The Trane XL 14i split system heat pump is an energy-efficient product with several brand-named components. Available in 1.5 to 5 ton capacities, the now-discontinued XL 14i has up to 15.25 SEER and 9.6 HSPF. The unit runs on R22 refrigerant.
Equipped with a Climatuff compressor that has an internal temperature and pressure protector, the XL 14i also employs an aluminum Spine Fin coil. The coil is completely wrapped in protective material, making it resistant to corrosion, and has all-aluminum brazen joints. A DuraTuff base made of composite material allows for quick and complete drainage and the WeatherGuard II top protects the unit. The unit's exterior is coated with a glossy, corrosion-resistant finish and the unit is topped with a XL seacoast shield.
Enclosed by a Quick-Sess cabinet, the refrigerant connections and coil are fully protected, yet because the cabinet offers top and fan removal access is simple. The sound production from the XL 14i is dampened by the low airflow resistance, the insulated compressor and the integrated fan orifice.
Add-ons such as indoor/outdoor thermostats are available. Consumers can discuss additional options with their Trane dealer.
I had my XL14i heat pump installed by a factory trained tech and I still had problems for 3 years before they finally figured out what was wrong with it! Every time the unit started, it would make this horrific noise and on top of it wouldn't barely heat and it was always frosting up even when it was 50 degrees outside! I had them out, I know about 20 times before they finally realized that the expansion valve was bad and leaking R410-A. I know that probably wasted a good 10lbs of 410a because it was always leaking. I am very happy now with how my heat pump performs. The heat actually feels hot like it should. New heat pumps are wonderful. Has anyone had a problem like I just described?
I retract my comment about the problem with the Trane XL14i. Turned out to be a loose electrical connection. But the comment about what Trane's literature says about the effect of power interruption still stands.
I bought a new Trane XL14i heat pump system in 2007. 2 1/2 years later, the compressor is not working. In reviewing the Trane literature, I found out that Trane said never to cut off the power to the unit, and if the power is cut off for more than 3 hours, then don't turn it on for another 3 hours. Otherwise, damage will occur. So according to Trane's own literature, its equipment will be damaged if the power goes out and comes back on while you are away from home.
"Trane no good"
I have an XL14i system. It worked great for the first year. Have it checked twice a year. May 2009, it would not go to cool, so I called my Trane dealer and he said the variable speed motor module was bad. Of course, Trane would not warranty it and the part would cost $400. So, I worked extra jobs, saved money and went to Trane in Duluth, Ga and paid $100 less. Had module installed and it was bad! The factory had never programmed it! Thanks Mexican labor! So, I took off work and went and got another one, this was after my service man called a Trane rep and he said it was bad. So, he installed the second one and it worked fine until November 09 and system will not go to heat and doing same thing as before. When will American companies realize cheap labor does not equal satisfied customers. But then, it is all about profit. Isn't that why USA is in the biggest recession? No jobs because companies have moved to China, India, Mexico, etc. to make more money!
Our Trane XL14i heat pump is nothing but a money pit. In 2 years since it was installed in our new house, we have called the technician out 6 times to get it fixed. We have the 10 year extended warranty and they refused to pay $2,000 in repair bills for the unit. They did pay 1 bill for $500 and denied the other bills because the Trane installed did not put it in properly when he installed it. I have climbed the ladder up to the top of Trane and all I have gotten is a "not our problem" attitude. They will let anyone distribute and install their equipment and refuse to stand behind their company name. I would recommend a Lennox to anyone considering a Trane. My unit has been serviced by 2 different "qualified" Trane installers and extended warranty dealers and I can still out the $2,000. My lawyer advised that it would cost me more in lost work time and fees from depositions from "experts" than it was worth. Seems like my installer/warranty provider has as many lawyers working for him as technicians. It took me several tries to find a lawyer in town that was not already involved with lawsuits with the Trane installer/dealer/service rep. If Trane is the only choice you have, then get a fan and save lots of money and frustration.
Online comments about Trane�s XL 14i are generally positive. However, when a consumer on doityourself.com asks for feedback about the value of this unit, the responses are mixed. Some contractors consider it �a good unit,� others suggest higher efficiency Trane models�notably, the XL15i�for this heat-only installation in order for the consumer to get more bang for his buck. In addition, at least one HVAC professional suggests that Trane�s products, despite their high-end promotional material and bigger price tags, achieve relatively the same performance as other brands, given a quality installation is done.
Trane�s XL 14i heat pump comes with a limited 10-year warranty on the compressor, outdoor coil and functional parts. An optional extended warranty is available for additional coverage including labor, refrigerant and other parts for the length of the agreement.
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