Trane Central Air Conditioner Prices, Reviews, and Buying Guide 2018

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’s Unique Features and Pros

Spine-Fin Coils: Some Brands prefer to use skimped copper coils which potentially result in corrosion and refrigerant leaking in next 8-15 years. Trane’s exclusive coils are made of all aluminum which is more durable. What’s more, the spine-fin design is more efficient on heat transfer, which is one of the reasons why Trane can get a higher SEER rating (up to 21 SEER) compared to most competitors.

Variable-Speed Cooling: Actually this is not the exclusive feature, however only the high-end brands (like Carrier, Lennox and American Standard) can launch this cutting-edge features for cooling products. Most people only know that variable-speed cooling can significantly increase efficiency, while actually, the side effects include better humid control, air quality and lower sound level.

For more details, you can read our latest guide:

The cons for variable-speed is the high repair cost. According to the contractor’s feedback, the variable compressor is 3 times as expensive to fix. So you need to balance the risk and benefit.

Exclusive Compressor: The most expensive part of any air conditioning system is its compressor. More than 80% of residential HVAC manufacturers use the third-party compressors called Copeland Scroll Compressor. However, American Standard/Trane insist on building their own compressors. One feature of Trane’s compressor is the roto-lock connectors design whereas most other manufacturers’ compressors are welded in. The bad thing for the exclusive compressor is the higher repair cost because only a few technicians know the structure of it.

Cons

Necessary maintenance for condenser coils

Spine-Fin coils are the double-edged sword. The problem for this coil is that it can easily absorb the dirt from the air and loses it’s efficiency much faster. Cleaning coils is a professional job and you need to ask for contractor’s help.

Affordable High Price

We call it “Affordable” because, as a high-end brand, Trane is affordable compared to Lennox and Carrier, but more expensive than most other brands like Goodman, Rheem, Ruud and Heil. Trane is an old and reputable brand but you need to pay extra money for that.

Proprietary Thermostat

A special two-wire connector on some models means a proprietary thermostat must be used with the system

Model Reviews and Recommendation

ModelSEERSound LevelCompressorCommunicatingOther
XV20i2155VariableComfortLinkTruComfort
XL20i20722-SeparetedComfortLinkTruComfort
XV181855VariableComfortLinkTruComfort
XL18i1873Two-StageNO
XL16i16.573Single-StageNO
XR171874Two-StageNO
XR151672Single-Stage
XR141672Single-StageNO
XR1314.575Single-StageNONO Energy Star
XB1314.578Single-StageNONO Energy Star

Note: Trane Communicating System is an optional function for high-end models with a monthly fee. In my opinion, it is not worth the money. You can install a $200-$300 wifi ColorTouch thermostat instead.

XV18 & XV20i:

They are the most advanced and highest-efficient central cooling unit offered by the Trane. It comes with a variable-speed compressor and communicating function as we talked before. Communicating systems cost more and have a higher rate of mechanical issues. Components sometimes stop communicating, and diagnosing and repairing the issue proves to be a challenge.

Xl20i, XL18i & XR17:

These are two-stage cooling units which come with a 12-year warranty. It has a 4-star energy rating and also comes with built-in Trucomfort feature. We are a big fan of two-stage cooling which is enough to meet most homeowner’s expectations of efficiency, sound level, air quality and humid control.

Best Cost-Effective Trane Models For You

Higher SEER Models can not always pay your money back. We developed a SEER Savings Calculator to help find a better balance between equipment cost and electricity cost. This tool can automatically load your local power rate and yearly cooling hours when using Chrome explorer. You can also adjust these inputs manually to get a more accurate result.

Trane AC Prices By Model

Models
System Only
System Installed Cost
Trane XV20i$3,550
$7,590
Trane XL20i$2,980
$6,420
Trane XL19i$2,550
$6,000
Trane XV18$2,545
$6,005
Trane XL18i$2,450
$5,570
Trane XR17$2,290
$5,500
Trane XL16i$2,000$5,490
Trane XR16 or XB16$1,990$5,390
Trane XR15$1,850$5,170
Trane XL15i$1,760$5,090
Trane XR14$1,555$4,855
Trane XL14i$1,520$4,799
Trane XR13$1,495$4,755
Trane XB13$1,405$4,655

“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 a 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$1,645
$4,795
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,750
$5,050
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,850
$5,270
3 ton1601-1900 sf$1,950
$5,450
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$2,160$5,750
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,350$6,070
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,760$7,000

 

Note: The above table is updated in March 2018 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 a 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.

 

Price
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 a 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 sale 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 stage XR17 3 ton and the furnace was S9V2 variable speed 3 ton. Installer was Haller Enterprises.
$2,249 Unit20 SEER Trane Xl20iMiami, Florida2800 sqft
The air conditioner I bought from Trane about 6 months ago works great! I wanted to hold back my review until I was sure I got what I wanted and the Trane XL20i I bought cost me $2,249. I bought the 3-ton size and it hasn’t given me any problems for the time I have had it.
$8,200Trane XV20iLos Angeles, CA2400 sqft
I was promised that this thing would save on my light bill and have impeccable functionality. However, I find myself stuck with a leaky air conditioner that has broken down after 8 months already. This product is not what the advertisements say it is. So inefficient and even more frustrating
$4,200Trane XL19iChicago, IL2400 sqft
I thought this was going to blow my mind with its functionality but it turned out to have problems. I don’t know whether it’s the air conditioner or poor installation but the thing is munching on my power bill like nobody’s business. I don’t know what is wrong and that’s what’s most frustrating. The guys I called to install haven’t gotten back to me. I think I will have to use the warranty here.
$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
$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.
$20,700Trane 2 ton vx18 & 5 ton vx18Austin Texas2700 sq ft
I just got 3 quotes from my local contractor.

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 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 a 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

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

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    • Hi Azad

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

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

    5 ton Trane XV20i or XL20i with air handler.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Adam,

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

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

    Reply
    • Hi James,

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

      Reply
  • 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

    Reply
    • Hi Dennis

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

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

    Reply
  • 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
      • Hi Mike

        Yes, the price include Trane air handler.

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

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  • 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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      • Thanks Rene,

        My current model is a

        Goodman
        Model – VSZ130301AG
        Serial – 1410165585

        Thanks again!

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

          Reply
  • 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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  • 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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    • Hi David

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

      Rene

      Reply
  • 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
  • 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
    • Hi Vincent

      Two-stage would be better in South Florida.

      Reply
  • 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

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