TRANE XL16i Heat Pump
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The Trane XL16i (also known as the XL16i Weathertron) is an ultra-efficiency, two-stage air cooling system. Energy Star approved, this unit is available in a SEER up to 18 and operates with two cooling levels to maintain a constant temperature.
The XL16i has a single speed compressor with a variable speed blower and is available in 2 to 5 ton models. Special features of this unit include an advanced air filtration system, a fan designed for quiet operation, and a durable exterior coated with baked-on powder paint. This model also uses 410A refrigerant.
Consumer Reviews of the TRANE XL16i
Date created: 2013-01-14
Name: M. Morrison
Location: ASHEVILLE, NC
"Will Last the LONGEST"
I've worked on every make for years and knew I wanted Trane when I replaced mine 9 years ago. The issue I believe is that Trane is selling their equipment to just about anyone with a license and, as we all know, or should know, the installation is critical. If installed correctly by trained technicians, Trane equipment will outlast the competion hands down. Trane engineers and manufactures their own compressors, use all aluminum coils (both indoor and outdoor), and have the least call back/warranty repair. The bad reviews are either bogus or from individuals dealing with a poor installation.
Date created: 2012-06-01
Name: R. HAYNES
"AVOID THE TRANE WRECK"
Every major component of my heat pump (except evaporator coil) has been replaced and the system is less than 7 years old. This includes compressor, condenser coil, fan motor, reversing valve and capacitors plus numerious refrigerant leaks repaired. One repair technician commented that he had never experienced so many problems with a system this new. Avoid the Trane wreck.
Date created: 2012-06-01
Name: G. Jones
Location: Berea, KY
"Don't buy a TRANE."
I am looking at my $205.00 bill for my third service call on my less than two year old trane heat pump, and thought I would try to help others make a good decision about whether or not to buy a trane heat pump. Don't!! I was warned by a friend in the hvac business that a large percentage of the service calls he made were on trane units, but at that time Trane was offering a very good same as cash purchase plan so I gave it a go. Got the extended warranty which, as it turns out, was a good idea because the parts were free, however labor is not. I have never been a big porponent of extended warranties, but if you must buy a trane, I highly recommend it because there is a high probability that you will need it.
Date created: 2011-11-20
Years owned: 8
"Made in China junk"
Own 8 various Trane units installed on 8 condos. Earlier made in America units are great, newer made in China units are complete junk. Trane knows the newer Chinese made units are junk and give all sorts of excuses instead of honoring their warranty. If you have an older American made Trane unit hang on to it as long as possible. If you are shopping for a new unit, stay away from Trane, they have gone from excellent to absolute junk.
Date created: 2011-07-20
Name: d. patrick
Location: port orange, fla
Years owned: 6
This is a piece of junk, have spent $1500 on repairs, coil replaced and now more repairs, unit needs replacing again, will not buy Trane again and I have family that work for Trane, sorry
Date created: 2011-07-13
Location: Leesburg, Va.
Years owned: 1
"Trane is the Best"
Just replaced my 18 year old Trane XE1000 with a new Trane XL16i. The old ran for 18 years with only one $65 repair, can't beat that. The old one was still working I decided to take advantage of the Federal Tax break last year and get a new one that was more efficient. So far electric bills are down on average 200KWH less per month. I see other people complain about Trane, just make sure you get a good contractor to install it and maintain it but it can still break just like any other brand.
Date created: 2011-06-08
Name: Jim Heil
Location: salem in
Years owned: 3
"repairs needed after 2 years"
after less than 3 yrs service the trane heat pump copper lines rubbed together due to vibration and leaked all the refrig out. the design is flawed and according to repairman, has happened to other units. the lines are held together with small plastic zip ties. you cant see the rubbing until it fails.
Date created: 2009-01-29
Name: Unhappy Homeowner
Location: Northern Virginia
Years owned: 1
"Homeowner, Northern, Virginia"
After 15 years my 80% efficient York heat pumps gave up and I replaced the small unit with another York since I had replaced the outside compressor unis a year earlier. The 3.5 ton unit was replaced with a Trane XL16i unit that was supposed to save me 30% on my electric bill. The new high effeciency Trane XL16i unit runs constantly and the outside unit has been frozen up numerous times. The technician came out yesterday for the third time in three weeks and stated that it was normal for the outside coils to be totally frosted over with one inch of ice. (He replaced the defrost board and sensor two weeks ago to get the frost to melt.) Two weeks ago I got a $575 electric bill (highest ever) thanks to my new high efficiency Trane heat pump.
Date created: 2009-01-06
"My new Trane Heat Pump and Furnace"
I just had today installed a xl16i heat pump along with an XV95 furnace for my St. Louis, MO climate. I'm very curious about some of the complaints listed below as I dropped a lot of dough on this sytem. I noticed one participant was from az. My understanding is if you think you may experience temp below 40 then you do need the air handler/furnace. Any thoughts?
Other XL16i Reviews
Consumers around the web are generally pleased with the XL16i. A review from webhvac.com goes as far to say the temperature, humidity, and air quality control this model offers makes it one of the most desirable high efficiency units on the market. Authors on webhvac.com and hvac-for-beginners.com also noted Trane's extensive warranty.
One unhappy customer on central-air-conditioner-and-refridgeration.com complains of a costly repair to fix a coil failure in a 6-year old XL16i.
Some consumers, on the other hand, aren't as complementary of the XL16i. Many folks on gardenweb.com believe the efficiency numbers aren't good enough for a high-end unit and would like to see high performance for the cost of the unit. Another unhappy customer on central-air-conditioner-and-refrigeration.com complains of costly repairs and multiple parts breaking.
A thread on gardenweb.com reveals a discussion between a homeowner and two experts about the Trane XL16i for a home in North Carolina. The experts agree that the XL16i would not be the best heat pump for this homeowner. The contractors mention that the HSPF rating should be higher, and the unit is not compatible with Trane's optional humidity-reducing equipment, which would be a bonus for this location. Both experts recommend the Trane XL15i in this situation.
A poster on hvac-talk.com asks about the Trane XL16i, as he is considering installing a new heat pump instead of repairing his old one. Once again, experts are concerned about the heating capacity for this particular heat pump. The location is Ohio, which has many cold days during the year. Here, the contractors recommend the Trane XL15i or another 14 to 15 SEER unit.
A recent post on hvac-talk.com is written by a potential Trane customer. He is considering the XL16i for his home in Florida. The experts mention the lack of humidity removal by the XL16i; one contractor suggests a variable-speed air handler or switching to the XL15i for better control of excessive humidity.
TRANE XL16i Model Numbers
The XL16i is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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Trane offers a full warranty for products registered within 60 days of installation. Registration can be completed either online or over the phone. Products not register within 60 days will receive Base Limited coverage.
Trane's warranty terms include:
- 12-year limited warranty on compressor
- 10-year limited warranty on outdoor coil
- 10-year limited warranty on internal functional parts