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Trane XL16i Heat Pump Review


Are you looking for a reliable, efficient heat pump that fits most budgets? Let us introduce the Trane XL16i. In this video, we’ll cover the features, benefits, and cost of the Trane XL16i heat pump.

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Are you looking for a reliable, efficient heat pump that fits most budgets? Let me suggest the Trane XL16i. In this video, we’ll cover the features, benefits, and cost of the Trane XL16i heat pump.

Hi, I’m Luke with Fire & Ice. We have helped thousands of Central Ohio homeowners find the best HVAC system that meets their needs. When our customers are looking for a reliable, efficient heat pump that is easier on their budget the Trane XL16i is one of the more popular entry-level options. In this video we’ll cover the most common questions regarding this heat pump such as:

  • What are the features of the Trane XL16i?
  • What is the Efficiency Rating for the XL16i?
  • What Equipment Can I Pair with the Trane XL16i?
  • Who’s the right fit for this heat pump?
  • How much does the XL16i cost?
  • And finally, what are the next steps in the process?

By the end of this video, you’ll know if the Trane XL16i is right for you.

Let’s begin with  the core features of the Trane XL16i. First up is its single-stage compressor. Single-stage means that the XL16i is running at 100% every time it kicks on. This tried-and-true technology can  deliver reliable heat in temperatures into the 30s and provide well-needed cooling during the heat of summer. Additionally, the compressor comes with a 12-year limited warranty giving you added protection and peace of mind. Next, is the XL16i’s deluxe design and WeatherGuard Top designed to protect your investment from the elements and debris without restricting airflow. The WeatherGuard Top is also pleasing to the eye. Each piece of equipment Trane makes is rigorously tested over and over to ensure that it will continue to work as it should all year long.

Heat pumps, like the XL16i, are able to both heat and cool your home and are given two efficiency ratings. For the cooling side, the XL16i has a SEER rating of up to 17. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, describes how much energy heat pumps and air conditioners use to cool your home. Heat pumps commonly range between 14-22 SEER. 

With heating, the XL16i has an HSPF rating of up to 9.6. The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures heat pump efficiency during the average heating season. Heat pumps typically range between 7.7 to 11. The XL16i heat pump falls in the mid-efficiency range. And this can make it a good option for homeowners who want an efficient heat pump that won’t cost them a fortune.

The XL16i can work with any non-communicating Trane air handler or furnace. In all-electric homes, the Trane TEM4 or GAM5 air handlers could be paired with the Trane XL16i. In dual-fuel households, consider pairing the XL16i with the Trane S8X2 or S9X1 furnaces. If you have airflow issues, you may want to consider pairing the XL16i with a variable-speed furnace or air handler like the Trane XV80 or S9V2 furnaces or the TEM6 air handler.

The Trane XL16i heat pump is ideal for homeowners who are looking for a solid, middle-of-the-road option that will efficiently and reliably heat and cool their home at a lower initial investment than higher-end models. If energy savings are a concern, Trane estimates that you could save up to 50% on heating and cooling costs if your current system is rated 10 SEER or less.  Simply put, if you’re looking for energy savings and for a system that will continue to perform day in and day out, then the XL16i may be for you.

However, if you struggle with indoor humidity, experience hot and cold spots, or uneven temperatures between floors, the XL16i’s likely won’t be able to address issues. Additionally, if you live in a region that experiences temperatures below 30 degrees for long periods of time, you may want to consider a heat pump with a variable-speed compressor. That way you won’t have to rely on expensive heat strips in your air handler to keep you warm.

And just so you’re aware, the XL16i is on the larger side and is over 5 feet tall once it's installed. Depending on its location it can obstruct the view out windows or be considered an eyesore to some. Discuss your options with your HVAC partner.

Now to address the elephant in the room: how much does the Trane XL16i cost? The XL16i typically costs between $6,500 and $8,500. These prices include the cost of equipment, labor, and any additional fees.  For comparison, a new heat pump installation can range between $4,900 and $12,500. 

If you have an all-electric home, you will need to replace the air handler when replacing a heat pump. To install a new air handler, expect to add around $3,500 and $6,000. 

There are several factors that can affect the price of a heat pump such as the size of your home, filters and other indoor air quality products, and any modifications that are needed to be made during installation. There is no-one-size fits all solution when it comes to HVAC systems.

Let’s talk about what to do next. If you think the Trane XL16i is right for you click the “get a quote button” to receive a free estimate for installation. Thank you for watching and we look forward to making your day even better.


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