York Central Air Conditioner Reviews & Prices (March 2020)

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York makes 11 central air conditioners with efficiency from 13 to 21 SEER. The number of AC models is slightly larger than average.

York AC price is $4,225 to $9,800 installed based on model, size and installation cost factors.

About York – Are York, Luxaire and Coleman the Same?

Yes, York, Luxaire and Coleman make the exact same lineup of central air conditioners, furnaces and all other HVAC equipment.

The three brands are owned by Johnson Controls, a global manufacturer of mechanical equipment of many kinds. As the residential HVAC equipment industry has consolidated from 30+ manufacturers to less than 10, Johnson Controls bought up a few of them.

What’s the point of making the same equipment under three brand names?

The three brands are sold at slightly different prices, and this strategy gives Johnson Controls three pieces of a limited pie. Plus, not all brands are sold in all regions of the country.

York ACs – What’s Available?

York makes more air conditioner models than many brands like Goodman and Trane, but less than Carrier.

One model, the York YXV, is a variable capacity and communicating air conditioner. Both those features are discussed below.

York makes 2 two-stage models and the rest are single-stage central air conditioners. Staged cooling is discussed under Energy Management a little later in this York AC Review.

York also makes a full range of indoor air quality (IAQ). These include HRV and ERV ventilators, several humidifiers, a whole-house dehumidifier, media-type air filters and a UV air treatment system.

York Air Conditioner Pros & Cons

York is a long-established brand that sells quite well. Its air conditioners have benefits and disadvantages, and that’s what is explored here.

York AC Pros & Unique Features

Generally, York makes air conditioners similar to all other brands. There are a few unique features to point out.

Here’s an analysis of what is available starting with an overview of the models.

Model Analysis

ModelTop SEERCompressorThermostatDecibels (db)
Affinity Series
YXV21Variable-speedAffinity & Hx353-74
XYT192-stageAffinity & Hx368-74
LX Series
YFK172-stageLX & THE68-75
YCG17Single-stageLX & THE67-74
YCS14Single-stageLX & THE70-76
YCE14Single-stageLX & THE73-76
YFE14Single-stageLX & THE70-75
YCD13Single-stageLX & THE75-77
YFD13Single-stageLX & THE70-75
TCHE Compact14Single-stageLX & THE70-72
TCHD Compact13Single-stageLX & THE69-72

Here are the most notable features of York central air conditioners:

ClimaSet on Affinity and top LX models: This is the most unique feature of York air conditioners. ClimaSet “maximizes overall efficiency and provides improved comfort by perfectly tuning the system to the indoor and outdoor environment.”

The installer can set up air handler or furnace blower motor to run at speeds ideal for your climate. For example, in a humid climate like Georgia or Mississippi, the blower can be tuned for longer, slower cycles. This causes more humidity to be condensed out of the air – and drier air is more comfortable.

ECM Condensing Unit Fan Motors are another feature of the Affinity Series and the two-stage LX YFK and YCG models. ECM motors are quieter, more energy efficient and run at different speeds based on the stage of cooling used.

The QuietDrive fan blade is called a swept wing fan. It is quieter than standard fans. Models with this feature also have a compressor cloak to further reduce noise levels.

Microchannel coils are installed in LX Series models YFK, YCS, YCE, YCD and the two compact ACs. There are two key advantages to the microchannel coil – efficiency and space saving.

First, since the channels through which refrigerant runs are smaller, there are more of them. The result is more surface area through which heat can be transferred, and that leads to faster, more efficient cooling.

Secondly, the entire coil is smaller, so the unit’s have a smaller footprint. There is a potential downside to microchannel coils from York and other brands discussed in the Cons.

Compact models 14 SEER TCHE and 13 SEER TCHD models are ideal for homes with small yards.

WiFi is available with the Affinity Thermostat Control.

1. Energy Management

Managing energy use is another term for efficiency. York has made significant strides, though its most efficient models aren’t as energy-efficient as top Lennox, Amana and Daikin models.

The compressor is the key to efficiency. York makes three compressor levels.

Variable capacity compressors are installed in the Affinity YXV central AC. These units adjust in very small increments from about 25% to 100% of capacity to deliver the exact amount of cooling needed to keep the indoor temperature exactly where you want it. Also called modulating performance, these compressors are the most efficient of any type.

Two-stage compressors in the Affinity XYT and LX YFK run at 65% of capacity most of the time. This uses less energy than running at full capacity.

Single-stage compressors are used in the rest of the York AC models. They run at full capacity whenever on.

These units are cheaper, but less efficient too – except for the LX YG which is a very efficient single-stage model. It’s ideal for those in warm climates who aren’t as concerned about comfort management.

2. Comfort Management

This is about temperature balance.

York two-stage and variable capacity air conditioners are your best bet for balanced, comfortable temperatures because they run at lower capacities most of the time. The results are slower, longer cycles that don’t “overshoot” the setting on the thermostat.

Variable capacity models keep temperatures within 1% of the thermostat set point. Two-stage models usually keep it within 2%.

Variable speed blower motors also assist with temperature control. They are the best match for a two-stage or variable capacity AC. The variable speed blower starts at a low speed, so very little uncooled air is blown through the ductwork before the indoor coil can get really cold.

They also slow down at the end of the cycle for the same reason.

3. Humidity Management

Drier air is more comfortable in warm summer weather.

As you might guess, the longer cycles of a two-stage unit – and especially the slow cycles of a variable capacity York AC – remove the most humidity from the air.

The ClimaSet feature and York ClimaTrak for furnace and air handler blower motors allow the installer to choose settings for the best humidity control performance for your region.  

York makes an additional dehumidifier for very humid climates. If you’re “stuck” with a single-stage AC in Atlanta, for example, then the addition of one might be necessary. A two-stage or variable capacity AC should be able to dehumidify the air sufficiently to make it comfortable with a thermostat set to 74-76.

4. Sound Management

Because a variable capacity AC, in this case the York Affinity Series YXV, runs at such low capacities, they make less noise. The decibels at full capacity aren’t much lower than other models, but they rarely run at more than 80% capacity.

Cons – Problems with York ACs

York quality is average for the industry.

Microchannel coils are the biggest quality concern. When improperly installed and serviced, they are prone to leaks. This is essentially because they are more fragile than standard coils.

Pro Tip: We recommend avoiding York ACs with microchannel design. There’s good information in this guide to microchannel design – not just York, but general to the industry.

York compact models are useful where space is limited, but the TCHE York AC available in 2, 3 and 4 ton (24K, 36K and 48K BTU) models, not the 5-ton, 60K BTU size.

YCS models and the non-compact units below it on the list are very basic units. They vary slightly in efficiency, with 13 and 14 SEER models. There’s a bigger difference in sound. The York YCD is very loud regardless of the size of the unit.

These cheap York air conditioners are regional units. The 13 SEER models aren’t sold in the warmest climates of the US, so you might not have the option to buy one – and you likely wouldn’t want to anyway. In warm, humid or dry, hot climates, they would create very high cooling bills.

York Air Conditioner Prices by Model

Most units are made in sizes starting at 1.5 or 2.0 tons with the largest being 5.0 tons for all models but the compact TCHE.

Here are cost ranges for each model. The System Only column includes the equipment cost – the condensing unit, indoor coil, the line set to select the two plus a mid-priced programmable York thermostat.

The System Installed column is the price of equipment plus labor charges. It does not include new ductwork, only minor changes to the plenum, if necessary.

ModelSystem OnlySystem Installed
Affinity Series
YXV$4,760 - $6,995$6,100 - $9,800
XYT$4,475 - $6,700$5,950 - $9,525
LX Series
YFK$4,325 - $6,500$5,700 - $9,300
YCG$4,080 - $6,150$5,335 - $8,450
YCS$3,565 - $5,500$4,800 - $7,350
YCE$3,300 - $5,275$4,565 - $7,050
YFE$3,195 - $5,100$4,400 - $6,885
YCD$3,000 - $4,950$4,250 - $6,600
YFD$2,850 - $4,735$4,100 - $6,415
TCHE Compact$3,350 - $5,100$4,500 - $6,825
TCHD Compact$3,200 - $4,925$4,225 - $6,700

York Air Conditioner Prices by Size

It is vitally important to choose the right size AC for your home. One that is too small won’t keep your home cool and it might fail early due to working too hard.

One too large might create cool, clammy air and waste energy.

A Manual J Load Calculation should be done to ensure proper sizing. An HVAC technician might charge $100+ for it, but it is well worth the money. There’s more information in this FAQ about AC Size.

We chose an average, mid-efficiency York AC for this – the 2-stage, York YFK AC. The system includes a compatible air handler or furnace with a matching indoor coil and thermostat.

House size is a very approximate estimate. Again, only a load calculation will produce the right AC size.

AC Unit SizeHome SizeSystem OnlySystem Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$3,385$5,600
2.0 ton1001 - 1300 sf$3,600$5,985
2.5 ton1301 - 1600 sf$3,815$6,290
3 ton1601 - 1900 sf$4,025$6,535
3.5 ton1901 - 2200 sf$4,300$6,750
4.0 ton2201 - 2600 sf$4,425$6,995
5.0 ton2601 - 3200 sf$4,900$7,525

York Warranties

Warranties are getting longer and more comprehensive. York’s have become more competitive.

A Lifetime compressor warranty backs Affinity Series ACs. These units also have a 1-year labor warranty.

Did you Know? Labor isn’t covered under most warranties. That surprises a lot of readers and homeowners. Our FAQ Guide to Warranties has all the details on warranty coverage on your HVAC system.

All other York ACs are backed by a 10-year parts warranty.

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 2019-2020

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.

Price
Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$2,850York LX YCJF 4 tonWashington, 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.
$2,100York Affinity CZHRowlett, 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.
$2,800CZFFt. 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.
$4,020York Affinity 15 SEER 4 tonPrattville, 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.
$2,090York LXFlorence, 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.
$2,780York LX YCJDAiken, 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.
$3949York Affinity 3 tonHatfield, 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?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Trane AC, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.

  • So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest 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.

7 thoughts on “York Central Air Conditioner Reviews & Prices (March 2020)”

  1. We have a York Heating and AC unit, Affinity PC9 that is approx. 12 years old – I’m told we need a blower motor. How can I find out what they cost?

    Reply
    • Hi

      The average price indoor blower for that is $225-$700 based on with two hours labor. You can get an estimate from our Free Estimate Tool by choosing AC repair option.

      You would better choose a variable stage blower motor.

      Reply
  2. I have 1340 sq ft. of Townhouse, technician says the the accumulator in my AC unit manufactured by York is rusted and needs to be changed. Can someone give me a rough idea how much it will cost me to replace that particular accumulator or change the whole outside unit

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    • As long as it’s not leaking, there is no reason to change it if it is rusted. I’m in New York and everything Rust’s here with no issues. It sounds like your contactor is trying to make some extra money.

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  3. I have had a York Affinity 2 speed in my house for 4 years and have not had any trouble with it at all, I would recommend the brand to anyone and would buy another.

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  4. Hello,

    I am writing from Mexico City, I am interested to buy an AC York package the model is ZF240C00B2, please let me know if you can give a quotation of this equipment, I know that in Mexico there are some dealers but unfortunately the delivery time is too long, that is the reason I am looking for a dealer in Dallas, My company has a factory on Dallas texas and we can import materials from USA, so for this case there are no problem in the import process, in the case of the installation we have an expert who can install all the equipment.

    Thank you

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