Trane XE90 Furnace
Updated: Oct 31, 2015
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Overview of the XE90
The Trane XE 90 furnace has an AFUE rating of more than 90 percent, meaning that 90 percent of the fuel you use is directly turned into heat. This gas furnace has a patented heat exchanger that is designed with a serpentine-shaped channel. When air flows over the heat exchanger, hot gases are pulled through the channel by an induction vent fan, rather than escaping up the flue. According to the manufacturer, then thin exchanger features low air flow resistance, which in turn means that there is less work for the blower motor.
The Trane XE 90 has a self-diagnosis capability that utilizes a controller search system to identify any problems that need to be resolved. When there is a power or fuel interruption, the system is designed to reset automatically.
The unit is available in upflow and downflow models. The hot surface igniter replaces a pilot light. A heavy-duty, fully insulated steel cabinet was designed to reduce noise and further lower heat loss. The manufacturer also notes that the unitís 40-inch high and 28-inch deep cabinet was designed to fit nearly any space.
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Consumer Reviews of the Trane XE90
Date created: 2015-10-31
"Don't buy Trane"
I have 2 Trane XE90 furnaces, put in year 2001. Both have been complete junk. Nothing but problems. If it wasn't for the 10 year extended warranty I bought, I would have been in for a lot of $. Now out of warranty, both units failed completely at the same time at just only 14 years old. Nothing stops a Trane, don't buy it.
Date created: 2015-05-27
Name: D. Dooling
"Happiness is a Trane"
Built our house in 1994 and had a Trane XE90 installed. This unit has given us years of reliable service and I have not so much as replaced the filter on it yet, though I know I should! Seriously though, this unit has proven highly efficient and economical! We really got the most for our money with this baby!
Date created: 2014-11-29
Name: M. Cowles
Location: Oakland, CA
My Trane furnace was installed new in September, 2001. I live in the San Francisco Bay area where the weather is not really hot, nor does it have extreme temperature fluctuations. During the winter months, the furnace is used to heat a three-story home which was built in the 1970's. Starting about two years after the furnace was installed, there was an intermittent problem with the ignition start up where the first phase of the process would begin and run for about 15 seconds and then shut down. Usually, I would manually start the furnace up again from the thermostat and the unit would start running properly. I did this for another two or three years, where the problem became more acute and I decided to call in a professional. Now, there has been a professionally-trained Trane repairman at the door and still this problem does not seem to be addressed. After inspecting the exhaust pipes and intake, taking out all the little hoses, looking into the combustion chamber, checking for loose wires, looking and taking apart the drain hoses and putting it all back together, the unit will run correctly for a day and then start acting up all over again. During the last visit, the pressure switch was replaced for $245.00. The new switch is made by Honeywell. It, too, worked intermittently, and after three days was even worse than the original unit. I was waiting for the repairman to come back for another search (this would be the sixth visit) when I decided to put the original pressure switch back in to see if it would work better than the replacement. So far, the old switch is now working, but I suppose that it will once again start acting up as before, with intermittent success. I noticed that during the initial first phase of the start up, when I disconnected the upper hose to the combustion chamber or the vacuum switch, the unit would start the gas, and fire up the furnace and then the blower. The Trane XE90 seems far too complicated and it is a bothersome and unreliable piece of equipment. If it comes to a replacement, I will not purchase another one to take its place. Buyer beware - don't believe the review "Nothing stops a Trane". As far as I am concerned, "You've got to start the Trane before you can stop it!" Don't buy a Trane... you will regret it. I'm sick of this one.
Date created: 2014-10-14
Location: Rochester, NY
1996 installation. Has provided reliable heat for the 10 years we have owned it, including a few years with no professional attention except filter replacement. We are currently selecting a replacement furnace for our cottage (40-year-old electric Lennox) and based on our experience with the Trane, we will likely get another. Both had been installed by larger firms, which is probably more expensive but their longevity is a testament to the make and installer.
Date created: 2014-03-08
Name: R. Shouldis
Location: Madison, OH
"Undependable on cold winter nights"
The furnace is installed in my garage and when the temperature drops to 5 degrees or below, the unit's pressure switch fails to allow ignition. The furnace continues to cycle through the startup sequence but will not achieve ignition and main blower startup until the temperature rises to above 5 or 10 degrees. I was never successful in determining the exact cause and in fixing it.
Date created: 2011-05-19
Location: Oakwood, NY
"Jump on the Trane !"
Couldn't be more statisfied. Trane has gievn me no problems. New system is quite and efficient. I can feel the difference in the house this last winter. Temp stays constant with no swings. furnace never seems to have to work hard - it makes is 'sound' easy. I also got the Trane CleanEffects, its worth the money. I've even noticed less dust on the furniture.
Date created: 2011-05-10
Location: Omaha, NB
Years owned: 2
"This Trane keeps on running"
Had a new XL90 2 stage furnace and Air Effects cleaner installed before last winter. No problems all year...works as promised. It seems like the furnace never had to work hard all winter, our last furnace always seemed to be working at full capacity (I guess its the two stage blower). Regardless, would highly recommend
Date created: 2010-06-28
Years owned: 12
"Trane missed the Train!"
Xe90 is poorly designed! The computer board is not encased. It's mounted below the condensate lines and in front of the blower. Therefore, if there is any condensation, a discharge line backs up or a-coil drips at all. The water hits the blower and fries the board. How about 4 of them in the past 5 years! Not to say the electronic ignition went out as well. The design is poor! I have a 2 ton air conditioner which can not keep up to a 1200 sq foot house! Never buy a Trane again!
Date created: 2010-01-26
Name: Ray Howe
Years owned: 9
I have a Trane xe90 and it has been a problem since day 1. Constantly cutting out and needing to be reset. Never consistently running in the winter. Shutting off for hours at a time and when it does start it doesn't stay going. As they say, "Nothing starts a Trane" or it should say that.
Date created: 2008-10-21
Name: THOMAS RADFORD
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Years owned: 5
"TRAIN DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THERE PRODUCTS"
We have 1o train units at our church. And all 10 of them have the same problem. At the motor where the wires go into it, the wires are being rubbed and cut into because train or Bryant heating left the rubber groment out. We started looking at it and saw that the blower motor was completely burnt to a crisp. It was black it blew the fuse and breaker. Would hate to think if one of the breakers or fuse has failed. I could see if the furnace had this problem but all 10 are cutting into the wires and I wonder how many more are out there are like this, if all 10 of ours are cutting into the wires. We have called the installer and they have contacted Traine and no reply at this time from them. I think this could be a fire hazard. I donít know for sure but someone could at least call to offer help or at least give a price on repairs. I think their needs to be a recall on the furnace. Customers with children need to have this Traine furnace checked model tux100c960c upflow/horizontal direct or non-direct vent gas furnace like I said I could see 1 out of 10 with this problem but not all 10 and Iím sure their are thousands of them out their. Please if you have this model have checked even if you have to pay for the service no child is worth loosing
Other XE90 Reviews
One writer at justanswer.com shared his problem with his Trane XE 90ís intermittent hot air operation. From time to time, his furnace runs even when the furnace box is not lit, so that cold air is forced throughout his house. Through discussions with other posters, he discovered a way to bypass the furnace fan limit operation that solved his problems.
An HVAC systems user at hvac-talk.com had a similar problem. This forum poster had a professional technician install a new pressure switch, which did not seem to solve his problem. Experts on the forum said these problems are rarely the fault of a pressure switch, and that the owner might instead check his furnaceís intake pipe to check for clogs and ensure that all drains were unplugged.
Trane XE90 Model Numbers
The XE90 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.
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The furnace series has a limited lifetime warranty on the primary and secondary heat exchangers. In addition, a 3-year warranty is offered on the hot surface igniter components. There are optional extended warranties, which also are available for system owners.