Trane AC Unit Review 2022

Searching for the perfect air conditioning unit can be a complex task, as it requires sifting through the multitude of HVAC brands to find one that will meet your needs.

To help simplify that process, we have put together detailed information on Trane’s air conditioning unit lineup, one of the HVAC industry’s leading brands. So continue reading for everything you need to know about Trane AC units.

Who Owns Trane?

Today, Ingersoll Rand is the parent company of Trane, after acquiring the company in 2008. Trane’s sister brands include American Standard and Ameristar as they are both owned by Ingersoll Rand.

Does American Standard own Trane? In 1984, American Standard Companies acquired Trane, thus becoming its parent company. However, in 2007, the company of American Standard sold all of its divisions besides HVAC divisions, then renamed itself Trane.

Is Trane A Good Air Conditioner?

Yes, Trane manufactures good air conditioners. They offer a premium lineup of air conditioning systems that many homeowners and HVAC professionals routinely rank above average.

Additionally, many consumer reviews applaud the company for the dependability of the units and customer service. Trane sets itself apart from other brands due to a number of reasons.

Trane vs. Other Brands: What Is The Difference?

Although Trane air conditioning systems tend to be 2-8% more expensive than other leading competitors on average (barring a few brands like Lennox), there are a few key factors to note.

Firstly, Trane is one of the few remaining HVAC brands that manufactures its own compressor, the Climatuff, which is known for its reliability.

Additionally, Trane doesn’t allow just anyone to install their units. They only permit certified technicians to sell and install their units, many of which train in Trane facilities.

While this practice isn’t unique to Trane, it’s worth noting, as it eliminates the possibility of unknowledgeable individuals installing the units– a common cause of HVAC issues.

Like every other brand that manufactures various HVAC products, Trane uses some third-party components in their AC units.

While some brands cut corners and use cheaper internal parts (prone to failing), Trane consistently uses the best parts available, thus setting it apart from other brands.

Best AC Brands: Trane vs. Carrier vs. Lennox

Lennox, Carrier, and Trane are the three “giants” of the HVAC industry and are often compared.

Lennox is the industry leader in energy efficiency, while Carrier and Trane lag slightly behind.

Lennox’s top model boasts ratings up to 28 SEER, while Carrier’s leading model has ratings up to 26 SEER. On the flip side, Trane’s top model rates up to just 21 SEER.

Given that all three brands are industry leaders, they all offer various types of technology for optimal comfort and control.

Lennox tends to be more costly (anywhere from 10 to 20% depending on the model) than Trane and Carrier, but Lennox also offers some of the most energy-efficient models in each of its tiers.

Here is how Trane, Carrier, and Lennox stack up.

Factors  for ComparisonTraneCarrierLennox
Product Numbers9169
High-End SeriesXV Series Infinity SystemSignature  Collection
Middle-End SeriesXL Series Performance SeriesElite Series
Low-End SeriesXR Series Comfort SeriesMerit Series
Lowest SEER14.51413
Most SEER17 and 181717
Highest SEER212628
Parts Limited Warranty10-year, 12-year10-year5-year, 10-year

Trane vs. Goodman

Goodman is a well-known mid-range brand in the HVAC industry. Unlike Trane, Goodman only offers a select few air conditioning units.

Many HVAC contractors and homeowners alike consider both of these brands to produce durable and reliable air conditioning units.

Trane falls slightly behind Goodman in terms of energy efficiency, as Goodman’s top model provides SEER ratings of up to 24.5 (Trane’s max is 21 SEER).

Goodman air conditioning units tend to be considerably more affordable than Trane, but they don’t offer all of the bells and whistles, like Trane’s models.

On top of that, while Trane restricts who can install their units, Goodman does not, which means that homeowners need to ensure that a qualified individual installs their Goodman AC unit.

Generally, Goodman air conditioners don’t last as long as Trane units. While Trane’s models may last up to 20 years with proper maintenance, Goodman units typically only last 10 to 12 years on average.

High-Efficiency Air Conditioner Models

As we mentioned above, Lennox offers the most energy-efficient air conditioning model on the market. Trane, (along with Carrier, Goodman, and Rheem) follow close behind. Trane doesn’t produce the most efficient air conditioners, yet they regularly rank among the top ten brands and produce decent, energy-efficient units.

High Efficiency Air Conditioner ModelsSEERSound Level (dBA)Size (ton)Replacement Limited WarrantyParts Limited WarrantyPrice
Lennox
SL28XCV
28592-5 tonNA10-year$$$
Carrier
24VNA6
2651NA10-year10-year$$$
Goodman
GVXC20
24.5572-5 ton10-year10-year$
Trane
XV20i
21552-5 tonNA12-year$$$
Rheem
RA20
20.5682-5 ton10-year10-year$$$

How Long Does A Trane Air Conditioner Last

With any air conditioner, including all Trane models, you must perform routine maintenance from them to work at maximum efficiency. With proper care and service, Trane AC units can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, if not longer.

However, by the time 15 years pass, it’s likely the company will have released a more energy-efficient model, so many homeowners may choose to replace the unit regardless of whether it still runs or not.

Trane AC Models

Trane offers a wide variety of air conditioning models to suit the needs of different homes. Top-tier models are compatible with Trane’s ComfortLink communicating technology, which works via Wi-Fi and allows for elevated levels of control and comfort.

Eleven units are available, including variable speed, two-stage, single-stage, and ductless air conditioners. Trane offers its AC units in various sizes, ranging from 1.5 tons to 5 tons, to accommodate the needs of different homes.

See the chart below for a guide on Trane’s AC models.

Trane Air Conditioner Model NumbersSEERCompressor Size RangeSound Level (dBA)Parts Limited Warrant
XR1314.5Single-stage1.5-5 ton7510-year
XR1416Single-stage1.5-5 ton7210-year
XR16 Low Profile17Single-stage1.5-5 ton7010-year
XR1617Single-stage1.5-5 ton7110-year
XL16i17Single-stage1.5-5 ton6912-year
XR1718Two-stage2-5 ton7410-year
XL18i18Two-stage2-5 ton7312-year
XV1818Variable-speed2-5 ton5512-year
XV20i21Variable-speed2-5 ton5512-year

Trane Central Air Conditioning Price and Running Cost

Trane Central Air Conditioner Prices By Model

Trane central air conditioning systems tend to be higher priced, considering they’re a premium brand.

Use the chart below for a general estimate of what the price of a 3-ton Trane air conditioning unit might be for you.

Note that these pricing estimates entirely depend on the contractor, size, location, and model.

Trane Air Conditioner Model NumbersSEERCompressor Product OnlyInstalled Price
XR1314.5Single-stage$5,025$6,925
XR1416Single-stage$5,440$7,470
XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile17Single-stage$5,860$8,030
XL18i, XR1718Two-stage$6,460$8,840
XV1818Variable-speed$7,080$9,730
XV20i21Variable-speed$8,520$11,650

Some homeowners choose to purchase a matched system that includes an air conditioning unit and a furnace. Matched systems are popular throughout the northeast, the midwest, and some southern areas of the United States.

The air conditioners keep your home cool, then pass off the task of heating to the furnace when the frigid winter months roll around.

Trane furnace and air conditioner prices are generally in the same ballpark. The air conditioner prices can be slightly higher than furnaces, but it is entirely dependent on the model of each type you choose.

Trane Central Air Conditioner Prices By Size

If you aren’t sure what specific model you want but know the air conditioner size you need, use the chart below for a reference.

The chart is based on a 17 SEER single-stage Trane air conditioning unit.

Trane AC Unit SizeProduct OnlyInstalled Price
1.5 ton$3,770$5,060
2 ton$4,420$5,980
2.5 ton$5,110$6,970
3 ton$5,860$8,030
3.5 ton$6,040$8,290
4 ton$6,180$8,490
5 ton$6,320$8,690

Trane offers several other models that may be more or less efficient than the 17 SEER single-stage model this chart is based on.

More efficient air conditioners tend to cost more than their less efficient counterparts, so if you plan on purchasing a less efficient unit, it’ll likely be cheaper.

On the other hand, if you plan on buying a more efficient Trane unit, it’ll likely be more expensive.

Trane Central Air Conditioning Running Cost

Running costs are a substantial component to consider when choosing an AC unit. The chart below is based on 3-ton Trane AC units (different models available), an electricity rate of 13.85 cents per kilowatt-hour, and 1,320 hours total annually to cool a home.

Although the chart below won’t give you exact numbers specific to your particular scenario, it’s a great tool to use as a reference point.

Trane Air Conditioner  Model NumbersTrane AC SEER RatingElectricity Usage
(Per Year)
Running Cost
(Per Year)
Cost Savings
(Object of Reference)143394 kWh4700%
XR1314.53277 kWh 4544%
XR14162970 kWh41114%
XR16, XL16i, XR16 Low Profile172795 kWh38721%
XR17, XV18, XL18i182640 kWh36628%
XV20i212263 kWh31350%

The chart listed a few sections prior outlines the average running costs of various Trane air conditioners. Lower SEER ratings equal more electricity use, resulting in higher running prices.

On the other hand, high SEER ratings translate to better efficiency, thus leading to lower running costs.

The chart’s “Cost Savings” column depicts a comparison between the given air conditioner and an air conditioner with a SEER of 14.

 By using the base model, with ratings of 14 SEER, we can paint a clearer picture to help explain how SEER ratings directly translate to running costs.

Trane Air Conditioner Rebates

Several organizations, including the federal government, offer HVAC rebates as incentives to purchase AC units. There are several programs targeting residential HVAC units that offer rebates.

For example, the U.S. government recently renewed the 25C tax credit. This specific tax credit focuses on high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment.

If you qualify for these credits, you may be able to receive credit on your upcoming tax return simply by claiming your AC unit purchase on your tax return.

If you enter your location on Trane’s website, they will show you several (if any) of the available rebate offers. Typically, the specifications to receive the credit are outlined below the total price.

What Size AC Do I Need?

To determine what size of air conditioning unit you need, you will need input from several different factors.

Trane AC Unit SizeConvert To BtuRoom Size (Sq Ft)Suitable Trane AC Models
1.5 ton18,000 BTU900 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13
2 ton24,000 BTU1,200 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13, XV20i, XV18, XL18i, XR17
2.5 ton30,000 BTU1,500 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13
3 ton36,000 BTU1,800 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13, XV20i, XV18, XL18i, XR17
3.5 ton42,000 BTU2,100 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13
4 ton48,000 BTU2,400 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13, XV20i, XV18, XL18i, XR17
5 ton60,000 BTU3,000 sq ftXR14, XL16i, XR16, XR16 Low Profile, XR13, XV20i, XV18, XL18i, XR17

More minor things that could impact your AC unit’s ability to cool your home include factors such as the number of windows and doors in the space and the height of the ceilings.

However, the primary factor to consider falls to the square footage of your home. Generally, you’ll need 20 BTUs of cooling output per square foot of living space. Simply multiply the square footage of living space by 20 to determine the amount of cooling output you need for your home.

Then, since 1-ton of cooling capacity is equivalent to 12,000 BTUs, divide your BTU number by 12,000 to determine the size you need in tons.

For example, if you have 900 square feet of living space, you’ll need about 18,000 BTUs of cooling output (20 x 900). Or, 18,000 BTUs is equivalent to 1.5 tons. Reference the chart below to help you determine what size of air conditioning unit you need.

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