York Versus Carrier Air Conditioners - Every manufacturer has there own parts system and sometimes these parts are readily available aftermarket and sometimes the parts are proprietary and can only be purchased through manufacturer of that equipment. Carrier is one of the HVAC manufacturers that has proprietary parts and sometimes you will pay a premium for those parts.
The manufacturer can hold the customer hostage especially when it comes to repairing the unit. Of course York is one of the big HVAC manufacturers and they too have proprietary parts however the parts are usually more reasonable for purchase as far as cost is concerned so people would lean towards purchasing a York simply because the replacement parts are not sold at a premium where with SOME Carrier parts are sold at a premium and are not easily replaceable except through a Carrier dealer.
York Versus Carrier Air Conditioners Premium Models Comparison Matrix
York CZH Affinity™ Key Features
Carrier Infinity™ Air Conditioner Key Features
|Diagnostic features available with an optional communication control||Infinity® Control w/Remote Access (optional Remote Access)|
|High & Low Pressure Controls to Protect the Compressor||High & Low Pressure Controls to Protect the Compressor|
|Humidity Control when matched with an Affinity Air Handler or Affinity Furnace.||Superior humidity control w/ Improved indoor air quality|
|Stamped Metal Decorative Coil Guards||Full-Side Louvered Panels|
|The York QuietDrive™ System has a two-stage compressor||Two-stage operation for ultimate comfort|
|Affinity Variable Speed Blow & Low RPM Condenser Fan Motor||Infinity Variable Speed Blower & Condenser Fan Motor|
|R-410A Refrigerant||Puron® R-410A refrigerant|
|Powder paint over a baked on primer using a galvanized, zinc base metal for extended life||WeatherArmor Ultra™ System|
|Compressor in Isolated Molded Composite Compartment||Silencer System II™ As low as 68 dB|
|Composite Base for Durability|
|Enhanced diagnostics with communication feature||Enhanced diagnostics|
|10 Year Limited Parts Warranty||10 year parts warranty|
|Energy Star Rated up to 18 SEER||Energy Star Rated up to 21 SEER|
There are some differences in the two brands between York Affinity and Carrier Infinity air conditioner systems but the premium air conditioner models compare well aside from the Carrier system being a little higher in efficiency. Engineering and design of the systems, as well as aesthetic looks is excellent for both models so the differences lay in the price and the quality of contractor doing the installation.
Communication Ability – Not certain about the interface as I have not seen an interface for either the York or Carrier Brands but these a rudimentary communication systems and the systems can be improved a lot. I am certain someone will come up with a communication feature that will allow you to monitor your air conditioning and heating systems along with other things such as power usage monitoring and appliance monitoring. I use a power meter to monitor the power in my home and it is limited in its ability and interface but things like this are improving and soon will be as fancy as the building automation systems used in commercial HVAC. Imagine you are on vacation and you completely forgot to turn thermostat back before you left. You go to your laptop or use your smart phone and go to your home interface where you can adjust the settings remotely along with the ability to change other functions of other appliances like the water heater or even the refrigerator settings. It’s not here yet but coming soon. Any developers want to develop something like this give me shout as I have tons of ideas.
Pressure Switches – York and Carrier lists high and low pressure refrigeration switch controls for compressor protection and this is a very good thing to have on your air conditioner or heat pump. It can be considered a bell and whistle but low and high pressure controls are good bells and whistles for any refrigeration system including an air conditioner or heat pump.
York Affinity Versus Carrier Infinity Air Conditioners - Conclusion
York Versus Carrier Air Conditioners - Again, the listed features are similar aside from the higher SEER rating offered by Carrier over the York 18 SEER air conditioner. Making the final decision on which air conditioner to choose would come down to the installing contractor and their reputation for doing good work and backing up the products they sell.
High Performance HVAC cannot stress the importance of having the system properly installed. You can hire a bad contractor to install the Carrier system and never see the 21 SEER rating or even an 18 SEER rating on the efficiency of the unit whereas if you hired a good contractor to install the York you would see the 18 SEER efficiency and have a system that would most likely operate trouble free over the life of the unit.
Of course, regular preventive maintenance is always recommend to keep the unit in tip-top condition and there are some issues that will arise where any system will require a repair or some kind of service over the life of the equipment. Simply remember it is not really the name brand of the air conditioning equipment but the installing contractor.