York central air conditioners have a poor reputation for quality. Let’s say that upfront – and also that Johnson Controls, the manufacturer of the brand, has made efforts to correct the primary problem: Leaking refrigerant coils that doom the AC to mechanical failure.
How bad is it? In surveys from Consumer Reports (CR) done in 2018 and 2020, consumers rated York at the bottom of the list along with Goodman and two other Johnson Controls brands – Luxaire and Coleman.
Have the issues been resolved? We’re not confident they have been, so this is a definite “buyer beware” review.
Should you consider a York central air conditioner? Well, if you do, talk with a York rep. Ask the person about the bottom-of-the-list ratings. Ask why do homeowners dislike York ACs? What’s been done about it? Obvious questions like that. And then, make your informed decision about whether to buy a Johnson Controls product.
So, for those still interested, here is our York Central Air Conditioner Review and Price List.
How Much Does a York Central AC Cost?
The approximate range is a little more than $4,000 for a small, entry-level, low-efficiency unit to more than $11,000 for York’s top of the line.
If you choose a midrange single-stage or 2-stage York AC, expect your installed cost to be $5,800 to $8,500 depending on model and size.
Again, full costs by model and size are below.
Who is York?
York has been manufacturing ice-making, “air-washing” and air conditioning machines since 1874. As mentioned, York is now owned by Johnson Controls, a global manufacturer of many kinds of mechanical equipment.
York air conditioner prices are lower than most other brands, so if you are on a tight budget, they might move up on your list. York also offers decent warranties, including the lifetime compressor warranty on the Affinity series.
This is one sign that Johnson Controls/York might believe that it has its coil issues fixed.
York AC Pros
A range of models from low efficiency entry level to midrange, 2 stage ACs to premium performance variable capacity.
The YXV and YXT models have been on the Energy Star Most Efficient Air Conditioner list in recent years.
Both models in the Affinity Series have York’s ClimaSet technology which has settings the installing technician can set for humid, dry or normal to match your region’s climate.
The Affinity Series also integrates with the HX3 Communicating Zoning System for up to 8 zones of individual control.
York AC Cons
All single stage models still use the MicroChannel coil technology, which has been known for leaking problems in the past.
York is known for difficulty of installation.
As noted, the brand has not scored well on overall customer satisfaction.
York AC Model Analysis
Here is a quick look at the models and key factors. Full pricing details are below.
York makes two product lines – The top-tier Affinity Series and the popular CERTIFIED Series. And yes, they are identical in all but the name to those bearing Coleman and Luxaire tags – Champion too, which wasn’t in the CR surveys.
Here are the key features of York air conditioner models.
YXV Variable Capacity Air Conditioner
This is York’s most efficient, most advanced AC
- Efficiency Range: Up to 21 SEER – Energy Star Most Efficient list
- Inverter compressor is quiet @ 53 dBA
- ClimaSet technology tuned to your climate
- Can be paired with YORK Hx™ and Hx™3 Touch-screen Thermostats and Communicating Zoning System
YXT Two Stage Air Conditioner
- Up to 19.75 SEER – Energy Star Qualified
- Everything else is the same as the XYV above
YFK Two Stage Air Conditioner
- Compact design
- Cooling Capacity: 2 to 4 Tons
- Up to 17.5 SEER / Energy Star Qualified
YCG Single Stage Air Conditioner
- Up to 18.5 SEER
- MicroChannel coil technology
- Efficient ECM fan motor
YC2E Single Stage Air Conditioner
- Up to 16.5 SEER
- MicroChannel coil technology
TCHE Single Stage Air Conditioner
- A slim design for tight application spaces
- 2 to 4 Tons
- Up to 16 SEER
TCHD Single Stage Air Conditioner
- Narrow footprint and stackable unit is ideal for zero lot line installations
- Up to 16 SEER
York Central Air Conditioner Cost by Model
Each model has a cost range due to size range starting at 1.5 or 2 tons with the largest size being 5 tons.
|YXV||$9,100 – $11,400||Variable|
|YXT||$6,850 – $9,200||2 stage|
|YFK||$6,600 – $8,950||2 stage|
|YCG||$5,450 – $7,700||Single stage|
|YC2E||$5,200 – $7,350||Single stage|
|TCHE||$4,775 – $7,100||Single stage|
|TCHD||$4,400 – $6,450||Single stage|
|YCD||$4,225 – $5,700||Single stage|
York Air Conditioner Cost by Size
It is always best for the AC contractor to complete a Manual J load calculation to determine the right AC size.
If you are replacing an air conditioner and have made upgrades to your home’s insulation, windows or have added house wrap/vapor barrier, then your new central air conditioner should probably be smaller than the old unit.
|AC Unit Size||Home Size||System Only||System Installed|
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$3,385||$4,225 – $9,100|
|2.0 ton||1001 – 1300 sf||$3,600||$4,500 – $8,750|
|2.5 ton||1301 – 1600 sf||$3,815||$4,850 – $9,200|
|3 ton||1601 – 1900 sf||$4,025||$5,100 – $9,650|
|3.5 ton||1901 – 2200 sf||$4,300||$5,300 – $10,000|
|4.0 ton||2201 – 2600 sf||$4,425||$5,500 – $10,600|
|5.0 ton||2601 – 3200 sf||$4,900||$5,700 – $11,400|
Here are the top York models for a variety of needs.
Best Warm Climate Model
York YFK 17
This is a 2-stage AC that offers efficiency up to 17.5 SEER. It is Energy Star certified and should cut cooling costs by 30% to 40% when replacing an old AC.
Why not choose the variable capacity unit? We don’t think you get as much value. The higher efficiency variable YXV is a couple thousand dollars more expensive, and you might not regain the extra cost over the years through lower energy bills. Plus, variable capacity ACs cost more to repair when problems occur.
The YCG single stage unit is very efficient – up to 17 SEER (the website says 18.5 SEER in some places, but this seems to be a misprint). That’s high for a single stage unit, and the price is competitive. You’ll get lower energy costs at an affordable price.
Best Cheap York AC
This is an entry-level unit with up to 15 SEER efficiency. If you need a new AC and don’t plan to live in your current home long-term, this will get the job done for the short-term. Longevity, if the coil doesn’t fail, should be 12-15 years.
Who Installs York?
There are two options for York installation.
- York Certified Comfort Specialists are local air conditioning and heating companies that put their technicians through York’s training program. Specific training is provided about installing and fine-tuning York equipment.
- Non-certified installers might have other certifications, but not York’s. For example, they could be certified by another brand or by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program. Of course, many York Comfort Specialists are NATE-certified too.
Most companies installing York ACs are not York Certified Comfort Specialists. For example, just 7 out of 30 York dealers the 60120 and nearby zip codes are Certified Comfort Specialists.
Getting a York AC Properly Installed
We recommend either a York Certified Comfort Specialist or a NATE-certified installer.
The best way to identify a certified installer is to get estimates from several local companies. Once you get the estimates and understand the experience and certification of the installers, check the companies’ reviews.
Settle on a company with certified installers with a proven track record of quality installation and customer service.
We can help! Feel free to take advantage of our Free Local Quote form or phone number. You’ll receive written estimates at no cost or obligation. Each installer is licensed, insured and pre-screened for experience.
Submitted Prices and Reviews 2019-2022
We will not edit any words from submitted feedback information. We will update this table every 3-6 months and you may not see your submitted review immediately.
|Brand & Model & SizePriceHome LocationHome Size|
|York LX YCJF 4 ton$2,850Washington, DC2100 sqft|
|I am happy with this purchase because after buying a few appliances that kept breaking down I sort of got used to poor quality. York, however, has changed my perception of these brands. If you take your time to do your research on what you want to buy then there is very little chance of being disappointed. Thanks to York my house is comfortable again.|
|York Affinity CZH$2,100Rowlett, TX2000 sqft|
|It’s surprising how many people are complaining about York air conditioners. I feel bad for them because it must be a problem with the installation. I read about the problems that can be caused by poor installation online and made sure I got someone who could be trusted with the job. It’s 2 years down the line now and nothing is the matter, the ac functions just as well as it did when I bought it.|
|CZF$2,800Ft. Lauderdale, TX3000 sqft|
|I’ve lived in my house for 25 years now. The old ac had been around for about the same time and had gotten slow over time so I had to replace it. I bought York because my son recommended it to me and so far I like how it works. It is so quiet and does not need to stay on for long to cool the house properly so the utility bill also remains at a reasonable figure.|
|York Affinity 15 SEER 4 ton$4,020Prattville, AL3350 sqft|
|I have had my York ac for 2 years now and the unit is still functioning well. I read some reviews about the ac on the internet and there we a lot of people complaining about the company’s quality. Well, I am here to tell you that York makes good HVAC systems and I can vouch for them any day.|
|York LX$2,090Florence, AZ2200 sqft|
|York is a good AC company and my unit is clear indication that they are at the top of their game. This one runs so quietly unlike the one I had before which was too noisy.|
|York LX YCJD$2,780Aiken, SC2100 sqft|
|The first year was okay but this year we keep having a Freon leak. I wonder if they could send a technician over to have a look at it and fix it once and for good. Other than that the unit was working just fine but know it’s starting to cost me more money than I can spend on it.|
|York Affinity 3 ton$3949Hatfield, PA3200 sqft|
|The fan motor has broken down just again just 8 months after I bought this piece of junk. The technician that came from the company said that the fans spoil like that all the time. What kind of product is this that you sell customers knowing it has poor quality parts? I would not advise anyone to buy this, it’s a waste of money.|
How to Get the Best York Air Conditioner Prices?
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