Trane Central Air Conditioner Reviews and Prices 2020

Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to 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.


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’s Unique Air Conditioner 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.

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 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.

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 below.

Our Trane Thermostat Buying Guide 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 Air 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.”

Model Reviews and Recommendations

XV20i2255Variable 30-100%ComfortLink
XV181855Variable 30-100%ComfortLink
XR16 Low Profile1770Single-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

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

System Only
System Installed Cost
Trane XV20i$3,650
Trane XL20i$2,980
Trane XL19i$2,550
Trane XV18$2,545
Trane XL18i$2,450
Trane XR17$2,290
Trane XL16i$2,000$5,490
Trane XR16 or XB16$1,990$5,390
Trane XR16 Low Profile$2,060$5,480
Trane XR15$1,850$5,170
Trane XL15i$1,760$5,090
Trane XR14$1,555$4,870
Trane XL14iDiscontinuedDiscontinued
Trane XR13$1,495$4,730
Trane XB13DiscontinuedDiscontinued

“System Only” includes 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, and programmable thermostat.

“System Installed” includes the whole equipment cost and national average installation cost. If you live somewhere like LA, installation cost may increase by 20%-30%.

The installation cost doesn’t include new ductwork. However, if your installation location is new construction or you want to replace your old ductwork, you need pay extra $1,500-$2,000.

Trane AC Prices By Unit Size

AC Unit Size
Home Size
AC Unit & Coils
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,665
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,760
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,880
3 ton1601-1900 sf$2,020
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$2,190$5,800
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,390$6,110
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,860$7,120

Note: The above table is updated on Jan 2020 and shows the average prices of different ac unit sizes. “System Installed” 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.

The installation cost doesn’t include new ductwork. However, if your installation location is new construction or you want to replace your old ductwork, you need pay extra $1,500-$2,000.

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

Here are the homeowner submitted prices and feedback for new installation and replacement. We will update this table every 3 months.

Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$6,200 installedTrane XL15c 2.5 tonAlbemarle NC1500 sq ft
New wire, new base, new flex duct 4 feed 2 return, new enlarged returns, new sheet metal, Programmable thermostat, Professional evaluation J review, replaced old 3 ton XL 16i two stage Trane problem unit with an XL15c 2.5 ton removed all trash tuned unit. One and half days start to finish professional and pleasant knowledgeable workers.
$8250.00 – for TWO systemsTrane R410A 14 & 15 SEERSummerville2500 sq ft
Just received the quote yesterday for installation of two Trane AC/Furnace systems for our home. The upstairs unit is a 14 SEER and the downstairs unit is a 15 SEER. We accepted the quote and are scheduled to have the units installed next week. The price listed includes the sales tax. They are also including free whole house Duct Cleaning on day of installation ($450 value). They also offer a 10-year LABOR Warranty (along with the standard 10 year Trane Warranty that covers Parts, Coil, and Compressor) when you get Bi-yearly Maintenance visits at $80.00 a visit (no contract) — which we plan on doing. We also like that the Warranty is transferable to new owners if we sell the house within the next 10 years. We feel like we got what we wanted at a fair price. Competitive prices were much higher for the same product, probably because the Company we’re using ONLY sales Trane units so receives significant MFG discounts, and the savings are passed along to the Customer.
$5,992Trane XR14 AC unit with XT95 furnaceTri-Cities, TN1300 sq ft
We are replacing our main floor HVAC split system with an air conditioner and gas furnace, contractor quoted us a 2-ton XR14 condenser with XT95 gas furnace. Total installed cost $5,992
$11,000Trane XR17 AC & S9V2 furnaceHummelstown3800 sq ft
Replaced a 19-year-old Bryant HVAC system in the attic which was on its last legs. AC was two stages XR17 3 ton and the furnace was S9V2 variable speed 3 ton. The installer was Haller Enterprises.
$5,400Trane XR14Jacksonville2200 sq ft
Had downstairs unit replaced. $5400 out the door for split system Heat Pump
$8,1505 Ton Trane XL18i AC, Tam9 Air Handler, 10kw 208-240/1 Heat Kit, Tcont824 ThermostatPalm Bay FL2600 sq ft
Remove and replace all copper and wiring. Install new breakers and outdoor wiring with a surge protector. Move Air Conditioner 10 feet away from window. Rebuild a platform for air handler. install 5″ filter enclosure. Set up the wireless thermostat. A team of 3 completed job in 8 hours. Removed old components and cleaned up all debris from work area.
$8,900Trane XL18iSanford, NC1850 sq ft
15 Dec, 2018. Had a Trane XL18i with Variable Speed Air Handler installed yesterday. System is rated at 17.5 SEER and 9.5 HSPF. Also New multi-mode thermostat, new line sets, new power line, new duct work from returns and old supply ducts. I qualify for a $400 incentive from Duke Progress Energy so total price is $8500. This system is replacing a 5 ton Rudd from 2004.
I was quoted from another installer $9900 included above ductwork installed for a 16 SEER Amana 4 ton with a variable speed air handler and 10-year service plan (lifetime full replacement warranty on compressor, 10 years on everything else plus bi-annual inspections.) I was quoted $6300 installed with a new line set and partial ductwork for a Rudd 4 ton 14 SEER with a standard air handler.
$9,100Trane XL16cWashington1800 sqft
The Trane air conditioner we got is superb. I knew about it from an internet blog and it came highly recommended, now I see why. I got some technicians from The Air Guy to come and install it and they were pleasant too. Trane XL16c Gas Pack is great and saves me a lot of time to install another gas furnace. And don’t forget to buy a cover for your new ac.
$8,420Trane XL14cAtlanta, GA2100 sqft
Haven’t had any problems for the time I have had it. I compared XL14c and XL16c and choose XL14c at last. So far it did a good job.
$9,711Trane XR16 seer 2 tonMatthews NC1200 sq ft
This price doesn’t include new duct work or drainage system. This is for the downstairs and not the main part of the house
The installation shall include the following:
• Removal of existing equipment
• Recovering existing refrigerant
• New disconnect/breaker
• Low and high voltage wiring
• New pad for outdoor unit and relocate to under stairs
• Reuse refrigerant lines, pressure test, clean with factory approved flush
• Charge system to manufacturers specs
• New digital thermostat, connect WiFi (Remove and dispose of old stat)
• Make an airtight plenum transition
• Reconnect to existing ductwork sealing connections with mastic
• Reconnect to the existing condensate drain system
• Meet all code requirements, including mechanical and electrical permits
• Complete system start up and clean our work area
• Free 1st yr. “Quality Assurance Plan”. Two performance and efficiency evaluation updates. A $229 value!
• System carries a 10 yr. parts, 5 yr. labor, and a 10 yr. compressor and condensing coil warranty***

Where to Get Latest Tax Credit & Rebates?

For high efficient AC and heat pump, federal and state government usually offer tax credits and rebates. Most rebates and tax credits 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 5 Places to Get Latest HVAC Tax Credit and Rebates guide can help each homeowner find the corresponding tax credit.

How to Find a Good Trane 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.

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.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates as we talked above.
  • Thirdly, 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.

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

27 comments… add one
  • 3.5 tan ac out door unit price in india

    • Hi Azad

      We didn’t have enough info for India Area, you would better search it in India Google.

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

    5 ton Trane XV20i or XL20i with air handler.


    • Hi Adam,

      You can use the free estimate tool on the left bar to get local quote.

  • What is the cost of the different model Tranes air handlers?

    • Hi James,

      We will update the air handlers prices later. Thanks for letting us know what you need.

  • 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

    • Hi Dennis

      You can use the free estimate tool on the left bar.

  • P. S. Residential house of 1,280 square feet.

  • 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 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..

    • 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!

      • Hi Mike

        Yes, the price include Trane air handler.

  • Where I can buy on air trane air conditioning in canada?

  • 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!

    • 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.

      • Thanks Rene,

        My current model is a

        Model – VSZ130301AG
        Serial – 1410165585

        Thanks again!

        • Hi Scott, It will save 20%-30% for the upgrading.

  • 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?

  • 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.

    • Hi David

      Where do you live? I need to confirm if you need a variable one.


  • 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.

  • 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??

    • Hi Vincent

      Two-stage would be better in South Florida.

  • 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.

  • this is a very informative web site and thanks for the info and insight


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