TRANE XR12 Central Air Conditioner
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Overview of the XR12
The Trane XR12 is a split-system, outdoor cooling unit capable of reaching up to 13 SEER. This now-discontinued line consists of 12 units ranging from 1.5 to 5 tons, with cooling capacities between 18,000 and 60,000 BTU/H. At the time of manufacture this series was offered with both R410A and R22 refrigerant options; today, R22 has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in new units.
The XR12 is promoted by the manufacturer for its durable performance, with full-side louvered panels finished with baked-on powder paint, corrosion-resistant WeatherGuard fasteners and a torture-tested spine fin outdoor coil. The fin coils are made of aluminum in order to further increase durability, reduce air resistance and maximize heat transfer. Additional features include a Climatuff compressor, which the manufacturer says is made to handle extreme operating conditions and thermal stress, and rust-resistant base pan.
Consumer Reviews of the TRANE XR12
Date created: 2011-10-10
Name: K Dutch
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Years owned: 7
The York air conditioner that the builder had used gave out during some of the hottest days of that summer. I contacted a local contractor, who sells Trane, and never did any research - I just wanted cool air, again. The only time I had a concern was when the XR12 was only two years old. One day, the unit attempted to start, but all I heard was a hum and it quit. It attempted to start three more times over several minutes, but wouldn't. I had to run errands and I thought about how this "two-year old" unit was already quitting on me. When I returned home, I was prepared to call the contractor and tell them what a piece of junk the XR12 was, but before I did, I walked over to the unit to see if there were any buttons I could push to make it do anything. The first thing I noticed, as I approached the unit, was the stench of something that had died. I don't want to make anyone queasy with further details, but this unit has the capacity to "puree" a black snake - one that hvac presumably wrapped itself around the motor housing to keep warm and had temporarily restricted the fan blades from turning. The XR12 responded appropriately for a stopped fan and didn't start, thus preventing extensive damage to the unit. Suffice to say, Trane earned my respect. I now plan to replace my old York furnace and simultaneously purchase a new, matched A/C unit with greater efficiency than the XR12. I will strongly consider the line of equipment by Trane in this next purchase.
Date created: 2011-04-27
Location: Tampa FL
"You might have Chinese Drywall!!"
My daughter had a home built just a few years ago. After the lower and upper AC coils both leaked 3 times over, they found out they had Chinese Drywall. The fumes from the drywall destroys copper, etc, thus the leaks. So before you blame the AC manufacturer, check online for the signs that you might have Chinese Drywall. I feel so sorry for you if you do, but better to find out and get your family out of that environment as soon as possible.
Other XR12 Reviews
Many of this unit’s reviews across the web express concern with troubleshooting issues. This model is the subject of several inquiries posted on sites such as doityourself.com and fixya.com. Component failure, repeated instances of the system freezing up and general operational issues are among the most frequent problems. Several reviewers mention noisy operation and recurring problems with this unit, although others say they've generally had consistent performance from the XR12.
One consumer on www.central-air-conditioner-and-refrigeration.com calls the product a “Trane wreck,” having replaced multiple compressors for this unit within an 8-year period. The consumer also notes poor customer service from Trane when questioned about the problem.
Several contractors on hvac-talk.com note that the XR 12 has a history of long performance with few problems and quiet operation, although others call this unit “obsolete” due to its low SEER rating.
TRANE XR12 Model Numbers
The XR12 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The XR12 is equipped with a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor and outdoor coil. All remaining internal parts receive 5-year limited warranty coverage. Optional extended warranties for labor, refrigerant and all other costs not covered by the manufacturer warranty also are available. Homeowners can contact their local dealer for extended warranty options. In order for the warranty to apply, homeowners must register the product within 60 days of installation. Otherwise, base limited warranties apply.