Goodman Air Conditioner Review: An Economical Choice for Homeowners

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Quick Guide - Goodman

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My Opinion

Pricing. Reliability. Efficiency. Goodman is a trusted company that offers all the basics of a good HVAC system without any bells and whistles.

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Pros
  • Ideal for budget-oriented consumers
  • Made in the USA by Daikin
  • 10-15 years durability
  • One of the best warranties
  • Some models are Energy Star certified[1]
CONS
  • Not as energy efficient as other brands.
  • Other brands are more reliable (Carrier, Lennox, Trane, and Heil, for example)
  • Not as quiet as ACs from other brands.
  • Humidity control is not on par with competition.

Firstly, I will start with a brief overview of what's to come in my Goodman AC review. 

Consider this the TLDR version of my Goodman air conditioner ratings.

Goodman Air Conditioners – Quick Guide!

Best Overall Model

Goodman GSXV9


Its advanced compressor provides superb energy savings. Like all Goodmans, it offers reliable performance at a fair price.

Good Value Model

Goodman GSX16


This is the most affordable model offered by Goodman that is also Energy Star certified, which means it delivers excellent efficiency.

Avoid This Model

Goodman GSX13


This model is no longer manufactured due to increased efficiency standards in the United States. It was Goodman’s low-budget model AC unit, but you can get better efficiency at almost the exact same price by opting for a Goodman GSXN3.

Differentiating among the models of Goodman ACs can be overwhelming.

Making the wrong choice for your needs could mean spending thousands of dollars on a unit unsuitable for your home.

That’s where I come in. My team and I have tested central AC models in every price range.

My Goodman HVAC review provides a complete buying guide, comparisons, and recommendations to help you understand which one may suit your home the best.

Let’s get started.

My Experience Dealing With Goodman Air Conditioners

Pros And Cons Of Buying A Goodman AC

THE GOOD
  • Ideal air conditioner for folks on a budget who still value a quality product
  • Made in the USA by Daikin - designed, engineered, and manufactured in Houston
  • 10-15 years of trouble-free comfort
  • Goodman AC warranty is one of the best warranties in the industry
  • Some models - GSXV9, GVXC20, GSX16, and more - are Energy Star certified[1]
THE BAD
  • Other brands can provide better efficiency
  • Some brands have the reputation of being more reliable (Carrier, Lennox, Trane, and Heil, for example)
  • Other brands' residential ACs may run more quietly
  • Some models from other brands can control humidity better

Goodman Air Conditioner Prices – How Much Do They Cost?

Pricing By Model Number

Category

Model Number(s)

Average Price Installed

High-end

  • GSXV9
  • GVXC20

$5000 - $8000

Mid-range

  • GSX14
  • GSX16
  • GSXH5
  • GSXC16
  • GSXC18

$4000 - $5000

Low-end

  • GSXN3
  • GSXN4
  • GSXB4
  • GSXM4

$3000 - $4000

Cost Variation Across The US

In southern and southwestern regions (Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.), the demand is higher.

AC units are a necessity in these areas, leading to a competitive market.

Installation and maintenance services might also be higher in coastal areas due to frequent use and humidity-related wear and tear.

In northern states (New England, Michigan, North Dakota, the northwest, etc.) the demand is much less due to the shorter summer season.

Therefore, new unit costs might be lower.

Various factors can influence AC costs in each region, including local market dynamics, regulations, and availability of HVAC contractors.

I highly advise that you shop within your region to get the best type of air conditioner for your needs.

TL;DR: Depending upon the location in US and the climate conditions, the cost of Goodman ACs may differ. ACs in hotter and humid areas are often more expensive.

How To Get The Best Price In Your Area

Getting the best price for air conditioners in your area involves research, negotiation, and timing.

Here are some steps you can take to maximize your chances of getting a good deal:

  • Plan ahead:
    Consider the size of the space you need to cool, as this will affect the capacity and type of air conditioner you should be looking for. One of the price drivers for AC is need. If your current cooling system isn't working and it's the middle of July, you're going to be paying more than you would in the off-season.
  • Negotiate:
    Salespeople might have the authority to offer discounts, especially if you're buying other items - such as a whole-home dehumidifier - along with the air conditioner.
  • Consider Bundle Deals:
    Some retailers offer bundle deals that include installing, maintenance, or extensive warranties. While these might initially seem more expensive, they can save you money in the long run by covering additional services.
  • Check For Rebates And Incentives:
    Research to see if there are any local or federal rebates, tax credits, or incentives for purchasing energy-efficient appliances.
  • Online Price Matching:
    If you find a better deal online, some retailers offer price matching. This means they'll match the low prices you found on another website.
  • Consider Secondhand Or Refurbished Units:
    You might consider looking for secondhand ACs that are still in good condition. Just do a thorough inspection to ensure they're in proper working order. I don't usually recommend this method unless the unit comes with some sort of refurbishment warranty.
  • Timing:
    The best time to buy an air conditioner is during the off-season, when demand is lower. Prices tend to drop during the fall and winter months when fewer people are buying air conditioning units.
  • Online Retailers:
    Check online retailers, as they might offer competitive prices and have a wider range of options.

Here’s a table comparing the cost of different Goodman air conditioners. Prices will vary according to the size (or “capacity”), what features it has, and the model.

Model

Price** (without Installation)

Price** (with Installation)

Estimated Running Cost*

Government Tax Break

GSXC18

$1,850

$4,100

$700 per year

$300

GSXC16

$1,580

$3,620

$741 per year

$300

GSX16

$1,405

$3,505

$788 per year

$300

GSX14

$1,250

$3,250

$900 per year

-

GSX13

$1,190

$3,100

$969 per year

-

*Running costs based on 21 cents/kWh and 2000 hours of cooling per year. Based on 2.5 ton AC unit.
**Prices are estimates for the following: 2.5-ton condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler plus a programmable thermostat.

ACLAB Note:

Other external factors can also influence the price. I always recommend getting multiple quotes.

TL;DR: You can manage to get better offers by getting multiple quotes, asking the right questions, timing the purchase, and checking for rebates and credits.

Exclusive Features From Goodman

ComfortBridge™ Technology

Select Goodman units are designed with ComfortBridge Technology. This monitors and optimizes performance and provides consistent, energy-efficient indoor home comfort.

Heating and cooling systems equipped with this allow you to keep your basic, single-stage thermostat or upgrade to a customized smart-home automated control system.

Copeland® Ultratech™ Scroll Compressor

This compressor has a two-step (or "two-stage") capacity design. It can run at full capacity or a fraction of it, generally around 60% of the maximum.

What benefits does this provide?

 At a lower stage, compressors run longer. This has multiple advantages.
  • The longer the run cycle, the more humidity is pulled from the indoor air. This leads to a cooler, more comfortable atmosphere. You can even turn up the thermostat a few degrees and still be comfortable, saving your utility bill.
  • The lower the indoor humidity, the better for your walls, floors, and products made of wood. Moisture is wood’s enemy. Keeping the relative humidity level at around 40%-60% will offer better protection.
  • Your home will have more even comfort. A longer run time ensures that the conditioned and unconditioned air will have a longer time to mix. That will help eliminate hot and cool spots.
  • Sometimes, you need only a little bit of cool. Copeland Ultratech Scroll Compressors lead the industry with greater comfort and energy efficiency, saving up to 25% on energy costs compared to a conventional HVAC system.
  • A machine running at 60% will be quieter than one running at 100%. In fact, the Copeland Scroll UltraTech Compressor is up to four times quieter than a reciprocating compressor. You can have superior cooling from an AC unit without having to listen to its operation.
  • Scroll compressors are compact, which can be advantageous when space is limited. They are also designed for easier setup and integration. Scroll compressors are generally easier to maintain due to their simple design, with fewer moving parts.
  • They promote environmental sustainability with features that reduce refrigerant leakage and improve overall system efficiency.

As one reviewer said [2]:

So far (my air conditioner) has run mainly on stage 1. It runs at about 66% capacity during low-demand periods. 
It is like having a smaller AC condensing unit for economic operation but having another one in reserve when the demand is really high! My bill went down about 50%.

ComfortAlert™ Diagnostics

ComfortNet Diagnostics helps the high-efficiency models run at their optimum level and offers homeowners new levels of control and operational precision.

When the Goodman AC unit is running at its optimal level, you get the most efficient operation it can offer. You get ideal comfort.

You also get an indoor temperature that doesn’t fluctuate. As the outdoor temperature rises and falls, the indoor temperature will remain steady.

CoolCloud HVAC App

The CoolCloud HVAC application allows licensed contractors to connect and communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Users can schedule service appointments or request repairs directly through the app. This can streamline the process of getting professional assistance.

This can also assist homeowners in performing basic maintenance tasks or understanding when professional help is needed.

This app also offers troubleshooting guides and diagnostic tools to help users identify system problems.

Users can register their Goodman and submit warranty claims through the app for added convenience.

SmartCoil™ Condensing Coil

High-efficiency ACs come equipped with Goodman’s patented SmartCoil™ condensing coil– the most advanced and efficient copper tube and aluminum fin combination available.

Beyond the excellent thermal transfer properties of R-410A refrigerant when coupled with 5mm copper tubing, the smaller diameter tubing requires less refrigerant to achieve the same efficiency rating.

Factory Installed Filter-Drier

Filter-driers play a pivotal role in the operation of air conditioning and refrigeration systems. 

They absorb and filter residual system contaminants and moisture. This helps the unit stay clean.

A clean AC is an efficient AC. And an efficient AC saves you money while providing optimal comfort.

TL;DR: The feature set for Goodman air conditioners differs from model to model. The higher end model comes with variable speed compressor, SmartCoil and other technologies designed to improve efficiency. 

Goodman Air Conditioner’s Warranty Analysis

Goodman AC units come with a 5-year parts limited warranty. Homeowners don’t need to do anything for this to apply.

However, when you register new Goodman HVAC systems and meet certain predefined conditions, Goodman will furnish a 10-year parts limited warranty that provides replacements for any part that is found to be defective due to workmanship or materials under normal use and maintenance.

The Goodman air conditioning warranty includes a lifetime compressor warranty, a 10-year unit replacement warranty, and a 10-year parts warranty.

(For comparison, only Trane offers a better deal; their new models now have a 12-year warranty.)

Select high-efficiency Goodman AC units offer a lifetime compressor limited warranty to the original registered owner.

If the original registered owner has a compressor failure, Goodman will replace the unit with a comparable Goodman product.

With an Asure Extended Service Plan, you'll have your choice of 5 years, 10 years, or even up to 99 years (compressor only) of worry-free comfort without the unexpected cost of replacement parts or labor expenses should your Goodman® brand equipment require covered service.

If a covered repair is needed, an Authorized Asure Dealer will respond promptly and make repairs with quality Goodman air conditioner parts.

An Asure Service Agreement is only available through an Authorized Asure Dealer. Visit the Dealer Locator to find an Asure Dealer near you. It is only available in some states, so this is an important step.

TL;DR: The base warranty of 10 years Goodman offers is excellent overall. However, on some high end models or with Asure Extended Service Plan you can get a lifetime compressor warranty.

Registration Is A Must For Full Warranty

You must register the purchased product to receive the fullest extent of the warranty. Either the HVAC installer or homeowner can do this, but please make sure this step isn't skipped.

Are There Conditions and Restrictions?

To receive the best warranty on Goodman air conditioners, online registration for qualified purchases should be completed within 60 days of the installation date.

Initial Term Warranty coverage is available to owners who have not registered, but Registered Additional Term Warranty coverage is only available to registered owners and provides for some additional remedies. TO REGISTER, GO TO WWW.GOODMANMFG.COM AND CLICK “PRODUCT REGISTRATION.”

How Does It Measure Up To The Competition?

The top-of-the-line Amana air conditioner comes with 10-year unit replacement and 10-year parts limited warranties.

The Goodman brand does one better by adding a lifetime compressor warranty to its comparable unit.

The most basic York air conditioner comes with a 10-year compressor and 10-year parts limited warranties, while the basic Goodman comes with 2-year replacement and 10-year parts limited warranties.

However, Goodman adds a 10-year unit replacement warranty on its best air conditioners that York doesn't offer.

Trane air conditioners come with a base limited warranty. Base limited warranty terms cover only the HVAC parts that were broken during the manufacturing process.

However, the base limited warranty terms don't include the labor costs regarding the repair or replacement.

It means that if you use the base limited warranty, you'll have to pay the labor cost. Only the parts replacement will be free of charge.

TL;DR: Compared to the rest of the brands, Goodman warranty is toward the superior end of the spectrum. On some units you can even find lifetime compressor warranty.


Goodman Air Conditioner Models Compared

Model

Compressor Speed

Seer Rating (Efficiency)

Available Sizes (Tonnage)

Energy Star Certified

GSX13

Single-speed

13 SEER

1.5–5 tons

No

GSXN3

Single-speed

13.4 SEER2

1.5–5 tons

No

GSXN4

Single-speed

14.4 SEER2

1.5–5 tons

No

GSXB4

Single-speed

14.3 SEER2

1.5–5 tons

No

GSXM4

Single-speed

14.3 SEER2

1.5–5 tons

No

GSX14

Single-speed

15 SEER

1.5–5 tons

No

GSX16

Single-speed

16 SEER

Not available

Yes

GSXH5

Single-speed

15.2 SEER

1.5–5 tons

Yes

GSXC16

Single-speed

16 SEER

2–5 tons

Yes

GSXC7

Two-speed

17.2 SEER

Not available

Yes

GSXC18

Two-speed

19 SEER

2–5 tons

Yes

GSXV9

Variable-speed

22.5 SEER

2–5 tons

Yes

GVXC20

Variable-speed

24.5 SEER

2–5 tons

Yes

*Based on customer reviews

Goodman GSX13

A single-stage Goodman unit with a SEER of up to 13. Discontinued.

With a few clicks, you can still find this model online. The prices range from $1,300 (2 ton) to $2,000 (5 ton) uninstalled.

The problems with this are:

Main Features
  • You will have to install it yourself, and unless you are licensed and can pull the proper permits, it will be uninsurable (and illegal if you try to sell your home).
  • Finding the exact parts for it won't be easy. You may have to settle for generic replacements, which might degrade the system.

Goodman GSXN3

Main Features
  • Single-stage compressor
  • SEER2 up to 13.4
  • 1.5 to 5 tons

The GSXN3 is one of Goodman's cheaper models for residential air conditioners - a step up from the GSX13 - providing an efficiency rating of 13.4 SEER2.

This is Goodman's cheapest available option. As such, it doesn't offer remote connectivity and features a single-stage compressor.

You won't get a rebate from the government for buying a low energy-efficient model, and you will get little in the way of energy savings on your electricity bill.

If you're considering selling your home soon or are extremely limited in your budget, this is a good answer.

It's also a good model if you live in the northern part of the US, where the demand for AC is less than in the south.

Goodman GSXN4

Main Features
  • Single-stage compressor
  • SEER2 up to 14.4
  • 1.5 to 5 tons

The GSXN4 has a 14.4 SEER2 rating. It has a permanent split capacitor (PSC) condenser motor, providing greater efficiency and lower energy bills. This has a single-stage compressor.

The permanent split capacitor motor (PSC) is compact, easy to maintain, highly efficient, and has a high power factor.

The downside is that it is more challenging to maintain than its cousin, the EC (electronically communicating) motor.

The SEER2 is virtually identical to other models in its price range: the GSXB4, the GSXM4, and the GSXN3.

It comes equipped with a factory-installed filter drier that absorbs and filters residual system contaminants and moisture.

That means it runs cleaner, which is beneficial to HVAC systems.

Goodman GSXB4

Main Features
  • Single-stage compressor
  • SEER2 up to 14.3
  • 1.5 to 5 tons

This is a single-stage unit that uses a reciprocating compressor.

It has a 14.3 SEER2 rating. It is highly affordable, but it’s likely to add to your electric bill in the long run because it will have to run longer than more efficient models.

It comes equipped with two features that will ease installation.

  1. 1
    It is fully charged with refrigerant sufficient for 15’ of tubing length.
  2. 2
    Contractors and DIYers can securely connect wires with large screw lugs, allowing for quick and solid wiring.

Goodman GSXM4

Main Features
  • Single-stage compessor
  • SEER2 up to 14.3
  • Available only in 1.5 to 3 tons

This is the model Goodman offers for small and multi-family homes. Contractors tend to buy this model in bulk for big projects.

In years past, Goodman air conditioners were considered "builder-grade systems" used in low-bid new construction and by air conditioning companies with the lowest price.

That reputation is no longer applicable, what with Goodman's recent emphasis on quality.

The GSXM4 uses a reciprocating compressor and a permanent split capacitor (PSC) condenser fan motor. The result is a SEER2 rating of 14.3.

For homes that require heavy-duty cooling, this unit is unacceptable, since it goes up to only 3 tons.

If you have a large home or live in the southern United States, you’ll likely need something sized 4 or 5 tons, such as the GSX14 or the GSX16.

Goodman GSX14

Main Features
  • Single-stage compressor
  • Up to 15 SEER
  • 1.5 to 5 tons
  • Not Energy Star certified

The GSX14 has a maximum efficiency rating of 15 SEER. This model uses a single-stage, reciprocating compressor. This model uses the PSC condenser fan motor, which helps bolster efficiency.

Though you can spend more on a higher SEER model, consider this: if your current AC is 15 years old, its SEER is probably about 10. On average, a 15 SEER unit runs about 30% more efficiently.

In 20 years, the difference in running costs can total anywhere from $1,028.60 to $8,228.60

In other words, the GSX14 - a mid-level model -  might be able to pay for itself.

Goodman GSX16

Main Features
  • Single-stage compressor
  • 15 SEER2
  • 1.5 to 5 tons
  • Energy Star certified

The GSX16 is the most affordable model offered by Goodman Air Conditioning that is Energy Star certified. That nets you a tax break or rebate.

Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protects our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution.

With a SEER2 rating of 15, it uses a scroll compressor, which costs more but consumes less energy.

This is a great value choice, offering good efficiency at an affordable price.

Not available for sale in the southern region of the United States. If you live in the southern region, you’ll have to shop for another model, such as the GSXH5, which has a SEER2 that’s comparable to this unit.

This GSX16 model is available on Amazon - Click Here To Check The Price

Goodman GSXH5

Main Features
  • Single-stage scroll compressor
  • Up to 15.2 SEER
  • 1.5 to 5 tons
  • Energy Star certified

The GSXH5 is the most affordable model from Goodman with ComfortBridge technology. That means the unit makes adjustments on the fly to save energy.

The single-stage compressor isn't designed to provide maximum savings on your energy bill, but Comfort Bridge makes up for it.

It can be programmed to minimize usage when you're away from home and cool the house before you return, maximizing comfort.

You can also connect through the Internet to lower the AC's output if you forget to do it as you're leaving the house. The energy savings add up when your AC doesn't work as hard as needed.

And the less it has to run, the fewer repairs it needs, saving you even more money.

Goodman GSXC16

A two-stage unit with a SEER of up to 17. Discontinued.

This was a nice product - an efficient AC at a decent price. Goodman has stopped producing it, but you can still find these online.

As with the GXS13, you would have to install this yourself, which means no extended warranty and no peace of mind if something breaks down.

In its place is the GSXC7 (see below), a Goodman air conditioning system with an almost identical SEER eligible for a government discount.

I love the SEER; I dislike the fact that a limited number of these are in the marketplace. If you still want one, check with an HVAC professional about installing this machine.

Goodman GSXC7

Main Features
  • Two-stage compressor
  • Up to 17.2 SEER2
  • 2 - 5 tons
  • Energy Star certified

This unit uses the same scroll compressor as the GSXC16, leading to greater comfort and efficiency. 

The two-speed ECM outdoor fan motor makes for quiet operation.

It also has ComfortBridge technology, allowing you to connect via Bluetooth for diagnostics, troubleshooting, and temperature control. It is Energy Star certified with a SEER2 rating of 17.2.

This unit is almost identical to the discontinued GSX16, making it a good middle-tier option.

What I love about this model is that it's still affordable, but the two-stage compressor will go a long way toward energy savings, noise reduction, and comfort. 

The lower stage is about 60% of capacity.

One bit of advice: existing air handlers or furnaces may not be compatible. If they aren't, you've spent time and money on an AC with a feature you can't use.

Goodman GSXC18

Main Features
  • Two-stage compressor
  • Up to 19 SEER
  • 2 to 5 tons

The GSXC18 features the Copeland two-stage compressor for better temperature regulation, the PSC condenser fan motor for greater efficiency, and ComfortBridge capabilities.

Goodman offers a high-pressure switch that shuts off the compressor circuit if the pressure exceeds the designated rating.

When a refrigeration system operates at lower than normal pressures, the low-pressure switch prevents freezing from working its way to the compressor.

Both safety features can prevent costly breakdowns and can extend the lifespan of the unit. Even if you never use it, I like these as fail-safes.

Goodman GSXV9

Main Features
  • Variable-speed compressor
  • Up to 22.5 SEER
  • 2 to 5 tons

One of Goodman's two high-end models, the GSXV9 has a variable-speed compressor that can operate at numerous speeds, from 0% to 100% capacity. 

This provides even indoor temperatures and helps reduce the energy cost. This unit also allows you to connect to your system through the Internet.

It is equipped with either a swing or scroll compressor based on tonnage.

It’s an amazing energy-saving model that will help drive down your electricity bill and provide even comfort.

The best thing about it is you’ll get used to the savings and cool interior. Your AC will deliver great performance to offset the (slightly) higher investment.

Goodman GVXC20

Main Features
  • Variable-speed compressor
  • Up to 24.5 SEER2
  • 2 to 5 ton
  • Energy Star certified

The GVXC20 is the most advanced, most efficient, and priciest of Goodman's central air conditioning models.

It offers ComfortBridge technology, uses a variable-speed, inverter-driven compressor, and provides an efficiency rating of 24.5 SEER.

It's a pricy upfront cost but will generate the lowest utility costs given its high efficiency. This is worth the money and then some if you plan on living in your home for the long run.

TL;DR: From the most budget GSX13 model to the priciest GVXC20, the price, feature and the efficiency changes drastically. The good news is that at an average Goodman ACs are cheaper compared to other brands.


Goodman Installation Explained

Guide To Installation Fees

Installation costs vary significantly based on your location and the level of expertise required.

The final costs might range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. Most companies will include this cost in the price of the AC itself.

A licensed HVAC installer should visit your home to assess the specific requirements before providing a detailed cost estimate.

Factors that could influence the price might be:

  • Alteration of ductwork
  • Replacing the line set
  • Modifications to the electrical system
  • Masonry and woodwork
  • Switching to a different refrigerant

How To Find A Reliable HVAC Professional

To find a good contractor for your Goodman HVAC system, check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to locate reliable dealers.

You can also visit NETWORX through our questionnaire below and get a list of professionals near you.

Networx lists contractors based on their success and ratings, so you don't end up with a dud.

TL;DR: The key to properly installing a central AC is to find a licensed and a reliable HVAC professional. Installation can make or break your central AC experience.


Buying Goodman ACs Online: Is That A Good Idea?

Why purchase a Goodman AC unit online? Price.

HVAC companies that install equipment inflate the price. You can save thousands of dollars with just a few clicks.

Here’s the catch: You need to do some homework beforehand.

Not only should you investigate the price, brands, models, and specific AC components to best suit your home's needs, but you also need to consider the size (or "capacity").

TL;DR: You can certainly find some great deals when buying Goodman ACs online and this should definitely be part of your due diligence process.

What Size Air Conditioner Do You Need?

The foolproof way to get the size right is to do a Manual J Load Calculation.[3]

This takes into account square footage, the number and size of windows and doors, the house’s orientation to the sun, and more.

And yes. It really, really matters. And the unit you're replacing may not be the correct size, so don't go by that number as the sole indicator.

A Goodman 2-ton air conditioner will occasionally provide enough cool for a house that needs 3 tons, but on hotter days, it will struggle.

Your home won’t get cool, and you’ll run up a hefty electricity bill in the meantime.

AC Unit Size

Room/Home Size

1.5 ton

600-1000 square feet

2 ton

1001-1300 square feet

2.5 ton

1301-1600 square feet

3 ton

1601-1900 square feet

3.5 ton

1901-2200 square feet

4 ton

2201-2600 square feet

5 ton

2601-3200 square feet

Who Will Install It?

Some HVAC contractors will not install air conditioners purchased online because they also want to sell you the equipment.

They may also balk because they can’t guarantee the condition of the unit. That means you can’t get a warranty.

If you decide to hire an HVAC professional, it’s best to get several quotes for the installation.

This will help you find the contractor that you like the best and give you a variety of quotes to consider before selecting the final installer.

DIYers can replace all or part of a new Goodman air conditioner.

The condenser and evaporator coil are almost always replaced, and the line set is often reused.

If you’re replacing one of the coils, make sure it matches the other, or your system will be set up for failure.

If it doesn’t match (HVAC techs may use the word “rate”), the components of your AC system won’t be able to communicate fully, if at all. Check with your Goodman dealer to learn more.

It is usually best to install a new line set if the run is not too difficult.

One important thing to know: No warranty is offered on a Goodman HVAC system purchased by consumers over the Internet.[4]

This includes Goodman products on web-based auctions, telephone, or other electronic means, unless the unit is installed by a dealer adhering to all applicable federal, state, and local codes, policies, and licensing requirements.

This policy is necessary to ensure that Goodman brand equipment is installed properly, in compliance with applicable laws, rules and codes, and in a manner that addresses safety concerns and the proper performance of Goodman HVAC equipment.

Failure to comply with this policy could lead to violations of applicable law that are punishable by fines. Check the Goodman website for full details.

TL;DR: There are some caveats to buying Goodman ACs online such as HVAC contractor refusing to install it and, in certain cases, Goodman not offering warranty coverage.


Goodman Condenser Fan Options

A condenser fan motor is usually located within the condensing unit in the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. (It’s called a split system because part of the AC is outside, the other indoors.)

A condenser fan keeps the condenser cool.

The condenser fan motor turns the fan blades, which blow air across the condenser coil, cooling the refrigerant, which transitions from a gas into a liquid.

Goodman’s GSX16, GSX14, and GSX13 have single-speed condenser fan motors that turn off once the desired temperature is achieved. They turn on again when the compressor turns on.

The GSXC18 and GSXC16 Goodman AC units feature high-efficiency, two-speed ECM condenser fan motors.

The fan slows down once the desired temperature level is achieved, which conserves energy.

A two-speed ECM condenser fan motor increases the initial investment but will lower the electricity bill. It also makes for a quieter system.

TL;DR: Goodman offers single-speed condenser fan motors for most models. The high efficiency premium models offer two-speed ECM condenser fan motors.


How Loud Is A Goodman AC Unit?

When looking for an HVAC system, you should be aware of how much noise the system makes.

The size and model of the unit play major roles in loudness.

The noise level can be minimized with the help of insulators, such as rubber or other noise absorbers.

Air conditioners usually have a noise range of around 40 to 60 dB. You can find other brands of AC that can go as low as 25 dBs, which is slightly louder than a whisper. Normal conversation is about 60 dB.

Goodman AC system noise scale ranges from as low as 59 dB to up to 75 dB.

The loudest units are the GCS16 and GCS13, while the GCS14 and GCSX16 are quieter.

The GVXC20 is the quietest air conditioning unit Goodman has to offer; it is - no surprise- also the most sophisticated and costly.

TL;DR: Goodman ACs have a noise ranging between 59dB to 75 dB. The top of the line model also happens to be the quietest.


What Goodman Air Conditioners Qualify For Tax Credit

You can get a tax credit as an incentive for buying high-efficiency HVAC equipment.

This means that by buying a more efficient air conditioner, you can save on your taxes and utility bills.

Buying a Goodman AC unit with a SEER2 rating of 16 or greater makes you eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the project cost up to $600.

This applies to the following model numbers:

  • GVXC20
  • GSXV9
  • GSXC18
  • GSXC7
  • GSXC16
  • GSXH5
  • GSX16

To double-check if a unit is certified, head to the Energy Star website.

For split systems, certified equipment with SEER2 > 16 is eligible. All Energy Star-certified packaged systems are eligible. 

Note:

Under the tax code, eligible equipment must "meet or exceed the highest efficiency tier (not including any advanced tier) established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, which is in effect as of the beginning of the calendar year."

TL;DR: Only Goodman ACs with SEER2 rating of 16 or higher qualify for tax credit. 


Homeowner & Buyer Reviews 

Just as you should do your research and get quotes from at least 3 local installers, you also shouldn't just take my word on it that Goodman is a good brand.

Here are some of the reviews from across the web:

Bought this when our old unit went out and wow! Keeping the house cold working awesome! Condenser is bigger than I expected for a 3ton which is a plus and it's super quiet! - Review from Goodman's official site[5]
I install Goodman units all the time - they’re good! They’re owned by Amana … Amana is their slightly more expensive but almost identical model... The installation quality is more important then the brand in most cases…  - Review from RedFlagDeals[6].

Of course, I also recommend that clients read the negative reviews. 

As with most HVAC brands, the negative reviews will come down to the initial installation or the warranty.

In the following instance, the user complains about having to replace the compressor after 4 years. 

Annoying, yes, but Goodman has one of the best warranties in the business, with compressors covered for life. 

What else can I say? If you buy Goodman you are making a mistake. My compressor failed in less than 4 years. The repair tech who showed up agreed that Goodman components are not quality and the A/C units are cheaply made. They are a ripoff. - Rick B[7]

How Does Goodman Compare To Other HVAC Companies?

Goodman Vs Amana

Both Goodman and Amana are subsidiaries of Daikin North America, and their HVAC systems are designed, engineered, and assembled entirely in the US.

The heating and cooling systems for both companies are produced on the same assembly lines, using the same parts.

While top-of-the-line Amana systems come with 10-year unit replacement and 10-year parts limited warranties,

Goodman HVAC adds a lifetime compressor warranty to its comparable unit. If the compressor fails, you’re in great shape (besides your AC being out of commission for a spell).

Additionally, Goodman AC units incorporate ComfortBridge technology, which continuously adjusts cooling power for peak efficiency and comfort.

If you’re willing to pay the price for this feature, you’ll reap the benefits that Amana can’t provide.

Amana is for bargain hunters. We prefer Goodman because it can deliver energy savings and better comfort.

TL;DR: Amana is also a budget-friendly brand, however, Goodman offers a better overall warranty.

Goodman Vs York

 When you compare the best other brands have to offer, 

Goodman Air Conditioning comes out ahead with a higher SEER rating of 24.5 on its top air conditioner versus York's maximum SEER rating of 21.

Which company offers better extensive warranties depends on the unit you purchase.

The most basic York AC comes with a 10-year compressor and 10-year parts limited warranties, while the basic Goodman brand comes with two-year replacement and 10-year parts limited warranties.

However, on its best ACs, Goodman adds a 10-year unit replacement warranty that York doesn't offer. Goodman also offers better options for its SEER.

TL;DR: On the top models, Goodman offers a better efficiency rating and also a much better warranty.

Goodman Vs Trane

Trane has built its reputation on the quality of its compressors.

Their high-end options can modulate the system in 1% increments, meaning the indoor temperature will stay even, no matter how much the outdoor temp fluctuates.

Trane systems often require more skilled HVAC installers due to their advanced features, leading to higher installation and repair costs.

Several units within the Goodman and Trane ranges are Energy Star certified, so it’s worth looking for the certification if using less energy is important to you.

A Goodman HVAC unit may not have the stellar reputation of a Trane, but they are both reliable products that can provide 10-15 years of comfort.

Trane's upper-end models are pricier, but Goodman products offer the same features. The quality of the products is nearly the same.

Goodman might be seen as a budget brand in comparison, but for our money, it delivers the same quality as Trane.

TL;DR: Trane is an expensive and a premium brand that is known for its durability. Goodman, however, offers great quality for the price.

Goodman Vs Carrier

Carrier ACs come with a higher price tag — $10,000–$20,000 — than Goodman units, which generally cost between $8,000–$15,000.

Both brands have put an emphasis on noise level. Each offers a variable-speed unit that can operate at as low as 51db.

We suggest that customers who prioritize budget above all else should stick with Goodman air conditioning, which can provide Carrier’s efficiency at a lower price.

The difference in quality and reputation is negligible.

TL;DR: Carrier is also a premium brand with expensive models. Goodman, again, stands out in terms of overall value for money and quality for the price.

Goodman Vs Frigidaire/Maytag

Frigidaire and Maytag have both reduced their product offerings. The result is that there are no model numbers in the 17-19 SEER range.

The most efficient central air conditioners are modulating 20 SEER models; the next most efficient are two-stage and single-stage 16 SEER air conditioners.

Goodman is a clear winner here, with SEERs at 24 and up.

What Frigidaire offers are bargain models that are best suited for homeowners who are on a tight budget.

But even here, Goodman’s ACs have affordable prices.

TL;DR: Frigidaire is excellent for homeowners with a very tight budget. On the other hand, Goodman is great for those looking for an energy efficient model at a relatively low price.

Category

Goodman

Efficiency*

21 SEER

18 SEER

26 SEER

22 SEER

21 SEER

Features

Top models contain features such as remote controllability

Top models contain no features such as WiFi.

Top models contain more features such as WiFi, Alexa, etc.

Top models contain more features such as WiFi, Nexia, etc.

Top models contain more technological features such as AccuComfort, Acculink, etc.

Coils

Aluminum Coils

Aluminum (high-end models)

Aluminum (high-end models)

Only post-2014 models have aluminum

Aluminum coils (high-end)

Compressor

2 single-stage compressors

1 two-stage compressor

2 single-stage compressors

1 two-stage compressor

2 single-stage compressors

Running Cost per anum*

~$464

~$700

~$441

~$500

~$464

Warranty – Compressor

5-10 years

Lifetime

10 years

10 – 20 years

10 – 12

Warranty – Parts

5-10 years

Lifetime

10 years

12 years – Lifetime

10 – 12

Customer Service

Only occasional complaints

Customers often complain about poor service

Customers often complain about Lennox repairs. Generic parts don’t work.

Costs more in some remote areas but customers are happy with repair work.

Generic parts usually work, offering more versatility to users and better customer support.

Price (Without Installation)

$1,195-$2,080

$1,190-$1,850

$1,400-$3,800

$1,595-$2,880

$2,800-$4,500

Online Reviews

Overall good reviews with complaints only for the installation process and high prices.

Complaints are mostly themed about maintenance cost.

Lennox users sometimes have complaints about repair work, but only when the unit breaks down, which is not that often.

Trane users have very less complains but sometimes complain about the high maintenance and repair cost.

Users are usually dissatisfied with American Standard air conditioners due to poor durability and frequent breakdowns.

* most efficient model


How Are Air Conditioners' Efficiency Rated?

Air Conditioners' efficiency used to be rated by their SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.[8]

For the technically-minded, you divide the AC’s cooling output by its electrical energy input during a typical cooling season.

SEER is being phased out in favor of SEER2, a measure of the total heat removed from the conditioned space during the annual cooling season.[9]

The essential component to remember is that the higher the SEER2, the more efficient the AC. An AC with a SEER2 of up to 20 is going run much more efficiently than one that’s rated at 15.

That means lower energy bills.

However, units with a higher SEER come with a higher initial investment. That’s the trade-off. Will the reduced electricity bill offset the cost of a high-end model?

How long do you plan on being in your house? If it's under five years, honest HVAC systems salespeople will probably steer you toward a lower-end unit.

A more expensive air conditioner will provide years and years of lower electricity bills, offsetting the higher initial price.

TL;DR: AC's energy efficiency is rated using SEER (older models) and SEER2 (new models) rating. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is and the lower will be its running costs. However, units with a high SEER/SEER2 rating have a higher upfront cost.


How To Make Your Goodman Run As Efficiently And As Long As Possible

Proper Installation Makes A Huge Difference

The most important day in the life of your Goodman air conditioner - or any AC - is the day of installation.

That's when a do-it-yourselfer or hired HVAC technician sets up the AC according to the manufacturer's specs. 

When done properly, you get maximum comfort and energy savings - and you deserve and should expect both.

Regularly Scheduled Maintenance Reduces Future Problems

Even the best Goodman AC unit needs some TLC once in a while. Every HVAC company will offer yearly maintenance agreements.

Subscribing to one will keep your AC happy and keep you protected under warranty.

If you want 15 years of trouble-free cool air, your unit needs an annual tune-up just as your car does.

With an HVAC service contract, you will receive not only seasonal tune-ups but also coverage on parts and labor should anything go wrong during the contract period.

Annual Tune-Ups Usually Cost $100; Service Contracts Cost Between $150 To $500.

If you’re doing the maintenance yourself, it’s best to perform it at the beginning of the cooling season.

That ensures trouble-free operation all summer.

TL;DR: The two main ingredients to making sure that your Goodman ACs lasts a long time is to first make sure that the installation is properly done and second that you maintain it regularly.


FAQs

Who Makes Goodman Air Conditioners?

In 2012, Goodman was purchased by Daikin Industries, Ltd. and became a member of the Daikin Family.[10] Daikin is a global Fortune 1000 company and is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning products.

Are Goodman AC Units Made In The USA?

Goodman Manufacturing in Houston, Texas, makes all Goodman, Daikin, Amana, and Franklin brands.

How Long Will Goodman Central Air Conditioners Last?

Estimates vary on how long a Goodman air conditioner will last. At a minimum, expect them to last at least 10 years. The average will be 12-15, though it’s not uncommon for a Goodman to last 20 years.

What Other Products Does Goodman Manufacture?

In addition to ACs, Goodman makes and distributes heating equipment (heat pumps and gas furnaces).

Is A Goodman Packaged Unit As Efficient As A Split System?

We’ve covered split systems because:

  1. 1
    Most homeowners prefer this arrangement, and
  2. 2
    They are more efficient.

The best Goodman packaged units can go only to 15 SEER. Other brands are comparable.

The compressor, coils, and air handler are all housed in a single-boxed cabinet. The packaged air conditioner can also provide limited warmth by using an electrical strip heating.

These electric strips are expensive to operate, so we’d recommend this only in southern climates where the call for heat is rare.

What Are Goodman Financing Options?

Many local, independent Goodman HVAC system dealers provide financing options such as:

  • Low monthly payments
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No down payment required

Find a Goodman dealer in your area to learn more about their specific financing offers.[11]

Summary | Is A Goodman AC Right For You?

 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)


Goodman Logo

Goodman is a budget-friendly alternative to the major brands that does not sacrifice reliability and energy efficiency.

It is completely made in America, from the design to manufacturing parts to the assembly line.

Its affordable prices range from around half to a third of higher-end options.

Goodman also has one of the best extended warranties in the business and tests its high-quality air conditioners (along with its other products) three times before they leave the assembly line.

Pricing. Reliability. Efficiency. Goodman is a reliable company that offers all of this and more.

References: 

  1. https://www.energystar.gov/
  2. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/products/air-conditioners/18-seer-gsxc18
  3. https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/hvac-right-sizing-part-1-calculating-loads
  4. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/support/internet-purchases
  5. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/products/air-conditioners/16-seer-gsxc16
  6. https://forums.redflagdeals.com/anyone-using-goodman-air-conditioner-2537257/
  7. https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/goodmanmfg.com
  8. https://www.hvac.com/expert-advice/what-is-seer-rating/
  9. https://seer2.com/about.html
  10. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/about/why-goodman
  11. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/support/find-a-dealer
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