Trane Heat Pump Review and Comparison

There are seven Trane heat pump models that we will be considering in three groups:


1. Top end models:
    XL20I
    XL16i

2. Mid-range models:
    XR15
    XL15i
    XB13

3. Low end models:
    XR13 
    XB13



Let's look at each model in detail and see how they compare to each other and the competition.


Trane XL20i and XL16i

trane heat pump XL20i

What's Unique?

The XL20i and XL16i are Trane's top end models.

Comparing them to the top end models of the competition, we find a few things to point out:

The XL20i comes with a multi-stage fan. This allows the fan to slow down during mild weather conditions.

... A slower fan means less energy consumed!

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Both the XL20i and the XL16i are designed for durability. For example, even something as small as the fasteners are rated for weather resistance.

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These models also utilize a trademarked technology known as ChargeAssist. This allows the Trane heat pump to maintain the exact amount of refrigerant that is required for good performance.

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A final advantage of the XL20i and XL16i is the compressor warranty. Most of Trane's competitors come with a 10 year warranty on the compressor.

Trane stands behind a 12 year warranty!

As the Trane heat pump gets older, the chances of compressor failure only increases. So Trane's willingness to extend their compressor warranty to 12 years is quite a statement to their durability.


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
The Trane XL20i and XL16i are available in sizes from 2-5 tons. This is a very standard residential cooling capacity offering.

Efficiency:
The XL20i and XL16i are Trane's most efficient models. The XL20i boasts a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 17.9 and a HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) of 9, (and an Energy Star rating).

The XL16i has a SEER of 17 and an HSPF of 9.2 (Energy Star rating also).

Compared to the competition, Carrier has a much more efficient offering. However, Trane meets or exceeds the energy efficiency of most top end heat pumps on the market.

Not sure what SEER, HSPF or energy star is? Visit my heat pump efficiency web page to find out.

Compressor:
The XL20i carries 2-stage scroll compressors that use R-410a. Heat pumps that utilize a second compressor stage allows the compressor to have fewer on/off cycles.

This prolongs the life of the compressor.

The XL16i, on the other hand, uses a single stage, R-410a scroll compressor.

Physical Size:
The Trane XL20i is 37" x 34" x 54". Compared to most other heat pumps, this model has a small footprint but is quite tall. The XL16i has the same footprint, but ranges in height between 50-54".

Again....smaller than average footprint....but taller than average height.

Physical Characteristics:
Standard steel frame with a powder coated finish.

Sound:
Both models have a sound pressure rating of 74 dB nominal. For comparison, 74 dB is approximately the noise level of music played comfortably in a living room.

Agency Approvals:
Any agency approvals that this Trane heat pump may or may not have is unpublished.

Warranty:
Compressor Warranty: 12 years limited
Parts Warranty: 10 years limited


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Trane XL15i, XR15, and XB14

trane heat pump XL15i
Trane heat pump XR15

What's Unique?

The three models listed above are Trane's mid-range offerings.

The XL15i is one of three Trane models (the other two are the XL20i and XL16i mentioned above) that come with a 12 year compressor warranty. This type of warranty is very unique among residential heat pumps in today's market.

In order to absorb and block sound emitting from the compressor, the XL15i and XR15 come with a sound blanket. This is a very effective way to reduce the noise that is produced by the compressor.

Finally, the XR15 and XB14 has one of the shortest profiles in the industry. The height of both models can come as low as 29"!

So if you need a short profile, this Trane heat pump may be your perfect solution.


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
The cooling capacity range for the XL15i, XR15, and XB14 is 1.5 - 5 tons.

Efficiency:

Trane XL15i: SEER 16, HSPF 9

Trane XR15: SEER 16.5, HSPF 9

Trane XB14: SEER 15, HSPF 8.5

Compressor:
All three models contain a single stage, R-410a scroll compressor.

Physical Size:
All three models range from 33"-37" in length and 30"-34" in width.

The XL15i ranges in height, 37"-54".

The height of the XR15 and XB14 runs between 29" and 41".

Again....one of the shortest profiles in the industry at 29".

Physical Characteristics:
Standard steel frame with a powder coated finish.

Sound:

XL15i: 74 dB nominal, which is equivalent to the noise emitted by a vacuum cleaner at 3 ft

XR15: 75 dB nominal

XB14: 78 dB nominal, quite a bit louder than the previous models (every 3 dB represents approximately double the noise to our ears)

Agency Approvals:
Information regarding any agency approvals on this Trane heat pump is not published.

Warranty:
Compressor Warranty (XL15i): 12 years limited
Compressor Warranty (XR15,XB14): 10 years limited
Parts Warranty (all three models): 10 year limited


Trane XR13 and XB13

Trane heat pump XR13
Trane heat pump XB13

What's Unique?

The XB13 and XR13 is Trane's most cost effective offering. These Trane heat pumps will be compared with the competition's low-end models.

Most low-end models do not offer unique characteristics that are worth mentioning in this section.

However, along with Trane's mid-range models, the XB13 and XR13 offer a heat pump with one of the shortest profiles in the industry.

The height ranges from a mere 29" through 41".


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
These two models both offer cooling capacity ranges between 1.5 and 5 tons.

Efficiency:
The XB13 offers a SEER of 13 and a HSPF of 8.5. The XR13 has a SEER of 14 and HSPF of 8.5.

Due to low energy efficiency levels, these heat pumps do not quality for an Energy Star rating.

However comparing them to other low end models in the heat pump industry, these ratings are at or above average.

Compressor:
Both models use a single stage, R-410a scroll compressor.

Physical Size:
The XR13 and XB13 both have the same dimension. They range from 33-37" in length, 30-34" in width, and 29-41" in height.

Physical Characteristics:
Contains a steel frame with a powder coated finish.

Sound:
The XB13 emits of sound pressure level of 78 dB nominal. This can be quite loud for a small residential unit. It represents the approximate noise level of a busy city street.

The XR13 is a little quieter at 76 dB nominal....so this would be similar to a city street, but not quite as busy.



Agency Approvals:

Any agency approvals that this Trane heat pump may or may not have is unpublished.

Warranty:
Compressor Warranty: 10 years limited

Parts Warranty: 10 years limited


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