Overview of XL90
Trane's XL90 is a two-stage gas furnace with a 92%+ AFUE rating. Two-stage heating lets consumers choose different settings depending on whether the temp is just a little nippy or well below zero. Other features on the XL90 include Trane CleanEffects™ which takes care of air filtration along with the heating. This model comes with a four-speed blower, a self-diagnostic microelectronic controller, and an adaptive silicon nitride igniter.
The Trane XL90 gas furnace comes in a convenient pre-painted galvanized steel cabinet of 40" by 28" dimensions. In addition to the usual vertical positioning, it can also be installed horizontally. Other features include a washable filter, one-piece heat exchanger that requires no welding, electro-deposition paint, and an enclosed burner box.
Date created: 2016-08-31
Never been warmer!
We converted from electricity to gas and purchased this furnace in
2004. Nearly 12 years later, we have experienced no problems and have
enjoyed great warmth. This high efficiency furnace has saved us
significant heating expenses since we converted. The two stage, high
efficiency system delivers consistent heat. Our only service expenses
have been routine service. I would recommend Trane to anyone purchasing
a new furnace, based on our experience.
Date created: 2015-01-05
Multiple problems with this model
I got this brand new unit installed in 2001. Now, in 2015, I've already had
many issues, all starting in 2009 after the warranty expired!
1. After a few tries, the authorized technician found that the main board was bad, together with the draft inducer. To replace those, I payed around $1100 in 2012. Checking on the Internet, I found out that many people had the same issue. To me, it looks like a manufacturing defect, but I had to pay.
2. After replacing the board, it worked okay for two years but then it failed again! This time, the igniter cable somehow was burned in a section. This is another stupid design where they put the cable in the box with the burners! I fixed the cable and then added some thermal protection. That worked okay.
3. Now I found out that I must change the flame detector. This is okay, they can go bad after a few years, but a technician told me that the heat exchanger may also be bad!
Bottom line: my next furnace will not be a Trane! They are known to make weak boards, etc.
Date created: 2013-10-04
My XL90 Has Been Decent Compared to Others Here
We've had our XL90 for almost 10 years. There have been occasions where
I've had to reboot the thing, but this year it really stopped working,
just blowing cold air. Initially, after some bad communication internally
with my service provider, a knowledgeable service tech came out and
figured out (quickly) that the original ignitor was dead. Quick
replacement. Our furnace and XL14i AC unit have actually worked well all
these years. I'll agree that replacement parts are likely expensive. I
was told the ignitor was $263 (maybe that included some labor
charge...???), but you can find ignitors for $30 give or take and easy
to install. After watching the guy do it, fortunately our 10-year
warranty was honored. I wonder if any brand is great anymore.
Complicated systems, motherboards like a computer etc. Planned
obsolescence. Considering the other 2 bad reviews I've seen here, I
guess we're the lucky ones.
Date created: 2013-06-23
I replaced a 25 year old furnace with a new Trane XV80 with air
conditioning in 2004. Have spent a lot just keeping this HVAC system
operational. Now replacing blower motor and circuit board. Never had
this much trouble with a furnace. I do not recommend Trane products.
Date created: 2013-02-03
Designed to Keep Repairmen in Business
I moved into a home with a Trane xl90 that was installed in 2003. I figured the unit to be relatively young and good for a few years to come. Wrong. First winter we lived there found it blowing cold air. Opened it and found lots of rust, a burned ground wire, and a burned out ignitor. I replaced the burned wire and the ignitor and cleaned out the gunk in the lines that drain condensate. Since then, I have had to replace the ignitor at least once every winter, and it still has a tendency to run even when the flame sputters out at the startup so that I have to go down and throw the breaker to force a restart. The unit was completely unreliable from the very moment its warranty had expired and Trane service and parts are very expensive. When I replace this unit I will not even consider using Trane.
Date created: 2012-07-13
Trane furnace A/C nightmare
I purchased a furnace/AC package from Trane in 2005, biggest mistake I ever
made! Furnace had nearly every part replaced within first 2 years and
still had problems! Trane finally came out and removed furnace and
replaced with new one and within months problems began again.
A/C unit has had the connector replaced 4 times, every single year bugs seem to get into the area and cause the connector to burnout and need replacement, costing me several hundreds of dollars. Trane products are poorly designed, poorly manufactured, the dealers who install their products, at least mine, are unqualified and customer service is non existant. Trane XL90 serial#3481YKW7G model#TUX080RY2W1 Date of Installation:March 2005
Date created: 2011-04-22
XV90i great system !
Needed to replace my system after the current furnace died. Looked at Lennox, Carrier, Goodman and Trane. Went with Trane based on reputation, installer recommnedation, friends who had Trane at their houses and feature/price comparisons. I liked the Trane fully modulating gas valve and variable speed fan(to maximize both gas savings and comfort). Its not the cheapest system, but I'm willin to pay for the feautures and realiabiloty it offers. Not disappointed. It's been three years w/o any issues, its exceed my expectations - highly recommend.
The XL90 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.