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My Air Conditioner Froze Up

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HOW TO FIX A FROZEN AIR CONDITIONER It’s a bizarre, but not terribly uncommon sight. It’s a HOT humid Wichita day. The sun is beating. Everyone is in shorts. Its pool weather. And your outside air conditioner is covered in ICE! We created this blog post to help you get your home nice and comfy ASAP if you find you have a frozen air conditioner! “The first thing you want to do is lay down some towels around your furnace and evaporator coils if it’s in the basement. Melting ice creates water, and a lot of water can ruin anything in the vicinity of your air conditioner.” – Cory Curl, Co-Owner Fenix Heating & Cooling After you’ve prepared for the defrosting, turn your air conditioning on the thermostat OFF and turn the fan ON ASAP. This will start the defrosting process. You may have a frozen evaporator coil, and this can cause a strain on the compressor which could potentially damage the unit or even burn it out. While the unit is thawed out (1-2 hours on a hot day) you will want to check the filter on your furnace and replace it if its dirty. Blocked or clogged air…

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A Primer of Lennox Furnace Models

Why Should You Become a Member of Fenix’s Protection Plan Service Program?

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As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, Fenix offers a one-year, prepaid Service Program, offering our customers two maintenance checkups each year (one in the spring and one in the fall), as well as plenty of other benefits: 20% off all parts, labor, and accessories No overtime charges 20% discount towards ductwork or equipment relocation 10% off upgraded or added accessories 10% off new equipment sales Now, we understand any hesitation you might have over choosing to enroll in such a program. It might be easy to wave it away as just another way for a company to squeeze even more money out of you, but Fenix’s Protection Plan is there to help – really. And it’s not just a peace of mind situation, although that’s nice, too! Maintenance is Key HVAC units are big, complex machines that require maintenance, and we know how tempting it is to just ignore that rumbling beast in your basement until something breaks. A lot of our service calls are just because of this: customers waiting until something stops working to have a trained comfort specialist come and look at it. If that happens in the dead of winter, in sub-freezing…

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Keeping Your Furnace Filter Clean Is the Single Most Important Thing You Can Do as a Homeowner

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Winter has almost passed us by, but it’s still important to have an efficient and properly maintained furnace to keep you warm through these last few weeks of Wichita nights. One of the easiest places to begin – especially if you haven’t replaced it all winter – is the filter. And as one of our owners, Cody Curl, likes to say, “Keeping your furnace filter clean is the single most important thing you can do as a homeowner.“ Virtually all furnaces (and ACs, too, for that matter) have a cardboard filter that must be replaced a few times a year. Not doing so will cause it to accumulate dust and debris, reducing its airflow as well as your furnace’s efficiency. You’d be surprised by how many calls we here at Fenix have received from a customer who’s furnace just isn’t heating as well as it should, and the solution was as simple as running down to the nearest home improvement store here in Wichita and grabbing a new filter. Locating Your Filter Replacing your furnace’s filter begins with finding it, and before doing that, or anything with your furnace, it’s highly recommended that you turn off the furnace at the…

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Helpful Air Conditioning Tips

Fenix Heating & Cooling is a Proud Lennox Dealer

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We aren’t just any Lennox Dealer. As a Wichita leading Lennox Premier Dealer, Fenix Heating & Cooling lives and breathes everything Lennox. All of our comfort specialists undergo rigorous – and quite regular – training to ensure that they are at the forefront of Lennox equipment and technology. While other companies might sell units from a wide variety of manufacturer’s, Fenix only deals in Lennox. They are our specialty. We take the amount of effort required in staying up-to-date on a wide variety of manufacturers and funnel all that knowledge and time into Lennox, and Lennox only. We can service any manner of HVAC unit across the Wichita area, but we know Lennox like the back of our hand. We’ve installed thousands of units right here in Wichita. Wichita’s Award-Winning Lennox Dealer Lennox is so ingrained into Fenix that we have won the Centurion Award for 15 years now. The Centurion Award is given to the top 6% of all Lennox dealers in North America for outstanding performance in both customer service and the quality of installations. But it’s one thing to simply say that Fenix stands behind the quality of Lennox equipment and another to go into detail about…

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A Primer of Lennox Furnace Models

What is the SEER rating?

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SEER Rating – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The SEER rating (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is there to help you judge the cooling efficiency of every Lennox air conditioner that Fenix installs. Don’t let the acronym scare you! The SEER rating is essentially miles-per-gallon, like in your car, only for your AC. Think of it this way: SEER is simply referring to how well your unit can cool compared to its power input. In more mathy terms: it’s the cooling provided (in BTUs) divided by how much energy is consumed (in watts). Think of SEER Like Your Car’s MPG – But for ACs Your car may get an average of 30 MPG, whereas the most efficient ACs, such as the ones manufactured by Lennox, have a SEER rating of up to 21, which is also typically the most efficient ACs you’ll find. And if your AC is older than 2015, then you should definitely be taking notes of its SEER rating. On January 1st, 2015, the EPA mandated that any AC units installed after this date must have a SEER rating of at least 13. After all, heating and air condition systems are among the biggest power draws in your home….

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Why You Should Never Close the Vents in Your Home

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Closing Vents: Facts vs Myths Wichita summers can be blisteringly hot, and its winters frigidly cold. Logic would dictate that by closing the vents in rooms you’re not using – with the nifty lever they all have, as though that’s what vents are there for – you would be saving energy, and hopefully money. But as it turns out, this isn’t the case at all. Surprisingly, closing vents in your home has the opposite effect; it makes your HVAC unit less efficient, causing your bill to go up. So take it from the Wichita comfort specialists here at Fenix that if you want to save some money on your utility bills, don’t close your vents. Because not only can it cost your money, closing your vents can also damage your equipment. Why does closing your vents cause this? It all comes down to the amount of pressure in your ducts. The ductwork, and your HVAC system, are both designed to provide just the perfect amount of airflow, against just the right amount of pressure. By closing vents, you’re increasing this pressure. At the very least, closing vents can cause your HVAC unit to run less efficiently. At worse, it can…

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heat pump - Cleaning Your Outdoor AC Unit

Cleaning Your Outdoor AC Unit

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Summers in Wichita can be blistering. It’s best to make sure that your outdoor AC unit is in tip-tip condition and not covered in leaves and other debris. Such buildup can cause it to lose efficiency and cost you money. One of the easiest ways to maintain your AC, especially if you haven’t done so all year, is by cleaning your outdoor ac unit. Only the comfort specialists here in Wichita at Fenix can check your coolant levels which you should certainly have done at the start of each summer – just give us a call at 316-945-4842. But anyone can clean their own outdoor AC unit. It’s simple, and typically takes no more than an hour. Turning off the Power to Your Outdoor AC Unit First, start by turning off the power to your AC. The last thing you want is a nasty electrical shock. Most outdoor units have an outdoor shutoff, typically just a few feet away. Open it up and either remove the block or flip the breaker to off. Older electrical wiring might even have a fuse – just unscrew it. If you don’t have an outdoor shutoff, you can turn off the unit at the…

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