Trane XR14 Heat Pump Review: A Budget-Friendly, Reliable Heat Pump

Trane XR14 Heat Pump Review: A Budget-Friendly, Reliable Heat Pump
Roger Bakies
Residential Sales Professional

I have been in the residential/light commercial HVAC business for 30 years. I grew up in a sheet metal fabrication shop and have installed, serviced, sold and helped people choose new systems to best fit their needs and lifestyle. I look forward to helping you pick the best fit for your home!

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Reliable. Straightforward. Budget-Friendly. The Trane XR14 heat pump is a tried-and-true heating and cooling option that doesn’t break the bank.

[Editor's Note] Looking for the Trane XR14 Air Conditioner? Go here

If you’re looking for a durable, reliable heat pump, look no further than the Trane’s XR14 heat pump.

The Trane XR14 is a straightforward heating and cooling option that won’t break the bank. And its durable design and tried-and-true technology make a reliable and long-lasting piece of equipment.

At Fire & Ice, we’ve helped thousands of Central Ohio homeowners determine which HVAC equipment can best meet their needs. And that’s something we aim to do with this article too, no matter where you may live.

So let’s dive in. In this article, we’ll cover the features, benefits and cost of the Trane XR14 heat pump. We’ll also go over when the XR14 may be a good fit – and when it may not.

Overview of the Trane XR14 Heat Pump

The Trane XR14 heat pump offers reliable heating and cooling. The XR14 is also affordable, which allows it to fit many budgets.

However, the XR14 may not be able to address issues like high energy costs, temperature spikes, hot and cold spots, or uneven temperatures between floors.

Trane designed the XR14 heat pump to:

  • Reliably heat and cool your home
  • Provide a durable, budget-friendly option
  • Meet energy efficiency standards

Features of the Trane XR14 Heat Pump

The Trane XR14 heat pump is a standard efficiency, single-stage heat pump.

In the next few sections, we’ll cover what that means for you.

Core features of the Trane XR14:

  • Single-stage compressor
  • Durable, long-lasting hardware

Single-Stage Compressor

The compressor regulates your heat pump’s heating and cooling output. Compressors can have different stages, which are essentially output settings.

A heat pump’s compressor can be one of three stages:

  • Single-stage
  • Two-stage
  • Variable-speed

A single-stage compressor only has one output: 100% capacity. This means that single-stage heat pumps like the XR14 can only run at full blast.

Single-stage compressors are tried-and-true technology. The Trane XR14 heat pump’s single-stage compressor allows it to reliably heat and cool your home.

But if you have hot and cold spots, uneven temperatures between floors, or temperature spikes with your current system, the Trane XR14 may not be able to address these issues.

If you have issues such as these, a heat pump with multiple stages may be able to better satisfy your needs.

Heat pumps with two-stage compressors have two outputs: 100% and a second output setting that’s typically around 70% capacity.

Heat pumps with variable-speed compressors can have hundreds of stages. (For example, the Trane XV18 heat pump and the Trane XV20i heat pump both have 750 stages, which allows them to operate between 25% and 100% capacity.)

An infographic that illustrates the differences between single-stage, two-stage and variable-speed cooling. The single-stage section includes an on/off light switch accompanied by text that reads, "Unit is either on or off, creating wide temperature swings." Next to the light switch is a grid with a sharp peaks and dips in red and blue lines that represent temperature spikes. The two-stage section includes a high/low/off light dimmer accompanied by text that reads, "Unit runs at either low or high speed, using the lower speed 80% of the time." Next to the light dimmer is a grid that features more gradual peaks and dips in red and blue lines that represent more gradual temperature variation. The variable-capacity section features a dial with multiple degrees between "high" and "low" points. Accompanying text reads, "Unit runs at low most of the time, using only the amount of energy needed to meet comfort need." Next to the dial is a grid that features red and blue lines with barely perceptible peaks and dips illustrated in red and blue lines. This represents consistent temperatures with little to no variance.

Durable, Long-Lasting Hardware

The Trane XR14 heat pump is a no-frills model. But that doesn’t mean it’s a low-quality heat pump.

Trane designs each piece of HVAC equipment to last. And Trane tests the XR14 again and again to ensure your family can rely on it.

How Efficient Is the Trane XR14 Heat Pump?

The Trane XR14 heat pump can get up to 14 SEER and 8.20 HSPF.

But what do those numbers mean for you?

A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating describes how much energy an air conditioner or heat pump needs to adequately cool your home.

A Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating scores how much energy a heat pump needs to adequately heat your home.

The U.S. Department of Energy sets energy efficiency standards for HVAC equipment. Since 2015, the minimum energy efficiency requirements for heat pumps have been 14 SEER and 7.7 HSPF.

But even a standard efficiency heat pump like the XR14 can be more efficient than your current heat pump. (A majority of systems installed before 2006 can get up to 10 SEER at the most.)

For more information, check out this article that covers SEER and HSPF ratings more in-depth. Or if you prefer videos, check out the video below to learn more about HSPF ratings and the video above to learn more about SEER ratings.

Many HVAC contractors use efficiency ratings to address concerns with high energy costs. But there’s another factor that can affect your energy bills as well.

Heat pumps heat your home by extracting heat from the atmosphere outside. But at a certain temperature, your heat pump won’t be able to adequately heat your home using this process. At that point, your system switches over to your air handler or furnace.

The Trane XR14 heat pump can heat your home until temperatures reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The average heat pump can continue heating until outside temperatures reach 35 degrees.

If you have an all-electric system, heating your home using your air handler’s heat strips generally uses a lot of electricity. So if you live in an area where temperatures dip below 30 degrees regularly, the XR14 may not be able to decrease your electric bill.

You may also have a dual fuel system. In many cases, this can mean that you have a heat pump and a propane or gas furnace.

While natural gas is a relatively inexpensive fuel in Central Ohio, propane prices can fluctuate depending on the time of year.

If you have a heat pump and a propane furnace, the XR14 also may not be able to decrease your propane costs if you have colder winters.

What Equipment Can I Pair with the Trane XR14 Heat Pump?

The Trane XR14 can work with any non-communicating Trane air handler or furnace.

If you have an all-electric system, you could pair the XR14 with the Trane TEM4 air handler or the Trane GAM5 air handler.

You could also pair the XR14 with the Trane TEM6 air handler, which can help enhance airflow and efficiency year-round.

If you have a dual fuel system, you could pair the XR14 with the Trane S9X1 furnace or the Trane S8X2 furnace.

Or if you have issues with airflow throughout the year, pair the XR14 with the Trane S9V2 furnace or the Trane XV80 furnace.

How Much Does the Trane XR14 Heat Pump Cost?

The Trane XR14 heat pump typically costs $5,300 - $7,300, including labor and permit fees.

For context, a new heat pump replacement generally costs between $4,900 - $12,500.

If you have an all-electric system, you’ll also need a replacement air handler, which can typically add between $3,500 - $6,000.

When we talk about the general price range of a replacement heat pump, a variety of factors can affect the final price tag. But when we talk about the price range for a specific model of heat pump, there’s one primary factor that affects the price: size.

In this case, the size of your heat pump refers to how powerful it is. But this is one factor that you can’t choose. Your heat pump must be the right size to heat and cool your home properly.

Your HVAC partner should perform a load calculation to correctly size your heat pump before making any recommendations.

In the HVAC industry, load calculations are the best way to determine what size your system should be. Load calculations account for factors that could make it difficult for your heat pump to meet your needs.

Some of the factors load calculations take into consideration include:

  • The size and condition of your windows and doors
  • The direction your windows face
  • The condition of your home’s insulation

Accurate sizing also helps save you money on energy costs and replacement equipment. To learn more, check out this article that discusses in-depth how your HVAC partner should size your HVAC equipment.

Who’s a Good Fit for the Trane XR14 Heat Pump?

If you don’t have many comfort concerns throughout the year but you want a reliable heat pump, the Trane XR14 could be a good fit for you.

The XR14 can also be a good option if you’re operating on a budget or you don’t plan to stay in your current home long-term.

However, I would recommend exploring other options if any of the following are true:

  • You have comfort concerns that you’d like to address. (Comfort concerns include high energy costs, temperature spikes, hot and cold spots, and uneven temperatures between floors.) While the Trane XR14 heat pump can reliably heat and cool your home, it doesn’t have additional features that allow it to address comfort concerns.
  • You plan to stay in your home long-term. If you plan to stay in your current home for a decade or longer, I’d recommend exploring heat pump options with a SEER rating of at least 16. Efficiency is a long game. Over the course of 10 years, a more efficient heat pump could offer lower energy bills and more comfort.

Choosing the Right Heat Pump for You

If you’ve made it this far, we hope you love the Trane XR14 heat pump as much as we do. (Find technical specifications for the Trane XR14 heat pump here.) But if you’d like to continue exploring your options, we have your back.

At Fire & Ice, our comfort specialists take the time to understand your needs and comfort concerns. And we perform load calculations during each and every estimate. All of this allows us to recommend a wide variety of options that can help customize your HVAC system to your needs.

So if you’d like to learn more about the Trane XR14 or explore other options, we’d love to help!

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