York Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump/AC Reviews and Prices 2022

York mini splits are part of a larger lineup of equipment from this well-known HVAC company. This York mini split review, aka York ductless heat pump review, covers your options, features and more.

York Mini Splits

The York brand has been controlled by the Johnson Controls group since 2005, but the actual York brand has been in existence since the 1870’s. Luxaire and Coleman are other Johnson Controls brands, and they are identical to York in all but the name.

York heating and air conditioning equipment is produced in Mexico and in the United States.

Features of York Mini Split Units

York mini split units are affordable, energy efficient, and relatively easy to install. Below is a list of features that are available on the various York mini split systems.

  • Inverter Efficiency and Quiet Operation: Like all mini split systems, York mini splits come equipped with “inverter compressor technology.” This inverter compressor has multiple speeds available, rather than a simple single stage inverter that has only “on” or “off” modes. This enables the mini split to automatically adjust to make sure that system operates quietly, efficiently, and maintains both temperature and humidity.
  • How quiet is a York mini split? York is known for being very quiet when in operation. In fact, some models only produce up to 23 decibels.
  • Dry Mode – Dehumidify without Changing the Temperature: York mini splits have a dry mode  that acts like a dehumidifier to remove the moisture out of the air without cooling the space. It’s a good choice for cool, clammy days in spring and fall.
  • Good Warranty Coverage: Every York mini split unit has a warranty for the parts and a separate warranty for the compressor. The warranty for the parts is a five-year limited warranty, and the compressor has a seven-year limited warranty. In addition to this standard warranty, York also offers an extended warranty of ten years for both the compressor and parts, as long as the homeowner registers the system online. Another warranty that is offered by York is a 10 year warranty for the compressor, parts, and labor. This warranty requires online registration, and the homeowner must purchase the upgrade.

Buying Tip: We do not recommend buying extended warranties for any HVAC equipment because they are expensive, and the brand or a third party makes money off them. That means that extended warranties are a profit maker for the company, not an asset to consumers.

There are more details on HVAC warranties in our HVAC Warranty Comparison Guide.

York Mini Split Introduction

York has a number of different lines available for you to consider when researching a mini split to meet their needs. The table below shows each of the models available and the range of capacity of each in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The most efficient York mini split model has a SEER rating of 28 for cooling efficiency and a heating efficiency of 10.5 HSPF.

In addition to the models and capacity, the table also shows the cooling and heating efficiency of each. York mini splits can heat and cool a single zone, but two of the models, the M Series and the W Series can cover multi zone areas. The multi zone units have multiple heads or air handlers.

Product Introduction:

ModelCapacityCooling EfficiencyHeating EfficiencyZone
M Series Heat Pump18,000-42,000 BTU/h16 Seer8.2 HSPFMulti Zone
P Series Heat Pump9,000-36,000 BTU/h18 Seer9 HSPFSingle Zone
R Series Heat Pump18,000-48,000 BTU/h20 Seer10 HSPFSingle Zone
W Series Heat Pump18,000-42,000 BTU/h22 Seer10.2 HSPFMulti Zone
X Series Heat Pump9,000-24,000 BTU/h23 Seer10.5 HSPFSingle Zone
Z Series Heat Pump9,000-18,000 BTU/h28 Seer10.5 HSPFSingle Zone

Indoor Ductless Head Options

In addition to all of the mini split systems York makes, there are also a number of other ductless head options, aka indoor unit types, available for homeowners. Each of the options listed below have the ability to both heat and cool your home. The table shows the ductless type, the range of capacities available for each option, the cooling efficiency in SEERs, and the heating efficiency in HSPFs.

  • 4-Way Ceiling Cassette Unit – The ceiling cassette is perfect for a home that does not have ductwork and has a suspended ceiling. The unit mounts flush to the ceiling and distributes cool or warm air in all four directions. The cassette also comes with an infrared remote and a multiple speed fan.
  • Ducted Unit – York also offers a ducted unit that is perfect for suspended ceilings or in closet spaces. The ducted unit distributes air through ceiling or wall grates via the home’s ductwork.
  • Floor/Ceiling Unit – A third option is a floor/ceiling unit that can be attached to the ceiling or mounted near the floor on the wall. This type of unit is used in areas that have minimal wall space. York’s floor/ceiling units have the following features: 4-way air discharge, multiple speed fan, infrared remote control, swing louver, and remote control lockout.

Other Ductless Type Options

TypeCapacityCooling EfficiencyHeating Efficiency
4-Way CeilingCassette Unit 18,000 – 48,000 BTU/h20 Seer10 HSPF
Ducted Unit18,000 – 48,000 BTU/h16 Seer10 HSPF
Floor / Ceiling Unit18,000 – 48,000 BTU/h17 Seer10 HSPF

How to Install a York Mini Split Unit

Before you begin the York mini split installation there are two key points to consider:

1. York requires professional installation in order to maintain warranty coverage. The step by step York mini split installation instructions are for informational purposes and for those who plan to do some of the installation and hire a HVAC contractor or technician for charging the system with refrigerant.

2. Determine the size of the system that your living space requires. York mini splits units range in BTU capacity and can be as large as 48,000 BTUs. Properly sizing any HVAC system is essential to it functioning properly – giving you the right amount of heating, cooling and dehumidification. Units significantly too small or too large will fail in these areas.

Mounting the Indoor Unit (air Handler/head)

  1. Install the air handler or the indoor unit bracket or wall mount. Locate an area on your interior wall that coincides with an exterior wall. It is best to have the location out of direct sunlight. Also, make sure that there are not any obstructions in the wall, such as plumbing pipes and/or electrical wires.
  2. Using a stud finder, locate the studs near where you plan to mount the mounting bracket. Mark on the wall where the studs are located and use a level to ensure that bracket will be level.
  3. Using a drill, drill the pilot holes a little smaller than the size of the screws you will be using to install the mounting bracket. Connect the mounting bracket to the wall, using the required screws that are recommended by the user manual.
  4. After the pilot holes are in place, use a hole cutter drill bit to open a 2” or 3” hole through the interior wall and the exterior wall. This circular hole is usually located at the base of the mounting bracket. Follow the user manual for exact details on where to locate the hole for the lines to the outdoor unit.
  5. Open the back access place and connect the control wire to the indoor unit. Secure the refrigerant pipe, control wire, and drainage tube together with electrical tape. Run the bundle of pipes and wires though the hole that was drilled in the previous step.
  6. Connect the indoor unit to the mounting bracket. Use the manufacturer’s directions on how to properly connect the air handler to the mounting bracket.

Installation Tip: The last step is best done with two people, rather than a single person.

Mounting the Outdoor Unit (compressor/condenser)

  1. Choose where the outdoor unit will be located. The options are the following: on the roof with a mounting bracket, the ground on a secure pad, or connected to the home via a mounting bracket. If the unit is on the ground, a secure pad must be installed. This can be a cement pad or a manufactured pad.
  2. Mount the outdoor unit at the desired location per manufacturer’s guidelines.
  3. Connect the pipes and tubing from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure that all the connections are correct.
  4. Secure the wires and tubing to the exterior wall. A PVC cover is often used to “hide” the bundle of wires and tubing.
  5. Connect the line set and joint pipe on the back of the outdoor unit.
  6. Finally, connect the wiring that runs from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit.

Have Professional Inspect the Mini Split Unit

  1. An HVAC technician should check all the connections to ensure that everything is done correctly.
  2. If a 220 volt electrical line or an additional electrical line is required, an electrician should be hired to do the job.

Compare to Other Brands

While York makes good mini split systems, there are a lot of other quality brands to consider. They include Mitsubishi, a world leader in mini split technology, LG, Fujitsu, Gree, Midea/Toshiba, Samsung and brands mostly known for standard split systems – Trane, Carrier and Lennox.

York vs. Mitsubishi Mini Split

York and Mitsubishi mini split units are both well-known and well-respected in the HVAC community. York mini splits tend to be a little less expensive than similar Mitsubishi mini splits. However, Mitsubishi has a better overall rating and the reviews are more positive, when compared to the York brands. Both brands have single or multiple zone options, but the Mitsubishi has a model that can heat and cool up to seven rooms.

Mini Split LG vs. York

Lg and York both produce very high quality mid-range mini split units for homeowners. They are very comparable, but LG has some models that can push out 60,000 BTUs. The largest York mini split has a capacity of 48,000 BTUs. Both brands have single and multiple zone options, which can go up to five zones. Mitsubishi has more models available that are WiFi ready, which many homeowners value. The price for both are very similar, but the LG mini splits are more popular than the York mini splits.

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Rene has worked 10 years in the HVAC field and now is the Senior Comfort Specialist for PICKHVAC. He holds an HVAC associate degree from Lone Star College and EPA & R-410A Certifications.
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