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It' hard to stop a Trane

Life will test it.
We test it harder.

Every Trane system is tested in some of the most extreme conditions found in nature. We freeze, broil, stress, drop, shock, expose, listen and finally take ‘em home with us to ensure they’re truly unstoppable.

It's hard to stop a Trane isn't just a tagline… it's been proven.
At the SEET (Systems Extreme Environmental Test) lab in Tyler, Texas, Trane products are put through 16 weeks of bone-chilling cold and blistering heat, in repeating two-week sessions. By putting our heating and cooling units through 5 years worth of wear and tear in the matter of a few months, we reinforce our philosophy of making products you can rely on for years and years.
Meet Snowball II
Snowball II is the nickname for the durable Climatuff™ compressor at Trane’s Compressor Test Lab.
It’s named for the block of ice it has encased itself in by running nonstop since 2000, and still is today. Our technicians have tried to break our Climatuff™ compressor over 900 ways, which has produced a saying at Trane, if a product doesn't make it through our test lab it doesn't get made.
What Happened to Snowball I?
The original Snowball, also a Climatuff™ compressor, began its life in late 1972, running nearly 28 years under the same brutal lab standards and encasing itself in a ball of ice. It ran at an estimated 3500 rpm, equaling an automobile running between 60 and 70 miles per hour, covering 14.8 million miles.
Snowball I showed up at the lab “DOA” for some unexplained reason, but when it was started up it ran fine. Not just fine, it ran great. Well, what do you do with a compressor that's running great? At the Trane Compressor Test Lab, you re-weld it and put it into continuous flood test mode. Five presidents later and after seeing the rise and fall of disco, glam rock and grunge music, Snowball finally ran out of steam, but left a legacy in the name of the patented Trane Climatuff™ compressor found in every Trane heat pump and air conditioner today.

Real Stories

Every person at Trane has a unique story to tell, and we are proud to tell them.
Crushed by a collapsed wall

Trane air conditioner slammed by falling debris still runs.

Slammed by a Backhoe

This unit was run over by a backhoe and is still working hard.

Underwater Operation

Trane unit still running strong under flood waters.

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