York Affinity™ Series – YP9C Review
AFUE:Up to 98%
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Blower Type:Variable Speed
Price:$4,670 - $5,500
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The Affinity™ Series YP9C is YORK’s most sophisticated and energy-efficient model. With an AFUE rating of 98%, it easily gains ENERGY STAR ® certification. The unit has a modulating burner and variable-speed blower, delivering cost-effective performance and maximum comfort.
York furnace reviews should be comprehensive, and this one will cover the YP9C’s efficiency, features, burner and blower types, warranty details, average price in Canada, and more.
When you're looking at York furnaces in Canada, you want good value and the right model for your home. That’s why this review will also compare the YP9C to three other York high-efficiency furnaces based on tier, price, and features.
About the Affinity YP9C
Average Price (installed): $4,670 - $5,500
- Industry-leading warranty
- Modulating, variable-speed operation
- High-efficiency AFUE
- High rebate eligibility
- Secondary heat exchanger
- Equipped with York’s ClimaTrak™ comfort system
- Compatible with communicating and conventional thermostats
- Relatively affordable for a modulating unit
The Bottom Line
This model has the highest energy efficiency rating of any York furnace. Featuring a modulating burner and variable-speed ECM fan, the Affinity Series YP9C offers durable performance that is both quiet and cost-effective.
This model has a primary and secondary heat exchanger as well as an insulated cabinet, so it runs quietly, operates affordably, manages humidity, and keeps your entire house at the temperature you want it.
But one of your main questions is probably “how much is a York furnace?” It’s tough to say for sure what any specific unit will cost without a quote, but York is a more affordable brand than a lot of others, so they're a good bet when you want a high-efficiency model with some bells and whistles.
YORK Affinity™ Series YP9C Specifications
- AFUE: 98 percent
- Burner type: Modulating
- Blower type: Variable-speed ECM
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Heating capacity: 58,000 to 116,000 BTUs
As an economy brand, York doesn’t have a ton of innovative features, but they do have excellent design elements for efficiency, smooth operation, and quiet performance.
One of the cool things about this York furnace in Canada is the ClimaTrak technology. It enables the installer to tailor the blower’s operation to your climate depending on whether you live somewhere with dry, humid or temperate winters.
And if you need help with York furnace troubleshooting, you can use the built-in self-diagnostics and LED fault code display to guide you.
Other Key Features
- Can be paired with the Hx™3 Communicating Zoning System smart thermostat for improved energy savings and convenience
- Compact unit is only 33 inches tall and fits in closets and crawl spaces
- Flexible installation applications
- Has an insulated blower compartment that reduces noise and heat loss
- Equipped with a corrosion-resistant primary and secondary heat exchanger
- Electronic hot surface ignition reduces fuel waste and improves reliability
- Cabinet doesn’t have any sharp edges
- Can be converted to propane
- Has an airtight cabinet with minimal air leakage
York furnaces in the Affinity Series are covered by an excellent warranty that includes:
- A limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty
- A 10-year limited parts warranty
- A 10-year Complete Assurance warranty
- A one-year labor warranty (on models made after 2016)
With the Complete Assurance pledge, York will offer to replace the entire furnace if the heat exchanger should fail within 10 years of installation.
For the full warranty terms to apply, you must register the YP9C within 90 days of it installation. You'll also have to have the unit installed by a licensed HVAC professional, otherwise you risk voiding the coverage.
Comparable Models by YORK
Model Comparison by Price: YP9C versus LX Series TM9Y
The Affinity Series YP9C is York’s most expensive model. To compare, the LX series TM9Y costs an average of $3,600 to $4,200 to buy and install.
The TM9Y only has a two-stage burner, a standard high-efficiency ECM blower motor, and a 96 percent AFUE. In short, the TM9Y isn't as quiet, efficient, or capable of managing humidity as the YP9C. It also isn't compatible with communicating thermostats and has a shorter five-year Complete Assurance warranty.
At the same time, the TM9Y could be an excellent option if you want something highly efficient that’s a little more affordable.
This furnace will be powerful enough for most homes in Canada, the AFUE will drastically reduce heating bills compared to your older furnace, and it has a secondary heat exchanger, quiet operation, and other great design elements.
Model Comparison by Features: YP9C versus LX Series TL9E
The TL9E is nowhere near as advanced as the Affinity model. The TL9E is a single-stage furnace with a five-speed ECM blower motor. It is ENERGY STAR certified, but it has a lower 95 percent AFUE, a shorter warranty, and no premium features.
One advantage the TL9E has over other York furnaces is its ultra-low NOx emissions. If you live somewhere with strict air pollution regulations, then this is probably your only York furnace option.
It could also be great for environmentally conscious Canadians, but the problem is the single-stage operation: this furnace won’t be powerful enough for many Canadian homes. Rather, it will work best in smaller spaces or houses in milder parts of the country.
Model Comparison by Tier: YP9C versus LX Series TM9V
The YP9C is York’s only Affinity-tier furnace, but the closest model in terms of sophistication is the LX Series TM9V.
It’s a two-stage furnace, so it has a less advanced burner, but it does have variable-speed operation, ENERGY STAR certification, a secondary heat exchanger, and a high-efficiency AFUE of 96%. It will be powerful enough to contend with Canadian winters and will reduce energy bills compared to a mid-efficiency furnace.
The TM9V also has the same premium features as the Affinity model, including compatibility with York’s smart thermostat and ClimaTrak technology. It does have a shorter five-year Complete Assurance warranty, but otherwise the two models have similar design features.