How can I tell the age of a York air conditioner or furnace from the serial number?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

For York systems manufactured from October 2004 to the present, the first and third characters in the serial number will be letters, and the second and fourth characters will be numbers that indicate the year of manufacture. So, for example, the serial number below beginning with “W1D5” indicates that the condenser was manufactured in 2015.

An earlier serial number system, that was used until October 2004, has a sequence of four letters followed by a string of  six numbers. The third letter indicates the year of manufacture but, because the letter series repeated every 21 years, some letters will require you to look at the condition of the system or find the year of any industry standard referenced in the fine print of the data plate to determine which of the two years that used the same letter it is.

A = 1971 or 1992     B = 1972 or 1993     C = 1973 or 1994

D = 1974 or 1995     E = 1975 or 1996     F = 1976 or 1997

G = 1977 or 1998     H = 1978 or 1999     J = 1979 or 2000

K = 1980 or 2001     L = 1981 or 2002     M = 1982 or 2003

N = 1983 or 2004     P = 1984                  R = 1985

S = 1986                   T = 1987                  V - 1988

W = 1989                  X = 1990                  Y = 1992

    So BDHM893227 would be either 1978 or 1999.

    To determine other key specs of your HVAC system, see one of these other blog posts: 

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   To learn more about heating and air conditioning systems, see these other blog posts:

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Where is the air filter for my central air conditioner and furnace? I can’t find it? 

Does an old air conditioner use more electricity as it ages? 

How did homes stay cool in Florida before air conditioning? 

What is wrong with an air conditioner when the air flow out of the vents is low?

Why has the thermostat screen gone blank? 

Why does it take so long to cool a house when an air conditioner has been off for a while? 

Why is my air conditioner not cooling enough? 

What are the most common problems with wall/window air conditioners?  

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