York YXT Review
SEER:Up to 19.75
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 67
Price:$5,500 to $6,500+
Tonnage:2 to 5 tonnes
Cooling Capacity:24,000 to 60,000 Btus
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The YXT is one of York’s most advanced air conditioners. It’s a two-stage model with a SEER rating of 19.75, ENERGY STAR® certification, some great design features, and some innovative technologies that can make your life easier, your home more comfortable, and your energy bills a little lower.
There are quite a few things to love about the YXT, including the reasonable price, great warranty, high-efficiency performance, and more.
This model might be a little more powerful than most Canadians need, but let’s review the York YXT to help you figure out if this might be the right high-efficiency central air conditioner for your home.
About the York YXT
Average Price (with installation): $5,500 to $6,500+
- High-efficiency SEER rating of 19.75
- Efficient and quiet two-stage scroll compressor
- ENERGY STAR® certification means higher rebate eligibility
- Compatible with the Hx3 touchscreen smart thermostat, which gives access to great features like Wi-Fi remote access to system
- Dual fuel compatible for improved efficiency
- Equipped with the QuietDrive System
- ClimaTrak technology
- Can be used to control multiple zones throughout the house
The Bottom Line
The YXT is a very efficient air conditioner with an advanced two-stage scroll compressor. It can operate either at full speed when necessary or at 67 percent when possible to save energy and keep your home at the perfect temperature. This type of compressor is also quieter, better at controlling humidity, and typically more reliable.
This model also has York’s QuietDrive System, which includes a compressor cloak, swept-wing fan blade, and composite base pan, all of which work to reduce noise and vibrations from the unit.
Another cool feature that comes standard with the YXT is York’s ClimaTrak technology. This allows a technician to set your air conditioner to one of three climate settings during installation. This in turn enables the unit to fine-tune its performance and settings based on whether your summers are humid, dry, or normal.
One important thing to know about the YXT is the 19.75 SEER is a little more powerful and efficient than what's usually recommended for air conditioners in Canada. Generally, an air conditioner with a SEER between 16 and 18 offers the best balance of purchase price and long-term energy savings.
At the same time, York air conditioners are more affordable than most, so this unit may still be within your budget, and it has high rebate eligibility and will generate great energy savings.
In Depth Review
York YXT Product Specifications
- Compressor: Two-stage
- SEER: Up to 19.75
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Decibel rating: As low as 67
- Tonnage: 2 to 5 tonnes
- Cooling capacity: 24,000 to 60,000 Btus
- Sub-models: YXT24BS21S, YXT36B21S, YXT48B21S, YXT60B21S
As you can see from the warranty details below, York expects the YXT to provide reliable cooling comfort to your home for many summers. Part of that is because they have designed the unit to be protected from the elements and to be durable, which leads to dependable and lasting performance.
For example, the cabinet is protected with a high-quality powder paint finish that protects it against corrosion and the damaging rays of the sun. Similarly, the coil is protected by a special coil guard that keeps it safe from damage and debris, and the composite base pan is also corrosion-resistant.
Other Key Features
- Uses an environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant that doesn’t deplete ozone
- High-efficiency aluminum fin and copper tube outdoor coil that’s easy to clean
- Compact design means it can fit in small spaces, such as under a deck
York may be an entry-level brand, but their premium-tier air conditioners come with an industry-leading warranty. The YXT comes with a 10-year parts warranty and a lifetime warranty for the compressor.
The compressor is one of the most important components in an air conditioner and typically the most expensive to fix, so this means York really stands behind the YXT.
Just be aware that to be eligible for these full terms, you will have to register the air conditioner with York within 90 days of it being installed. If you don’t register the unit within the 90-day window, the YXT will come with a 10-year compressor warranty and a five-year parts warranty.
All you need to do to register is provide York with your name, the HVAC dealer’s name, the installation date, and the A/C’s serial number.
Comparable Models by York
Model Comparison by Price: York YXT versus York YCD
You could potentially save thousands of dollars by opting for a model like the YCD instead of the YXT. The YCD is one of York’s entry-level models, and it typically costs somewhere between $3,000 to $4,500.
However, this model isn't as advanced. It only has a single-stage compressor, it’s louder (74 decibels), it’s less efficient (15 SEER), it doesn’t have ENERGY STAR certification, and it only has a 10-year warranty for the compressor. Furthermore, the cool technologies that York offers with their higher-end models—like the Hx3 thermostat compatibility, the QuietDrive System, and the Climate Set technology—aren't available with this model.
It should be noted, however, that York says it has been optimized for Canadian climates, where a 16 to 18 SEER air conditioner is usually ideal for our summers.
Model Comparison by Features: York YXT versus York YFK
The YFK is a value-tier model, but it offers some of the same perks as the YXT at a more affordable price.
The YFK is also a two-stage air conditioner, and while it has a lower SEER of 17.5, it’s still going to produce excellent energy savings and qualify for high-efficiency rebates.
It doesn’t have the QuietDrive system, so it’s a little louder than the YXT, with a decibel rating as low as 70. It also lacks the lifetime compressor warranty, but it does have coverage for 10 years.
Furthermore, it is compatible with the Hx and Hx3 thermostats, so you can access some of the same cool features as with the YXT.
Model Comparison by Tier: York YXT versus York YXV
The other premium model from York is their top-of-the-line YXV, and it does have a few perks that the YXT doesn’t. For example, the YXV has an even more advanced variable-speed compressor, it has a higher SEER rating of 21, it operates as quietly as 53 decibels, and it has a special Charge Assurance system that allows for easier installation.
Beyond that, the two units are pretty comparable. The YXV is in the same price range as the YXT, but it will be more expensive. In the end, the 21 SEER YXV is probably over-powered for our Canadian summers, and many homeowners might find that the YXT provides better value for the price.