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Trane XL 1200 Air Conditioner Overview

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

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Consumer Reviews of Trane XL 1200


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  • #2 of 24 Trane Air Conditioner
  • 85.71% of customers recommended

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Trane XL 1200 Air Conditioner Reviews

Showing 1-5 of 13 reviews

"Best of the Best"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I had my XL1200 installed when my house was built in 1996, now in 2018 its still going strong. The only service I ever had was replaced compressor fan once. And had it charges twice. Definitely got my money out of it.

B Jacobs

Freeland, MD

"It's great and it lasts"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

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.



"No problems in 30 years!"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

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.

Bobby Wormer

Fire Island, NY

"Still Going Strong"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

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.

Randy Stalding

Longview, WA

"XL 1200 High Efficiency- Lemon"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

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!


Smithton, IL

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 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 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.

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