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.
Replaced a worn out Rheem heat pump with the XL14i Trane 1 1/2 years ago thinking I was getting the very best. Summers are great, with no problems. Heating season however is another story. Sometimes the system works with warm cold air, but at other times it only blows cold air. It just continues to blow cold air without stopping even with the outside temperature above 35 degrees. Very upsetting! Service techs have been out twice, once first heating season and once this heating season. They do not find anything wrong. I will never ever buy a "heat" pump again or purchase any home with a heat pump. What an oxymoron!
I have a Trane XL14i, model #4twx4030b1000aa, and since I had it all it does in the winter is freeze up, thereby causing a higher increase in my utility bill and fails to adequately heat my house unless I raise the temp. to approx. 82deg. I have lost track of the amount of times the "service tech's" have checked the unit. it has been "tweaked" so many times it is laughable. I have almost a hundred pictures of this unit freezing up. I know the difference between "frost" and "ice". this unit ices up so much it protrudes through the "vanes" of the cabinet. The "boards" have been changed, the outside sensors have been moved all around the unit in hopes that it may go into "defrost", but that doesn't seem to work. I was told that the unit is to close to my roof line and rain coming off the roof is the cause for the ice buildup, but they can't explain why it ices up when it isn't raining. one of the "tech's" told me to move it about twenty feet from my house so the rain from the roof would not run on it. "WOW" what a great ideal. the worst investment I ever made for "a state of the art high efficiency unit". a real "junk box".
"I live in the South"
I live in the South and purchased a Trane xl 1200 5 Ton Heat Pump and twh064 Variable Speed Air Handler in 92. Had a one year parts and labor on it and 10 years on the compressor. I paid $ 5,000 for the unit new. I've spent that much in repairs not covered by warranty over it's life. The compressor went out in 2002. Most parts in the air handler have been replaced over that time. The outside unit was replaced in 2007 with a XL14i which cost me $ 8,000. (too much I'm told but the compressor burned out and it was hot. I believe the dealer took advantage of that). Now the module in the air handler is out. They want $2,100 to replace it as it's combined with the motor. Dealer wants $4,500 for a new variable speed air handler. My neighbors all have cheap "Builders Model" units and my Trane has cost three me 3 times as much in repairs. So I would say that it's not any better than they were if not worse and much more expensive to own. When it's working it does a good job but it's awfully expensive to own.
"Amazing Machine, Save's me over $300 a month!!!"
I have a 1400 sq foot brick ranch, single pane windows. 2 years ago I replaced my old 4 year old gas furnace and a/C. My old gas bill's were $330 on a budget, everything else was electric! I was scared sick to receive my first electric bill because the new outdoor unit was about 4 times as big as the old unit. Now 2 years later my budget electric bill went down, and I have no gas bill!!! The only thing I can assume is that the old ac was a electric hog, and the new one is high efficient, yes the heat pump uses electric, but I only noticed a big drop in the summer bill and a moderate increase in the winter bill. I never had any problems yet(Knock on wood). I will say the pump is slow to warm the air temp, and it rarely shuts off. The contractor told me to never touch the thermostat in the winter because it would force the pump to run long and freeze up, that's when the back up resistance would come on, so I listened. Over all I am extremely happy with my xl14i Trane heat pump.
Skeptic turned heat pump lover.
"Would not consider anything else!"
This unit replaced a "Coleman" (made by another company/name used under license) that came with my new home. It was constant trouble from day one. The Trane xl 14I has been totally problem free. The electric bills are low! The variable speed indoor unit provides extreme continuous comfort. Don't buy anything else.
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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