TRANE XL 1800 Central Air Conditioner
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Overview of the XL 1800
At the time of its manufacture, Trane's XL 1800 air conditioning series consisted of three models ranging from 3- to 5-ton capacities. These discontinued units have cooling capacities ranging from 38,000 to 59,5000 BTU/hour and are capable of reaching up to 18 SEER.
The XL1800 features dual-scroll compressors that the manufacturer says allow for cost-effective, two-stage cooling. In addition, this unit is promoted for its "whisper quiet" operation, through the help of compressor sound insulators and a two-speed fan motor.
A baked on powder paint finish, corrosion- and weather-resistant screws, a protective top, and galvanized steel louver side panels help protect the unit from weather extremes and maintain the exterior appearance over time.
Additional feature include electrical and refrigeration components located on one side for easy service, a two-row spine fin coil for efficient heat transfer, and external braze fittings designed to ensure a leak-free installation.
Consumer Reviews of the TRANE XL 1800
Date created: 2013-06-08
Name: Steve S.
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Installed in 2001. New home construction. Completed installation myself. Absolutely no problems for the first 10 years. Hit by lightning in spring 2011. Replaced control boards in both furnace and condensing unit. Now ECM motor has failed in the condensing unit. Could be normal wear and tear but lightning sure didn't help any. Anyway I have no complaints and would buy one again.
Date created: 2010-11-21
Name: Ian S Mccarthy
Location: Frederick MD
"A Piece of Junk"
I installed a top of the line XL1800 heatpump six years ago. I have had nothing but problems with it. Today the bearings on the outside compressor failed. This will be the FIFTEENTH breakdown of the unit. Local service by Tolbard in Frederick MD has been atrocious and the heating and cooling bills are averaging $500 per month for this so called "High Efficiency" unit.
Date created: 2008-10-02
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Years owned: 8
"Trane XL1800 never worked right"
My Trane xl1800 2-stage air conditioner never worked right. They replaced both compressors at 3 months old but still no good. The small compressor runs until it goes into overheat and then the large compressor shuts down along with it. Breaks down once a month average since it was brand new. I had VP's crawling through my attic saying the installation was good. Trane quality control on-site saying it works as designed. This unit is a nightmare. $8000 installed. The math: 7 cooling- months a year for 8 years. That's $143 per month before paying the electricity bill and the repairman. High efficiency? Not!
Other XL 1800 Reviews
Homeowner forums across the web post varying troubleshooting inquiries about the XL 1800. A weakening compressor, the system blowing warm air, electrical issues, and compressors that fail to turn on are some of the issues posted on hvac-talk.com and fixya.com.
However, in most of these queries, homeowners mention units nearing 10 years old but do not note any recurring problems. Contractors on hvac-talk.com also seem to like this unit, saying it is a quality unit, equipped with durable components.
Despite the mixed reviews on this unit, several consumers air complaints about Trane's customer service and HVAC equipment. Reviews on consumeraffairs.com mentioned Trane's poor customer service, low quality components, and frequently breaking systems.
TRANE XL 1800 Model Numbers
The XL 1800 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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XL 1800 Warranty
Trane’s XL 1800 comes equipped with a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor and outdoor coil. All other parts receive a limited 2-year warranty. Optional extended warranties may be available through local contractor.