Trane XL 1200 Central Air Conditioner
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Overview of the XL 1200
The Trane XL1200 is a discontinued residential air conditioning unit offering up to 14 SEER. Trane also sold an XL1200 heat pump. Ranging in 1.5- to 5-ton options, this series was available in seven models varying in size.
This line featured a Climatuff compressor, a quiet 2-speed fan motor, Spine Fin aluminum coils, and a compressor sound shield to help minimize sound levels. The interior components were protected by a louvered cabinet finished in a silver, baked-on powder paint and weathergaurd top. Rust- and corrosion-resistant screws and full-sided louvered panels were additional components of the exterior.
The unit also was equipped with external braze fittings to help keep installation simple, and a side access panel designed for quick maintenance and service. Optional accessories, such as the accompanying Trane thermostat, also were available for this unit.
Trane recommended the following for maintenance:
- Clean or replace the filter once a month
- Keep the unit free of debris and clear from flowers and shrubs to maximize air flow across the coil
Date created: 2016-09-07
"It's great and it lasts"
My ac system is a Trane XL1200. The outdoor unit was built in 1988, and the handler in 1989 when the house was built. I bought the house 10 years ago and had my first repair after 27/28 years just last week when the motor driving the fan in the outdoor unit broken. Other than that, I never had a problem with it. Now that I plan to sell the house, I'm thinking to replace the entire system just for the next owner.
Date created: 2016-08-30
Name: Bobby Wormer
Location: Fire Island, NY
"No problems in 30 years!"
I had my Trane XL1200 central A/C installed way back in 1985 and it is still working great! Never had a problem in all that time.....and that was 30 years ago! That alone is testament to the fact that from my personal experience, Trane is the best brand to purchase if you are looking for a whole-house central air conditioning unit.
Date created: 2013-07-23
Name: Randy Stalding
Location: Longview, WA
"Still Going Strong"
Our Trane XL 1200 Super Efficiency heat pump has been running without problems for about 30 years. We have had the unit under a service contract since it was installed. A technician comes to the house twice a year to clean the filters and check all of the components. On each visit, the technician says that its about time to think about getting a new unit. Maybe we can go another five years or so. We will buy a new Trane unit when our XL 1200 fails.
Date created: 2012-08-14
Name: M K
Location: Smithton, IL
"XL 1200 High Efficiency- Lemon"
My home was built in 2000 and the XL 1200 High Effiency Air Cond was put in. Have replaced 2 motors not counting the one that was in it and now it appears a bearing is going out in the most recent motor. What the ???? I know people who have had their air conditioners for 20 yrs and never a new motor. 4 in 12 years? This is a lemon and I say "it's not hard to stop a Trane'. I'm very irritated!
Date created: 2011-01-05
Location: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
"22 YEARS & STILL COOLING!"
Xl 1200 installed in 1988. one of 3 trane units installed at the same time. if it wasn't for the tax credit on a new unit I would be keeping it as it still cools. anyone want to pick up a used unit for parts, copper or use email me asap.
Date created: 2010-11-03
Location: Victoria, Texas
Had two XL12's installed in new house 20 years ago now. They have been great, efficient and reliable units. One is very quiet while the other is somewhat noisy. Never have figured out why - can only assume one has a non-fatal problem with the compressor. Have heard the newer low end units are not the same quality, but these units are great.
Date created: 2010-10-20
"Still Works after 21 years"
Our trane air conditioner that came with our house was installed in April 1988, it's a Trane XL1200 air conditioner which is a 12 seer, it is extremely cheap to operate and we use the a/c all the time in the summer, and it still works extremely well, just like a new air conditoner, highly recommend trane air conditioners
Date created: 2010-08-06
"Trane XL 1200"
Purchased a Trane xl 1200 in 2001. Installer returned a month later to install an updated part that I was not aware needed to be replaced. The part was under warranty, no cost to me. Trane handeled it! Now its August 2010. Unit is not cooling. its 105 in Dallas! Called a different service company. Unfornately,the person did not know what he was doing.had to have them come back three times to solve the problem. each time it cost me more money. finally, a diferent tech came out and it ws the drain pan was the problem, not for what I had paid for the other two visits from the tech person.
Date created: 2009-12-06
Name: Marian Paronyan
"Marian P. Phoenix AZ"
The unit came brand new installed by a builder in a house that was built for our family in 1996. Never a problem in 10 years that we lived in that house. Reasonable el. bills, not a single service call needed ever, total comfort summer or winter. The only maintenance was replacing the air filter. We had 17 rental properties and on every one of them we had a new a/c unit installed. Couldn't afford Trane, though. Goodman, Tempstar, Carrier, Heil,Amana and some other brands. On every one of them had a problem at least every other year. The Parts were covered, but the labor was outrageous. Got so stressful, that sold off properties one at a time. Currently live in another house with TRANExl1200. Again, very happy! Icy cold air, reasonable bills. Thank you trane! Would recommend very highly for stress -free living! If you can afford it, go with TRANE-through our vast experience with so many other brands nothing compares to these units.
Date created: 2009-09-24
Name: M. Swain
Years owned: 16
"XL 1200 2.5 Ton"
The unit was installed back in 1993 with a matching indoor coil. There has not been one service call on the unit. The exterior is still in great shape, the unit is still very quiet, even compared to the new units of today. The xl 1200 has been flawless for us.
Date created: 2009-08-21
Name: D Muecke
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Years owned: 18
I owned a Trane xl 1200 for 18 years now and I have never never never had any problems with it what so ever. I cooled a 2600 square foot home with it in Pittsburgh, Pa. Just recently I replaced my furnace and air with another brand but I gave my neighbor my 2 ton xl 2000 and he just loves it compared to the cheap one he had before.
Date created: 2008-02-20
Name: Steve Z.
Location: New York City
Years owned: 11
I have a trane xl 1200 condenser matched with a trane forced air furnace both installed new the first year in the house.It has worked very well over the years and just developed a leak in the system that i needed to have it recharged twice during the season. The unit has served me well up to this point and doesn't owe me anything.I wouldn't expect to get more that 10-12 years from a unit,they aren't designed to last forever.I would have no problem replacing with another trane,but i am changing the dry forced air heat with radiant.
Other XL 1200 Reviews
As an older unit (most available information on it dates to 1996) the XL1200 is the subject of several troubleshooting and maintenance inquiries across the web. Homeowner forums such as hvac-talk.com list a variety of issues including instances of the cooling coil dying, the unit's failure to produce cold air, the compressor's failure to turn on, and several instances of leaking coils. General maintenance questions, such as how to clean the coils or remove the cover, also are posed.
Aside from troubleshooting issues, homeowners seem generally pleased with the longevity of this unit. Contractors on hvac-talk.com believe that if this unit is installed correctly and properly maintained it should provide at least 15 years of consistent performance.
XL 1200 Warranty
The XL1200 is equipped with a 2-year limited warranty on all components. Trane also offers an additional 10-year limited warranty for the coil and compressor. Optional extended warranties are available through a local Trane contractor.