TRANE XB14 Central Air Conditioner
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Consumer Reviews of the TRANE XB14
Date created: 2012-04-30
Name: R.C. Claunch
Location: Houston, Texas
Years owned: 1
"Horrible, Horrible, Horrible"
New 5 ton hvac unit installed 3/26/2012. Outside comp/cond failed in one month. Under full warranty. Tech said that the outside until needed to be pulled and replaced. This was Sat. A.M. Said could not replace until Monday. On Monday could not get a replacement from the distributor. Trane sells their units to local distributors and then washed their hands of any problems. The local distributor said they were waiting for authorization from Trane before they could replace and then they would have to find one, have it shipped and it would take several days. I live in houston!! We can't go days on end with no a/C. Called the Trane plant in Tyler, Texas. Long story short - they could do nothing for me. Told me to call the distributor again but did not have the name of anyone specific that I could call. Distributor blames Trane, Trane blames the distributor (Hunton Group) and I continue to sweat
Date created: 2011-06-16
Location: Columbus, OH
"Nothing does run like a TRANE"
I had to replace the central ac unit on a reo home I recently purchased, and after some shopping around for prices I decided on a Trane. Granted, some of the commercials and jingles "nothing runs like a Trane" might have been in my head, but in the end it came down to price and I went with the xb14. I loved the price, and I really loved the installation. Easy to do, simple tools and great instructions had it up and running in a few hours (I'm not the most hands-on, so I'm sure others would have it up faster). What I like about it is the cooling and energy costs. I expected my electric bill to jump and while it went up some in the early going, once I got through the break-in period, it leveled off at less than what a neighbor spends monthly on a similarly sized home. What I don't like is the noise. It's mounted right outside a living room window (standard protocol lately on homes built in the last 15 years) and it is LOUD. The droning can be annoying when trying to watch a movie, but luckily it is far enough away from the master bedroom not to interfere with sleeping. I would buy this brand again (hopefully not for at least 10 years or more as this was around $7500 to purchase) and recommend to a friend as all AC units have an element of noise to them. All in all, a great purchase at the time with over a year of service to prove it was the right choice.
Date created: 2011-05-31
Location: Columbia, TN
"Lots of maintenance on my Trane Air Conditioner"
I have owned my Trane XB14 air conditioner for approximately ten years. Although it does a fine job of keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, I have had to have an air conditioner repairman come and work on it three times in the past ten years. I do not really know if that is a lot of times or not for ten years, but I would like to have to call less often; typically it takes a few days of either freezing or sweltering to get someone to the house, and then it is expensive to get the repairs themselves done. Overall I am happy with the air conditioner, I just wish it broke down less often. I would probably not exclude this brand from shopping for a future air conditioner, but I wouldn't specifically shop for it either. Likewise, I wouldn't tell a friend that buying a Trane is a mistake, but at the same time I probably wouldn't recommend it either.
Date created: 2011-05-11
Location: Escalon, CA
"XB14 Air Conditioner - Quiet, Efficient, and Safe"
The Trane air conditioner we have at our home was installed when we first purchased the house 4 years ago. I am completely satisfied with the function and operation of the unit. I have never had to do any type of maintenance on the unit and never have had to have it repaired. I turn it on before it starts to get hot, usually in April just to make sure all is well with the unit and each time there has been no problems. It works wonderful for our size of house and cools it quite efficiently. It is located outside of the master bathroom, and although I can hear it when it is running, it is definitely not loud enough to become annoying. The unit is easily cleaned by just hosing it down from water with a garden hose. I don't worry about any safety issues with the unit since the fan blades are fully enclosed within a protective barrier to keep hands out. I would fully recommend this unit to my friends and family.
Date created: 2011-04-21
Location: Detroit, MI
"Upgrading an ineffencient Air Conditioner"
I have had my Trane air conditioner for about a year. I purchased it in early April of 2010 after my central air unit that was about 10 years old finally died. I live in a two story home that is approximately 2,500 square feet. The unit does a good job of keeping the living area downstairs nice and cool. It is consistent at keeping the temperature at the preselected degree. The one big sticking point with this system is that it doesn't seem to cool the upstairs as evenly. Although it does cool down the bedrooms there is definitely a distinct difference in the quality of the cooled air. As a result I have to use the ceiling fans in the bedroom and on particularly humid days I even have broken out an additional fan for added comfort. In hindsight a larger air conditioning unit would probably be more efficient for my two story home, however financially this was not an option. I have not had to do any repairs to the system since it really only had one season of use. I would definitely give this brand a try again since it has a reputation for being a quality unit and is energy efficient, however I think I'd do more research to find the proper unit to meet the needs of my home.