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Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

Posted by on August 29, 2017 with 0 Comments

air_conditioning_unitAlthough summer is gearing down and fall is about to start, that doesn’t mean the temperatures will be dropping anytime soon. Instead of sweating through the next season, attempting to beat the heat, check out these tips to see if it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit.


How old is your unit?

Age is one of the most important factors when deciding if you should replace your air conditioning unit or just repair it. The standard A/C unit can last about 14 years, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, especially with less-efficient systems, they will break down before reaching their full age. One way to decide if your unit is too old to repair is by using the 5,000 rule. If you multiply the cost of repairs by the age and it exceeds $5,000, it’s time to replace the unit.

For example, your unit is nine years old and repair costs are $600, your total, when multiplied, would be $5,400. This means you should replace the unit instead of spending the money on repairs.


Coolant leaks could lead to bigger problems

If your air conditioning unit seems to have a coolant leak and requires additional refrigerant, topping off a system with R-22 (Freon) may cost anywhere from $550 to $1,000. Sure, units sometimes need a quick Freon fix and they are back in action, but for a coolant leak, this isn’t the case. Unfortunately, it won’t be a one time fix as, eventually, the unit will begin to leak again. Instead of postponing the inevitable, it’s probably time to replace the unit.


Your energy bill could be a sign

If your energy bill continues to rise, but your house still doesn’t seem cool enough, clearly there is something wrong. Some of these problems can be fixed through simple repairs, but if the problem is still occurring after multiple repairs, it’s time for a new unit. Although the initial impact of a new unit cost may seem too much, you can ultimately save up to 20% on your electric bill. By contacting us for a free system quote, you can know whether it’s time to repair or replace your unit!


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Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Cooler in the Summer

Posted by on July 31, 2017 with 0 Comments

Summer is here to stay for the next few months and so is the Kansas heat. As temperatures range into the 100s, you’re probably wanting to crank your A/C but feeling weary of doing so as you know your electricity bill will sky-rocket.


There’s no need to sacrifice your comfort this summer as you can follow these easy steps to reducing the heat in your house without breaking the bank.


Be smart about your blinds, curtains, and doors.

Keeping your blinds, curtains, and doors open may bring in lots of light allowing you to keep your lights off, but it’s also bringing in lots of heat. By shutting your doors and closing your blinds and curtains, you will be blocking the sun’s rays from entering your home and adding unnecessary heat.


You can also go the extra-mile and buy blackout curtains. These curtains have an extra layer of protection so they can reflect light.


Thinking about hosting a barbecue? Now is the time to do it!

It’s no secret that ovens and stoves emit tons of heat into your house, so why continue to use them? If your oven is heating to a toasty 350 degrees, your house is sure to maintain some of that heat. Instead, dust off the grill and invite your friends over for a fun afternoon of barbecuing and relaxing.


Change your A/C filters regularly.

During the months when you are actively using your A/C, change your filter every 4-6 weeks. Not only does a dirty filter reduce the air quality in your home, but also reduces the efficiency of the airflow.


Get eco-friendly and change your light bulbs!

Not only do incandescent light bulbs cause problems for the environment, but they also waste most of the energy they emit. That means they are heating up your house more than necessary. Instead, switch to compact fluorescent lights which are more energy-efficient.


Service your A/C unit.

By having your unit regularly serviced and maintained, your A/C should run more effectively and efficiently. If you postpone all of your A/C issues and normal wear-and-tear problems until the last minute, the unit will not work as effectively. This will cost you more money as you continue to crank up the A/C in hopes that it will run better.


Instead of spending tons on your electric bill, have your unit serviced with our maintenance plans and save some money in the long run!

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Right-Size Heating & Cooling Equipment

Posted by on December 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

The correct size improves comfort and reduces costs, maintenance, and energy use.

Bigger is not always better with HVAC systems:

With oversized equipment, inital costs are higher, efficiency is reduced, energy costs increase, and comfort may be compromised, including poor humidity control.  Plus, more starts and stops, much like a car, accelerate wear and tear on the equipment which can lead to premature failure.

For a new home under initial construction, ask to see your HVAC Contractor’s Manual J load calculation.  Rule-of-thumb calculations are a quick way to a bad heating & cooling system.  Do not let a contractor fool you that bigger is better.  The correct size is always the best.

And remember, open the basement vents in winter, close them in the summer.  Your duct system is designed to provide the proper heating in the winter in the basement, but that is far more cooling than will be required in the summer in the basement.  This way, you can “push air” exactly where you want it to go.

If you have any questions, whether it be Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical or Fireplaces, please call Fahnestock at 316-943-4328 in Wichita, or 785-226-1412 in Junction City/Manhattan.

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Plumb Smart: Hot Tips for Hot Water

Posted by on December 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Here are some great plumbing tips from a guy who really knows what he is talking about, Paul Little. Paul has over 25 years plumbing experience and give us some great plumbing tips we all can use in this video.

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Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by on December 5, 2011 with 1 Comments

Tankless hot water heaters are able to sustain a constant temperature while also saving you money in the long run. Your water is only heated when you are using it. You never have to pay for “standby” water like traditional water heaters which have to store the water all the time. Call Fahnestock today at 316-943-HEAT(4328) for a FREE estimate on a new tankless water heater.

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Sump Pumps

Posted by on December 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

A sump pump has one sole duty in this world: to take excess water away from your home. It may seem silly to pay money for a machine that only performs a simple, single task. But water can be a very dangerous threat to the home. Call Fahnestock today at 316-943-HEAT(4328) for your FREE 12-point Plumbing inspection and to discuss why a Water-Powered Backup Sump Pump is a great investment in your home.

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Summer Energy Saving Reminders

Posted by on July 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Here is a link to some suggestions from Westar Energy:

Here are a few more suggestions from Fahnestock Plumbing, HVAC & Electric:
1. Close all your air vents/registers in your basement completely. This will allow more air flow to the main level of your home which is always warmer than the basement. Your thermostat will satisfy more quickly, as long as it is less than 100 degrees outside, in which case all units will most likely be running non-stop up to 78-80 degrees in the home.
2. Buy a Programmable Thermostat from Fahnestock so that you can set the programs to higher temps when you will be away from your home.
3. Have your air conditioning routinely maintained by Fahnestock each year. Inexpensive and very necessary.
4. Replace systems older than 15 years with new, high efficiency heat pumps. This could cut your energy bills in half and pay you back for your expense in less than 5 years.

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Maximize Your Airflow: Balance Your Cooling and Heating System

Posted by on July 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ever wonder why you can’t seem to get enough airflow to one room or end of your home? Ever wonder why your basement is soooooo much colder than your main floor?

You don’t have to be uncomfortable. All you have to do is “balance” your system! Follow these guidelines and watch your comfort improve dramatically! Remember, air is just like water . . . it is going to go to the point of least resistance. So let’s push that air where we want it to go! You will gain air where you want it, and you will stop air from going where you don’t need it.

1. Close all registers completely in your basement. Your basement will be cooler than the main floor typically by 6-8 degrees anyway since it is mostly underground. It is okay to close them completely as a little will still leak out even with the newest of registers.

2. Close all registers on the main floor in rooms or areas that are not regularly used (i.e. hallways, guest baths, entryways, etc.).

These two steps alone will push a great deal of air to the other registers that are still open. Remember, you have not reduced the amount of air that is coming from your system. You have only pushed that air to other parts of your home. Don’t be hot in your bedrooms ever again!

1. Open all registers completely in your basement. Your basement will be cooler than the main floor typically by 6-8 degrees anyway since it is mostly underground. Heat will rise, and you need the heat in your basement. Get as much heat down there as you can. Unless of course you never go down there, then you can leave them closed. But then it will be 10-12 degrees cooler if closed in the wintertime.

2. Close all registers on the main floor in rooms or areas that are not regularly used (i.e. hallways, guest baths, entryways, etc.). This applies to summer and winter since you do not spend any time in these areas. Push the heat where you really want it.

95% of the time these small and easy steps solve a lot of issues for a home’s comfort. This assumes the Manual J Load Calculation performed by your installing contractor was done accurately, and most quality contractors do.

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Meet “Dr. Fahnestock, Professor of Thermology”!

Posted by on July 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

Meet Our Mascot: Dr. Fahnestock – Professor of Thermology

A common question we receive at Fahnestock Plumbing, HVAC and Electric in Wichita, Kansas, is, “Who’s the professor guy on the side of your vans, and in your TV commercials and radio ads?” It’s a great question, and it’s a great story.

“The professor guy” is one of the time-honored Fahnestock traditions. He’s our beloved Dr. Fahnestock, Professor of Thermology.

Back in the1940s, Fahnestock’s founders Ed Fahnestock and his son Ted Fahnestock were working hard to grow their Wichita heating and cooling business. They decided the company needed a mascot — something that related to heating and cooling, but something that was fun and unique. During a late-night brainstorm session, they dreamed up Dr. Fahnestock.

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Even since then, Dr. Fahnestock has taken on a life of his own. He’s smart, he’s funny, and employees and customers love him. A life-size version of the professor permanently resides in the Fahnestock lobby, and he makes frequent guest appearances in company advertising. He loves the plumbing and electrical businesses too!

Dr. Fahnestock also shares interesting tips and trivia on the company’s Facebook page. Are you a Fahnestock Facebook Fan? Check out the page for yourself and like us today!


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New Site

Posted by on May 3, 2011 with 1 Comments

Welcome to our new website. As things evolve over the next few weeks you will see numerous changes and improvements. It is our goal to provide an easy to use, intuitive website for all of your Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical needs.

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