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Trane XB14 Central Air Conditioner

#12 of 23 Trane Air Conditioners

Updated: Nov 24, 2015

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Overview of the XB14

Categorized by Trane as a high efficiency unit, the XB14 air conditioner operates quietly as it works to lower homeownersí cooling costs. With a SEER of up to 16.5, it qualifies as an Energy Star product when it is installed as part of a quality HVAC system.

The XB14 boasts many characteristics that contribute to its low operating costs and durability. The single-stage, quietly operating scroll compressor is surrounded by a galvanized steel cabinet. The cabinet consists of full-side louvered doors with a baked-on powder paint and Weatherguard fasteners that are resistant to rusting. The DuraTuff base pan also is designed to resist corrosion. Heat exchange is maximized thanks to the aluminum Spine Fin outdoor coil. This coil also creates low air resistance, which further enhances the unitís efficiency.

Accessories available for the XB14 include the Trane humidifier, air cleaner and ventilator, to name a few.

Consumer Reviews of the Trane XB14

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Date created: 2015-11-24 Name: alia
Location: Florida

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

First 5 years of owning this junk my unit has constantly dripped water onto the filters. The coil and blower motor have had to be replaced. This is not what Trane used to be.

Date created: 2014-07-14 Name: J LOWE
Location: shawnee Ks

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Bad unit"
Bought a Trane ac/ furnace two years ago the evaporator was leaking Freon. Cost to fix it was going to be $1000.00. What a ripoff. We should all get together and sue Trane !!!!!!!!!!!! I paid $7,000.00 for a new unit two years . Don't know what to do now, any help would be helpful.

Date created: 2013-05-28 Name: Ken
Location: Spring, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

"3 Ton Trane 14 Seer Split AC System"
Matched the above with a 4fxfh036ac3cha coil which replaced my 1998 model Trane system. The coil had gone bad on the old system, so I decided to replace the entire system with a more efficient model with the R410 refrigerant. I had a very experienced HVAC installer put it in for me and so far I have been very happy with it. Ten year warranty on AC, coil, and compressor. He also resized a plenum box chamber for me to smooth out the airflow throughout the house, as the original one was too small and the airflow was uneven. Temp. wise, I run 75 degrees at night and 77 degrees during the day. I live north of Houston, Texas and this system does a good job of keeping our 2-story house cool and the humidity reasonably low. So far, we have been very pleased with Trane products.

Date created: 2012-04-30 Name: R.C. Claunch
Location: Houston, Texas
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"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

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

"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

Satisfaction Rating:

2 of 5 stars

"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

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars

"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

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars

"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.

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Other XB14 Reviews

The Trane XB14 is generally a well-regarded unit in the HVAC community. When a homeowner asks contractors on hvac-talk.com for a suggestion as to which Trane unit to have installed, these techs point out that the XB14 is quiet, as the manufacturer claims, but is far from being the quietest available unit.

There are a number of discussions online about this unitís similarity to other Trane products. For example, in another post on the hvac-talk.com discussion board, a homeowner is advised to stick with a XB13, as contractors agree that such a slight upgrade to the XB14 likely wonít be worth the cost of the new unit. Others compare the unit to the XR15, which offers a few additional features over the XB14.

XB14 Warranty

Trane provides a 10-year warranty on the XB14ís compressor, outdoor coil and internal functioning parts. The product must be registered within 60 days of installation in order for the warranty to be activated. Failure to register the air conditioner in the 60 day period will result in the application of the base warranty.

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