Trane Gas Furnace Guide: 2021 Pricing & Product Reviews

Trane Gas Furnace Guide: 2021 Pricing & Product Reviews

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Are you trying to determine the best Trane gas furnace for you? In this guide, we review the features, costs, benefits and issues associated with modern Trane furnaces.

There are so many furnaces with so many different features on the market today. After a while, it can be difficult to keep all those model numbers straight. So how can you even begin to determine which furnace is right for you?

Take a breath. We’re here to help.

At Fire & Ice, we recognize that HVAC equipment can be confusing. After all, many homeowners only replace their HVAC systems an average of twice in their entire lives. But even if you’ve replaced your furnace before, there are likely many more options now.

That’s why we create videos and write articles like this one. And if you’re here, you’ve likely heard of Trane’s reputation as a quality HVAC manufacturer.

We stand by Trane because the quality of a Trane’s HVAC equipment is practically unrivaled. We know that when you choose a Trane furnace, you get a high-quality furnace that will keep you comfortable and safe for decades to come.

And as a Trane dealer, Fire & Ice comfort specialists, installers and technicians are experts on Trane furnaces. We’ve helped thousands of customers find the right furnace for their homes.

In this article, we’ll discuss the costs, features and who can benefit from 12 Trane furnace models.

We discuss each of the following Trane furnaces, but you can also click on any of the models below to jump ahead to that section:

By the end of this article, you’ll have the information you need to narrow down your options and decide which Trane furnace best meets your needs.

But before we dive into Trane furnace models, there are two other sections. The first gives a little background on Trane as a company as well as features and incentives that only a Trane furnace can offer.

The second section breaks down relevant HVAC jargon. This can help you understand some of the other features of the furnaces that we’ll talk about a little further into the article.

An Introduction to Trane

For over 130 years, Trane has been at the forefront of HVAC innovation.

In 1885, Norwegian immigrant James Trane opened a plumbing shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Soon after, Trane invented a low-pressure heating system.

In 1910, Trane and his son Reuben began manufacturing early HVAC systems. Reuben later invented the convector radiator.

Since then, Trane has continued to manufacture innovative, high-quality HVAC products, making strides in heating, cooling and energy management. And Trane’s on a winning streak – Trane has been named America’s most trusted HVAC brand every year since 2015.

But how does that affect you today? Let’s bring things back to 2021 and talk about the features, incentives and issues that modern Trane furnaces offer.

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Features of Trane Furnaces

As an HVAC industry leader, Trane offers advanced, patented technology that you won’t find with any other brand.

Some of these technologies include:

Issues with Trane Furnaces

Of course, even the best products can have their issues.

Trane’s S-series furnaces, which include the Trane S9V2 and the Trane S8X2, have smaller furnace cabinets. While this can make S-series furnaces a great option for those with space constraints, it also means that Trane’s S-series can suffer from increased static pressure.

Static pressure is essentially your HVAC system’s blood pressure. Like your body, your HVAC system does require some pressure in order to work properly. But too much static pressure can result in poor airflow.

Fortunately, a good HVAC contractor should be able to adjust your system to relieve some of this pressure.

If space isn’t an issue, your HVAC partner should build a platform for the Trane S-series furnaces we install. This increases airflow between your furnace and your filtration system, decreasing static pressure.

But if space is an issue, your HVAC partner should install a wraparound component that also allows for more airflow without costing you space.

Once one of these measures is in place, your HVAC partner should double-check the system’s static pressure levels. After that, regularly changing your filter is the best way to keep your system’s static pressure levels down.

Trane Rebates and Incentives

Like many HVAC manufacturers, Trane offers rebates and incentives for its furnaces and other equipment. You can explore Trane’s active rebates and incentives on their website.

Financial incentives can vary based on the HVAC equipment you choose, where you live, and the time of year. Your HVAC partner should be able to talk to you about relevant financial incentives.

Become an Expert: HVAC Terminology

To get the most out of this article, you need to know a little about the following:

  • Furnace efficiency ratings
  • Communicating and non-communicating systems
  • Gas valve staging
  • Blower motor speed

This article is primarily organized based on two factors: furnace efficiency ratings and sophistication (communicating technology).

This section provides a little information on each of these. But if you’d like to dive a little deeper, check out our complete guide to home furnaces.

A cutaway diagram offers the internal view of a Trane furnace.

Furnace Efficiency Ratings

Manufacturers score furnace efficiency with Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings.

AFUE ratings describe the percentage of fuel that a furnace uses to provide heating. For example, a furnace that has an AFUE rating of 80% uses up to 80% of the fuel it consumes to heat your home. The system then exhausts the other approximately 20% as waste gases.

Furnaces are divided into two efficiency categories:

  1. Standard efficiency furnaces, which are typically around 80% efficient
  2. High-efficiency, which are 90% efficient and higher

Communicating vs. Non-Communicating HVAC Systems

In non-communicating HVAC systems, the thermostat sends signals to the heating system and the cooling system to regulate the temperature inside your home.

In communicating HVAC systems, your heating system and your cooling system can send signals back to your thermostat as well. This allows your thermostat to monitor and adjust your system’s performance.

Communicating systems can also use remote sensors placed throughout your home to precisely maintain your set temperature.

This technology also allows a communicating system to “learn” your heating and cooling needs and adjust to keep you comfy.

Furnace Gas Valve Staging

A furnace gas valve provides your furnace with fuel. But gas valves also help control your furnace’s heating output. Gas valves can have between one to 100 output settings, also known as stages.

A furnace can have one of three types of gas valves:

  1. Single-stage
  2. Two-stage
  3. Modulating

Single-stage furnaces have one heating output: 100% capacity. This means that a single-stage furnace is either on or off.

Two-stage furnaces have two heating outputs: 100% and a lower setting that’s typically between 60-70% capacity.

Modulating furnaces can have five to 100 output settings that can range from 40% capacity to 100% capacity. This allows modulating furnaces to maintain your home’s temperature to a fraction of a degree.

Blower Motor Speed

Your furnace’s blower motor is responsible for circulating air throughout your home all year long.

Trane furnaces offer two options:

  1. Fixed-speed blower motor
  2. Variable-speed blower motor

Trane’s newer fixed-speed furnaces have ECM motors. Your HVAC partner can program your furnace’s ECM motor to run at a particular speed, which can also boost your air conditioner or heat pump’s performance.

However, a fixed-speed blower motor can only operate at one speed.

On the other hand, variable-speed blower motors offer more control over your HVAC system. Not only can variable-speed blower motors run at a range of speeds, but you can also control the speed of your system’s blower motor from your thermostat.

Variable-speed blower motors also help your system better circulate conditioned air throughout your home. This is why we recommend a furnace with a variable-speed blower motor if you have issues with airflow, hot and cold spots or uneven temperatures.

Trane Gas Furnace Owner’s Manual

If you’d like to learn more about the inner workings and proper care of Trane gas furnaces, check out the owner’s manual and owner’s information for Trane gas furnaces below

Trane Gas Furnace Owner's Manual  

Owner’s Information for Trane Gas Furnaces

All price ranges listed below include the cost of equipment, labor and fees.

High-Efficiency Trane Gas Furnaces

Trane offers high-efficiency furnaces with up to 96% efficiency that can help reduce your gas bill or decrease your environmental impact.

If you think a high-efficiency furnace could be a good option for you, there’s one important factor to consider.

High-efficiency gas furnaces require a particular type of flue system to comply with manufacturer specifications and local building codes. This flue system, known as direct venting, requires an HVAC contractor to run two PVC pipes from your furnace to the outside world.

This type of venting supports your furnace’s efficiency. One PVC pipe draws fresh air from outside while the other exhausts waste gases and other byproducts into the atmosphere.

However, this will require your HVAC contractor to cut holes in the exterior of your home to accommodate the two pipes, which are between 2-3 inches in diameter.

If your HVAC partner is unable to properly install a direct venting system, you’ll likely need a standard efficiency furnace instead. (We’ll talk about Trane’s standard efficiency furnaces a little later in this article.)

Trane’s high-efficiency, non-communicating furnaces include:

  • Trane S9V2
  • Trane S9X2
  • Trane S9X1
  • Trane S9B1

Trane S9V2 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S9V2 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 96%
  • Price range: $4,800 - $6,200
  • Staging: Two-stage
  • Other notable features: Variable-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, Comfort-R airflow system, 34-inch furnace cabinet, quiet operation
  • Compatible with: Single-stage, two-stage and variable-capacity air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S9V2 furnace

With its comfort-focused features and low initial investment, the Trane S9V2 furnace can be a cost-effective way to keep your family comfortable year-round.

The S9V2’s two-stage heating helps keep you cozy all winter long. And its variable-speed blower motor helps keep you comfortable year-round by improving airflow. This can also boost your air conditioner’s performance.

The S9V2’s two-stage heating and variable-speed blower motor can also make it a great option if you’re looking for a quiet furnace.

If you deal with hot or cold spots, airflow issues, or uneven temperatures at any time of the year, the Trane S9V2 furnace may be able to help.

Trane S9X2 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S9X2 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 96%
  • Price range: $4,400 - $5,500
  • Staging: Two-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S9X2 furnace

If you’re looking for an affordable furnace to keep your family comfortable during the winter, the Trane S9X2 furnace could be the furnace for you.

The Trane S9X2’s two-stage heating allows it to better maintain a set temperature, keeping you toasty all winter long.

And if you currently have a single-stage furnace that seems loud, the Trane S9X2 could even offer a reprieve from the noise.

If you deal with hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures, or temperature spikes during colder months, the Trane S9X2 may be able to help.

Trane S9X1 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S9X1 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 96%
  • Price range: $3,900 - $5,000
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S9X1 furnace

If you’re looking for a straightforward and reliable furnace that won’t break the bank, the Trane S9X1 furnace could be a great option for you.

The S9X1’s single-stage heating allows it to reliably heat your home and keep your family warm all winter long.

Because it is a single-stage furnace, though, the S9X1 can seem loud when installed near sleeping or living spaces.

If you currently don’t have any issues with airflow, hot or cold spots, temperature spikes or uneven temperatures but you need to replace your furnace, the Trane S9X1 can be a great solution.

Trane S9B1 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S9B1 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 92%
  • Price range: $3,400 - $4,400
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S9B1 furnace

The Trane S9B1 furnace offers reliable, durable heating with an initial investment that can fit many budgets.

The S9B1’s single-stage gas valve provides straightforward, reliable heating.

The Trane S9B1 furnace is a model that real estate developers may install in residential properties. Your residential Trane dealer may not be able to offer the S9B1 as an option for your home.

Standard Efficiency Trane Gas Furnaces

Trane’s standard efficiency furnaces offer reliable heating solutions for any home. And in some cases, standard efficiency furnaces can utilize your existing flue systems. This means that your HVAC partner may not need to cut additional holes in the exterior of your home.

Trane’s standard efficiency, non-communicating furnaces include:

  • Trane XV80
  • Trane XB80
  • Trane S8X2
  • Trane S8X1
  • Trane S8B1
  • Trane XR80

Trane XV80 Furnace

Overview of the Trane XV80 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $4,200 - $4,900
  • Staging: Two-stage
  • Other notable features: Variable-speed blower motor, Comfort-R airflow system, 40-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage, two-stage and variable-capacity air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane XV80

The Trane XV80 furnace offers the comfort and quiet operation of a top-of-the-line furnace without the cost.

The XV80’s two-stage heating helps keep you warm whether the weather is chilly, below freezing or somewhere in between. And its variable-speed blower motor helps improve air circulation year-round. This helps you not only warm up in the winter but also cool down during the summer.

If you deal with hot or cold spots, airflow issues, or uneven temperatures during the winter or summer, the Trane XV80 furnace may be able to help.

The XV80 can also be a great option if you’re looking for a quiet furnace – its two-stage gas valve and variable-speed blower motor help reduce operating sounds.

Trane XB80 Furnace

Overview of the Trane XB80 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $4,300 - $5,500
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient blower motor, 40-inch cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane XB80 furnace

The Trane XB80 furnace is a reliable, durable heating option that can fit many budgets.

The XB80 can provide straightforward, no-frills heating.

However, your residential Trane dealer may not offer the XB80 as an option for your home. Real estate developers may install the Trane XB80 furnace in housing developments.

Trane S8X2 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S8X2 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $3,000 - $4,800
  • Staging: Two-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S8X2

If you’re looking for a furnace that can keep you cozy during winter without breaking the bank, the Trane S8X2 furnace could be a great option for you.

The S8X2 provides two-stage heating that helps maintain temperatures in your home all winter long.

The S8X2 can be great if you don’t currently have any issues with airflow but want to boost comfort during the cold winter months.

Trane S8X1 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S8X1 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $3,500 - $3,900
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S8X1 furnace

If you’re looking for an uncomplicated, reliable furnace that won’t break the bank, the Trane S8X1 furnace could be a great option for you.

The S8X1 offers reliable, single-stage heating that won’t leave you in the cold.

The Trane S8X1 can be a great heating solution if you don’t currently have issues with airflow, hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures, and high energy costs.

However, the S8X1 tends to be the loudest of the Trane furnaces on this list. Talk to your HVAC partner about how this can affect your comfort.

Trane XR80 Furnace

Overview of the Trane XR80 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $3,200 - $3,600
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient blower motor, 40-inch cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane XR80 furnace

If you’re looking for a reliable furnace with a low initial investment, then the Trane XR80 furnace could be a great option for you.

The XR80 offers straightforward, single-stage heating to keep you warm all winter long.

If you don’t currently have any issues with airflow, hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures or high energy costs, then the Trane XR80 could be a great heating solution for your home.

Trane S8B1 Furnace

Overview of the Trane S8B1 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $2,700 - $3,200
  • Staging: Single-stage
  • Other notable features: Efficient fixed-speed blower motor, Vortica II blower design, 34-inch furnace cabinet
  • Compatible with: Single-stage and two-stage air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane S8B1

The Trane S8B1 furnace is a reliable and durable option that can suit many budgets.

The S8B1 can provide single-stage, uncomplicated heating all winter long.

The S8B1 may be found in housing developments. Your residential Trane dealer may not be able to offer the S8B1 as an option for your home.

Communicating Trane Furnaces

Trane’s communicating furnaces offer the most sophisticated technology on the market.

Equipped with Trane’s ComfortLink II communicating technology, Trane’s communicating systems can “learn” more about your heating and cooling preferences and adjust your system’s performance to ensure your comfort.

Trane offers both standard efficiency and high-efficiency communicating furnaces.

Trane’s communicating furnaces include:

  • Trane XC95m
  • Trane XC80

Trane XC95m Furnace

Overview of the Trane XC95m furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 97.3%
  • Price range: $6,500 - $8,000
  • Staging: Modulating
  • Other notable features: ComfortLink II communicating technology, variable-speed blower motor, Comfort R airflow system, 40-inch cabinet
  • Compatible with: Other Trane communicating air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane XC95m

The Trane XC95m furnace is Trane’s top-of-the-line furnace. The XC95m is a combination of Trane’s most sophisticated comfort technology.

The XC95m’s modulating gas valve also offers advanced comfort and efficiency. The XC95m precisely maintains the temperature in your home within a fraction of a degree. This means that you’ll experience fewer temperature spikes.

The XC95m’s variable-speed blower motor can also help improve airflow throughout your home year-round.

On top of that, the Trane XC95m can be as much as 97.3% efficient. This makes the XC95m Trane’s most efficient gas furnace.

Between these features and its communicating technology, the XC95m offers you the most control over your HVAC system and the temperature in your home.

Trane XC80 Furnace

Overview of the Trane XC80 furnace:

  • AFUE rating: Up to 80%
  • Price range: $4,400 - $5,500
  • Staging: Two-stage
  • Other notable features: ComfortLink II communicating technology, variable-speed blower motor, Comfort-R airflow system
  • Compatible with: Other Trane communicating air conditioners and heat pumps

Trane XC80 furnace

The Trane XC80 furnace is a sophisticated, standard efficiency furnace that offers advanced control over your HVAC system.

The XC80’s two-stage heating keeps you warm on both mild days and cold snaps. And its variable-speed blower motor helps ensure that you have excellent airflow year-round.

And with its communicating technology, the XC80 is equipped to tailor your HVAC system to meet your needs.

Choosing the Right Furnace for You

If you’ve made it this far, we hope you understand why we stand behind Trane.

But whether you choose Trane or go with another brand, check out this article that breaks down some of the other factors that affect which furnace is right for you.

If you think one of the furnaces above could be your dream furnace, we’d love to make sure it’s installed properly!

Choosing the right HVAC contractor is just as important as choosing the right furnace. At Fire & Ice, we follow industry best practices, local building codes and manufacturer specifications to ensure that you get the most out of your furnace.

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