Overview of XR95
The Trane XR95 is a single-stage gas furnace offering up to 95 percent AFUE. Available in upflow/horizontal and downflow/horizontal configurations, the 11 models in this series output from 38,000 to 104,000 BTUH.
The XR95 features a direct-drive, four-speed blower motor and aluminized steel heat exchanger for maximum air circulation and efficient operation. A silicon nitride hot surface igniter, in-shot burners with multi-ports, direct vent, outdoor air option and a secondary heat exchanger are additional components of this furnace.
Exterior components of the unit include an insulated steel cabinet that protects the unit from environmental hazards and dampens operation noise, hinged blower doors with door latches and self-diagnostic controls. Accessories, such as a programmable thermostat, also are available.
Date created: 2017-10-16
Worst piece of crap ever invented
From the moment I got it installed it was nothing but trouble. It
stops working randomly (usually in the middle of the night or when
nobody's home). It keeps flashing 3 times (some kind of blockage). I
called the installers back twice and it's just as bad as before. Now I
need to call a different company, maybe replacing the exhaust will
work? Nobody knows.
Look online at all the problems people are having. What good is this if it rarely ever works? I wish I had kept the previous furnace, at least that one could be fixed.
Date created: 2017-01-31
It hums and vibrates when it starts running I should stick to Lennox
but it gets too old, I had it for 29 years but I can't find anymore
air filter so I bought a Trane from Home Depot and I am not happy
about the change.
Date created: 2016-12-07
Will never install Trane again.
This xr95 unit was defective at install. The defect was not identified
until after the warranty date. Trane refused to assist in any warranty
work or compensation for the part. Would not recommend anything made by
Trane. My service provider also referred to their products as "trash".
Date created: 2016-01-26
Fix it every year
Starting at two years old this furnace has broken down every winter
since, three so far, with a minimum $500 problem. All the HVAC repairmen
say it is a good system but from my perspective it is only good for
Date created: 2015-03-10
2 1/2 yrs and heating bill cut in half
After having to replace a Bryant 3 times in 12 years, I got tired of
listening to my husband. I called a different heating and cooling company
that has been in business for over 30 years. They installed the furnace, changed the intake and exhaust pipes to a larger size and this is the best investment that we made in this house. Having a furnace put in requires expertise in the field and knowing what size pipes and furnace belong in your size house. Old furnaces were too big for the house; they didn't run hot enough and therefore water collected inside. I love Trane. Saves big
money on propane.
Date created: 2014-06-17
Had an xr95 professionally installed in my home in August of 2010. Blew
a fuse in the control card the first week of operation - easily fixed -
but thought I was doomed ... and then ... no problems since. It's quiet,
efficient, warm, reliable. Absolutely no issues. The way a furnace
should be. Keeps those Colorado winters at bay. Love it.
Date created: 2014-03-06
Worst of all
Have two of these furnaces and what a lousy system that breaks down
after 2 years - guaranteed. One furnace failed to come on - the pressure
switch was gone - cost more than $500 to replace as had to call tech in
the middle of the night. Then the drain pipe leaked so the motor went -
they had to change the motor. Then today the second furnace went as well
with the pressure switch error and they have to replace the switch -
another $500 down the drain as its middle of the night and temperatures
are minus 20 deg c outside. Next time I would rather get a low
efficiency furnace that actually just works!
Date created: 2013-02-16
Poor quality, no service
I moved into a condo in Cleveland in August. When the heating season
began, the furnace ran ok at first, but soon failed to ignite. The
startup sequence progressed to the gas valve opening but the flame could
not be confirmed. I called a Trane licensed company that works in this
building and the analysis of the technician was that the flame sensor
was bad and the blower motor bearing was noisy. Unit was 11 years old
and had operated successfully for those 11 years. Nonetheless, I decided
to install a new one, just to have everything new and a-ok. a new
tuh1d120a9601aa was installed and I was told this was a direct
replacement for the old one, same unit. The new furnace would not ignite
reliably either and the installing tech noted the flame was not tight
but was being sucked backward. Removed the intake 3" pipe from the
collar. Unit operated properly with the intake pipe removed from the
collar so that ambient air could be used for combustion. In this ambient
air mode the pressure drop across the furnace (using same ports as the
pressure switch) with the furnace running was 1.95" of water column.
Replacing the intake pipe on the fly reduced the pressure drop to 1.88",
a minor reduction in air flow and still well above the 1.48" value of
the pressure switch. I repeated this process several times and to
confirm that the flow reduction due to the intake pipe in steady state
operation was only about 0.07". Although the 3" intake pipe (now largely
converted to 4" with long elbows) length is near the limit (50'), the
intake pipe is not significantly restricting the air flow during steady
The problem is that much of the intake pipe run is vertical (I am on the 4th floor of a 6-story condo where the intake and vent are on the roof) and a chimney-effect draft is generated in the intake pipe. The pressure in the intake (measured relative to ambient) is only 0.04" water column, but the amount of flow as felt with your hand at the intake is impressive. My view is that the negative air flow is disrupting the flame ignition even though the total flow through the unit at steady state is sufficient as measured by the pressure switch.
Question #1: Why does this new unit operate more poorly than its predecessor, even with new 4" intake and flue pipe? Has the inducer motor been downsized? It seems to me that a more powerful inducer motor would generate the necessary laminar flow in the combustion air so the burners could ignite with a tight flame pattern.
Question #2: Horizontal pipe run is very different from vertical pipe run due to the chimney effects noted. Is this furnace not recommended for apartments with long (30') runs of vertical pipe? (BTW: the chimney effect is great for the flue, but a killer for the intake).
Point #1: The quality of this new furnace was not good. The ignitor failed right away and was replace under warranty by the installing company (BTW, the company was very responsive and worked hard on this problem, but still!!!). Even the fit and finish is poor, the blower door and the upper door have sharp unfinished edges that cut my hands. The little tabs that hold down the bottom panel in the blower compartments don't work well and I hear clanging every time the blower turns off.
Point #2: Ditto for the main board. Replaced.
Point #3: The chat line is incredibly frustrating. I could not even get anyone to come online with me. The comments of other reviews seem equally frustrating!! And why is there not a technical call line for customers? I even called La Crosse, WI and got stonewalled. Terrible company policy.
Outcome: Installation company rigged up a situation where some of the combustion air comes from ambient and some from outside air. All is working now, but I would like to know if Trane has downsided the induction motor in this unit, hence the failure, or if this unit is not recommended for installations with large vertical runs of pipe.
AND, mostly, I would like to speak with someone at Trane to understand this situation and mostly so I can feel like an appreciated customer.
Other XR95 Reviews
Contractors and review sites alike recommend the Trane XR95. While homeowners on hvac-talk.com are attracted to this unit for the price, small size and quiet operation, contractors recommend this unit based on its solid performance and efficiency. With proper installation and maintenance, they say, this system should provide consistent operation.
A review on webhvac.com states this unit is ideal for homeowners in a mild climate looking for an efficient, economical solution to home heating. Although this model produces more shifts in temperature than a 2-stage model, the review notes the variable-speed motor in this unit will provide fairly consistent heating.
The XR95 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.