Trane air handlers are among the most popular in the industry, mostly installed to support Trane heat pumps and central air conditioners but suitable for use with other brands too.
By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with the purpose and functionality of an air handler, our Air Handler Buying Guide will prove to be a helpful introduction.
Introduction to Trane Air Handlers
Air handlers or air handler units (AHU) are sometimes called fan coils or fan coil units (FCU). Trane makes a complete lineup with from premium communicating system air handlers to more affordable, basic performance air handlers.
This table lists the current Trane air handler models and their important features.
|Model||Communicating||Blower Speed||Capacity/BTUH||Coils||System Options|
|Hyperion TAM9||ComfortLink II||Variable||24,000-61,000||Aluminum||Hydronic, electric|
|Hyperion TAM8||ComfortLink II||Variable||24,000-60,000||Aluminum||Hydronic, electric|
|TEM 8||ComfortLink II||Variable||24,000-60,000||Aluminum||Electric|
|TMM5||No||Single||24,000-36,000||Copper & aluminum||None|
|TMM4||No||Single||18,000-36,000||Copper & aluminum||None|
1). System options: All Trane air handlers support AC and heat pump systems. Some, as noted in the System Options column, support additional heating and cooling types. Hydronic systems are systems in which heat transfers into the air handler through a water-to-air heat exchanger. Electric systems are backup 5kW to 20kW heat strips installed inside the air handler cabinet to provide occasional heat in warm climates and emergency heat in cold climates.
2). Communicating thermostats/controls: The communicating air handlers must be installed with a communicating control for compatibility because the wiring is different than for standard thermostat controls. Trane’s communicating thermostats are the Trane ComfortLink II XL850/950/1050 Wi-Fi connected controls with built-in Nexia Bridge home automation control.
3). BTUH/Tons: As you shop for air handlers/fan coils, you will also see capacity listed in tons, and older measurement. Each ton is equivalent to 12,000 BTUH. By that standard, Trane makes air handlers in a range from 1.5 to 5.0 tons, as do most major manufacturers. The rating refers to the amount of heat the unit’s coil can remove (AC-mode) or produce (heat mode) per hour.
Trane Air Handlers Features Analysis
Trane’s communicating air handlers work with the Trane ComfortLink II communicating system. It is one of the most dependable and highly rated in the industry. It coordinates system components to optimize efficiency and performance while providing the earliest possible warning of the need to change the air filter or schedule maintenance.
The Trane Hyperion air handlers include 14 industry-exclusive patents to place them among the most technologically advanced and unique in the industry.
Refrigerator-style insulation in the Hyperion cabinets is enclosed, so there are no exposed insulation fibers. The result is insulation that significantly reduces sweating during AC modes and eliminates condensation that can produce corrosion.
All Trane air handler models are equipped with a polymer drain pan to eliminate corrosion and leak concerns.
Trane Air Handler (Fan Coil Unit) Prices by Models
Trane is a premium brand. That means high-quality components and construction, but it also comes with a price tag that is higher than the industry average. The cost range for each unit reflects the capacity range and the performance features.
If you’d like to compare air handler prices from the top brands, please see our buying guides to these brands, complete with the kind of information you see here for Trane:
Trane Fan Coils Models
Unit with Installed
$1,475 to $2,350
$1,365 to $2,300
$1,285 to $2,235
$1,250 to $2,165
$1,135 to $2,025
$1,200 to $2,100
|TEM4/TEM3||$725||$925 to $1,700|
|GAF2/GAM2||$875||$1,075 to $1,555|
|GAM5||$935||$1,135 to $2,000|
|GAT2||$1,265||$1,465 to $1,935|
|TMM5||$700||$900 to $1,075|
|TMM4||$585||$785 to $995|
Note: The Above cost is based on 3 ton air handler unit.
These Trane air handler prices are for the unit only. Expect to get estimates in the range of $1,200 to $1,800 to install the air handler. Installation in zoned systems takes longer to properly tune the air handler to deliver the right amount of air to each zone, so installation might exceed $1,800.
Trane Air Handler (Fan Coil Unit) Prices by Size
Air Handler Size
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$745||
$900 to $1,865
|2 ton||1001-1300 sf||$880||
$1,030 to $1,995
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$950||
$1,150 to $2,065
|3 ton||1601-1900 sf||$1,050||
$1,250 to $2,165
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$1,180||$1,380 to $2,290|
|4 ton||2201-2600 sf||$1,350||$1,590 to $2,420|
|5 ton||2601-3200 sf||$1,590||$1,800 to $2,680|
Note: The Above cost is based on Trane Hyperion TAM7 model.
How to Get the Best Trane Air Handler Prices
Making it your top priority to get the lowest price on installation could lead to problems. Cheap contractors often cut corners or don’t size the unit properly, and these issues lead to mechanical failure and a house that isn’t as comfortable as it should be.
Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for air handler, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.
- So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
- Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
- Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for you local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: Homeowners Tactics When Negotiating with HVAC Dealer to get the final best price.