Trane XL15i worth $500 more than Lennox XC13 in terms of quality?

joereichJune 13, 2011

I know it's not totally apples to apples, the Trane being a 15 seer and the Lennox a 13 seer. I can get a XL15i for $5K after rebate or the XC13 for $4,500. I figure the payback on the extra $500 would be ~8 years. But I'm wondering about the quality difference too? Is the XL15i a superior unit and worth the additional price just in quality?

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tigerdunes

Jreich

You would be wasting your money since your furnace is sgl stg and does not have either a variable speed or high eff blower.

If I could get Trane's XR13 AC condenser with matching Trane evap coil [no third party coil] for same price as Lennox XC13, that would be my choice.

IMO

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 12:39PM
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joereich

Here is another wrinkle. What if I could get the Lennox guy to throw in the 12 year parts and labor warranty (which they normally charge $500 for). How does that change things?

The XR13 would be $4,700. I'm hoping to get a few more years out of my furnace, but it too will have to be replaced in the not too distant future. That's why I would entertain the XL15i.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 1:16PM
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tigerdunes

jreich

just to be clear, you can not achieve the efficiencies from a 15-16 SEER condenser without a var speed furnace or air handler.

I do think the XR13 with best matching Trane coil is better constructed and more reliable than the XC13.

But with Lennox extended warranty both labor and parts, you have a decision to make.

I would also consider your comfort zone and the reputation of the dealers involved.

With the Lennox ext warranty, you know you will have at least some measure of peace and mind for 10-12 years.

That's all I can offer.

IMO

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 2:02PM
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joereich

Thanks. I realize I won't achieve that seer rating with the old furnace. Just thinking ahead that if my furnace dies in the next few years, I would make it compatible with the 15i.
Both are reputable dealers. Here are the deals on the table:
Trane XL15i - 5,070
Trane XR13 - 4,700
Lennox XC13 - 4,550*
waiting to hear if they'll do the 12 year parts and labor at no charge.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 2:46PM
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joereich

The Lennox dealer is willing to throw in the extended parts and labor at no charge. Waiting to hear what else the Tran dealer will do, but they don't sound like they're willing to deal any longer. Decisions, decisions....what would you do?

Trane XR13 $4,700 10yr parts
Lennox XC13 $4,500 12yr total parts and labor

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 11:31AM
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tigerdunes

jreich

the only way to compare is to tack on about $500 to the Trane cost to cover their ext warranty. It's very doubtful Trane dealer will give on this issue.

with that said, it seems your decision is fairly easy. you do want to make certain the Lennox dealer's warranty is not a third party warranty but covered by Lennox. Very important. Those third party warranties are problematic.

IMO

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 11:49AM
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joereich

It's a third party that Lennox endorses and is on the Lennox web page. The 12 years is only offered through Lennox premier dealers. The Lennox site says this: "All plans are 100% insured and fully protected, offered by Lennox in partnership with Service Net Solutions."

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 2:47PM
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tigerdunes

jreich

not impressed with 3rd party warranty companies. too many problems. for me, that's a game changer.

These 3rd party warranty companies have a bad reputation. I would want the manufacturer warranty. how do you know they will be in business 10 yrs down the road?

has anyone had any experience with a claim positive or negative with Service Net Solutions?

post back.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 3:15PM
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joereich

True, but we don't even know if Trane or the dealer will be around in ten years. The warranty company is endorsed by Lennox (http://www.lennox.com/support/warranty.asp) which gives me more confidence. I would hope the dealer would give good will if anything happened. I don't know. I'm still a bit nervous about going with another brand. But it is a good deal. I might even just get the G61V furnace too.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 7:25PM
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tigerdunes

jreich

put that endorsement by Lennox in your hand. look at it because that's exactly what it's worth. absolutely nothing.

sorry, i've wasted enough of my time and expertise on this thread.

you are on your own.

IMO

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 7:37PM
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joereich

Thanks Tigerdunes. For curiosity, what is your hvac background?
I've decided to go with Trane. It's what I had and something (other than the board) tells me to stick with Trane. The dealer will sell me the XR13 for $4,700 or the XL15i for $5060. I asked they come down $200 on the XR unit but they won't.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 4:05PM
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sofaspud

My 10-yr-old house has a Lennox oil furnace in it. No lie -- one month after the 5-yr warranty ran out it started blowing components and has given me nothing but trouble since. I will never own another Lennox unit. I have heard and read very good things about Trane, so I think you made the right choice.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 2:47PM
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