Trane XL15i Central Air Conditioner
Updated: Jul 16, 2016
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Overview of the XL15i
The Trane XL15i air conditioner has a SEER of 16.50 (this is the percentage of cooling that the device accomplishes, compared to the energy input it requires). Cooling capacities range from 18,000 to 60,000 BTU/h.
In the range of Trane products, the XL15i falls between the XL16i and the XR15 in terms of cost and efficiency. Trane describes this model as particularly quiet and notes that it also comes with an indoor air filtration system.
The XL15i uses R-410A (more commonly known as Puron) refrigerant. This is a newer type of refrigerant, replacing Freon, which has proven damaging to the ozone layer.
Consumer Reviews of the Trane XL15i
Date created: 2016-07-16
Name: Debbie P.
Location: Yardley, PA
"Best thing we've done"
I have a split level with an attached Florida room which gets the afternoon sun. I live in Pennsylvania so our summers are hot. When we had it installed we were worried it would not cool the entire house. Well, we are very happy and very cool. It was one of the best investments we have made. Debbie P.
Date created: 2016-05-16
Name: Nabil youna
Location: Holly Springs, NC
"Evaporator coil leakage after 5 years"
We had to install 2 Trane XL15i units back in 2011 after 2 Trane AC died miserably after 5 years (evaporator coil leaks). The XL15i, although efficient and quiet, nonetheless apparently has a badly designed evaporator coil designed to leak after 5 years. Trane warrants the evaporator coil, however Trane does not pay for the labor cost to replace (the labor is $900), 2 technicians at about 5 hours each. Apparently Trane just started to realize that they have a poorly designed evaporator coil and changed it, but for how long will it operate before leaking again is the 64 million dollar question.
Date created: 2015-07-24
Name: J. Alves
Location: Fort Myers, FL
"Design defects/inferior parts"
We had this model installed 5 years ago to take advantage of the federal tax credits, replacing an aging but operable system. The installation was slipshod and rushed. The immediate problem was resulting mold from the enormous heat output and improper installation in our attic, followed by a recommended, inadequate 'fix' . The coil was diagnosed as rapidly deteriorating within a few years and the interior drain pan has plastic parts that cracked, amounting to thousands of dollars in repairs.
Date created: 2014-05-22
Name: Jane Tomasich
Location: Shawnee, KS
"Replace "A" Coil"
I purchased a XL15i air conditioner and xv95 furnace in June, 2009. The cost was $8,550.00 with 850.00 in rebates. I thought I had purchased a unit that would last maybe as long as my Lennox of 15 years. Well, not quite! There is a leak in the "a" coil and the cost to repair with the service call is almost $1200.0 in labor. The part in still under warranty. Usually when there is a leak in the "a" coil the entire unit needs to be replaced but according to the tech he would just fix it since it's less than 5 years old. This doesn't mean the "a' coil won't need to be replaced again next year. It sounds like Trane knows there is a problem with the "a" coil. The air conditioner only runs 4 -5 months a year. Wow!! I always thought Trane was suppose to be a better than average brand. Guess I was wrong. Trane is not just average. It ranks as poorly made. I will never buy or recommend Trane. And from what I've read I can experience more problems in the years to come with Trane.
Date created: 2013-09-02
Name: Bill Mooney
Location: Beaver Pa
"You Don't Need Anything to Stop a Trane - It Does it on its Own"
May 2010 I replaced both my A/C and furnace with Trane equipment. Less than three moderate cooling seasons the evaporator blew, a large leak occurred. Trane has had this problem since 2009 and still has not corrected it. The evaporator coil is made of aluminum. Webster's defines it as a silver-white malleable ductile light metallic element. Does that sound strong to you? The contractor will gladly swap it out again and again. If you bought Trane's story, you've been has like me.
Date created: 2011-06-13
Name: W. Hart
Years owned: 5
I've had the XL15 for 5 years with no problmes at all. Dependable and trouble free.
Date created: 2011-06-08
Name: David G.
Location: Tampa, FL
Years owned: 9
"TRANE = QUALITY"
Replaced a failed Carrier A?C after only 6 years(compressor failed and lubricant had leaked into coolant lines). Bought an XL15 A/C unit, its worked flawlessly for 9 years. Can't say enough good thinks, its quite, dependable, does the job with no fuss, looks great and was priced right.
Date created: 2011-06-03
Name: K. W.
Trane XL15 installed 5 years ago. Great product. Coil is fine, compressor runs fine, electrical is fine, etc.... Get maintenance done every year to assure its running in top condition. You take care of your equipment it will last and run correctly.
Date created: 2011-04-29
Name: roger malone
Location: tampa bay ,fl.
Years owned: 1
"Our Trane puchase mistake"
We purchased a complete Trane XL15 15.25 seer A/C system in November of 2010.Mind you this was replacing a perfectly operating Bryant system that was original to our home(built 2002).We were being"pro-active" because we figured in Florida we'd probably be facing problems soon with our AC.WHAT A MISTAKE!!Four months later we need a new evaporator coil.The coil has such a bad leak it won't hold a charge overnight.It never worked satisfactorily from day one.The heat was inadequate all winter but we foolishly dealt with that.I knew there was definitely something wrong when it didn't dehumidify properly when the weather was getting hot consistently and the house was always unacceptably warm.We're waiting for a "serviceman" as I type this with the new coil(4th service visit in a week.)DO NOT BUY TRANE!!!They were always advertised as the best but they make a lousy product,have no quality control,and I don't want anyone else having the headaches we've had.
Date created: 2010-04-04
Name: Kevin S.
Years owned: 2
I replaced my 15 year old unit, which was a 3 ton 10 seer. That unit never had a problem cooling the house, but I decided to replace it with a more efficient unit. I chose Trane, because of the reputation and bought a xl 15 which is a 3 and a half ton with a 15 seer unit. The unit worked great for the first year and then stopped cooling the house during the hottest times. The system then would catch up after the sun goes down. Had the contractor respond approx. 12 times in the last year and they cannot figure out what's wrong. Added an extra return ($250) and increased the return size, still does not work. Also had another company look at it and they said it's installed correctly. Cannot contact anybody at Trane, that should be an obvious sign of their quality. I spent $8,000 on the unit with clean effects and after two years of owning the unit it does not work and nobody can tell me why. I will never buy a Trane again and recommend the same advice unless you have money to waste!
Other XL15i Reviews
Users on hvac-talk.com generally like the Trane XL15i, although some note that in extremely hot climates its cooling power might fall short. Users prefer this model in frank comparisons with other models (with similar SEER ratings) from Rheem and Lennox, saying that the Trane warranty is particularly good.
Users on gardenweb.com have similar opinions, sometimes preferring the XL15i even when it is more expensive than comparable models from Lennox and Bryant. However, some reviewers believe that the XL15i isn't worth the extra money compared to Trane's next model down, the XR15.
Folks on doityourself.com definitely notice the extra expense, but most think that it would still be a worthwhile investment. Overall, this model is very popular and positively reviewed.
The XL1i comes with some limited warranties. Trane gives 12 years for the compressor, 10 years for the outdoor coil and 10 years on internal parts. To claim this warranty, owners must register within 60 days of installation (or else a stripped-down version of the warranty goes into effect). The warranty is only valid for residential properties. Homeowners may also purchase improvements to their warranties, including extensions to the coverage time and transferability.