We aren’t just any Lennox Dealer. As one of Wichita’s leading Lennox Premier Dealers, 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, but we know Lennox like the back of our hand. We’ve installed thousands of units right here in Wichita.
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 what makes Lennox so special, and there’s no better place to start than the beginning.
Lennox’s story dates back to 1895, when Dave Lennox created the industry’s first riveted-steel furnace. Prior to this, the furnaces used to heat homes were made out of cast iron, which – under prolonged use – could crack and warp, degrading with time. This would cause smoke and coal gasses to leak into the home. Even 120 years ago, they knew the potential health dangers that inhaling these substances could cause.
So, Dave Lennox helped to developer a safer, more reliable furnace with riveted steel, one leagues ahead of the previous cast iron models. Lennox’s furnaces became a fast success, and he wasn’t even selling him under the Lennox name – that wouldn’t happen for another decade. But the quality in Lennox HVAC units carries a legacy that persists from the turn of the 20th century, through to today, and we carry it still here at Fenix.
Dave Lennox first sold the furnaces under the name Torrid Zone. Some of these century’s old furnaces even exist to this day, although Fenix highly recommends an upgrade. The furnaces of today are infinitely more efficient than the coal ones of old.
Truthfully, Dave Lennox was only in the furnace business for about a decade. In 1904, he sold the company to David Windsor “D.W.” Norris for just over $54,000. The new owners changed the name from Torrid Zone to Lennox Furnace Company – they wouldn’t expand into air conditioning until the 1950s.
Dave Lennox himself went back to working at the Lennox Machine Company, a blacksmith and machine shop until he sold that, too, in 1912. From there, Dave Lennox lived out his life in quiet retirement until his death in 1947.
Lennox Furnace Company saw much success under D.W. Norris. The company sold 600 furnaces in the first year alone. In 1923, Lennox expanded and built its first warehouse in Syracuse, New York and a factory two years later. Norris saw the company through World War II, retooling factories to help with the war effort. Though D. W. Norris died in 1949, his descendants still play a major role in Lennox to this day, ensuring that the name remains strong.
Through the years, Lennox has been at the forefront of many innovations in the HVAC industry, from introducing of a forced-air furnace for residential heating, to being the first manufacturer to make solar-powered air conditioners in 1973.
They even had a brief stint in the 60s in the lawn and garden industry, but Lennox’s focus has and will likely always be providing homes and businesses with the most comfortable climates possible.
Lennox’s focus has always been the HVAC industry, though, and we here at Fenix are proud to have them at our backs, and to be a Premier Lennox Dealer.
Here’s to another century of Lennox craftsmanship!
Remember, the best time to service your air conditioner is early in the spring before our truly hot weather arrives. Many people procrastinate and don’t notice AC problems until the middle of the summer, so we tend to get very busy when it’s hottest outside. Don’t delay! Make sure you do a springtime test of your air conditioner, watch for all the signs of frosting or icing, and confirm you’re blowing cold air as expected. That way, if you find a problem, the Air Works team will be ready to handle everything more quickly, and you’ll sweat it less.
Call us today at 316-945-4842 or contact us to speak to our team and tell us about your AC issues. We’re standing by to serve you! Remember, Preferred Customers receive priority scheduling when setting up a service call.