Reaching up to 18 SEER, the Affinity Series is York’s top-tier heat pump product line. This series consists of two units, the Affinity YZH, which offers 18 SEER/10 HSPF, and the YZF, which offers 16 SEER/9 HSPF. Units are available in 2- to 5-ton models, all of which meet Energy Star standards for efficiency.
While only the 18 SEER model has a two-stage scroll compressor, both units feature York’s QuietDrive system, which combines a swept fan, composite base pan and separate compressor space to keep system noise at a minimum. Units also are equipped with a “demand defrost” coil designed to reduce the defrost cycle on the outdoor coil.
The heat pumps are finished in a powder-coated paint and have sealed electrical contractors and a rigid base pan for increased durability. Optional accessories, such as a programmable thermostat, also are available for this unit.
There are also several discontinued sub-series of heat pumps within the Affinity series, including the Affinity 8T, with an efficiency of up to 18 SEER and 9.4 HSPF; Affinity YZB, which offered an efficiency of 13 SEER and 8.6 HSPF; and Affinity YZE, with an efficiency of up to 15 SEER and 9.8 HSPF.
Since installation in November 2014, have had 10 service visits including warranty work replacing the valve. The noise of the York unit is a real issue – can hear it on the other side of the house over the tv. Compared to previously owned Lennox the York is much much louder. Marketing indicated maximum efficiency when matched with the air handler and yet electricity bill skyrocketed. Not sure if it's poorly engineered or poorly manufactured.
Shawnigan Lake, BC
Replaced A-coils on both units. Replaced condenser fans with control boxes three times. Filed paperwork with a class action lawsuit, I'm still waiting on a settlement.
Replaced A-coils on both units. Replaced condenser fans with control boxes three times. Filed paperwork with class action lawsuit still waiting on settlement.
"Heat pump lasted less than 7 years"
Heat pump had several servicing issues, fan motor, capacitor etc over it's 7 year life with bi-annual servicing. The coolant coil developed a leak, and it was cheaper in the long run (given the unit's repair history) to buy a new heat pump than to replace the coolant coil. We also got a longer warranty on the new unit than the warranty on the existing unit.
"Replacement for an old Trane"
The parts and labor warranty is what sold me. The unit performs well and definitely reduced my electricity bill. We have had 2 breakdowns since the installation but both were related to 30-year-old wiring in our house. Contractor charged for both visits but I feel these should have been discovered during the install.
In general, homeowners and contractors across the web are very pleased with the York Affinity Series. As a top-tier heat pump, reviews sites highlight the special features of this unit, including the isolated compressor compartment for quiet operation, defrost board, unique powder-coat finish for a long-lasting appearance. Solid warranty coverage also is mentioned as a benefit of this unit.
Contractors on consumer forums such as hvac-talk.com also recommend this unit to shoppers, saying it is well-built and will provide longer-lasting performance than less expensive units. However, some professionals note that the unit's complexity may lead to difficult or bad installations.
York Affinity Model Numbers
The Affinity is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
York provides a 10-year parts and compressor warranty for the Affinity Series. If paired with a matched York system, this model will receive a lifetime limited warranty on the compressor. The unit must be registered online within 90 days of installation or the warranty automatically decreased to a 5-year term for parts only.
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