York Heat Pump Prices and Reviews 2021

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.

york heat pump prices and reviews

The York brand is nearly 150 years old and has stood for HVAC engineering and innovation. Fortune Global 500 company Johnson Controls acquired York in 2005. Today, York heat pumps are identical in all but name to Johnson Control brands Coleman and Luxaire.

This York heat pump buying guide covers all models, their efficiency ratings, prices and features or pros. We cover York cons too. See our heat pump buying guides for all major brands that make it easy to compare the heat pumps you’re considering.

Features and Pros

There are a few York features that make this brand unique (though it shares these features with Luxaire and Coleman models).

York Climate Set is a series of settings that can be adjusted to your climate. It’s available on the Affinity Series. For example, in humid climates, longer, lower-capacity cycles remove more summer humidity than high-capacity cycles, so the unit can be tuned for that purpose. The settings make it easy for the technician to tune the Affinity heat pumps to normal, dry or humid settings.

The LX YHM heat pump with 16 SEER/9 HSPF efficiency is the variable-capacity model in the mid-level efficiency range. Most variable-capacity, aka modulating, heat pumps are 19+ SEER models. This heat pump gives you the option of lower cost than premium-efficiency models but the maximum climate control and indoor comfort that a variable-capacity compressor system provides.

All Affinity Series heat pumps feature technology York calls QuietDrive. The units are built with fans that have angled wings for quieter operation. The base pan is composite rather than steel, so it reduces vibration noise.

In recent years, more heat pump brands are offering longer warranties on critical parts. York now offers a lifetime warranty on its Affinity Series compressors.

The Affinity Series models are communicating heat pumps when paired with the Affinity communicating control. It’s an upgrade that costs $400+ but when it works properly, it delivers the most efficient and precise performance. See our Communicating vs. Non-communicating Technology guide for the pros and cons of communicating HVAC systems.

York Heat Pump Cons

While we listed communicating technology as a feature, at this point, we do not recommend it. Communicating systems cost more and have a higher rate of mechanical issues. Components sometimes stop communicating, and diagnosing and repairing the issue proves to be a challenge. Some heating and air conditioning companies steer clients away from communicating systems for fear they will have to invest time and money doing warranty repairs.

Unique Features and Model Analysis

ModelSEERHSPFCompressorCommunicating
Affinity YZV2011VariableOptional
Affinity YZH18102-StageOptional
Affinity YZF169Single-StageOptional
LX YHM169VariableNo
LX YHJF14.58.5Single-StageNo
LX YHE148.2Single-StageNo

Quick Take-Aways for Models

When you’re looking for the most cost-effective heating, the strategy is to find the balance between furnace cost and energy costs. Let’s use the zone map to identify efficiency levels for each that strike that balance:

 

Zone
Suggested SEER and HPSF
Cost-effective Models
Zones 1 & 2 (hot) 18-19 SEER/9.5-10 HSPF
Affinity YZV
Zone 3 & 4 (moderate) 14-15 SEER/8.5 HSPF
YHM, YHJF, YHE, Affinity YZF
Zone 5 (cool) 15-17 SEER/8.5-9.5 HSPF
Affinity YZH
Zone 6 (cold) (18 SEER/9.5 HSPF) or (AC + Furnace) Affinity YZV or (AC + Furnace)
Zone 7 (very cold) (18 SEER/9.5 HSPF) or (AC + Furnace) AC + Furnace
Plan to move in the next few years 13-14 SEER/8 HSPF YHE

 

Note: In Zones 6 and 7, the coldest zones, a system with an efficient gas furnace and small central air conditioner is also a good option.

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.

ModelsSystem OnlySystem Installed
Affinity YZV 20 SEER$2,580$6,050
Affinity YZH 18 SEER$2,140$5,220
Affinity YZF 16 SEER$1,750$4,780
YHM 16 SEER$1,595$4,525
YHJF 14.5 SEER$1,385$4,155

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 SizeHome SizeSystem OnlySystem Installed
1.5 ton600 - 1000 sf$1,210$4,150
2 ton1001 - 1300 sf$1,430$4,550
2.5 ton1301 - 1600 sf$1,620$4,870
3 ton1601 - 1900 sf$1,850$5,150
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

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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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