Trane XL16i Review
SEER:Up to 16.5
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 69
Price:$4,500 - $5,500
Tonnage:1.5 to 5
Cooling Capacity:18,000 to 60,000
The XL16i is a premium offering from Trane, and it’s equipped with a single-stage Climatuff compressor that promises reliable comfort and durable performance. This model is mid-range in terms of price, but it has a great efficiency rating, ENERGY STAR® certification, and some attractive features and specifications. Finally, the XL16i has been rigorously tested for performance and is backed by one of Trane’s excellent warranties.
About the Trane XL16i
Average Price (with installation): $4,500 to $5,500
- ENERGY STAR® certification and high-efficiency rating to reduce monthly cooling bills
- Designed for durable and lasting performance
- Features that protect the unit from corrosion and the elements
- Proprietary Climatuff compressor for increased efficiency and temperature maintenance
- Quiet operation
The Bottom Line
The XL16i isn't an economy cooling system, but you could save hundreds of dollars or more on your annual energy bills by upgrading to this high-efficiency model from Trane. This air conditioner has been built with lasting performance in mind, and it also promises quiet cooling, easy installation, and reliable operation for many summers.
In Depth Review
Trane XL16i Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 16.5
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Decibel rating: As low as 69
Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tonnes
Cooling capacity: 18,000 to 60,000 Btus
Sub-models: 4TTX6018J, 4TTX6024J, 4TTX6030J, 4TTX6036J, 4TTX6042J, 4TTX6048J, 4TTX6049J, 4TTX6060J, 4TTX6061J
Climatuff compressor: Trane has a proprietary compressor they use in all their air conditioners, and this is the Climatuff compressor. Its design increases efficiency, reduces noise levels and improves durability compared to traditional compressors. So even though the XL16i only has a single-stage compressor, it’s still better equipped than competitors to maintain an even temperature.
Easy installation: The XL16i has an easy two-wire connection that makes installation a breeze, and not only will this save you time, but it could also save you money. Installation costs for a new cooling system average between $500 and $1,000 and faster installation translate to cheaper installation.
Enhanced durability: Trane air conditioners are built to provide reliable comfort through many cooling seasons, and the XL16i has many protective features to help it withstand bad weather and corrosion. These features include a WeatherGaurd top and corrosion-resistant fasteners, rust-proof base pan, galvanized louvered panels, a leak- and corrosion-resistant coil, and a rust-resistant powder paint finish.
Other Key Features
- Compatible with the Trane CleanEffects filtration system that will remove dust, allergens, and other contaminants from the air
- Compressor sound insulator and unique fan system for quiet operation
- All-aluminum coil increases airflow
- Blade-down fan design improves airflow and performance
Like all of Trane’s premium air conditioners, the XL16i comes with a great warranty, as long as you register the unit within 60 days of installation. The expressed warranty includes a 10-year parts warranty for the outdoor coil and internal components, plus a 12-year warranty for the compressor.
Comparable Models by Trane
Model Comparison by Price: Trane XL16i versus Trane XR17
The XL16i and XR17 are in different tiers, and the two models have different pros and cons, but their average cost is about the same. The XR17 has a more advanced two-stage compressor and a higher efficiency rating than the XL16i, but the XR17 doesn’t have as good of a warranty. Whereas the XL16i has a 12-year warranty for the compressor, the XR17 is only covered for ten years.
Model Comparison by Features: Trane XL16i versus Trane XR14
The XR14 is Trane’s most essential and affordable cooling system, but when comparing features with the XL16i, the two models aren't that different. They both have a single-stage Climatuff compressor, similar SEER ratings, and similar specifications. However, the XR14 only has the 10-year compressor warranty, but you could save at least $1,000 by opting for this model over the XL16i.
Model Comparison by Tier: Trane XL16i versus Trane XL18i
The XL16i and XL18i are very similar models, with the major differences between them being compressor type, efficiency rating, and price. The XL18i has a more advanced two-stage compressor, which means it offers even better efficiency, quieter operation, and improved temperature and humidity control. The XL18i has a higher SEER rating, meaning it could save you even more on your energy bills. As such, the XL18i tends to be at least $1,000 more than the XL16i.