Trane Furnace Review: Pros, Cons, Performance, Top Picks

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December 13, 2016

In this Trane furnace guide, you’ll find an overview of the brand’s furnaces and their features. Pros and cons are included to assist you in comparing within the Trane brand and with other leading brands you’re considering.

Trane furnaces have a reputation for quality, and they are among the best-selling furnaces made today. Furnaces from Trane are available in a range from affordable 80% AFUE (annualized fuel usage efficiency) models to high-performance gas furnaces with efficiencies of more than 97% AFUE.

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Trane Brand Overview

Trane is owned by Ingersoll Rand, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial HVAC equipment along with stationary and transport refrigeration systems, tools, compressors and more. Sister-brand American Standard shares a furnace lineup with Trane that is virtually identical.

As you browse the Trane furnace collection, you’ll find three levels of heating performance. They are single-stage furnaces, two-stage furnaces and variable-capacity furnaces that deliver good, better and best heating efficiency and indoor comfort control.

Trane Furnace Technical Specifications

Trane furnaces are produced in a range of performance options, so you have choices to match your HVAC needs:

  • Single-stage heating runs at 100% capacity all the time, so heating is louder, and you might notice temperature swings;
  • Two-stage heating runs at 65% capacity most of the time, which is quieter and offers better temperature balance, and at 100% capacity when a boost in heat is required;
  • Variable-speed heating, also called variable-capacity and modulating heating, provides heat in precise increments between 40% and 100% capacity to deliver the quietest heating with the smallest temperature fluctuations of any type;
  • Single-stage furnaces have single-speed and multi-speed blowers that contribute to noise and temperature fluctuations;
  • Better two-stage Trane furnace models have variable-speed blowers that run more quietly and help reduce temperature swings in your home;
  • Trane furnaces with a variable-capacity gas valve have variable-speed blowers, a combination that provides the quietest heating and best climate control in all seasons;
  • Trane Comfort-R technology on better and best furnaces provides constant fan-on operation that improves humidity reduction when the system is in air conditioning mode;
  • Most models are equipped with silicon nitride hot surface igniters (HSI) that deliver reliable ignition.

Pros and Cons of Trane Furnaces

Let’s look at the reasons to purchase a Trane gas furnace and a few cautions to consider before you do.

Trane Furnace Pros

  • Trane furnaces have a reputation for quality and durability to last 20 years or more.
  • Trane makes gas furnaces for all climates – standard 80% Trane furnaces ideal for warmer climates and a range furnaces with 90% and higher efficiency for colder regions and homeowners that want environmentally friendly heating regardless of climate.
  • Furnaces are available from Trane with heating capacity from about 45,000 BTUs to more than 100,000 BTU to fit small, mid-size and large homes.
  • Trane makes furnaces in price ranges starting with affordable units to fit your budget and progressing to more expensive furnaces with premium performance features.
  • Energy Star-rated furnaces from Trane qualify for energy rebates from many energy companies around the United States.
  • Trane’s product lineup includes furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, air handlers, home ventilation systems and other components designed to work together for better efficiency and climate control.
  • Oil furnaces are manufactured by Trane for regions where home heating oil is a cost-effective option.
  • Trane has a broad network of service technicians, so if your furnace needs maintenance or repair, you’ll find help nearby.
  • Warranties on Trane’s best furnaces include lifetime coverage on the heat exchanger and 10-year coverage on functional parts.

Trane Furnace Cons

  • Trane furnaces are higher priced, on average, than many brands, and some of the increased cost is due to more money spent on marketing and not on quality or performance differences.
  • While an 80% AFUE Trane furnace costs less than a 90% or more efficient model, it will lead to very high heating bills in cold regions of the country.
  • On the other hand, while Trane furnace models like the Trane S9V2 with 96% efficiency reduce energy use and heating cost significantly, the 10-25 years it takes to recoup the higher equipment cost in warm and moderate regions means they might not be cost-effective there.
  • While Trane gas furnaces are backed by warranties average for the industry, brands like Goodman, Amana, Maytag, Westinghouse, Tappan and Heil offer better warranties including furnace replacement coverage on the heat exchanger and longer functional parts warranties.
  • When Trane furnaces require repair, the replacement parts used in them are often universal parts that might be used in any brand rather than OEM Trane parts.
  • Most Trane furnaces are available only through the Trane network of dealers, so the only way to get accurate pricing is to request a written estimate from a Trane dealer.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Trane Gas Furnace

Your first decision is about efficiency. If your winters are extreme, then a 90% AFUE or higher furnace will keep energy costs lower. You’ll be paid back for the higher cost of the furnace in less than 10 years. If your top priority is green heating, then the most efficient furnace you can afford is a good choice.

Next, are you willing to pay for enhanced indoor comfort? In 80% furnaces, a unit like the Trane XR80 offers basic single-stage heating and a lower cost while the XV80 includes two-stage heating and a variable-speed blower for better climate control. In more efficient gas furnaces, the XT95 (single-stage), XL95 (two-stage) and XC95m (modulating) provide a range of climate control performance at increasingly expensive prices.

Trane furnaces are top sellers because of their quality and the selection you have for matching a furnace to your budget, climate and indoor comfort preferences.

Has this Trane furnaces guide provided information new to you, or did you find it insightful? If so, perhaps your friends and followers will benefit from it as well. Pass it along to assist them in choosing a Trane gas furnace that makes their home and their energy bills as comfortable as possible.

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