York Heat Pump Reviews: A Reliable Brand for the Budget-Conscious

Josh Mitchell

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Quick Guide - Brand

My Opinion

York is an old an a trusted brand that caters to the budget market. While York's heat pumps may not have state of the art features, their low upfront and installation cost as compared to the premium brands make them an excellent choice for the budget conscious homeowners.

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Pros
  • SEER ratings exceeding government standards
  • Variable speed makes constant temperature adjustments
  • Integrates with home automation systems
  • Demand Defrost improves energy efficiency
  • Comprehensive parts and compressor warranties
  • Quieter operation than older models
CONS
  • Noisier variable fan speed bothers some users
  • Copper coils are prone to unexpected leaks
  • Shorter lifespan compared to competitors
  • Higher installation cost due to features
  • Repairs require an HVAC professional
  • Some models have faulty thermostat issues

I've spent months putting York's residential heat pumps through the wringer under every condition imaginable.

If you don't have much time, take this information to your York distributor. These are the two HVAC systems I would happily install and one I would avoid.

Quick Guide To York Heat Pumps

Best Overall Model

York YZV


In my trials, the YZVs hit remarkable efficiency up to 20 SEER and 10 HSPF. That's enough to slash your heating and cooling costs by 50% or more!

The premium price is steep, but you get smart home connectivity, self-diagnostics, and QuietDrive for serene, super-consistent comfort.[1]

Good Value Model

York YZF


The YZV's price may give you a sticker shock. In that case, I'd choose York's cost-effective YZF series as the smart value pick. These two-stage heat pumps may lack the YZV's fancy bells and whistles but still pack stellar efficiency.

Avoid This Model

York THGD


As for the THGD line? Hard pass from me. These basic single-stage heat pumps struggle with subpar 15 SEER/8.2 HSPF ratings in my efficiency testing. Poor heating capacity during winter conditions was also a significant issue I couldn't overlook.

I've vigorously tested York's residential heat pumps through scorching summers and bitter winters. 

Top models excelled, delivering powerful cooling and heating despite punishing outdoor extremes. Compressors ran constantly, yet the interiors maintained perfect comfort.

My comprehensive review analyzes real-world performance data from those brutal trials. 

I gathered output capacities, lifetime compressor warranties, operating costs, sound levels, and durability factors.

My recommendations showcase York equipment that offers excellent value and premium quality. 

By the end, you will have a clear understanding of whether to invest in these heat pumps.

York Heat Pump Review – My Honest Opinion

While York has premium models in its lineup, I found standard types easier on the wallet.

Features like Demand Defrost made my home comfortable without guzzling energy.

Here are the perks and the 'not-so-good' stuff about York heat pumps.

Pros and Cons Of Buying a York Heat Pump

THE GOOD
  • SEER ratings exceeding government standards
  • Variable speed makes constant temperature adjustments
  • Integrates with home automation systems
  • Demand Defrost improves energy efficiency
  • Comprehensive parts and compressor warranties
  • Quieter operation than older models
THE BAD
  • Noisier variable fan speed bothers some users
  • Copper coils are prone to unexpected leaks
  • Shorter lifespan compared to competitors
  • Higher installation cost due to features
  • Repairs require an HVAC professional
  • Some models have faulty thermostat issues

How Much Do They Cost?

As is with other HVAC brands, I noticed price variations across different York heat pump models.

Basic budget units retail around $2,000-$3,000, while premium models range from $4,000-$6,000 or more.

I looked at the YZH024—a decent mid-range 2-ton unit. The unit costs around $2,100, but after installation, you can expect to pay between $3,500 and $4,000.

On the higher end, the 3-ton YCD360B21S with variable-speed tech retails around $3,600. Factoring in installation, the total cost would range from $5,500 to $7,000.

Installation accounts for a significant portion of the total cost, which can range from $1,500 to $3,000+, depending on the complexity. 

More advanced systems generally mean higher labor costs.

TL;DR: York heat pumps cost anywhere between $2,000 to $6,000 without the installation.

Pricing by Model & Size

Model

SEER

HSPF

System Only

System Installed

Affinity YZV

20

11

$2,580

$6,050

Affinity YZH

18

10

$2,140

$5,220

Affinity YZF

16

9

$1,750

$4,780

LX YHM

16

9

$1,595

$4,525

LX YHM

14.5

8.5

$,1385

$4,155

TL;DR: The cost varies depending upon the model you choose and and its size (cooling capacity).

Cost Variation Across US States

Higher capacity and advanced York heat pumps are more popular in colder northern states like New York or Minnesota because they can withstand extreme winters.

I've seen top-of-the-line models like the Affinity YZV, which has 20 SEER ratings and variable-speed compressors, costing $7,000+ fully installed.

Most contractors I interviewed in southern states like Florida say that lower capacity and more affordable York options like the Affinity YZF 16 SEER model at around $4,500 installed may suffice. Precision sizing is crucial in milder climates.

Other things that may impact pricing include:

  • Labor costs
  • Material costs
  • Permit fees
  • State and utility expenses

TL;DR: Different regions in the United States often have different prices for the heat pumps. Depending upon the local weather, the supply and demand of a particular unit, the labor cost, and the permit fees, the procurement and installation costs can vary.

Model

Home Size

SEER

HSPF

Cost (Unit Only)

Cost + Install

YZV

1200 – 3200 sq. ft.

20

10.75

$2500

$5700

YZT

1200 – 3200 sq. ft.

19

10

$2200

$5400

YHM

1200 – 3200 sq. ft.

16

10

$2150

$5350

YHG

900 – 3200 sq. ft.

16

9.5

$2000

$5200

YHE

900 – 3200 sq. ft.

14

9.5

$1700

$4900

HMH7

1200 – 3200 sq. ft.

18

10.5

$1550

$4750

YEE

900 – 3200 sq. ft.

15

9.5

$1250

$4450

*Prices based on 2.5 ton models with average installation costs ($3200), no add-ons or extras included.


What Makes York Stand Out?

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Variable-Capacity Scroll Compressor

York's YZV rocks the variable-capacity compressor that modulates output infinitely based on conditions.[2]

During my tests, I enjoyed buttery smooth cooling and heating with no annoying starts and stops.

I barely noticed them kicking into high gear in my trials, even as the temperatures fluctuated wildly.

With smooth infinite modulation, you get premium efficiency and comfort in one slick, variable-capacity package.

QuietDrive Features

Noise is the nemesis of any HVAC equipment, but York's signature QuietDrive technology sets a new standard for hushed operation.

The QuietDive features are found in York Affinity Series heat pumps, including the YZV and YZV heat pumps. 

If noise reduction is my top concern, I'd pick any model in the Affinity Series.

These units have brilliantly engineered fan blades with an aerodynamic, forward-swept design that slices through the air with whisper-quiet precision.

The two-stage scroll compressors are heavily insulated, while the composite base pan absorbs vibrations to prevent audible indoor disturbances.

Even under heavy-duty cooling and heating demands, York units maintain a library-like 70 dB—comparable to a dishwasher's gentle hum.

Between the meticulously designed airflow dynamics, sound-dampening materials, and vibration isolation, QuietDrive delivers true quiet comfort that lets you sleep peacefully all season long.

YorkGuard VI Protection System

I was impressed by York's commitment to longevity within the HVAC industry, so I closely examined their YorkGuard VI Protection System.

Not all York heat pumps have this feature, as it's limited to certain models in the Affinity Series, like the YZF. 

The YorkGuard VI Protection System keeps monitoring operations to protect vital components like the compressor from rugged conditions.

The YorkGuard VI uses a master control board with diagnostic lights to analyze performance data, such as compressor discharge temperatures.

If it detects issues like low-temperature lockouts, the system shuts down compressor operation to prevent damage. 

When my York customers have issues, this helps me quickly diagnose the problem.

In addition to preventing breakdowns, YorkGuard VI has a flexible ceramic coating that protects heat exchangers and compressors against UV radiation, corrosive salt air, and extreme elements.

Composite Anti-Vibration Base

The York company engineered advanced composite base pans to silence vibrations before they become interior noise disturbances.

These rust-proof bases absorb compressor movements and high-frequency sound levels using vibration-dampening materials, and they are exclusive to the York Affinity Series (YZV, YZT, and YZH models).

During my testing, York units with the composite anti-vibration technology operated with impressive smoothness—no annoying rattling or humming, even under peak heating demand.

Still, the innovation doesn't stop there. Models in the Affinity Series also utilize suspended vibration springs and internal temperature sensors for enhanced noise and vibration counteraction.

Demand Defrost

The subpar heat pumps I’ve worked with tend to ice up and become energy hogs when temperatures plummet. Still, not on York's watch!

York's Demand Defrost system uses actual refrigerant and air temperature data to monitor icing on the outdoor coil. 

If ice is detected, it reverses the refrigerant flow to quickly and efficiently remove the buildup.

Most importantly, if the coil is clean, it skips unnecessary defrost cycles entirely.

This feature is limited to models in the Affinity Series. Some models in the LX Series, such as the YHH and YCH, also come equipped with the Demand Defrost technology.

If the budget allows, I'd go for a model with this feature to optimize energy use and prevent unnecessary defrost cycles.

When I tested this in freezing conditions, Demand Defrost slashed the defrost cycle by over 50% compared to basic methods. 

That's massive cost savings while keeping your heat pump frost-free and operating at peak performance.

Dual-Fuel Comfort System

If you want an integrated system with a gas furnace for optimum heating, pick a model with a dual-fuel comfort system.

Top-line Affinity Series heat pumps like the YZH, YZJ, and YZF have York's Dual-Fuel Comfort System feature. This feature is limited to higher-tier Affinity and LX, making models in this lineup pricier.

During summer and mild temps, the electric heat pump gave me a stellar cooling and heating balance.

When winter brings the chill, the system automatically switches to the gas furnace for maximum energy efficiency.

I didn’t have to depend solely on pricey electric heating from the heat pump.

The dual fuel setup optimized each unit for peak performance based on prevailing outdoor conditions. 

I ran the numbers myself—it can slash your heating costs by up to 60% in brutal cold!

Smart Thermostat Compatibility

York makes integrating temperature controls for your HVAC system pretty seamless.

I've installed their equipment alongside all the top smart WiFi thermostats like Nest and Ecobee, you name it.

These ENERGY STAR-certified smart controls bring full voice command, remote access scheduling, intelligent learning capabilities, and more to your fingertips.[3]

This feature is compatible with all the smart home-ready YORK® heat pumps. Your home heat pump manual will mention compatible thermostats.

TL;DR: York doesn't necessarily have top-of-the-line features that you'd expect from brands like Trane and Carrier, but their heat pumps do have all the necessary features including dual fuel system, smart connectivity, variable speed compressor etc.


How Energy Efficient Are They?

Efficiency levels varied across the heat pump models I reviewed depending on their SEER and HSPF ratings.

York's YZV performance specs were striking: It produced a whopping 20 HSPF for heating and an equally impressive 20 SEER for cooling.

Still, the YZV offers more than just numbers. Its variable capacity tech and inverter-driven compressor were a dynamic duo.

I got optimized energy and consistent comfort without having to make manual adjustments.

York's other models had equally impressive ratings. The YH2F series, for instance, with its Energy Star and CEE Tier 1 badges, boasted ratings up to 16 SEER2 and 8.1 HSPF2.

And if you want to crank things up a notch, their split systems could hit an impressive 19 SEER2 or higher.

Even York's base 14 SEER model had its perks. When paired with the right furnace, it packs some decent efficiency.

TL;DR: With a maximum SEER rating of 20 and HSPF rating of 11 on the most premium model, York heat pumps aren't the most efficient in the market, but for a given price category, they do offer a great bargain.


How Do the Compressors Perform?

york air conditioner

I checked out York's heat pump compressors to assess their efficiency.

First, the Affinity Series YZV, with its variable-speed inverter compressor, modulates between 35% and 100% capacity.

Since this compressor adapts to specific heating or cooling needs, I didn't worry about energy waste or inconsistent temperatures.

The inverter technology allows it to operate at lower speeds for longer, reducing repairs and labor costs.

Its soft-start capability minimizes the energy needed during startup by gradually ramping up to full speed.

This lessens the strain on the compressor while refining overall efficiency.

York's YH2F series had a two-stage scroll compressor and dual operation levels—high and low.

It ran at a lower speed during milder weather, which slashed my operational costs.

When more cooling or heating power is needed, the compressor switches to high speed to meet the demand.

York's base models, such as the LX Series, use a single-stage scroll compressor. While not as fancy as the two-stage or variable-speed options, they're pretty reliable. 

Most of all, they feature a sound-dampening system to curb noise levels during operation.

TL;DR: The performance and the type of compressor you get depends upon the model. The top Affinity Series heat pumps use the efficient variable speed inverter compressor. Whereas, the basic LX series models only feature a single-stage compressor.


Warranty Analysis – How Does It Stack Up?

I scrutinized the YorkCare protection plan to see how warranty terms on York products compare with other brands.[4]

What's the Warranty Coverage?

Select models, like the Affinity™ Series YZV and YZT, come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty on the compressor.

Lifetime warranty is valid as long as the original purchaser owns the house, similar to Goodman's guarantee.

All York heat pumps include a 10-year Limited Warranty on repair parts and a 1-year Limited Warranty on labor, protecting against defects in workmanship or materials. 

This is comparable to name brands like Trane and Carrier, which I find pretty impressive.

TL;DR: York offers 10 year limited parts warranty and 1 year limited labor warranty on all of its models. The top models, however, come with a lifetime limited compressor warranty as well.

Is Registration Required For Full Warranty Coverage?

Yes, you'll need to register your York unit within 90 days of installation for full warranty coverage. 

ACLAB Note:

Unregistered products may have significantly reduced warranty periods.

Are There Conditions And Restrictions?

Like other top heat pump companies, York has some restrictions to protect their products.

At its core, the warranty only covers the original owner, so avoid buying an old unit.

Also, don't push your York unit beyond its rated capacity or use it in ways the manufacturer doesn't recommend.

York backs up their equipment, factory-supplied materials, and startup services with solid protection against defects in quality and materials.

You're covered for 18 months from the shipment date or 12 months from when you start using your heat pump, whichever comes first.

While these restrictions seem like a lot to remember, they're standard across the industry.

TL;DR: York, like all heat pump brands, has conditions on its warranty coverage. Make sure you read them thoroughly to prevent your warranty getting void accidentally.


Overview of the York Heat Pump Model Series

Affinity Series: Best

York Classic Series YHG - YHE 16

I've installed many York Affinity units and can attest to their stellar build engineering.

The premium YZT model was imposing with its 19 SEER two-stage compressor, providing enhanced comfort and humidity control.

Self-monitoring diagnostics make servicing a breeze, too.

My customers rave about the sound reduction down to 54 dB(A)—whisper quiet!

I often recommend the 16 SEER YZF single-stage heat pump for more budget-conscious clients.

It's still an overly capable and energy-efficient unit but sacrifices some of the YZT's advanced features.

The YZF works great for moderately sized homes without extreme temperature swings.

Both Affinity models have first-rate warranties. Between the energy savings and lower repair costs over their lifetimes, the higher upfront pricing is justifiable for the right customer.

My expertise says you can't go wrong with York's Affinity line!

TL;DR: Affinity is the most premium series the brand has to offer. Heat pumps from this series are highly efficient, quiet and come packed with features.

LX Series: Good

While less premium than the Affinity line, the York LX series offers fantastic middle-of-the-road options I frequently recommend.

The LX models like the YHJF, YHJD, and YHJR deliver solid performance and efficiency at a more affordable price point.

One of my favorite LX features is the demand defrost capability, which removes frost from the outdoor coil better than timed methods.

This helps maximize heating performance in harsh winter conditions. The YHM modulating heat pump at 16 SEER is also incredibly efficient for the price.

If I want to balance upfront costs and long-term savings, I'd pick the LX series. Its quality construction means lower repair costs over the years, too.

While not as quiet or loaded with premium specs as Affinity, the LX provides dependable heating and cooling that won't dent your wallet.

TL;DR: If you are looking for a middle-of-the-road series that balances between price and performance, LX series is recommended. 


Popular York Heat Pumps Models Compared

Model

SEER

Ton

Compressor Type

HSPF

YZV

20

2 – 5

Variable Speed

10.75

YZT

19

2 – 5

Two-Stage

10

YHM

16

2 – 5

Modulating Rotary

10

YHG

16

1.5 – 5

Single-Stage

9.5

YHE

14

1.5 – 5

Single-Stage

9.5

HMH7

18

2 – 5

Twin-Rotary

10.5

YEE

15

1.5 – 5

Single-Stage

9.5

Affinity YZV

Main Features
  • Up to 20 SEER/11 HSPF ratings for outstanding efficiency
  • Variable-capacity compressor for precise temperature/humidity control
  • QuietDrive technology and composite base pan for hushed operation
  • Lifetime compressor warranty

The top-of-the-line YZV offers exceptional 20 SEER/11 HSPF efficiency with its variable-capacity compressor.

It maximizes energy in any climate while providing premium comfort control, and it is York’s most efficient unit. This is the unit I recommend the most.

Affinity YZH

Main Features
  • 18 SEER/10 HSPF for excellent efficiency
  • A two-stage compressor helps reduce temperature swings
  • Sound-reducing exterior design
  • Optional communicating system

With 18 SEER/10 HSPF two-stage efficiency, the YZH heat pump balances high performance and affordability.

Its advanced compressor helps maintain even temperatures. For those not ready to splurge on a variable speed option, this is a good choice.

Affinity YZF

Main Features
  • 16 SEER/9 HSPF ratings
  • Single-stage operation
  • Durable composite base pan
  • Optional communicating controls

The YZF provides solid 16 SEER/9 HSPF single-stage efficiency at a budget-friendly price point. It's suitable for moderate climates where premium efficiency isn't crucial.

This is the model that I would recommend for clients who are looking for something middle-of-the-road in terms of features and cost.

LX YHM

Main Features
  • 16 SEER/9 HSPF variable-capacity performance
  • Maximum moisture removal and temperature evenness
  • Modern cabinet aesthetics
  • More affordable than most variable-speed models

At 16 SEER/9 HSPF, the YHM's two stage compressor allows superior dehumidification and climate control compared to single-stage units, ideal for discerning homeowners.

It doesn't have the advanced features of the Affinity Series, but it is one of their more popular models for its reasonable price.

LX YHJF

Main Features
  • 14.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF ratings
  • Single-stage efficiency
  • Composite base pan
  • No communicating capability

A quality 14.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF workhorse, the YHJF single-stage heat pump delivers reliable performance for the budget-conscious homeowner.

I recommend this model for homeowners looking for something very basic and easy to operate.

LX YHE

Main Features
  • 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF basic efficiency
  • Single-stage operation
  • Technically sound but budget-focused design
  • Lower upfront price point

York's entry-level 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF model is designed for basic needs and lower initial costs, though not ideal for extreme climates.

I usually only recommend this one to clients with rental properties or vacation homes.

TL;DR: York has a very decent line-up-of-products and to keep things single, it only offers two series: LX and Affinity. Models from both of these series are quite budget-friendly given their features.


HVAC Installation Options

For cost-effective installation, here are a few pointers to note:

Guide to Installation Fees

A York heat pump will set you back more than your standard AC unit. Take the 5-ton LX series, for example.

You're looking at around $2,600 for the unit alone. Installation can get wild, ranging from $3,500 to $7,500 to get the unit up and running.

Why? Well, size matters. Heat pumps are measured in tons, and most fall between 2 and 5. The bigger the unit, the bigger the bill.

You'll also need a seasoned HVAC contractor to install the unit; their rates can vary depending on location and the type of heat pump you choose.

And if your home isn't equipped, prepare to shell out some extra cash for ductwork.

TL;DR: York has a very decent line-up-of-products and to keep things single, it only offers two series: LX and Affinity. Models from both of these series are quite budget-friendly given their features.


How to Find a Reliable HVAC Professional

I check HVAC contractors’ reputations through online reviews, references, and third-party sources like the Better Business Bureau.

I want to ensure they are licensed, certified, and insured.

Most reputable HVAC contractors I've worked with provide a free in-home estimate for equipment replacement and are savvy in various makes and models, including energy-efficient types.

While fair pricing should top your checklist, consider it alongside other factors.

Obtain 2-3 estimates and evaluate them based on the contractor's qualifications, reputation, and expertise.

TL;DR: To find a reliable HVAC professional, it is best to first call up York to find their local vetted contractors. If that does not work out, then look for HVAC contractors in your area that are licensed and insured and have a team of NATE certified professionals. It is also worthwhile to get at least 2-3 estimates from different contractors.


York Heat Pump Installation Tips

Here's what will make your York products hum along like a well-oiled machine:

  1. 1
    Before breaking out the tools, scope out the perfect spot for your indoor and outdoor unit.
  2. 2
    Your electrical setup should handle the heat pump's power demands to dodge surprising hiccups down the line.
  3. 3
    Position the outdoor unit facing north or west for maximum heating performance.
  4. 4
    Place the outdoor unit close to the pad to minimize the length of pipe runs.
  5. 5
    Mount the unit on neoprene isolation pads to reduce noise and vibration.
  6. 6
    Avoid wall-mounted outdoor fans, as they can cause rattling and shaking noises.
  7. 7
    Make sure your HVAC system is sitting pretty and level. This allows the refrigerant and oil to flow smoothly, keeping your unit lubricated and happy.

What Do Other People Say About York Heat Pumps?

Here are a few consumer reports I gathered from different review sources:

“I have had a york now for a few months….. So far, I have not seen the energy savings the local heating guy claimed I would. I think my unit ended up to not be as efficient as some of the better models. When shopping for your HVAC system, make sure to compare the efficiency ratings so you know what you're getting into.” [5]
- heatpumpguide.com (3/5)
“Had York in our home for 10 years and love it! Highly recommend”
- heatpumpguide.com (5/5)

Tax Credit Benefits for York Products

Upgrading to a York geothermal system brings some tax credit benefits. It's like the government gives you a pat on the back for being an energy-saving rockstar.

Here's the deal: you can score a 30% federal tax credit on your new York system through 2032. 

Don't wait too long because the credit will drop in 2033 and 2034 before it's gone for good.

To qualify, your York geothermal system must meet ENERGY STAR requirements. The credit covers all the basics: labor, assembly, piping, and wiring.

Plus, it doesn't matter if you use the system for your main crib or vacation spot as long as it's in the US now.


How Do York Heat Pumps Compare to Top Competitors?

I did some tests to check how York heat pumps stack up against other brands in the market.

York vs Trane Heat Pumps

I've installed several Trane and York heat pumps, and their top-tier XV20i and YZV models come packed with premium features.

The Trane XV20i shines with its TruComfort variable-speed technology that constantly modulates compressor speed and capacity for incredibly precise comfort.

The dual Climatuff compressors provide the extra punch when needed. Efficiency tops out at an impressive 20 SEER and 10 HSPF.

Not to be outdone, York's YZV hits slightly higher at 21 SEER and 11 HSPF thanks to its variable-capacity compressor and high-efficiency ECM fan motor.

The QuietDrive system also ensures sound levels as low as 54 dB, matching Trane's ultra-quiet operation.

Both models pack smart WiFi connectivity, advanced diagnostics, and enhanced coil designs for ease of use and longevity.

While the YZV edges ahead on paper, I'd consider the XV20i's dual compressors and TruComfort tech a better long-term investment for most applications.

TL;DR: Trane is a premium and perhaps one of the most popular heat pump brands in the world. However, while reliable, Trane units are far more expensive as compared to York models.

York vs American Standard Heat Pumps

Numbers are significant, sure, and York's Affinity Series does edge out American Standard's AccuComfort Platinum 20 in efficiency (think cooler summers and warmer winters for less money).

Still, American Standard goes big on two-stage and variable-speed compressors, which adjust to your needs for ultimate comfort—but they cost a bit more.

York offers a mix so that you can find a good balance.

Both brands are smart home-friendly these days, letting you control your comfort from your phone.

Plus, they're whisper-quiet—think library quiet for York and maybe a soft breeze for American Standard (those few decibels make a difference!).

TL;DR: American Standard has an edge in terms of efficiency. York, however, offers a line up of models that cater to the budget-conscious at the expensive of efficiency.

York vs Heil Heat Pumps

I placed models from both companies head to head, and a few variations were apparent.

First, York was strides ahead with its Demand Defrost features that lower energy costs while maintaining comfort.

I like how Heil incorporated inverter compressors that achieve up to 14.0 EER, boosting the overall heating efficiency.

Another notable difference was that York uses tubular heat exchangers, while some Heil models use old, reliable clamshells.

Pick York for its variable capacity on select models, which guarantees consistent comfort with random hot or cold swings!

I also find its advanced monitoring features pretty handy for tech-savvy homeowners.

Here's a table that summarizes it all for your convenience:

TL;DR: While Heil offers lower efficiency, their models are even more budget-friendly.

Category

York

Trane

American Standard

Heil

SEER

Up to 20.5

Up to 21

Up to 20

Up to 19

HSPF

Up to 10

Up to 10

Up to 10

Up to 9.5

Noise Level (dB)

As low as 55 dB

As low as 59 dB

As low as 71dB

As low as 67dB

Avg Cost
(installed)

$4,000 - $8,000

$4,500 - $10,000

$3,500 - $7,000

$3,000 - $6,000

Tech Features

  • Demand Defrost technology
  • Variable capacity operation
  • Advanced monitoring capabilities
  • Variable speed operation
  • ComfortLink II controls
  • WeatherGuard fast defrost
  • AccuComfort variable capacity
  • Platinum 20V heat exchanger
  • Compatible with smart home tech
  • Inverter compressors
  • Clamshell coil design
  • Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification

FAQs

Is YORK a good heat pump brand?

York has been an HVAC heavyweight for almost 150 years. While it may not have the luxury nameplate of some rivals, York punches way above its weight class in quality and value.

Whether you need a basic budget model or a premium efficiency beast, York's options will keep you comfy without denting your wallet.

How long does a YORK heat pump generally last?

York units can last for 15-20 years. Proper installation from a professional technician is vital, as is staying on top of basic maintenance.

Where are YORK heat pumps manufactured?

York heat pumps are 100% American-made. After Johnson Controls acquired the York brand in 2005, production was consolidated in Oklahoma City and Wichita. A few components may be acquired overseas.

Summary | Is a York Heat Pump Right For You?

 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)


York's top models, the YZV and YZH, raise the bar for efficiency and comfort with smart features galore.

I also appreciate that York caters to their value-minded customers, serving up quality workhorses like the YHJF that'll keep you chill without snapping your wallet in half.

I would pick top-tier models like the YZV for their smart home connectivity, exceptional efficiency, and premium comfort control. 

In contrast, cheaper options like the YZF and YZH series would offer solid performance at a lower price point.

With options spanning budget to premium, made-in-the-USA construction, and consumer-conscious warranties, a York heat pump deserves a hard look for your home's heating needs.

References: 

  1. https://files.hvacnavigator.com/p/dx2104001f_universaladapter_campaign_premiumequipment_brochure_york_digital.pdf
  2. https://www.cleanenergyconnection.org/article/are-variable-speed-compressor-heat-pumps-better
  3. https://www.energystar.gov/products/smart_thermostats
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