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History of GHAC, Inc.

History of GHAC, Inc.

General Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc
A Company You Can Trust!


General Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. was founded in 1968 by Jack Patterson, William Salyers, Charles Lykins, and Dick Dodge to satisfy a growing need for heating and air conditioning systems in new homes being built in the Flatwoods, KY region.

Dick Dodge left the company during the first year, leaving Jack, William and Charles as the three owners.


The new home market was booming and by the early 1970’s GHAC had become the largest reseller of Amana heating and cooling products in the nation.

GHAC opened a branch office in Minford, OH which was managed by Charles Lykins.


After Charles' retirement, William Salyers took-over management of the Minford,OH office, which later moved to Portsmouth, OH. Jack Patterson, stayed to manage the Flatwoods, KY office.

The housing market had started to slow and General Heating had to find new areas of business to keep its employees working. That led to the establishment of the commercial division of GHAC, Inc.

Two big changes took place in the residential division as well. The first was a shift from new home installations to installing more replacement systems - as equipment we had installed over the past 15-20 years was getting older and less efficient. The second was a change in equipment brands. York Heating & Cooling products became GHAC's primary equipment offering.


After graduating from Transylvania University in 1991, Will Patterson began his full-time employment with GHAC as Residential/Light Commercial Service Manager.

GHAC continued to grow both the residential and commercial divisions of the company. Additional property was purchased adjacent to the Flatwoods office where a sheetmetal fabrication shop, a vehicle maintenance garage and multiple storage buildings were erected.


After William's retirement in 2005, the Portsmouth office was closed and all business operations were transferred to the original Flatwoods, KY location.


GHAC is one of the region’s most trusted names in the residential and commercial heating and air conditioning business. Our customers can trust that GHAC is here to provide them with the very best service and products, and that we intend to be here for their future needs.

General Heating & Air
A Tri-State Tradition.

Our focus and specialty is quality installation, service and repair of heating and air conditioning systems - both residential and commercial.

For more than 45 years, GHAC, Inc. has been the trusted name in HVAC for customers all across the Tri-State.

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