Trane XL80 Furnace Review
Professional heating contractors rave about the value of the two-stage furnaces in this series. Having two levels of heat output increases efficiency and reduces wear on the unit. The 80% AFUE rating is adequate for most homes, except those in extremely cold environs.
Trane furnace reviews by consumers and heating and cooling experts at this site suggest that this no-frills line of furnaces is a reliable choice. Most of the issues reported with Trane units result from mistakes during the installation process, according to the professional HVAC contractors posting reviews, not problems with the furnaces themselves. In comparative ratings of furnaces by Consumer Reports, Trane products have a slightly better service and reliability history than most other brands, making Trane a clear front-runner in the budget price range.
Furnaces in the Trane XL80 Series (starting at $1,600) offer two-stage heating and variable-speed blowers, and come in multiple configurations for upflow, downflow or horizontal flow, depending on your installation needs. The furnaces carry an 80% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating and a five- to 10-year warranty on parts, as well as a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger. The XL80 (SKU tud2c100a9482a) is compatible with digital thermostats like the ever-popular Nest, or newer players like the Ecobee3, which offer the kind of temperature control and convenience that consumers have come to expect. Buyers have the option of adding the Trane CleanEffects air filtration system to a Trane furnace for an additional cost. The manufacturer claims that this proprietary filter removes 99.98%of airborne allergens, making it more effective than a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Trane gas furnaces including the XL80, the XV80 and the XB80, all come with good warranties and modern touches such as multiple heat levels and blower speeds, as well as the option to upgrade the air filtration system or install a networked remote thermostat for more precise temperature control. The XL80 Series stands out with a history of reliability and positive reviews from retail customers familiar with heating and cooling products. Overall, the Trane XL80 seems to be one of the best choices in budget furnaces.