How Much Does a Trane Air Conditioner Cost?

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Trane, known as the world leader in air conditioning systems, is considered to be one of the most complete lines of air conditioning systems on the market.

Trane offers over eight models to choose from, ranging from a budget-friendly model to a higher-end model, ranging from 1.5 to five-ton units.

Trane Air Conditioning Installation by jackiebese, on Flickr
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How much does a Trane air conditioner unit cost?

On average, the least expensive Trane air conditioner can cost at least $2,000, while the most expensive Trane air conditioner prices can reach up to $8,000+.   The prices are going to greatly depend on the contractor you choose, the SEER rating, the exact Trane model, compressor and your geographical location.  Keep in mind that these are price ranges for a residential setup.

If you want to get an exact quote for your home from local HVAC contractors, consider getting multiple quotes for free from licensed contractors at

Searching online, we were able to find quotes for various models and included our findings below:

ModelDescriptionSystem OnlyAverage Price Range (with installation)
XV20i- The most advanced and highest in terms of efficiency.
- Equipped with a variable speed motor and multi-stage cooling option.
- The Trucomfort feature is able to control the temperature up to 0.5 degrees.
- 21 SEER
XL20i- The most advanced and highest in terms of efficiency.
- Equipped with a variable speed motor and multi-stage cooling option.
- The Trucomfort feature is able to control the temperature up to 0.5 degrees.
- 20 SEER
- 10-year warranty
XL18i- A two stage cooling unit, equipped with a 12-year warranty.
- The Trucomfort feature is able to control the temperature up to 0.5 degrees.
- 18 SEER
XL16i- 16.5 SEER
- 10-year warranty
XL15i- 16 SEER
- Single- and 2-stage ClimaTuff compressor.
- 10-year warranty
XB13- Lower-end units, which come with a 10-year warranty.
- Single stage cooling system with a single compressor.
- No Energy Star rating
- 10-year warranty

Budgeting by home size

Home SizeUnit Required?What to Budget (A/C + Install)
600-1,000 square feet1.5 ton$4,800
1,000-1,300 square feet2 ton$5,100
1,300-1,600 square feet2.5 ton$5,400
1,600-1,900 square feet3 ton$5,600
1,900-2,200 square feet3.5 ton$5,800
2,200-2,600 square feet4 ton$6,100
2,600-3,200 square feet5 ton$7,000

Trane air conditioner overview

Before a contractor is even able to install your new air conditioning unit, he or she will first have to determine where your climate, how much insulation you have, the windows and your home size.  With this information, they will be able to determine the correct A/C unit size, which can range from a 1.5 ton to 5-ton unit.

Trane offers a unique spine-fine coil system made of pure aluminum, which increases the system’s durability and SEER rating.

Extra features, depending on the model, includes programmable thermostats, filter alters, sound dampening features and/or remote access, making it possible to access your A/C settings via a smartphone.

What are the extra costs?

The higher-end models do offer a communicating system for an additional monthly fee.  This 2-wire control circuit will control the entire system, adjusting the whole system according to the outdoor elements.

The installation rates will vary from region to region, and if an air conditioning unit is being installed for the first time, then the ductwork may need to be installed and/or modified, increasing the time the installer needs to spend at your home.  The same can be said about older ductwork that may need to be replaced.

Tips to know

A good Trane contractor, according to the official company, will have a Comfort Specialists Certification.  This certification meets the highest standards set by the company as these contractors have to sell a certain amount of Trane products annually and need to produce high customer satisfaction rates in order to be certified.  When choosing a dealer and/or contractor, try to find one with this type of certification.

How can I save money?

Look up the latest tax rebates or incentives before the install to see if you can qualify for savings.

Always get at least three bids before choosing a contractor.  If you don’t want to call contractors individually, highly consider using to have the quotes come to you — it’s free.

If you’re able to find a licensed contractor who’s willing, you can find slightly used or even new Trane air conditioners one eBay for a lot less than what a local contractor may charge you.

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Average Reported Cost: $7494.44

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. jhgj paid $7000 and said: said:

    Trane XL16i

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Chuck (Charleston,  South Carolina) paid $7300 and said:

    My older unit was about 15~ years old and the HVAC guy recommended a newer one. I paid about $7,300 installed for a XL20i.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Danny (League City,  Texas) paid $4200 and said:

    Paid HVAC pro for a new XL15i. It is a lot quieter than my older unit. Time will tell how great it is.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Joann (Alpharetta,  Georgia) paid $7850 and said:

    Price paid for an XL14c. Compared a lot of units but this one had the features and was efficient enough for our home.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Lisa (Winter springs,  Florida) paid $8100 and said:

    My husband is a fool. Ripped off big time.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  6. Sam Badami (ORLANDO,  Florida) paid $6800 and said:

    With XR14, with digital thermostat and rebuilding the base area for the air handler unit due to leakage

    Was it worth it? Yes

  7. Kat (Kerhonkson,  New York) paid $6000 and said:

    We have had our Trane since 2002 and this summer it ran constantly for 10 weeks at 78 degrees. It keeps the humidity out, therefore making it cooler. It is well worth the price.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  8. Phil (Clermont,  Vermont) paid $8200 and said:

    We got the 3ton XL18i. The company was very professional but even after all the rebates they said we got it seems we still over paid. That was 2 years ago but the system made a BIG difference inside our home. We love it.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  9. Jay (Green Valley,  Arizona) paid $12000 and said:

    Currently have GSC13…builder grade low end… has never cooled the sq. Ft for a 5 ton unit. I did my due diligence based on the above article and checked into a 5 Ton unit. The price quoted XL18i not including installation the unit starts at 10000 and for the XL20i is 12000 not including installation. Installation roughly another 3000.00. For Chuck in Charleston, SC, can you send that unit out west. 7300 is more appealing than 12000 plus installation. No rebates or incentives for this area.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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