The next thing we need to do when comparing HVAC equipment is to look at the HVAC contractor installing the equipment. If you get a lousy installer or contractor, forget about the name brand because the HVAC system WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY and EFFICIENTLY if the installation is shoddy. Also, the unit will not have the same life expectancy, will fail prematurely, and will need replacing sooner than if the HVAC equipment is installed properly in the first place. Out of any buyers advice about air conditioning and heating equipment that someone can give you this is probably the most important part.
Goodman versus Trane Air Conditioners
Goodman DSXC18 vs. Trane XL20i Premium Models Comparison Matrix - Goodman versus Trane Air Conditioners
Trane XL20i Key Features
Goodman DSXC18 Air Conditioner Key Features
|Communication Ability (optional)||ComfortNet™ Communication System compatible (optional)|
|Trane Comfort R™ Requires matched indoor variable speed blower for humidity control||Humidity control with a matched indoor air handler|
|Two-row Spine Fin™ coil – All Aluminum condenser coil.||Copper coils with aluminum fins|
|Full-Side Louvered Panels||Full-Side Louvered Panels|
|Two-Stage Cooling (Dual Climatuff® Compressors)||Two-stage Scroll Compressor has two-stage operation for ultimate comfort with lots of diagnostic features for easier troubleshooting|
|Multi-stage Fan – May be an ECM Variable Speed Condenser Fan Motor||Two-Speed Condenser Fan Motor|
|R410A Refrigerant||R-410A refrigerant|
|Weather Resistant WeatherGuard™ Fasteners||Rugged durable cabinet|
|Sound Insulator on Compressors||Engineered for quiet operation|
|DuraTuff™ Rust Proof Base Pan|
|Enhanced diagnostics with diagnostic memory||Enhanced diagnostics with diagnostic memory to retain historical air conditioner problems and assist technician air conditioner troubleshooting and repair.|
|10 Year Parts/Coil and 12 year compressor limited warranty||10 year parts warranty and a Lifetime limited warranty on the compressor|
|Energy Star Rated up to 20 SEER||Energy Star Rated up to 18 SEER|
As one can tell by reviewing the Goodman Versus Trane comparison matrix, things can be a little confusing for the average consumer, especially with all the techno-descriptions, so we’ll do our best to translate all this and break it down for you.
Trane versus Goodman Feature Descriptions
this is like having a dial-up modem attached to your air conditioner. You can dial in from a remote location and see how your system is doing. Changing settings from a remote location is a plus for this one, so if you like technical gadgets, this option is for you.
Charge Assist (Trane Feature)
The numbers are high from the last time I saw the numbers, but approximately 50% to 75% of air conditioning equipment have improper charges for one reason or the other. That is a new Trane feature to help the HVAC technician get the charge right, which enhances performance and efficiency.
Trane’s Comfort-R and Goodman offer humidity control for the air conditioner or heat pump installation and basically it works like this – for the first five to 10 minutes when the air conditioner starts the fan will run at a reduced speed. The bonus to this feature is that the evaporator coil will remove more humidity from the air when the fan is running at a slower speed. Humidity removal is vital for comfort in the summertime. Both systems have this feature only with a matched air handler to go with the condenser.
Two-Row Spine Fin Coil (Trane Feature)
This is typically a Trane feature, and it means the coils are spine fin rather than flat fins surrounding a copper tube. Fins increase the surface area of the coils and thereby increase the heat exchange efficiency of the coils. Trane uses all-aluminum coils with spine fins, while Goodman uses copper coils with aluminum fins, which is industry standard. It’s a toss-up with these two options have the heat exchange ratios are very close. However, I would lean towards the copper coils in the Goodman system over the aluminum coils in the Trane as copper is more durable than aluminum. The industry is changing slowly to all-aluminum coils, but everyone is not there yet.
If you are not certain about the coils see our article Copper Versus Aluminum Coils.
Air Conditioner Buying Guide Feature Descriptions
Full Side Louvered Panels
These panels are necessary to protect the coils from damage.
Trane has two compressors for two-stage operation while the Goodman uses a single two-stage scroll compressor for staging. Both compressor systems are reliable and have proven themselves over time.
Multi-Stage Fan/Variable Speed ECM Blower and Condenser Fan Motors
In high SEER equipment, it is recommended to have the variable speed ECM blower and condenser fan motors for efficient operation of both the blower motor and the condenser fan motor. Just because the motor is an ECM blower motor or an ECM condenser fan motor does not mean it is variable speed. That all depends on the control of the motor but an ECM motor can be staged depending on the controls and the ECM motors are more efficient than the standard PSC motors in high use throughout the HVAC industry. This is high SEER equipment in both the Trane and the Goodman so these motors should be ECM motors.
R-410A is used in both Goodman and Trane so no difference between the two brands with refrigerants.
Weather-Resistant/Sound Features/Base Pan Features
These are self-explanatory and definitely a plus especially on the sound levels which happens to be one of the biggest complaints about new HVAC equipment.
(Goodman Listed Feature) – This is a good feature and these advanced diagnostic features usually help the technician find a problem fast but not always. Trane does require their dealers to attend regular Trane technical seminars and offers NATE classes to help all the technicians become NATE certified in a specific HVAC technical area of expertise. Carrier also offers training seminars for their dealers along with other technical classes including NATE classes.
Goodman versus Trane Air Conditioners Warranties
Both Trane and Goodman warranties are good warranties. Make sure you get a good installer to install either system.
Energy Star Rated
Both Goodman and Trane are Energy Star rated air conditioners.
Buying a Trane is like going to a cafeteria where you can pick and choose the options and components you want for your air conditioner system. Of course, if you want the rated efficiency on the condenser you would be smart to match it with the appropriate air handler otherwise you would not see the efficiency level rating on the condenser. It would also make sense to get good IAQ and purchase the optional electronic air cleaner and the whole house humidifier which will save you money in the winter.
Of course, all this will add to the final price of the system but why buy a Cadillac without the bells and whistles? The Goodman system is the same as Trane where one can buy it piece by piece. It is always recommended with high SEER equipment that matching equipment is installed. This means the air handler should be matched to the condenser to get the rated efficiency levels listed on the equipment.
Pros and Cons
After looking at all the pros and cons and features of the Trane Air Conditioner and the Goodman Air Conditioner it is a close call and the deciding factor for me will be the contractor. Again, the golden rule for any type of HVAC work is the correct installation of the equipment. Depending on the area where you live the Goodman air conditioner price could beat the Trane air conditioner price for installation.
One last thing about buying an air conditioner is replacement parts. For the average Trane and Goodman air conditioning unit, there are after-market parts available from many different resources. For these units, the high-efficiency models, many of the parts will be OEM specific or proprietary to each manufacturer so you will have to get parts from the specific manufacturer. When you buy proprietary replacement parts from a manufacturer expect to pay a higher than usual cost for these parts and this is true for both Trane and Goodman.
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Goodman versus Trane Air Conditioners