Trane Heat Pump Reviews - Consumer Ratings - Trane offers heat pumps in efficiency ranges from 13 SEER 7.7 HSPF to 20 SEER 10 HSPF. They also offer a communications ability in one of their top of the line heat pumps. The communications feature allows the user to call the heat pump communication module and adjust settings remotely. For best performance of any brand, it is recommended to get a matching system. Different models have different features.
Trane Heat Pump Reviews - Consumer Ratings | Select Features
- Louvered panels for coil protection.
- Two-Stage cooling and Three-Stage heating for selected models.
- Variable-speed compressors in select models.
- Climatuff™ Variable Speed Compressor in select units. This gives you greater efficiency.
- Diagnostics features on heat pump control boards for easier troubleshooting.
- Listing says, “Simplified Two-Wire Connection”. This means you will be reliant on a proprietary thermostat. If something goes wrong you must purchase a new thermostat from the dealer.
- Communications ability in selected models.
- Sound insulators on the compressor.
- They list multi-speed motors in their literature about their heat pumps. Make sure you find out if the multi-speed motor is an ECM variable speed motor or a multi-speed PSC motor. Multi-speed PSC motors are not very efficient at lower speeds
- Lastly, spine fin coils.
- Trane Warranties as Compared to Other Brands 93% 93%
- Trane Quality as Compared to Other Brands 95% 95%
- Consumer Opinion based on Field Experience 77% 77%
- Trane Efficiency Compared to Other Brands 93% 93%
- Overall Trane Opinion from a Technical Perspective 89% 89%
Trane Heat Pump Top SEER Rating
Trane Heat Pump Top HSPF Rating
Air Source Heat Pump Tips | Dual Fuel Heating
A dual fuel heat pump is a heat pump with a gas furnace for back-up heating rather than electric heat strips.
Air source heat pumps have a backup heating source. In most installations, the backup heating source is electric heat strips. Electric heat strips are very cheap to install in most cases. However, while electric is generally regarded as a 100% efficient, producing it is more costly than other heating methods. For a more efficient heat pump, consider a dual fuel heat pump, or a heat pump with a gas furnace for the backup heat source. It will be more costly to install, but your monthly bills will be reduced.
Trane Heat Pump Model Comparison Guide
|Trane Heat Pump Model Comparison Guide|
|Model||Efficiency Rating SEER/HSPF||Operation||Energy Star Qualified||Estimated Price|
|XV20i Variable Speed||Up to 20 SEER and 10 HSPF||Modulating/Variable||√||No Data Available|
|XV19 Variable Speed||Up to 19.5 and 12 HSPF||Modulating/Variable||√||No Data Available|
|XV18 Variable Speed||Up to 18 SEER and 10 HSPF||Modulating/Variable||√||No Data Available|
|XL18i Two-Speed||Up to 18.00 and 9.5 HSPF||Two-Stage||√||$7,200 to $10,000|
|XR17||Up to 17.25 SEER and 9.6 HSPF||Two-Stage||√||$6000 to $8500|
|XL16i||Up to 17.00 and HSPF 9.60||Single-Stage||√||$6,000 - $8,400|
|XR16 Low Profile||Up to 17.00, and 10 HSPF||Single-Stage||√||No Data Available|
|XR16||Up to 17.00 SEER and 9.6 HSPF||Single-Stage||√||No Data Available|
|XR15||Up to 16.00 and 9.50 HSPF||Single-Stage||√||$4,600 - $6,400|
|XR14||up to 14.00 and 8.20 HSPF||Single-Stage||X||$4,800 - $6,800|
Why Buy a Trane Heat Pump?
For everyone who reads this blog and the reviews can get a feeling from me that it’s not really about the brand. I’ve been in the HVAC industry for several years and can verify that every single brand has its plus and minuses, pros and cons, and every single brand will eventually have a part that will fail. Some worse than others, e.g., major components versus minor, inexpensive components. So, you can say that for me it is not about any one specific brand. I can say Trane is no different than any other brand for me. From a techs perspective, here are my views (pros and cons) for Trane:
Pro Trane Heat Pump
Trane’s, overall, makes a good product. I’ve seen minimal major problems with any Trane product. I worked for a Trane dealer for a time and saw a few service bulletins. They do release service bulletins to their dealers, which helps resolve issues ahead of time before they become major problems. They have a good training program, including some requirements for NATE certified technicians (the last time I checked).
For a technician, the factory training classes are invaluable for junior and senior technicians. Many Trane dealers do send their techs to these training classes sponsored by Trane.
Cons Trane Heat Pump
About the only really bad thing I’ve seen with Trane was at one time the company I worked for had several new installations where the Trane compressors were DOA. These were basic Trane compressors (which are red) and brand new out of the box; the compressors were dead. I figured somehow we got all the condensers where the compressors were made on a Friday.
So we replaced them, and it was all no cost to the customer because it was a brand new installation. Trane compressors are easy to replace. No soldering. It was bigger flare connections. So recovery of refrigerant, pull the old compressor, install new compressor, pull a triple evacuation, wire everything, add the new charge, make some quality checks, and let her rip. For a long time, I was not a fan of aluminum coils over copper coils. My personal preference is because copper is easier to repair, and it is more efficient for heat exchange. A few other reasons also. I’m coming around, though.
Trane Heat Pump Buyer’s Guide
Don’t forget to check out our HVAC Consumer Buyer’s Guide to help with the purchase of a new HVAC system. We’ve refined it over time to help you better understand the process of buying a new HVAC system. It’s something that will help you understand the process and how to deal with the contractor(s). It’s what to look out for in a quality contractors bid, things to ask the contractor, and some of the processes you should be aware of to help you get the best out of the buying process.
Lastly, Trane makes a good heat pump system, and they have a very well developed network of Trane certified dealers. These dealers are required to send their technicians to various Trane technical classes. Additionally, Trane requires that some of the technicians be NATE certified. That means the Trane dealer who sells you the product is likely to have trained and qualified technicians.
Trained service and installation technicians who are excellent for the end consumer. Any manufacturer can make the best heat pump in the world. However, if it is not installed properly, it will not be the best as designed and engineered. This makes it super important for you to select a good HVAC contractor to install the system.
Trane Heat Pump Reviews - Consumer Ratings | History
In 1910 James Trane and his son Reuben began manufacturing a low-pressure heating system to heat homes. Trane has a long history of innovation, dating back to its founder and his son. That includes changing the concept of air conditioning for large buildings when, in 1938, they introduced the Turbovac. Furthermore, this was the HVAC industry’s first hermetic centrifugal refrigeration machine.
For more information on Trane and their latest models and efficiency ratings please see the Trane website.
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