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Learn about the Wichita history of Fenix Heating & Cooling.


  • 1988

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    Robert Freeman, Jerry Newby, and Bob Prigmore officially opened Fenix Heating and Cooling in 1988 in Wichita at 1970 West St.

  • 1990

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    Fenix became a Lennox dealer, dropping York and Amana, the two other brands it had historically carried. This move has allowed the Fenix team to gain decades of experience and heating and cooling training specific to Lennox systems, while still offering expert service and repair on all brands of HVAC products.

  • 1993

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    The company moved to its current Second Street location in 1993. Freeman Newby, and Prigmore held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate!

  • 1994

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    Now-owner Cory Curl began his career in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.

  • 2000


    Now-owner Luke Parthemer began his work in the industry as a technician.

  • 2003

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    Cory Curl joined the Fenix Heating and Cooling Team in the sales department.

  • 2005

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    Luke became a part of the Fenix Heating and Cooling family, joining the sales department. Jeff Becker also came to Fenix in 2005, as the service manager.

  • 2009

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    Longtime employees, Cory Curl and Luke Parthemer, purchased the half of the business, along with Jeff Becker, who had more than 40 years of experience in the heating and cooling industry. His family owned Becker Bros. Heating and Cooling in Garden Plain, so Jeff had been involved with HVAC since he started sweeping floors at the family business in 1972. Because he grew up in a rural, Kansas town, Becker brought the hard work, integrity, and hospitality for which small towns are known right here to Wichita!

  • 2015

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    Grady becomes an integral part of Fenix Heating and Cooling, joining the team’s New Home Construction department.

  • 2017

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    Cory, Luke, and Jeff purchased the second half on January 1, 2017, to fully own Fenix Heating and Cooling, which they’d been running since the initial purchase in 2009.

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Trust the Fenix Comfort Heroes to rescue you from your heating and cooling problems. Don’t wait until the first day of winter to discover your furnace is not working! Turn it on today. If it’s not running properly, contact us and we’ll work to get your system fixed before the first frost.

Join the Fenix Protection Plan Service Program today! You’ll receive some nice benefits, like 20% off all parts and labor and having the peace of mind to know that your HVAC unit is being serviced by the best comfort specialists in Wichita!

Visit our showroom to see all our trusted products on display at 802 West 2nd St., just across from Wichita’s new library, or give us a call at 316-945-4842.

Be sure to check out our current promotions to get the best deal on meeting your comfort needs!