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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

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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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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Centurion Award

Fenix Celebrates 15 Years of Lennox’s Centurion Award

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Fenix Heating & Cooling is a Lennox Premier Dealer, meaning that we specialize in all things Lennox, and strive to offer only the best service at the most affordable rates.For fifteen years running, Fenix has been the proud recipient of Lennox’s Centurion Award from Lennox Industries, an international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer, and we’d like to thank all of our customers for making it possible year after year. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible. 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. “Earning the Lennox Centurion Award emphasizes Fenix Heating and Cooling’s progress as a leading marketer of residential comfort systems, who delivers exceptional comfort and service on every job,” said Douglas L. Young, President and COO of LII Residential Heating & Cooling. Fenix Heating & Cooling first opened its doors in 1988, and over past 30 years, we’ve grown into one of the most prominent HVAC companies in the Wichita area. With over 30 employees and 25 techs in the field, you know that our comfort specialists will offer you the very best solutions to your residential…

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Helpful Air Conditioning Tips

8 Common Air Conditioner Problems

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There are plenty of fun, outdoor activities during a Wichita summer. After a day of visiting the Keeper of the Plains and riding the train at Watson Park, you’ll be ready to come home and cool down. However, it’s hard to beat the heat when your air conditioner can’t keep up! Here are 8 common air conditioner problems that means your unit might require a tune-up. 8 Common Air Conditioner Problems 1.    Decreased Air Flow One of the 8 common air conditioner problems is to look for is decreased air flow.  Even if the air coming through your vents is plenty cold, it won’t cool you home if the air flow isn’t strong enough. A weak air flow will restrict the cool air’s ability to circulate through the room properly, resulting in a running unit, no results and a higher bill. This, too, could be caused by a failing compressor, but it could also be due to issues within the ductwork.  To have your problem properly diagnosed and resolved, contact a Fenix technician. 2.    Lack of Cool Air When your air conditioner stops blowing cold air, you’ve got a problem. Lack of Cool Air is another common problem.  Even on…

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