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Trane Vs American Standard Air Conditioners: Which Is Better?

This article will rate, review and compare American Standard vs Trane air conditioners. See which brand performs best in different categories.

Searching for a new air conditioner can be a daunting and difficult task. Not only do you need to wade through a sea of features and options, but you also need to decide on a brand and model. There are a lot of brands out there, too, which only makes your choice that much more difficult.

This article will rate, review and compare two of the largest and most well-known brands. In our American Standard Vs. Trane review, we will look at the features and options both brands offer, as well as point out things for you to consider when choosing the best air conditioner brand for your specific needs.

Reliability and Expected Lifespan

Brand reliability and expected lifespan can only take you so far. On average, all air conditioning units are expected to last at least 10 years. However, a lot of this will also depend on your care and maintenance regimen.

If you are diligent about cleaning and maintaining your system and have a technician inspect it at least once a year, you can easily get 20 years from both a Trane or American Standard model. However, if you neglect the system, some components can fail in a single season or two.

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer long-lasting solutions with proper care and maintenance.

Communication Ability

When it comes to brand communications, some are more helpful than others. Depending on your issue or reason for contact, you may end up frustrated and exhausted. Some brands go out of their way to be reachable by the consumer, though, and make customer service as pleasant as possible.

Trane has a few methods of contact, including a toll free number that is answered any time of day or night. For the most part, their customer service team can answer a lot of questions and help you out with almost any problem. Tech-specific problems may require contacting a local contractor, though.

American Standard also has contact numbers, emails, and addresses to get in touch, but they are a less enthusiastic group, according to ratings and reviews. While you can still get through to a human most of the system is automated, and you often get referred to a local company for more help.

Winner: Trane has a slight edge in customer relations.

Unit Purchase Price

Because of the nature of an air conditioning unit, you won’t often see unit prices listed. Professional and qualified installation is required and is generally included in the listing price.

For Trane units, you will find listing prices that vary from model to model based on the type and range of the AC model. Low end models, for example, range between $3,000 and $5,000 for the unit and installation, and mid-range models can reach over $8,000.

American Standard has similar models with similar features but slightly lower quality construction and parts. The prices, though, are about the same. For all American Standard models, the median price is about $5,300.

Winner: Trane offers better staged pricing based on individual models.

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Manufacturer Warranty

Warranties are one of the most important aspects of your new HVAC investment. With the right coverage, your delivery, installation, parts, and even labor can be covered. The terms and conditions will vary from brand to brand, but most importantly, the coverage duration.

Trane offers a 10-year parts warranty on the entire unit with a 12-year coverage for the sealed system, including the compressor. American Standard has a stipulation on their warranties that you need to be aware of.

They require online (or mail-in) registration of your purchase and installation. This must be done within 60-days of purchase. If you register on time, you get a 10-year warranty that includes all parts and the compressor.

If you fail to register or register after the 60-day period, the default 5-year warranty goes into effect. This is a common practice for some brands, so it isn’t out of the ordinary. Just don’t be alarmed when you only get a 5-year warranty paperwork at the start. Once registered, it will extend to 10-years.

Winner: Trane doesn’t make you do any extra steps to get a better warranty.

Costs of Parts and Future Repairs

Every so often, you will need to replace or repair part of your AC. Age, weather, use, and general wear and tear will cause many parts to break down.

Trane offers replacement parts through their list of vendors and contractors, and you can find many of them online, just like American Standard. Trane parts have slightly higher prices but, as a whole, tend to last longer.

This means that while you will save money on American Standard replacement parts, you will need to buy them more often. Long term savings go to Trane.

Winner: Trane for using higher quality parts requiring less purchase over time.

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Range of SEER Ratings Available

SEER ratings, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, can tell you how efficient the systems are and the average cost savings on your annual energy bills. Obviously, higher SEER values are better quality and save you more money.

With Trane and American Standard, you get the same 22SEER top-rated models with variable speed compressors (see below). However, once you move away from the top-tier models of the brands, you begin to see a separation.

Trane offers about the same number of models as American Standard, but they offer more 2-stage compressor models with higher SEER ranges (typically 14 to 18 SEER). American Standard range is lower at 13 to 16 SEER average.

Winner: Trane has a better overall SEER range among all models.

Charge Assist

Charge Assist is a mechanical device that HVAC technicians can use with Trane systems (only). It connects to the fill ports and the refrigerant tanks to prevent overfilling or high pressure on the refrigerant lines.

Using Charge Assist can speed up installation time and lower the labor costs, but only slightly. It is also optional and not widely used by techs because it only works with Trane systems.

Winner: Trane for having a device in place to help installations of their units.

Humidity Control

Part of the process of removing heat from the air with the evaporator unit is to also remove humidity. The moisture in the air is collected in the coils and removed from the home through the drain pan as water.

However, many brands attempt to improve on this humidity collection. To do that, you need to be able to monitor the humidity in the home and be able to set a range you wish to maintain. This is done through the brand’s thermostats and sensors or third-party sensors compatible with the systems.

Trane and American Standard both offer these extra features, but Trane is compatible with more third-party thermostat systems (Nest, for example) and offers a wider range of humidity control.

Winner: Trane with more options and higher ranges of humidity control.

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Noise Levels of AC Units

Noise is also a concern for all HVAC equipment. There are a lot of moving parts, and these parts make noise. Luckily, most of the noise is made by the condenser unit outside the home. As long as it isn’t installed directly below a window, you probably won’t notice the noise from inside.

Some brands, though, are louder than others, and in some cases, the condenser can be loud enough to disrupt daily life. Trane offers noise insulation on select models that drop the noise from about 75dB to under 60dB. On average, though, 67 to 73dB is common.

American Standard uses a system called Aero Quiet II. This drops their condenser units’ noise production from near 80db down to about 70dB. While not as quiet as some Trane models, the overall average noise production is lower.

Winner: American Standard has an average noise level lower than Trane.

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Variable Speed Systems (Compressors)

Variable speed, as the name implies, is a compressor that runs at different speeds based on the needs of the system. In truth, these compressors never fully shut off, so they are constantly moving, even if at near imperceptible amounts.

By never shutting down, they require less power to get going full speed and can control their speed to maximize the efficiency of the system overall. In addition, Trane offers a couple of variable speed options that have higher SEER values (and higher price tags) than the other models.

American Standard has a similar line-up, with a few models using variable speed compressors and the rest having two- or single-stage compressors (see below).

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer a few variable speed compressor model

Single Vs. Two-Stage Cooling Options

Below variable speed options on the efficiency list are two- and single-stage compressors. The two-stage compressors work similarly to variable speed but do shut off and only come with a low and a high speed. Single-stage options are either off or on high speed, with no in-between.

As you can imagine, these options are more affordable but offer lower energy efficiency. It is a trade-off between upfront cost savings and long-term savings. With Trane, the cost difference between two-stage and single-stage are closer than those offered by American Standard.

Winner: Trane has better average pricing on their single- and two-stage compressor models.

Technology Integration and Developments

In the HVAC industry, innovation and technological advancements are the way forward. Moving to green models, using more efficient systems and better refrigerant options (for the environment are only the start.

Trane has a lot of technology in their systems, and they have a dedicated team that is devoted to bringing new ideas to market. Weatherproofing their systems, for example, started when Trane was owned by American Standard. Both brands offer the WeatherGuard topper because of this.

You will also find wireless communications, internal device communications, and, even better, more efficient wiring. However, between the two brands, there aren’t a lot of technological differences.

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer similar innovations on their machines.

Financing Options Available (Via The Brand)

HVAC equipment is expensive, and when you include installation labor, delivery, and any system or ducting repairs needed for the new system, it can easily reach $10,000 or more. Because of this, many homeowners seek out financing. The easiest is to get it direct from the brand, but do they offer it?

Both Trane and American Standard have financing available, but it is all done through their authorized dealers. You may not find brand-specific financing through your local HVAC shop unless they are an authorized brand dealer.

The amount financed, how much your monthly payments are, and what the financing will cover will differ from dealer to dealer. You can get more information about Trane financing or even American Standard financing on their websites.

Winner: Tie. Both brands accept authorized dealer financing for their systems.

Customer Ratings

Rating an HVAC system is hit or miss on the internet. With a 70% chance that only upset consumers will leave a review, it is increasingly difficult to get accurate information. However, we do have rating systems in place from non-biased, 3rd party organizations like Consumer Affairs and Consumer Reports.

For Trane, the response is about average, with a 3.3 out of 5 star rating. Trane is the middle of the road when consumers get to weigh in. Most complaints refer to the installer or lack of upkeep on the homeowner’s part, though, and have little to do with the actual system.

For American Standard, they get a lot of high marks from Consumer Reports, giving them a #1, #1, and #9 rating overall compared to other brands on value, installation, and performance. You will need to do deeper research on the brand of your choice when it comes time to make a purchase, though.

Winner: Both brands rank well on consumer-driven rating systems.

Comparing Trane and American Standard Model Numbers

Now that we know what the brands offer and how they stack up against each other, let’s take a closer look at the models they have so you know what to expect when searching for a specific unit.

Model Number SEER Ratings Cooling Stages Energy Saving (%)
American Standard Platinum 18/ 20 21 SEER 700 50%
Trane XV20I 22 SEER 750 64%
American Standard Gold 17 18 SEER 2 50%
Trane XV18 18 SEER 750 56%
Trane XL18i 18 SEER 2 56%
Trane XL17 18 SEER 2 56%
American Standard AccuComfort™ Platinum 18 18 SEER 700 50%
American Standard Gold 17 17 SEER 2 50%
Trane XR16 17 SEER 1 54%
Trane XR16i 17 SEER 1 54%
American Standard Silver 16,15,14 16 SEER 1 48%
Trane XR14 14 SEER 1 45%
American Standard Silver 16 Low Profile 17 SEER 1 52%
Trane XR13 13 SEER 1 40%

Overview of Trane Air Conditioners

Trane got their start in 1885 as a small plumbing shop in Wisconsin. After James Trane’s son Ruben graduated college, they went into business together. By 1913 Trane was incorporated, and Ruben had invented the convector radiator. From there, business went to plumbing and HVAC.

Trane quickly became the industry standard, and things continued to grow and develop for the brand. The Turbovac gave air conditioning to large spaces, and Trane began to acquire smaller businesses.

In 1984 Trane was acquired by American Standard and became the largest of their three divisions. In 2008 Ingersoll Rand took control of Trane, and it is where the brand sits today.

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Quick Look At Trane Air Conditioner Features

Trane does offer you a lot of unique features in their models. One of the first is the WeatherGuard topper. This not only helps the system move air more efficiently, but it keeps leaves, rain, and debris out of the condenser.

Another feature is one you won’t you won’t see, called ComfortLink II. This is an internal communication system that controls the speed rate and refrigeration flow to make the system more efficient.

Some select models also feature sound dampening, which reduces the overall noise levels of the compressor from about 77dB to 60-73dB. While this may not sound like a lot, it can be the difference between no disturbance at all and having to turn up your TV when the AC comes on.

With the all-aluminum spine fin coils, Trane uses a bit more expensive materials to further increase efficiency. All aluminum is much more efficient at heat transfer than copper-only or copper and aluminum coils and fins.

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Pros & Cons of Trane AC Units

With everything that Trane does offer, it is easy to see there are a lot of benefits. However, for many consumers, there are also a few downsides. Let’s take a look so you can decide for yourself.

What We Like
  • Great warranties without extra steps
  • Durable and reliable parts
  • Weather-resistant toppers
  • Rustproof drain pans
  • All-aluminum condenser coils
  • Multiple models with variable speed compressors
  • Made in USA
  • Sound dampening (select models)
Things We Don’t
  • Must use variable speed compressors daily to get benefits
  • Higher labor fees for repairs
  • Can cost more than some brands upfront

Overview of American Standard Air Conditioners

Like Trane, American Standard got its start in the late 19th century as a plumbing company. After American and Standard merged and became American Standard, though, things began to take off for the brand.

They acquired many smaller companies, and one of their most significant acquisitions was Trane in 1984. From there, the brand started selling off their acquisitions, renamed as Trane, and then sold the brand to Ingersoll Rand.

The entire time, though, the brand keeps growing and becoming more and more popular among budget-conscious consumers. Today, their affordability, availability, and dependability are known all over the country.

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Quick Look At American Standard Air Conditioner Features

Because American Standard air conditioners share many features and technologies with Trane, you will find a lot of similar features. The WeatherGuard topper, for example, and rustproof drain pans can be found in both brands.

American Standard also has the all-aluminum spine-fin coil system that only increases efficiency ratings. One thing you will find, though, is that they use SermaGard Rust-resistant screws that hold the panels on the condenser, which won’t corrode, either.

Finally, American Standard uses the Duration Variable Speed compressors (on select models), which come with ultra-quiet and highly efficient operation. So not only do you get a high-performance compressor, but it runs quieter than the standard Trane compressor.

Pros & Cons of American Standard AC Units

As with any brand, American Standard has good aspects and negative ones. Here we will point out the major players on both sides to help you decide if the brand is right for you.

What We Like
  • Multiple variable speed options
  • High SEER ratings across the board
  • Less expensive than many other brands
  • Can be found in all regions of the US
  • Made in the USA
  • Uses highly dependable parts
  • Replacement parts are affordable
  • Low install costs
Things We Don’t
  • Must register for extended warranty
  • May not be available through your chosen contractor
  • May need repairs sooner than other high-end brands

Conclusion

Trane and American Standard are alike in a lot of ways, and being that they used to technically be the same company is a big reason why. Before the merger and after the split, they also shared a lot of technology.

The main difference for you now is cost and longevity. If you are looking for a solid AC that will perform to expectations while saving you money upfront, American Standard is a good option.

Likewise, if you want to spend a little more upfront for long-term savings, a reliable unit that will run seemingly forever, Trane is your go-to option.

Last Updated on April 13, 2022

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