York Heat Pump Review and Buying Guide 2018


Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Heat Pump Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

Brand Introduction

The York Company is among the oldest manufacturers of heat pumps in the world. The heat pumps suck the heat away from the home in summer. In winter, they pull in heat from the atmosphere to keep the house warm and livable. The company that owns the York heat pumps also produces Coleman and Luxarie HVAC systems. The company has used its experience in the market to come up with products that are best suited to consumers. The company also has Energy Star certification on almost all its HVAC products. The company continues to work towards its goal of producing the most efficient heat pumps. The company’s most efficient heat pump has a SEER rating of 18; this is one of the highest in the HVAC market.

York heat pumps are produced in three distinct series. These are Latitude, LX, and Affinity. The pride and joy of the company are the Affinity series, which have a number of key technologies. However, the company is conscious that not all its customers are of equal economic muscle. Thus, it has produced the Latitude series. These heat pumps are marketed as low-cost, efficient heat pumps.

Unique Features and Model Analysis

Demand Defrost
Demand Defrost
ModelYHJR147.9Single-Stage2015 discontinued
LatitudeTHGF147.9Single-Stage2015 discontinued
LatitudeTHGD137Single-Stage2015 discontinued

A unique feature of York’s top model is the type of paint used. The company has used the same grade of paint as that used in coating vehicles. The result is that the York heat pumps tend to be more durable and better looking than most other models. The pumps come with a unique fan that is specifically designed to reduce the noise levels. The York Company manufactures a condenser fan that has a very low RPM. The net effect is that noise levels are cut down significantly. The heat pumps are heated with a two-stage compressor in some of the high-end models. A two-stage compressor has the effect of increasing efficiency and increasing the survivability of the compressor. The compressor is built in a unique isolated setting to protect it from physical damage.

Another feature that makes this heat pumps truly stand out is the wide range of colors they come in. The York heat pumps can be customized to a number of colors or sports logos according to the customer’s wishes. This is an unprecedented personalized customer service in the HVAC industry. A unique feature found in the York Affinity models is the High Heat’ option. With this setting, one may dramatically increase the amount heat pumped into the house. Alternatively, this can be altered to pump only a moderate amount of heat inside. This unique feature makes the York heat pumps ideal for any type of climate. The company was recently awarded the highest efficiency of Energy Star 2015 for its Affinity YZH. A final awesome feature of the York heat pumps is the warranty. The company offers a ten-year warranty on all parts. However, it is possible to qualify for a lifetime warranty. Hew exact details should be gleaned from the manufacturer before a purchase is made.

Our Recommendation

There are not so many options like other brands. If you live in the wild climate and has the demand for defrosting, you can only buy the Affinity series. YZH and YZF are your first choice according to that you are a big fan of two-stage compressors. The two-stage can lead to high efficiency and low noise level in the mild climate, but the YZF 16 SEER is enough for the money saving and the QuietDrive patent is already the guarantee for the quietness.

York discontinued 3 kinds of models this year and contractors may offer a decent discount for these heat pumps, but please note that they will discontinue some old parts at the same time, which means if you are faced with the repair problem in a few years, you may get a “decent” repair cost.

Selected Contractor Feedback

Great Build Quality

They do not build many heat pumps like the York anymore. With manufacturing being outsourced, most companies now use equipment that barely meets the standard. However, York products are still of the same superior build as in yester years. The company even offers a paint job akin to that of a vehicle for its high-end Affinity heat pumps. These are some of the best heat pumps. They hardly require any part replacement throughout their lifetime. A York purchase is definitely money well spent by any customer.

Extracted Tags from Customer Feedback

Very High Level of Efficiency

The high-end Affinity YZH is definitely worth purchasing. Upon installation, the owner will start seeing the electric bill drop drastically by almost half. A heat pump is a huge consumer of electricity. Consequently, it is essential that one is getting value for money. These heat pumps are optimized for efficiency. As a result, owners can expect to recover a large chunk of their initial investment in a short while.

Reasonable Warranty Terms

The company offers a ten-year warranty on all parts including the compressor. In addition, one can upgrade this to a lifetime warranty with a few tweaks. This is quite thoughtful of the company. The offer for a lifetime warranty is very rare in the HVAC industry.

York Heat Pump Prices By Model

In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:

Each model includes: 3 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

System Only
System Installed
Affinity YZH 18 SEER$2,180$6,050
Affinity YZF 16 SEER$1,840$5,420
LX Series YHM 16 SEER$1,750$5,380
LX Series YHE 14.5 SEER$1,495$4,725
LX Series YHJF 14 SEER$1,225$4,555

York Heat Pump Prices By Size

Before installing your heat pump, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized heat pump unit ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: York 14 SEER 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

Heat Pump Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,210
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,430
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,620
3 ton1601-1900 sf$1,850
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$2,125$5,495
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,350$5,770
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,865$6,595

York Submitted Prices and Feedback By Reader

Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$5,359 Affinity SeriesMoseley3600 sqft
I have been using this York heat pump for about two years, and I love how it works. It perfectly fit in the strict budget that I had, and although it’s slightly expensive, I am impressed by the performance, and I am glad I got value for my money. Though it is not the top of line heat pump, it totally works wonders. I will buy another one from York not only because of its price but also because of how efficiently it works. I would recommend this heat pump to my friends and colleagues.
$3,9003 ton YZF 10.0 HSPFBoiling Spring, SC2300 sqft
I moved into a new home over three years ago, and I had many of my family friends recommend to me the York brand. At first, I stayed reluctant about it because I already had another heat pump though it was an old one. I bought my York affinity series pump in 2014, and I was impressed by the performance It. I was utterly shocked by York and its reliability. I did maintenance on the heat pump about two months ago. I usually perform my maintenance on all most of the units I have every four months, but this heat pump is completely different. The only one thing I don’t like about it is it is somehow large. I wish it was a little bit smaller. However, I would recommend this heat pump to a friend just as my family friends did to me.
$5,2004 ton YHJFVinton, VA2900 sqft
So far I do not have any issues with my York unit .absolutely everything is working efficiently. However, The issue I have at this point is that it requires three ten by ten filters that are so hard to find and mostly I have to make orders. It is unreasonable to manufacture an equipment that requires filters that are rare to find. Otherwise, a Great unit that heats and cools evenly and well
$4,280Latitude SeriesOlympia, WA2400 sqft
I brought duel fuel application recently, and so far I am fully satisfied with the performance of the system and also the decibel levels. Despite this, the only complaint I have is that the unit started being noisy after some time which is so irritating. I, however, added some detergent and surprisingly i worked amazingly well. The price is somehow high, and I feel I didn’t get value for my money especially after the noise issue. I have had better heat pumps before and with the current technology, such noisy pumps shouldn’t be an issue.
$5,6002.5 Ton 13 SEERLA1900 sqft
I pay more than $2000 for the installation. After checking others’ price I found my heat pump is a little overpriced. I didn’t compare bids from different contractors. But Rene tell me that the installation parts is the most important factor for the long-term peace of mind. Hope so.
$4,800THGD 7.7 HSPFScottsdale, AZ2200 sqft
I had this heat pump for a condominium I have. The system continues to run efficiently, and I have made considerable savings on my electricity bill. However, to my disappointment, I learnt that my ten-year warranty had been reduced to five years because I did not register the warranty within sixty-one days of purchase on the York website. I was not happy about that but the savings I make with this heat pump are totally worth it.

How to Get the Best York Heat Pump Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for heat pump project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
  • Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: homeowners tactics when negotiating with HVAC dealer to get the final best price.

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