Reliable Technology: York® LX Series Packaged Units

For simplicity and reliability, LX Series packaged units employ proven controls to simplify operation and ensure reliability. Information on unit status, start-up and operating temperatures simplifies installation and troubleshooting for contractors while ensuring optimum performance and energy savings for homeowners.

Pre-Service Checklist

Reduce service costs by reviewing this checklist of issues.

Before calling your York® Dealer for service, take a moment to make sure you're prepared for the appointment. Here are a few things to do in preparation for your service appointment:
 

Review the troubleshooting guide and be prepared to explain the issues that you're experiencing.

  • Check your air filter. A dirty air filter is a common cause of problems.
  • Write down the model numbers of all your York® products.
  • Know how long ago your problem began.
  • Make sure the system is accessible – remove anything blocking your products.
  • Keep pets in a separate room so they don't get overly excited.
  • Arrange for an adult (18 or over) to be home to allow entry to your home.
  • Provide a phone number to receive a call from the technicians to confirm the service visit.
  • If you rent your home, get your landlord's permission to have your system serviced.
  • If you discover your heat pump or air conditioner is frozen, shut it off to allow it to thaw before the technician arrives.

Replacing Existing Equipment

According to the rule of thumb, you know you need to replace your HVAC or furnace when the cost of repairs approaches 30% of the value of your heating or cooling system.

That’s because a new system can be 50% more efficient if the existing unit is more than 12 years old. With new equipment, the utility savings start paying you back immediately. Plus, you may avoid costly repair bills in the years ahead.

Learn why remodeling your home may affect your heating and cooling requirements.

How a Replacement Pays You Back

Advancements in central heating and cooling technology are improving energy efficiency as much as 7% per year. So replacing a heat pump , air conditioner or furnace that is more than 10 years old may be a smart move. Our highest efficiency York® systems can cut your heating and cooling bills in half, depending on the efficiency of your old system.

Comfort is a Consideration, Too

An uncomfortable home can be a sign of improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation. Dust, pollen and mold spores can invade your house from leaky ducts that pull dirty air from attics, crawl spaces and basements. Sealing your ducts may be a solution — as well as adding air cleaning equipment. Either way, a properly installed system, ductwork, coils and filters can save money — and your health.

Easy Serviceability: York® LX Series Packaged Units

With new LX Series packaged units, major components -- compressor, refrigeration controls and blower -- are all accessible from the front, and the evaporator coil slides out for easy cleaning. Plus, standardized parts mean contractors carry fewer replacement parts on the service truck, and homeowners get a simpler design that runs reliably season after season.

Maintenance Tips

Enjoy the full potential of your York® product and extend its useful life with these helpful maintenance tips.

Although mechanical heating and cooling equipment is complex, there are some basic preventive maintenance procedures that you can perform to keep your system running at its best. (If your air conditioner or heat pump is more than 10 years old or your furnace is more than 12 years, call your York® Dealer to see how much you can reduce your utility bills with today’s more energy efficient equipment.)

Indoor Air Quality Equipment Maintenance

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for changing (or cleaning) air filters in air handlers/furnaces and other home comfort equipment. Some air cleaners require only an annual filter change, while others need more frequent replacement.
  • Maintaining proper humidity levels can greatly reduce airborne allergens. Make sure pans and coils of humidification/dehumidification unit are clean and free of debris.
  • Regularly clean your return grills to prevent dust and debris from accumulating in ducts and clogging filters.
  • Examine ducts around air handler for holes, loose tape or separated sections that might allow air infiltration.
  • Make sure air system is balanced to avoid negative air pressure from pulling pollens and allergens into home. Consider using a dedicated ventilation system to introduce filtered outside air to create positive pressure with clean air.

Air Handler Maintenance

  • Examine ducts around air handler for holes, loose tape or separated sections that might leak air.
  • Replace your air handler filter once a month to reduce airflow restrictions and wasted energy.

    Air Conditioner Maintenance/Heat Pump Maintenance

    • Clean dust or move objects away from the grates that supply air into each room. Do the same to the large return grate, usually in a hallway, to ensure proper air flow.
    • Clear leaves and debris from the system’s outdoor condenser unit grille. If the interior unit is dirty, contact your contractor to perform a power wash that will not bend the fins of the grille.
    • Examine ducts in attic or crawl space for holes, loose tape or separated sections that might leak air.
    • Trim shrubbery to allow at least two feet of clearance from the unit.
    • Set the thermostat mode to cooling (and heating for heat pumps) to make sure it’s working. Contact the dealer for service if you hear any unusual noises.
    • Replace your air handler filter once a month to reduce airflow restrictions and wasted energy.
    • Make sure condensate line is clear to allow liquid runoff.
    • Set up annual checkup of your system.

    Gas Furnace Maintenance

    • Confirm that the furnace runs completely through a normal cycle from start-up to shut-down. Look at the thermostat reading to confirm that the system shuts off when reaching the high temperature setpoint. (If otherwise, you have a short cycling problem requiring a service call.)
    • Clean dust or move objects away from the grates that supply air into each room and the large return grate, usually in a hallway, to ensure proper air flow.
    • Make sure obstacles are cleared away from the furnace and the safety switch on the furnace door.
    • Check the vent connections for the exhaust pipe and chimney for rust or gaps.
    • Make sure your CO2 monitor is operating properly and that it has fresh batteries.
    • Replace furnace filters annually.

    How to air seal attic plumbing pipe

    In this Vine-style video learn how to identify a plumbing pipe/plumbing vent in your attic and seal leaks surrounding it. Plumbing pipes and plumbing vents that penetrate your attic floor can have gaps around them and leak air making your home less energy efficient. By sealing these gaps, you can save money, save energy, make your home more comfortable, and reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change. And, it’s easy to do yourself.

    Here are the steps to seal the leaks around your plumbing pipes/plumbing vents:

    1. Carefully enter your attic (for safety you may want to lay a piece of plywood across the floor joists to stand or kneel on) and identify the plumbing pipe (vent). The pipe will be made of either plastic or cast iron – and it shouldn’t be hot to the touch! If it is, it’s a flue and not the pipe you want to seal!
    2. Once the pipe is identified, push back the existing insulation around it.
    3. Once the existing insulation is pushed aside, look for gaps between the pipe and attic floor.
    4. If the gaps are large, stuff fiberglass insulation into the gaps so the spray foam does not fall in.
    5. Then, apply spray foam over the gaps around the pipe and let the foam dry and cure for at least 30 minutes.
    6. Once the foam is dried, replace existing insulation over foam.
    7. You’re done with this step! Now there are a couple of other things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency:
    - Make sure you have enough insulation in your attic; learn how to measure your insulation : https://youtu.be/mrkqiRY3drU?list=PLM...
    - Determine how much R-value you need for where you live : http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c...
    - Check for other air leaks : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...
    Not enough insulation in your attic? Time to install more. Not sure if you can handle the job yourself? Watch this video to find out if you should DIY or hire a contractor: https://youtu.be/EAviffw4SFk?list=PLM...

    Want to save money? Be sure to check for any ENERGY STAR partner rebates offered in your area: http://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

    Take the ENERGY STAR pledge and track your energy efficient improvements at My ENERGY STAR: https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/m...

    Subscribe to the ENERGY STAR channel for more ideas to save energy: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_...

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    YORK® Home Comfort: Introducing YORK® LX Residential Split System Launch

    There’s a fine line between attention to detail and obsession. The new YORK® LX Series residential split systems cross that line to bring you the most durable, serviceable and cost-effective range in our history. We’ve invested more than 125,000 hours of research, design and testing to make the LX series the easiest you’ll ever work with. Watch the expert engineering and advanced manufacturing processes that went into creating our most innovative product line yet.

    Award-Winning Products

    The fact that York® products are built right has been recognized by many prestigious industry awards. That's because our innovative design and user friendly features help save energy, ensure sustainability and simplify maintenance.

    Good Housekeeping Seal

    Good Housekeeping Seal Since 2005
    Most York® Residential Products
    This recognized emblem of assurance is given to York® products backed by Good Housekeeping magazine's Consumer Policy. The policy promises a refund or replacement for defective products within two years of being sold by an authorized dealer. It's the kind of recognition you expect from a product that delivers the quality you deserve.

    Best Buy Award

    A Consumers Digest Best Buy
    Affinity™ YP9C Gas Furnace
    For 50 years, people have trusted Consumers Digest magazine to identify outstanding values in a complex marketplace. That's why we're proud that a Consumers Digest Award was awarded to the York® Affinity™ YP9C 33-inch modulating gas furnace. It's the kind of recognition that shows that our high quality means high value for you.

    AHR Expo Innovation Award

    2009 AHR Expo Innovation Award
    Affinity™ YP9C Gas Furnace
    We took the top award among critical heating and cooling professionals: The 98% AFUE performance and modulating design of the Affinity™ YP9C gas furnace won the heating category of the prestigious 2009 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition.

    ACH&R News Dealer Design Gold Award

    2009 ACH&R News Dealer Design - Gold Award
    Affinity™ 33-inch Modulating Gas Furnaces
    This award is given by leading dealers to products that provide all the features contractors desire in a gas furnace — in this case, including 33-inch height for installation in tight spaces and a variable-speed fan in non-condensing 80% AFUE models.

    ACH&R News Dealer Design - Silver Award

    2009 ACH&R News Dealer Design - Silver Award
    Affinity™ Horizontal Discharge Condensing Unit
    York® quality and innovation win again in our slim 2.5- to 5-ton horizontal discharge models. This design features compact MicroChannel Coil technology to create a narrow profile that fits practically anywhere.

    How to measure attic insulation

    In this vine style video learn how to measure your attic insulation; having the right amount of attic insulation in your home will save money, save energy, make your home more comfortable, and reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change.

    Adding insulation to the attic is generally a moderately difficult do it yourself (DIY) project, but the benefits can be substantial. The first step is to determine if you attic has enough insulation for where you live; start by measuring your attic insulation levels – in general, if you can see your joists, you need more insulation. With the right information and a quick look around your attic you’ll be able to make energy efficient improvements that help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

    Here are the steps for measuring your attic insulation level:
    1. Insert a ruler or a yardstick into your insulation, record the depth
    2. If the insulation is uneven across the attic, take multiple measurements and average them
    3. Take a photo of your attic insulation levels for your records and we’d love for you to share them with us at on social media (see below for links)
    4. Determine how much R-value and insulation you need for where you live: https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...
    5. Still want to know more on how to measure your attic insulation and want some personal instruction, learn more from ENERGY STAR’s Doug Anderson in this video: https://youtu.be/1i1vEkPz27E?list=PLM...

    Have the right levels of insulation? Way to go! Now be sure to check for air leaks, watch the other videos in our Rule Your Attic series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

    Not enough insulation in your attic? Time to install more. Not sure if you can handle the job yourself? Watch this video to find out if you should DIY or hire a contractor: https://youtu.be/EAviffw4SFk?list=PLM...

    And be sure to check for any ENERGY STAR partner rebates offered in your area: http://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

    Take the ENERGY STAR pledge and track your energy efficient improvements at My ENERGY STAR: https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/m...

    Subscribe to the ENERGY STAR channel for more ideas to save energy: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_...

    Visit us on social media…
    Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/energystar
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/energystar
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    Visit The Energy Source: http://www.energystar.gov/about/newsr...

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    Federal Tax Credits: Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water.  Because they use the earth's natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available.

    Requirements

    Must meet the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program which are in effect at the time of the expenditure.  Tax credits includes installation costs.

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    Definitions: 

    • COP (Coefficient Of Performance) - of a heat pump is the ratio of the change in heat at the "output" (the water reservoir of interest) to the supplied work.
    • EER (Energy Efficient Ratio) - The higher the EER rating, the more energy efficient the equipment is. This can result in lower energy costs. This DOE site can show how to calculate potential energy costs savings of a more efficient unit.

    More Information

    Is there a tax credit for geothermal heat pumps?

    Yes, geothermal heat pumps can qualify for a tax credit

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    When is it time to replace?

    Certain telltale signs indicate it's time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if:

    Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

    Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.

    Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.

    Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.

    Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.

    Your cooling or heating equipment my have become less efficient.

    Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.

    Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.

    No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.

    Install a programmable thermostat or have a good contractor install one and instruct you on its use — to start saving energy and money while they're away or sleeping.

    Your home has humidity problems.

    Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer.

    Your home has excessive dust.

    Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution.

    Your heating or cooling system is noisy.

    You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.

    Your score on the Home Energy Yardstick is below five.

    That means your energy use at home is above average and you're probably paying more than you need to on energy bills.

    Information about Furnaces, Boilers, Heat Pumps, and Air Conditioners that have earned the ENERGY STAR.

    YORK® LX Series: Advanced engineering comes home

    There’s a fine line between attention to detail and obsession. The new YORK® LX Series residential split systems cross that line to bring you the most efficient, compact and reliable product range in our history. We’ve invested more than 125,000 hours of research, design and testing to make the LX series fit perfectly in your home while delivering higher levels of efficiency. Check out the extreme engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that went into creating our most innovative product line yet.

    Why Seal and Insulate?

    Save Energy and Money.

    Air that leaks through your home's envelope − the outer walls, windows, doors, and other openings − wastes a lot of energy and increases your utility costs. A well-sealed envelope, coupled with the right amount of insulation, can make a real difference on your utility bills.

    Increase Comfort.

    Sealing leaks and adding insulation can improve the overall comfort of your home and help to fix many of these common problems:

    • Reduced noise from outside
    • Less pollen, dust and insects (or pests) entering your home
    • Better humidity control
    • Lower chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates

    Most Homes Will Benefit.

    Most homes in the United States don't have enough insulation and have significant air leaks. In fact, if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home's envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year!

    Why Should You Insulate Your Home’s Attic?

    The ENERGY STAR program estimates that homeowners can save up to 10% on their total annual energy bills by sealing and insulating their attic floor and other areas of their home. Sealing air leaks and adding insulation in your home’s attic improves the barrier, or envelope, that keeps the conditioned air inside and the outside air out.

    YORK® HVAC: Introducing Simplicity® Smart Equipment Systems

    Maximizing the performance of YORK® rooftop HVAC systems has just been made a lot easier. HVAC contractors want equipment that they know will excel every day, and Simplicity® Smart Equipment is the key to unlocking the full potential of YORK® HVAC units. Watch how Simplicity® Smart Equipment controls-equipped units are providing even more efficient, longer-lasting systems.

    Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History

    The U.S. Department of Energy today announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.

    “Just days after the Paris agreement to cut global emissions and create a new era of affordable energy, today’s announcement marks the largest energy-saving standard in history and demonstrates that America is leading the effort to reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “This rule also shows that strong public-private partnerships can reap environmental and economic dividends and drive technology breakthroughs. These standards are a direct result of the Energy Department’s negotiated rulemaking process which brings diverse stakeholders to the negotiating table and supports industry innovation, demonstrating how government and business can work together to meet U.S. carbon reduction goals.”

    During the Obama administration, the Department has finalized new efficiency standards for more than 40 household and commercial products, including commercial refrigeration equipment, electric motors, and fluorescent lamps, which will save consumers nearly $535 billion and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 2 billion metric tons through 2030. Today’s announcement brings the Energy Department more than two-thirds of the way to achieving the goal of reducing carbon pollution by 3 billion metric tons through standards set in the President’s first and second terms. This is equivalent to cutting more than a year’s carbon pollution from the entire U.S. electricity system.

    These new commercial air conditioning and furnace standards will occur in two phases. The first phase will begin in 2018 and will deliver a 13 percent efficiency improvement in products. Five years later, an additional 15 percent increase in efficiency is required for new commercial units.

    Commercial air conditioners, also known as rooftop units, are commonly used in low-rise buildings such as schools, restaurants, big-box stores and small office buildings. They cool about half of the total commercial floor space in the United States.

    To finalize this standard, the Department convened 17 stakeholders, including major industry organizations, including the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and Air Conditioning Contractors of America, along with some of the nation’s leading manufacturers, utilities, and efficiency organizations. Manufacturing new products will provide skilled jobs for American workers, garnering the support of labor leaders. These standards also come after years of industry innovation.

    The Energy Department’s High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge catalyzed several manufacturers to develop more efficient, cost-effective rooftop air conditioners. With these new units commercialized, the Department’s Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign has spurred businesses to upgrade over 40,000 rooftop units by providing them with technical assistance throughout the process. The new standards will ensure all businesses have access to energy-saving air conditioners that lower their utility bills for years to come.

    Find more information on the energy efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and warm air furnaces established today at Energy.gov

    Ventilation Systems for Cooling

    Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup in your home. In some cases, natural ventilation will suffice for cooling, although it usually needs to be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans, and window fans. For large homes, homeowners might want to investigate whole house fans.

    Interior ventilation is ineffective in hot, humid climates where temperature swings between day and night are small. In these climates, natural ventilation of your attic (often required by building codes) will help to reduce your use of air conditioning, and attic fans may also prove beneficial. However, an alternate approach is to seal the attic and make it part of the conditioned space in your house, putting the insulation on the inside of the roof rather than on the floor of the attic. Sealed attics are more feasible in new home construction, but can be retrofitted on an existing house.

    Principles of Heating and Cooling

    Understanding the roles of conduction, convection, radiation, and perspiration.

    Avoiding Heat Buildup

    Keeping the outside heat outside, avoiding heat-generating activities, and using spot ventilation can help keep your home cool during hot days.

    To avoid heat buildup in your home, plan ahead by landscaping your lot to shade your house. If you replace your roof, use a light-colored material to help it reflect heat. Insulate your house to at least the recommended levels to help keep out the heat, and consider using a radiant barrier.

    On hot days, whenever outdoor temperatures are higher than the temperature inside your house, close tightly all the windows and exterior doors. Also install window shades or other window treatments and close the shades. Shades will help block out not only direct sunlight, but also radiated heat from the outdoors, and insulated shades will reduce the conduction of heat into your home through your windows.

    Cooking can be a major source of heat within a home. On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stovetop, or better yet, use only a microwave oven. For stovetop or oven cooking, use the spot ventilation of your oven hood to help remove the heat from the house (this will suck some hot outside air into your home, so don't overdo it). Outdoor grilling is a great way to avoid cooking indoors, and of course, going out to eat or ordering take-out work as well.

    Bathing, washing laundry, and other activities can also pump heat into your home. When you shower or take a bath, use the spot ventilation of a bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. If you use an electric dryer, be sure it's vented to the outside (for safety, gas dryers should ALWAYS be vented to the outside). If you live in an older home with a sump that your laundry drains to, drain the sump after running any loads in hot water (or better yet, avoid using hot water for your laundry).

    Finally, avoid any activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.

    Natural Ventilation

    In some parts of the United States, natural convection and cool breezes are sufficient to keep homes cool.

    Ceiling Fans, Window Fans, and Other Circulating Fans

    Fans that circulate air within your home can improve your comfort level. Window fans use relatively little electricity and provide sufficient cooling for homes in many parts of the country.

    Whole House Fans

    For larger homes, a whole house fan provides excellent ventilation to achieve lower indoor temperatures. For homes with ducts, an alternative approach uses those ducts to supply ventilation air throughout the home.