Trane Central Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020

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Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you read our elaborate Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

Is Trane a Good Air Conditioner?

Trane air conditioners consistently rank above average in consumer satisfaction and dependability.

There are two reasons for this.

  • Trane quality is good
  • Trane is choosy about who installs its equipment

Quality: We shouldn’t get too carried away about quality. The truth is that many brands use quality components – in fact, they use some of the same reliable third-party components.

A few brands use cheaper internal components in some of their ACs to keep cost down.

Trane uses the best parts available. That sets it apart.

Installation: This is a better way to differentiate Trane from brands like Goodman and Rheem that aren’t considered as reliable.

The saying in the industry is that “installation day is the most important day in an air conditioner’s life.” If it is installed properly, it will likely run efficiently and durably.

Trane only allows certified installers to sell and install its equipment. Many have been trained in Trane’s factory. This isn’t unique to Trane, but many brands allow less-qualified personnel to install its equipment. As a result, it breaks down more often.

Trane Air Conditioner Unique Features and Pros

What makes Trane air conditioners unique?

As noted, many internal parts are common to many brands. But Trane and sister-brands American Standard and Ameristar have two proprietary parts – and they are important ones.

Trane Spine Fin Coil:

The coil is the radiator of the air conditioner. In fact, most brands use a coil that looks much like a radiator.

Here are traditional coils and the Trane spine fin coil side by side.

Trane Spine Coils VS Other Coils

This is a marketing video from Trane. We’re not trying to sell Trane products. But it does show the spine fine coil and why it is unique.

The spine fin coil has much more surface area than a standard coil, and that is the key to faster cooling. That’s a plus. American Standard is Trane’s identical sister brand, and it uses the Spine Fin too.

Climatuff Compressors:

These compressors are quite reliable – as good as the industry’s most popular compressor, the Copeland Ultra-Tech. See the Cons Section below for the other side of the equation.

ComfortLink II Communicating Technology:

All major brands have a form of communicating technology. Each is proprietary, so in this sense, ComfortLink II is unique.

trane communicating system

The system requires the wi-fi ComfortLink II thermostat and matching two-stage or variable-capacity Trane AC and gas furnace. The components must be wired to allow two-way communication between them and the thermostat. This is different than non-communicating systems in which the thermostat tells the components how to behave.

Communicating systems allow the components to send performance and conditions data to the thermostat, so the thermostat can precisely control system operation. This produces the best indoor climate control of temperature and humidity.

We have something to say about communicating technology in the Cons Section below.

Our Trane Thermostat Reviews gives more details about the features of the ComfortLink thermostats and the other Trane thermostat lines.

Selection:

Trane makes a wide lineup of air conditioners, so you’ll find one with the best combination of energy efficiency and performance features for your home and budget.

Selection includes single-stage, two-stage and variable-capacity central air conditioners.

Variable-capacity models, also called modulating air conditioners, were once offered by just a few top brands like Trane, Lennox and Carrier. Now, all leading brands make them.

Nexia Smart Home:

Trane has partnered with Nexia so that its ComfortLink thermostats can be controlled by the Nexia bridge and app. A basic Nexia subscription is free. Paid packages of $4.99 and $9.99 per month are required for broader smart home applications – lighting, locks, cameras and other Z-wave devices.

Trane Air Conditioner Cons

The negatives about Trane air conditioners are about cost.

Equipment Cost:

As a premium brand (with a large marketing budget), Trane air conditioners are in the highest price category, especially for the top of the line ACs, though slightly more affordable than Lennox and Carrier. Expect to pay 5% to 25% more than you might spend on brands like Heil, Rheem, Armstrong and Goodman to get the reliability Trane delivers.

The highest price and a risk come with communicating technology. It requires a ComfortLink II thermostat. Prices for the various models range from $400 to $700. They’re wi-fi, full-color thermostats. Very nice, but costly.

The risk is that communicating equipment from all brands is known to be quirky. Notably, sometimes the components stop communicating, and this can cause the system to stop working entirely. Technicians often find it difficult to identify and solve the problem.

We recommend reading our Communicating vs. Non-Communicating System guide before you choose the ComfortLink II option.

Repair Cost:

If a Trane electrical capacitor or other minor part fails, repairs won’t cost more. But if a Climatuff compressor fails, the repair bill could be as much as 35% higher than for brands that use “universal” parts. Also, there are occasional delays in getting a Climatuff compressor.

Maintenance Costs:

The negative to the spine fin coils is that they are difficult to clean. The tiny spines are delicate and can’t be brushed like radiator-type fins. The spines catch a lot of debris and can easily be damaged. Cleaning a spine fin coil takes longer, and that might mean a higher estimate for maintenance.

Here’s the bottom line on cost:

  • Short-term savings: If you’re on a tight budget, then Trane isn’t your air conditioner brand.
  • Long-term savings: If you plan to live in your home “forever,” then lifetime cost is important. This is where Trane excels. Over the next 20+ years, a Trane AC will last longer and need fewer repairs than most other brands.

Did you know? Trane, like all other HVAC manufacturers, requires homeowners to maintain their air conditioners on a regular basis or Trane might deny your warranty claim.

Here is the wording in Trane’s general warranty:

“The Products must be properly installed, operated, and maintained by a licensed HVAC service provider in accordance with the Product specifications or installation, operation, and maintenance instructions provided by Company with each Product. Failure to conform to such specifications and/or instructions shall void this limited warranty. Company may request written documentation showing the proper preventative maintenance.”

Trane AC Models Reviews

ModelSEERDecibelsCompressorCommunicating
XV20i2255Variable 30-100%ComfortLink
XV181855Variable 30-100%ComfortLink
XL18i1873Two-stageNO
XL16i16.569Single-stageNO
XR171874Two-stageNO
XR161771Single-stageNO
XR16 Low Profile1770Single-stageNO
XR141672Single-stageNO
XR1314.575Single-stageNO

Trane currently makes 9 air conditioner models. It recently dropped the XL20i from the lineup, replaced by the XV20i. The XL20i might still be available, but when stock is gone, they won’t be offered again.

If your contractor offers you an XL20i, discuss the fact that it is discontinued and ask whether parts will be available in the future. If you have concerns about it, it’s probably best to choose another model.

Like many brands, Trane offers air conditioners at three performance stages.

XV20i and XV18: Trane Variable-capacity Air Conditioners

trane variable vs two stage vs single stage compressor

These units use the Trane TruComfort variable compressor. Trane says it modulates in .1% increments from 30% to 100%. This means, according to Trane, that there are 700 stages of air conditioning.

The compressors run at the lowest capacity required to provide adequate cooling. When temperatures are not excessively hot and are stable, the unit will run in the range of 30% to 50% of capacity. This means quieter, balanced cooling with excellent energy efficiency.

If temperatures outside spike or if you adjust the thermostat to a cooler setting, the unit will run at higher capacity to meet the air conditioning demand.

These units are backed by a 12-year compressor and 10-year parts warranty.

Recommended for: Very warm and hot climates and for any homeowner that wants to maximize efficiency and optimize indoor climate control such as temperature balance and reduced humidity.

XL18i and XR17: Trane Two-stage Air Conditioners

These ACs use Trane’s highly rated 2-stage Climatuff compressor. Low cooling is 70% of capacity, and the compressor will run on low whenever possible.

These units are backed by a 10-year parts warranty.

Recommended for: Warm to hot climates and for homeowners that want better climate control than a single-stage unit offers but at a lower cost than a variable-capacity AC.

XL16i, XR16, XR14 and XR13: Trane Single-stage Air Conditioners

These are Trane’s most affordable air conditioners. All but the XR13 are certified Energy Star with efficiencies of 16 or 17 SEER. The XL16i is the quietest unit that does not have a variable compressor.

These units are backed by a 10-year parts warranty

Recommended for: Homeowners that want a reliable and affordable air conditioner. In warmer climates, one of the Energy Star models is preferred for lower energy costs. The XR13 is best where the AC doesn’t have a heavy workload.

Trane AC Prices By Model

ModelsSystem OnlyTotal Cost with Installtion
Trane XV20i$5,770 - $8,150$7,310 - $11,020
Trane XL20idiscontinueddiscontinued
Trane XL19idiscontinueddiscontinued
Trane XV18$5,590 - $8,020$7,020 - $10,960
Trane XL18i$5,170 - $7,590$6,480 - $10,390
Trane XR17$4,710 - $5,870$6,060 - $8,490
Trane XL16i$4,640 - $5,760$5,630 - $8,170
Trane XR16 or XB16$4,360 - $5,660$5,410 - $8,050
Trane XR16 Low Profile$4,420 - $5,630$5,520 - $8,140
Trane XR15discontinueddiscontinued
Trane XL15idiscontinueddiscontinued
Trane XR14$3,580 - $5,180$4,630 - $7,550
Trane XR13$3,380 - $4,820$4,420 - $7,230

The installation cost doesn’t include new ductwork. If you want to replace your old ductwork, you need pay extra $2,000-$4,000. For more infomational, read HVAC System Installation Cost.

Trane AC Prices By Unit Size

AC Unit SizeHome SizeAC Unit & Coils CostSystem Installed Cost
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$4,180$5,940
2 ton1001-1300 sf$4,270$6,260
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$4,610$6,440
3 ton1601-1900 sf$4,880$6,620
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$5,190$7,050
4 ton2201-2600 sf$5,490$7,700
5 ton2601-3200 sf$6,020$8,280

Note: The above table is updated on Jan 2020 and shows the average cost based on a 16 SEER Unit with a Single Stage Air Handler. “System Installed Cost” includes the whole equipment cost and national average installation cost.

Before installing your air conditioner, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized ac unit ranging from 1.5 ton to 5 ton.

Trane Air Conditioner Extras Cost

Trane offers several ways to enhance the performance of your HVAC system. Here are the most popular and what they cost.

Extra ItmesInstalled Cost
Zoned Airflow$1,500 - $3,500 or more
CleanEffects Air Cleaner$1,000 - $1,300
Perfict Fit cabinet installed$400 - $550
Perfict Fit Filters$22 - $50 each
FreshEffects ERV Ventilator$2,200 - $7,750
THUMD humidifier$650 - $1,000
Duct Repair / Insulating$1.50 - $3.50 per foot
Duct Replacement$10.00 - $17.00 per foot

You can click here to learn more details of these extra cost.

How to Find a Good Trane Contractor?

good trane hvac contractor

Related Article: 6 Hacks Of Choosing an HVAC Contractor.

You can check if your contractor has the Comfort Specialists Certification. According to information from the Trane official website, it meets the highest standards when it comes to unit installation and, customer service and contractor training. Trane Comfort Specialists are required to sell a decent amount of Trane products annually, and it will be withdrawn if the contractor can get an average of 90 (out of 100) rating for customer satisfaction. North American Technician Excellence is another persuasive certification that we have mentioned many times.

Lastly, you had better avoid Trane exclusive contractor who only sells Trane products. Most exclusive dealers have higher pricing and always recommend you to install high-end units.

FAQs:

Q: How long does a new Trane air conditioner last?

15-25 years based on:

Quality of the original unit – Trane makes units that could be considered basic, better and best.

How well it is maintained – Having the HVAC system cleaned and tuned every year or two will help avoid repairs – or catch a small repair before it becomes a major repair.

Q: How to get the best trane air conditioner prices?

Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Trane AC, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.

  • So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price..
  • Ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
  • Lastly, 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.

Q: Any finance options?

Trane offers financing, currently through Wells Fargo. The financing options from Trane/Wells Fargo change, but recently homeowners were offered 72 months of 0% financing on qualified purchases. Your local lender might have financing options too. Loans are available from online lenders too.

Q: How can I save money on a Trane HVAC System?

For high efficient ACs, federal and state government usually offer rebates. Most rebates are time-limited and vary greatly from one state to another. So we can not post exact rebates here for each different situation. But don’t worry, our latest HVAC Rebates and Tax Incentives Ultimate Guide: How to Get the Most of Them and guide can help each homeowner find the corresponding tax credit.

Submitted Reviews and Installation Cost in 2019-2020

Last updated on Jan. 10, 2021

Related Article: In-depth Comparison: Trane vs Carrier vs Lennox AC Review

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29 thoughts on “Trane Central Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020”

  1. Looking for prices in the Radcliff, KY area – zipcode 40160 for

    5 ton Trane XV20i or XL20i with air handler.

    Thanks

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  2. Need pricing for replacement of a R-22 System Condenser, Trane Model No.
    TTR036C100AZ, S/N K08273088, and a R-22 Evaporator, Trane Model No.TXC03664HPB1, S/N K37733226

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  3. 3.0 TON XR 16 R410 Copeland scroll with 13.5 EER 4.0 ton coil with TXV valve… energy star rated at SEER 14.5 – 17.0 Unit cost 1950.00 usd and the installation with permit 55 Electrical 250 and installation during a peak period was 1100usd included copper tubing..total about 3400..Unit IS quiet and the total current draw is less than 15 AMP.. YES this is right a solid 36,000 BTUs at less than 15 AMPs is very respectable..

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    • Does the $3400 include the cost for the air handler (gas) which is in the attic? Also is copeland the manufacturer and is Trane the brand for both the A/C and the air handler? I apologize for my lack of knowledge.
      Thanks again!

      Reply
  4. I was looking to upgrade my heat pump due to >$900 heat bills in winter. The unit only a few years old but a low end brand and model. I want the VX20i…couple of questions.

    Will this unit with the variable speed reduce my energy bill?

    Can I just buy the heat pump and install that with out messing with the air handler inside?

    Are there retailers that just sell the heat pump by it self?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Scott

      #1 VX20i can reduce your bill but you need to tell me your previous model then I can help you calculate if the upgrading is cost-effective.

      #2 Not matched air handler will reduce the efficiency of the whole unit, You need to ask the contractor to confirm if your air handler is matched with your condensing unit.

      #3 Hard to find it and especially for XV20i. We don’t recommend you buy it from the retailer.

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  5. I have a 3 ton XR13 Trane straight cool split system with a 10kw heater
    model 2TEC3F36A1000AA in need of a compressor. How much will this cost to replace?

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  6. Contractor is suggesting we upgrade to one variable speed Trane and eliminate the 2, single stage air conditioners conditioning units. How do I estimate the size needed. We have a 2600 sq ft ranch and I’m concerned about a single unit handling the entire house.

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  7. Hi

    It is hard to say 2 ton or 2.5 ton. You need to ask for local contractors to check by Manual J Load calculation. XR14 is the model which can obtain 14 SEER.

    Reply
  8. Dave
    replacing two AC unit in 3200 sq ft house in south florida; one two ton second floor ( 1200 sqft) and one 5 ton first floor (2000 sqft). single stage or two stage??

    Reply
  9. Hello.
    my 14 year old trane is at the end of its life and i need to replace. i don’t have the attic space for a air handler, so i need a roof top unit. will any of the units described here work for me? I live in az btw. thanks.

    Reply
  10. This is site has been very helpful for my HVAC shopping. After reading lots of options and reviews, finally pulling a trigger on replacing 25YO Trane system.

    Replacing it with Trane S9V2 96% AFUE 100k BTU and XL18i 4 ton AC unit along with Trane thermostat and Honeywell F100 filter box. $9100 after utility rebates.

    Located in Chicagol area.

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    • Many HVAC companies are offering to help with financing and rebates right now, if you can, jump on these offers. I’m scheduled for install on a Trane XV18-3.5>4 unit on Monday, replacing a 15 year old original Carrier unit and attic air handler and gas furnace. Replacing it before it died allowed me to use the “earlier retirement” rebate from the electric company, combined with two other rebates I qualified for, plus a 10% additional discount from the company that will install (because I’ve been their service customer for almost 10 years) saved me $2679.00 off contract price. Not crazy about the idea of the complicated thermostat the new unit requires, but I’m looking forward to this being the last air conditioner I will ever have to buy for this house (speaking optimistically).

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