The York Affinity 8T is a discontinued two-stage heat pump. The Affinity 8T met Energy Star requirements, with efficiency ratings of up to 18 SEER and 9.4 HSPF. An isolated compressor compartment, a swept-wing fan design, and a sound-dampening composite base pan provided quiet operation, while Comfort Alert diagnostics monitored compressor activity for system protection. The steel cabinet featured a baked-on powder finish for increased durability and protection against the elements. The Affinity 8T was available with environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant. The Affinity 8T heat pump was part of the York Affinity series.
Nothing but problems! Over 20 service calls in the last 10 years, coils, blowers, leaks, etc… All are very expensive.
"Do not waste your money"
They are over priced and have to be worked on 3 times a year, every year. No heat in the winter. Have to burn wood to stay warm. No air conditioner in the summer unless you get it worked on.
"Poor Quality Unit"
Had unit installed by York Technician in 2010. Just replace the coil in December 2016. York says unit out of warranty. Had another problem Feb 17. Now compressor has gone out. I won't buy another York unit when my other heat pump goes out. And if asked, I could not recommend York to anyone.
"Recommend York dual stage heat pump"
The York Dual Stage heat pump we selected has been outstanding in performance and value. It is fairly quiet for a 3-ton unit. The house is kept at a very constant comfortable temperature. Even though we added a device requiring two 40-amp and one 60-amp additions to the electrical service box, the bill for our all-electric house has only risen by 105, a small price to pay for the comfort and reliability of this system. Indeed, the dual stage unit is extremely cost effective. I would recommend setting the blower to "On" rather than "Auto". The blower is proportional speed, meaning it blows very softly until the heat pump. This helps maintain an even temperature through out the house (ours is 4-level), yet keeps the fan noise factor at a minimum. I would recommend the York line, and Accurate Heating and Cooling, without reservation.
"York Affinity 5 ton heat pump"
I have only owned this for a day but already notice that the house is warmer than with the previous heat pump – a 23-year-old York unit. This new unit actually puts out air from the registers that feels warmer than the room temperature without running the electric coils. I can't wait to see what it does for my electric bill. UPDATE 5/11/16: Saving over 40% per month on my electric bill. Unit actually puts out warm air (not on the emergency heat) in the winter. Very pleased with the equipment and installation. Also purchased the ten-year warranty for peace of mind.
Two threads on hvac-talk.com discuss thermostat problems with the Affinity 8T, and two other threads are from consumers stating that their units are very loud. One of the consumers, after describing the problem, was told by a professional contributor that the noise was most likely due to an unstable base under the unit. Several threads on gardenweb.com compare the 8T with similar units by Trane, Coleman, and Lennox, with no clear preference.
Affinity 8T Warranty
Product registration is required within 90 days of installation for maximum warranty coverage. The warranty for the York Affinity 8T heat pump is comprised of the following:
10-year limited warranty on the compressor
5-year limited warranty on parts
The warranty does not cover labor costs. An optional YorkCare Comfort Plan warranty offers up to 10 years of total parts and labor coverage.
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