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Cracked Heat Exchanger

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A Dangerous Furnace Problem that Can’t Be Ignored What Causes a Heat Exchanger to Crack? The main reason why a heat exchanger becomes cracked is due to the unit overheating. If the furnace isn’t getting sufficient airflow, the exchanger gets too hot and literally cracks under the pressure of continual expanding and contracting. A reason why the airflow may have become limited is because of a dirty air filter. This is another great reason why keeping your furnace filter clean is the single most important thing you can do as a homeowner. It is a relatively cheap maintenance step that goes in incredibly long way from preventing such serious problems as cracked heat exchangers. Other issues, like a too large or too small furnace or ductwork, can also cause heat exchangers to crack. How Bad of a Problem is this? This is a potentially serious furnace problem. A crack in this part of your furnace could allow exhaust gas to escape your heating unit, allowing carbon monoxide to seep into your home. This damage causes such a potential hazard that if a crack is found, you should not turn on your furnace again until it is fixed. Sometimes a professional…

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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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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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A Primer of Lennox Furnace Models

Lennox Furnace Models

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Regardless of what your heating needs may be, Fenix can install for you the perfect Lennox furnace. As a Premier Dealer in Wichita, you can trust in us to do a masterful job in installing and maintaining any Lennox furnace. Lennox carries a wide variety of furnaces and HVAC units. To help familiarize our customers with the different models of Lennox furnaces, we’ve compiled a brief outline of the options available, from oil to gas, to highly efficient furnaces and environmentally friendly furnaces. With it, you’ll be able to get an idea what type of unit would be best suited for your needs. Then all you have to do is give the Wichita comfort specialists a call at 316-945-4842, and we’ll happily install a new unit for you, taking the utmost care to treat your home with the respect it deserves. We’ll ensure we’ll leave it in the state we found it—if not slightly better. The Basics If you’re completely new to furnaces, don’t fear. Fenix’s comfort specialists are more than happy to break down some of the features, and what they mean. The following paragraphs will give you a brief rundown, but if you have any questions, or would…

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How to Lower Your Heating Bill

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How to Lower Your Heating Bill During the frigid Wichita winter months, you and your family likely has but one concern: to stay warm.  But after one month of cranking up your heater to reach that goal, you may take a look at your heating bill and decide that perhaps it’s better to freeze. Fear not, the comfort specialists here at Fenix Heating & Cooling have some tips to help you save money on your energy bill and still stay warm. If you have any questions about any of these tips, or perhaps you have some of your own that aren’t on this list, feel free to give us a call at (316) 945-4842. Lower your thermostat when you don’t need it If you ever leave the house for an extended period of time, and nobody is home to benefit from that warmth, lower your thermostat by 10-15 degrees. That will keep your house reasonably warm, so you don’t walk into an igloo when you return home, but it will help to save plenty of energy and monthly heating costs. Also consider lowering your thermostat at night. No, we don’t expect you to freeze while you sleep. What kind of…

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Helpful Heating Tips

Helpful Heating Tips

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DIY Heating Tips That Can Keep Your System Running Smoothly for Years to Come As any of the experts here at Fenix Heating & Cooling in Wichita would tell you, proper maintenance of your furnace, gas or otherwise, is key to prolonging its life. There are some things that only our qualified technicians can do, but there are plenty of helpful heating tips for you to look at  for a few potential solutions to your problem and to help keep the entire system maintained. First and foremost, though, practice proper safety, especially when dealing with a gas furnace, and since gas leaks can be exceedingly dangerous, if at any point, you detect a leak, call the professionals here at Fenix immediately at 316-945-4842. A gas leak could easily lead to a fatal incident. Different issues, like a cracked heat exchanger could be cause a serious leak. Also, be sure to turn the furnace off, as well as turning off any electrical circuits connected to it before you start trying to diagnose any issues or performing any DIY maintenance. #1 – Check Your Thermostat If everything about your furnace seems fine, but it’s still not functioning properly, then there’s a chance…

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10 Most Common Heater Problems

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You can’t predict when a heater problem will arise, but there are almost always telltale signs that warn of possible issues and allow time to have them addressed before the entire unit needs to be replaced. You don’t have to be a pro to notice them either, you just have to know what to look for. Here are a the 10 most common heater problems that indicate your heater needs repair. 1. Odd Noises If you’re hearing unusual sounds coming from your heater, this is a one of the 10 most common heater problems that it is likely in need of repair. Pops and squeaks indicate that something may have come loose in the unit. Though the precise cause of the noises may be hard to self-diagnose, a technician should will be able to determine and solve the problem. Let Fenix check your system. 2. Thermostat Trouble Often related to issues electrical issues including blown fuses, loose wiring, and tripped circuit breakers, an inaccurate or ineffective thermostat is a surefire sign that something is amiss with your heater. The purpose of the thermostat is to communicate to your heater how much heat is to be produced, and when the amount…

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