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 Conditioner Unique Features and Pros
- Trane Air Conditioner Cons
- Trane AC Models Reviews
- Trane AC Prices By Model
- Trane AC Prices By Unit Size
- Trane Air Conditioner Extras Cost
- How to Find a Good Trane Contractor?
- Submitted Reviews and Installation Cost in 2019-2020
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|XR16 Low Profile||17||70||Single-stage||NO|
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
Total Cost with Installtion
|Trane XV20i||$5,700 – $8,000|
$7,200 – $10,900
|Trane XV18||$5,400 – $7,700|
$6,900 – $10,600
|Trane XL18i||$5,100 – $7,400|
$6,300 – $10,000
|Trane XR17||$4,600 – $5,750|
$5,800 – $8,350
|Trane XL16i||$4,500 – $5,600||$5,550 – $7,900|
|Trane XR16 or XB16||$4,250 – $5,400||$5,300 – $7,700|
|Trane XR16 Low Profile||$4,300 – $5,500||$5,350 – $7,800|
|Trane XR14||$3,500 – $5,000||$4,550 – $7,300|
|Trane XR13||$3,250 – $4,700||$4,300 – $7,000|
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 Size
AC Unit & Coils Cost
System Installed Cost
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$4,000|
|2 ton||1001-1300 sf||$4,200|
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$4,450|
|3 ton||1601-1900 sf||$4,700|
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$5,000||$6,880|
|4 ton||2201-2600 sf||$5,300||$7,350|
|5 ton||2601-3200 sf||$5,750||$8,100|
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.
|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?
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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.
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. 30, 2020
Brand & Model & Size
|$5,300||Trane XR16||Asheville NC||1060 sq ft|
|Replacing existing air handler and condenser with Trane units. Re-using the ductwork. Includes 5 inch media filter|
|$8250.00||Two Trane R410A 14 & 15 SEER||Summerville||2500 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.|
|$5,992||Trane XR14 AC unit with XT95 furnace||Tri-Cities, TN||1300 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|
|$11,000||Trane XR17 AC & S9V2 furnace||Hummelstown||3800 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.|
|$15,900||Two 3 ton Trane XR17||GILBERT, Arizona||2250 sq ft|
|Thanks for all your review tips – very informative and useful in my decision. With this help, we just finalized our contract with local contractor AZ Dukes of Air (trane Exclusive) – we also got quotes from Costco dealer on Lennox XP16 – still pricy even with 15% Costco discount|
|$8,150||5 Ton Trane XL18i AC, Tam9 Air Handler, 10kw 208-240/1 Heat Kit, Tcont824 Thermostat||Palm Bay FL||2600 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.|
|$8,900||Trane XL18i||Sanford, NC||1850 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.
|$7,400||Trane XR14, Mortex 98-8W7W-0P – 98-8 Series||Taylor, TX||2000 sqft|
|Air handler: Down Flow Mortex 98-8W7W-0P – 98-8 Series|
Condenser unit: Trane XR14
First day of installation so can’t say much
|$9,325||Trane XL18i/TEM6 variable speed air handler, 824 T-stat||APOLLO BEACH||2560 sqft|
|Price included removing AC and Gas Furnace, capping gas line and vent, flush line set, new hurricane pad and straps, some new wiring/breakers, new insulation on lines/drains, conduit on wiring, haul away, clean up etc. 2 guys took about 11 hours in total. Nice clean job. Believe this set up is rated at 15.25 SEER.|
|$9,711||Trane XR16 seer 2 ton||Matthews NC||1200 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
• 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***
|$9,200||Trane XC80 (80k), XV18 (3 ton), XL1050||Michigan||2000 sqft|
|Difficult install, all new sheet metal, pump, electrical, etc.|
|$8,587||Trane S9V2 80000 btu and Trane XR 16 3 ton||Salem Oregon||2300 sqft|
|Included Trane xl624 thermostat and 4in media filter box and filter.|
|$8,954||TRANE XR17/4TWR7/XR/TEM6/XL824||ST HELENA IS, SC||3000 sqft|
|IN DID NOT PURCHASE I WANTED TO GET FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSAL|
|$8,366||TRANE XR17||Austin, Texas||1,900 sqft|
|This system was installed at a cost $8,366 with a summer performance worse than the 30+ year system it replaced. Once external temperatures rise, the HVAC spews hot humid air, rarely cutting out and by late afternoon the internal temperature rises to the high eighties, though programmed to 78 degrees or lower. I submitted a recent request to Trane for assistance, but none of their contractors responded, as they stated. Instead, Trane’s follow up was that I should contact a contractor in my district.|
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