that more homeowners don’t fully understand how it is that the air conditioning process really works.

When you hire a professional air conditioning contractor in Las Vegas to install your AC, you can count on it reliably pumping cool air into your living space. Unlike a heater, which generates heat by which to heat, an air conditioner does not somehow “create” coolness. So how does that air that blows from your vents feel so cool, then? This is what we’ll explore today, as we discuss the mysteries of your home cooling system and its performance.

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Kindness and Compassion: Las Vegas company helps residents in need


Mar. 5, 2018, 03:04 PM

LAS VEGAS, March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Taking care of a loved one with dementia is a hard and stressful task alone, but when you lose heat in your home and don’t have the money to fix it, the caregiving gets all the more challenging.

That’s exactly the situation Las Vegas resident Joe Leonardo found himself in. He has been taking care of his 84-year-old father when his HVAC system went out leaving them without heat during recent freezing nights.

Unable to work due to an infection that took his eye and leg, Leonardo couldn’t afford a replacement unit and faced an unknown future. However, when the Las Vegas-based Goettl Air Conditioning team heard of his situation, they quickly rallied and installed a new unit last week.

The complete job, installed by Goettl Air Conditioning and with a unit donated by Goodman Air Conditioning & Heating, is estimated to be valued at $10,000.

For his part, Leonardo was blow-away by the compassion and donation that helped him and his father have at least one less thing to worry about. “When I learned Goettl was donating an air conditioner for my dad and I, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s the best thing that’s happened to me in a very long time,” said Joe Leonardo. “We know it’s going to be a hot summer and you can’t live in Vegas without air conditioning, so this donation is going to make a huge impact on our lives. If it wasn’t for Goettl, we’d be freezing now and sweating during the summertime.”

About Goettl Air Conditioning

Goettl Air Conditioning, established 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 in the state by readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2018.”

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Why Use a Furnace to Heat My Home?

HVAC-technicianWhen it comes to living comfortably in Nevada, a lot of people will immediately think of their air conditioning systems. This is understandable, and your AC most definitely gets more time on the playing field than your central air conditioner does. Don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to your home heating system, though. You’re still going to run into temperatures that are more than chilly enough to cause discomfort.

If you’re having a new home put up, or if you’re thinking that your heater is now ready for a replacement, you should definitely consider the use of a furnace to heat your home. Furnaces in Las Vegas are very popular, and it doesn’t take an HVAC expert to see why. Today, we want to talk about some of the benefits that you’ll enjoy as a result of using a furnace to heat your home. Feel free to contact Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas with any questions.

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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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Ductless AC: What’s the Big Deal?

ductless-blowerIf you have been thinking about replacing your air conditioner and have done even the most preliminary research, or even if you’ve just asked friends and family about the systems that they’re currently using, there is a good chance that you’ve heard of the ductless mini split. Ductless mini splits have long been a favorite in commercial settings and multi-family housing units, but they’ve also really gained traction in the residential sector at large. This is thanks to the unique benefits that they offer.

If you want to know more about ductless air conditioning in Las Vegas and why it has earned such a great reputation, then today’s post is definitely for you. We’ll cover the ductless mini split itself and some of its major selling points. Just keep in mind, though, that even the best air conditioning systems on the market will falter if they are not professionally installed and serviced. If you do decide to use a ductless mini split in your home, be sure to have our team install, maintain, and, when necessary, repair it.

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Common Problems with Furnaces

furnace-repairWe don’t suffer through particularly brutal winters here in Las Vegas. That does not mean, however, that we don’t have any cold weather to deal with. Those who think of Vegas as being hot and sunny all the time have obviously never experienced the chill that creeps into the nighttime air during our admittedly mild winter seasons. That is why you really need to know that your furnace is in good working condition. You may not need it all that much, but you need it to be there for you when you do!

We install and service both gas and electric furnaces, and we can handle any necessary furnace repairs in Las Vegas. Remember, a malfunctioning furnace is much more than a minor inconvenience even in our climate. It could actually lead to a dangerous situation in your home. Contact a member of our team at the first sign of trouble. And now, let’s review some common problems that you may encounter with your furnace.

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Why Schedule Prompt Heating Repairs?

woman-blowing-noseThere is a misconception that some people have about Las Vegas. Mainly,  that it is hot all of the time. Now, we obviously have very, very hot summer weather, and the cold of our winter season definitely pales in comparison to the heat of summer. That does not mean, however, that we don’t deal with plenty of chilly weather during the winter. You are, in fact, going to need your heater to function effectively and reliably if you want to make it through the winter comfortably.

Because our winters are so mild, though, and because you don’t run your heater with the same fervor that you do your air conditioner, it can be tempting to overlook problems with this system, or to write them off as being “minor” enough to wait. This is never the right course of action, though. Trust us when we tell you that professional heating repair in Las Vegas is always going to be in your best interest. Here is how picking up the phone at the first sign of trouble can benefit you.

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Will a Heat Pump Handle My Heating Needs?

dog-under-blanketProvided that it is properly sized and that it is expertly installed and serviced, then yes, a heat pump can definitely meet your home’s heating needs. Now, that may not seem like that great of an accomplishment when you consider just how mild the weather in this part of the country is during the winter season. It is worth noting, though, that the way in which a heat pump heats your home is the real benefit here. Well, one of many.

Our team excels in the installation and servicing of heat pumps, and we are happy to ensure that you are able to enjoy effective, reliable heating in Las Vegas. Be sure to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. There may not be a single heater out there that is perfect for everyone, but there is definitely a heater that is perfect for you. We’ll make sure that this is the heater you wind up with.

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How Routine Furnace Maintenance Benefits You

hello-winterChances are that, if you have read this blog before, you know that we often stress the importance of routine HVAC maintenance. Today, we’re going to take the opportunity to tell you about the ways that routine furnace maintenance can benefit you. If you use a furnace to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the winter season, then you definitely need to schedule your furnace tune-up with a member of our team. Mild winters are no excuse for overlooking this vital service in Nevada.

When a furnace is properly sized for your home and expertly installed therein, you can expect a good performance from that system—to a point. Even the best furnace that is a perfect fit for your home will falter in its operation if you fail to have it tuned up annually by a trained professional. The fact that your furnace in Las Vegas doesn’t see as much use as your AC does not mean you can skip tune-ups.

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Ken Goodrich, CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning

Originally published: 12.01.17 by HVACR Business Staff

Ken Goodrich, CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning

We sat down with Ken Goodrich, owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning. Recently, Goettl made a $10 million investment on a mixed-use building that will become its headquarters and state-of-the-art technician training center. Goodrich discussed growing up in the industry, the art of acquiring companies and the need to give back to the community.

1. How did you get started in this industry?

I was recruited by my father, at the age of 10, to hold the flashlight for him while he worked on air conditioners. By the time I was old enough to drive, I was proficient as an air conditioning technician and ran service calls.

2. Is this what you always wanted to do?

No. I grew up in Las Vegas and it can be miserably hot on those roofs. I decided that wasn’t the way I wanted to make a living, so I went to college and got a degree in finance. When I interviewed for finance jobs, I’d get offers that were half of what I was making in HVACR. I couldn’t wrap my head around making half the pay, so I just decided to start my own business and go with what I knew.

3. So, you actually started your own company?

About the time I decided to return to HVAC, my dad fell ill and passed away. I purchased the business from my mother, it was called Racee Air Conditioning. I went to work on building an enterprise rather than a family business.

4. How did that business evolve?

Over the next 10 years, I had my struggles learning how to run a business and understanding how to implement business systems and processes, as well as creating management teams and leading people. Eventually, I built a fairly successful company, which attracted an HVACR industry consolidator in 1997.

5. What did you do next?

I sold the company and worked for them for a couple of years. Being a part of a larger company exposed me to operating processes, acquisition strategies and new perspectives on how bigger business is done. I was intrigued to see if I could take that knowledge and apply it to another company.

6. So, you started another company?

In 2001, armed with my new-found perspective, I started putting some businesses together in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and we grew sizeable in those markets. We had five locations and ended up selling them to the same buyer as last time, in early 2008. I became the division vice-president, then the president of the Western Division for several years, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase Goettl Air Conditioning. It was something I could not pass up, as Goettl has been a part of my career since I started.

7. What intrigued you about acquiring Goettl?

Goettl was the brand of the first air conditioner I shined the flashlight on for my dad when I was 10-years-old. Goettls were designed to operate in the high ambient temperatures of the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts. So, when I was growing up and learning the business, my dad installed Goettls.

8. How many businesses have you acquired?

In my career I’ve acquired 60 or more businesses. In my latest venture, I have acquired four, one in California, and three in Las Vegas. We currently have branches in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson and Corona, Calif.

9. Are there more plans to grow?

Yes. We’re aiming to significantly increase our footprint throughout California. Our next move is toward Sacramento, and then going further into Los Angeles. We’re in what they call the Inland Empire, Riverside County area, which is hot weather. But, we want to expand that office to service further towards the coast and the L.A. county border.

10. How do you ensure you’re not too big?

I’m the guy who says, “Okay. We can go now” or “We need to slow down a little bit”, and it’s all based on performance metrics. We count 22 things every single day. We talk about the cause and the effect of why those numbers are right or wrong, and what to do about it. If we’re not routinely hitting those metrics, we slow down and regain our focus.

11. What’s the key to acquiring a company?

The number one thing you have to start with is leadership — leadership inside the branch or the business. Usually, when I find struggling companies, it’s because they’re struggling with management.

12. How do you fix that?

We establish a culture of achievement, customer service, accountability and teamwork. We create that culture, and then we accelerate the performance of the business. If I had to break it down to one thing, its leadership.

13. Once you install leadership, what’s next?

You have to find the talent. This is one of the key reasons for the new Goettl University, because we’re not only going to train our technicians and installers, we’re going to train our next management teams. Leadership skills and management skills will be part of our curriculum.

14. How are you setting up that curriculum?

We’ve recruited two industry trainers and they’re currently preparing the curriculum for all the key, basic understandings of the trade, and repairing and installing air conditioning systems. We’ve also taken that to the next level whereby we’re really close to being done McDonaldizing our business.

15. Can you explain that?

We have every repair, every type of installation documented — pictures and a training curriculum on each and every one of them, so that we can bring a guy in who has some experience, and then we’re going teach him to build a Big Mac our way, so to speak.

16. Can you tell us about your sponsorship at the College of Southern Nevada?

When the economy was down in 2008, they were looking at programs to cut out, and the HVACR school was one on the chopping block. I really respect the head of the program, Dennis Soukop. He’s put out some great people and done so much for the industry, I couldn’t let the program fail. I created a $250,000 endowment to basically show the college and the governor that the program had meaning and supporters.

17. What else has Goettl done to help the school?

We’ve also done an endowment for $100,000 to help veterans who graduate from the program. It gives them their first set of tools of the trade. There are two other scholarships: one is the Son of a Gun Scholarship which you’re eligible to receive if you’re the son of a contractor and want to learn the trade.

18. Why is it so important to give back like that?

It’s incumbent upon all business owners to give back to the communities in which they earn their livings. It’s also an effective way to rally your team around things other than the business to create a good work environment. If we rally the team around giving back to the community, helping the veterans or helping the homeless, it builds a stronger team.

19. How important is a company culture?

It’s everything. Culture is one of the key elements to a good turnaround. It’s the leadership and the culture.

20. How do you ensure you’re getting the quality you expect from your team?

I clearly define who we are and communicate that to the team. I define our vision and our mission, and we establish best practices to achieve these things. We also develop a culture of accountability to ensure we deliver an outstanding customer experience each time we are in a home and we motivate our team to achieve our goals.

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