Trane XR13 Compressor Guide – Problems & Repair Tips

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When your Trane XR13 start failing and not working, very often the cause is the compressor. As this is the main heat pump component. Troubleshooting a Trane XR13 compressor, however, may be more complicated than you think.

The main Trane XR13 heat pump components are:

  • Compressor
  • Condenser
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Valves, switches, thermostats and other security devices

How to Tell if the Trane XR13 Compressor Is Going Bad

Trane XR13 compressors do get weak over an extended period of time. The more you run the unit, the more wear and tear the compressor is going to endure. With professional maintenance from an experienced HVAC contractor, you can extend the life of the compressor and the entire unit.

Tell-tale signs that a Trane XR13 compressor is going bad include:

  • The compressor won’t turn on
  • The AC isn’t blowing cold air
  • The AC keeps tripping the breaker
  • Outside unit shakes severely when turning on
  • Outside unit is making weird noises

When to replace the Trane XR13 Compressor?

Your compressor is just one part of your entire Trane XR13 heat pump outdoor unit (called the condensing unit). While it’s possible to replace just the compressor, you also have the option to replace the entire condensing unit, which would come with a new compressor.

So when would it make more financial sense to replace the entire outdoor unit instead of just the Trane XR13 compressor?

When one or more of the following apply to your situation:

  • The outside unit is over 10 years old
  • The compressor is not under warranty or the warranty has expired
  • You’ve recently needed more repairs on your outdoor unit

Trane XR13 Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting problems with the Trane XR13 compressor seem too hard for a non-experienced homeowner to do. However, it is actually easier than you think.


The first thing you need to do if you think your heat pump is failing is to go near the compressor and check out if it makes any weird sounds. 

Weird noises of clacking, hard vibrations, and constant tickling are signs of Trane XR13 compressor that is going bad. When the compressor is not working anymore, very likely it will make these same sounds and noises, but with an additional backspin sound which means that the valves are not working. Or instead, it could just not make any sound.


Burn-out is the most expensive and costly problem you could experience with the Trane XR13 compressor. There is a vast list of reasons why a compressor burns out, but the most common is always by overheating. And this mainly happens due to wrong or lack of maintenance. 

Repair Tips

The first thing you need to know before deciding to replace the Trane XR13 compressor is to make sure that your unit is under warranty. Yikes! Replacing a heat pump compressor so expensive ..

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Mas Broto
Have been in the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry for over 20 years. He is person that will grow and thrive to learn more about the HVAC industry throughout his career. Mas Broto is also a blogger, who's dedicated to bringing you the best knowledge to get ahead in the game of life.