Trane® HVAC age
How to determine the date of production/manufacture or age of Trane® HVAC Systems.
The date of production/manufacture or age of a Trane® HVAC unit can be determined from the serial number.
Parent: Ingersoll Rand
Trane® has utilized multiple serial number formats over the years. Trane is an old and very established company with its roots originating in 1885 as a family plumbing business in La Crosse, Wisconsin which developed an innovative low-pressure steam heating system. By 1913 the family business had incorporated as The Trane Company, and began establishing themselves as a well-known climate control pioneer over the next hundred years.
Trane acquired Sentinel Electronics during the late 1970's, and later General Electric's Central Air Conditioning Division in 1982. In 1984, American Standard Companies, Inc.® acquired the Trane Company and launched its American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning® brand four years later. In 2007, American Standard Companies divided, and Ingersoll Rand® later acquired Trane in June of 2008. (History information from Trane®)
The serial number styles used during these many company changes are reflected below. Several styles overlap in certain years as the newly acquired companies transitioned. Several were only used for a brief period, some were used intermittently at various periods and for various products, while others continued to be used for many years under the trademarked Ingersoll Rand®, American Standard®, Trane®, and even GE® brand names. Our research also indicates that some styles used only a sequential order numbering that has no obvious method of decoding.
Because of the wide variety of styles or formats that Trane® (in its various forms) used and the often similar styles found, other determining clues such as condition of the unit, style of the data plate, ANSI or CGA standards compliance dates, dates on service tags, and simple common sense should be used to approximate or estimate the year or decade of manufacture.