The Trane XV18 is a variable-speed air conditioner with an efficiency rating of up to 18.00 SEER. The unit’s Climatuff variable-speed compressor, compressor sound insulator and integrated fan system help keep sound levels as low as 55 decibels. It features an all-aluminum Spine Fin coil which resists corrosion while providing optimal heat transfer, and a simplified two-wire connection which allows for easier installation. Full-sided galvanized steel louvered panels with a corrosion resistant powder paint finish protect the XV18, and the unit’s DuraTuff basepan resists corrosion, warping and cracking. The XV18 uses ComfortLink II communicating technology, which controls communication between components for optimal efficiency.
I've owned the Trane XV18 air conditioner for about a year and a half. It was installed just before the summer season and it has been working well since. It is a very quiet unit and has a good efficiency rating. It doesn't have the highest rating that there is, though it still is good. It has no trouble keeping the entire building cool throughout the hottest days of summer. Living in Chicago, you can experience some days above 100 degrees, though that is rare. There are a number of days in the nineties and eighties. This air conditioner works just as well in all of those temperatures. Having a central air conditioning unit is better than having an in-window model, which I've had previously. The central AC cools all of the rooms in the house uniformly. The only drawback is the electricity cost. I've never had a reason to repair this model. I would recommend it to anyone and would probably buy this brand again.
"One the best I've ever purhased"
I recently purchased a duplex in a very nice part of town. The air conditioners were failing at the time and it was going to be a hot and humid summer. The previous home we moved from, had air conditioning and it had become a way of life for us. I looked around and due to being a duplex, i was looking for something efficient, long lasting, and most importantly, quiet, due to the air conditioning units being right outside the master bedroom window. I love that they are nearly silent when activating and strangely efficient. I was able to pull an electricity bill with them being used almost every day, of only 97 bucks. That is insane considering the last home we were close to 300 dollars for a single month under the same conditions. I would absolutely buy this brand again. I went as far as to buy their entire set, including furnaces, to complete the home. My friends often joke that the AC units will outlive the house. I have no doubt in the world they will.
"Central Air Conditioning Can Be Cost Efficent"
We had our central air installed last spring (14'), after reluctantly waiting many years using a in-window air conditioner. We felt that the upfront cost along with the increased monthly electric bill was not a benefit to us. However, after finding a great deal online we decided to have one installed. We couldn't be any happier. Although the upfront cost was a lot ($2500) we fill that the return of investment has already paid off. We love it. It's efficient, quite, no issues, and it badly ever runs, yet keeps our house at a steady 68 degrees. Although, we just bought it, we have had no issues with the unit. But, if/when we do run into a problem, we are assured that a trained TRANE expert will come to our house to address any issues we may have. We would absolutely, 100%, without a doubt buy this brand/model again. We wish we would have sooner.
"Trane XV Series – A Solid Choice"
Living in the South, a choice in air conditioners isn't quite a life-or- death decision, but during the height of summer when the mercury climbs to over 100 degrees, it may feel that way at times. Although it certainly wasn't the cheapest option, the xv18 has been a rock-solid choice for a central ac unit. Over the past year, it's cooled down my house without so much as a blip; and it does so quietly and effortlessly. In fact, its noise level is probably my favorite thing about it. I was used to outside ac units that announced to the neighborhood at large when they kicked on, but this Trane barely announces its presence. I can't think of anything I dislike about it, except perhaps the upfront cost. Based on my experience with Trane units in the past, I'm certain that the reliability over time will more than make up for the potentially steep initial investment in such a quiet unit.
Other XV18 Reviews
Based on reviews from online HVAC forums, the XV18 is considered to be a good unit. There are a few comments regarding the low sound levels, as well as the quality of the unit, in a post on gardenweb.com. A post on hvac-talk.com compares Trane’s XV18 and XV20 and most professionals say they are almost the same unit except for the top, with most people preferring the XV18 because of the lower price.
Product registration is required within 60 days of installation for maximum warranty coverage. The warranty for the Trane XV18 air conditioner is comprised of the following:
12-year limited warranty on the compressor
10-year limited warranty on the outdoor coil
10-year limited warranty on internal functioning parts
Labor costs are not covered by the warranty. Optional extended warranties which can pay for labor and other costs not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty are available.
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