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Goodman Vs American Standard Air Conditioners: Which Is Best?

American Standard and Goodman are both well known brands in the HVAC industry. But which one is better? Read on to learn about both brands and how they compare against each other.

There are a lot of air conditioner models and brands out there to choose from. When your current AC breaks down, you may feel extra pressure to find a replacement as quickly as possible. When this happens, you tend to stick to names you know and trust.

American Standard and Goodman are both well known brands in the HVAC industry, and both offer several models to meet different needs. But which one is better? In our American Standard Vs. Goodman air conditioner review, we aim to find out.

Read on to learn about both brands, what they have to offer and how they rate and compare against each other. Then, you can focus your attention on the brand you like most and select the best AC model for your specific needs.

Reliability and Expected Lifespan

One of the biggest misconceptions about modern HVAC equipment is that it must be a large brand or popular brand name to be reliable. With modern technologies, you pay for features and options (and warranty to an extent) more than you do for longevity and reliability.

In the case of American Standard, you can expect at least 20 years of service with regular cleaning and maintenance routines. These routines need to be performed with every model, though, and you can drastically shorten the life span of your AC if you fail to keep them clean and maintained.

Goodman can also easily last for 20 years or more. Again, with proper care and annual maintenance, 20 years (or more) is not uncommon for the brand.

Winner: Tie. Both brands require cleaning and maintenance, but with proper care will last you a couple of decades.

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Communication Ability

Communications for customer service from the brand to the consumer can be hit or miss. Some brands take more pride than others with post-sales communications.

Goodman, for example, has contact information clearly listed, including emails and toll-free phone numbers. They also offer post-sales assessments, learning the likes and dislikes of consumers to make a better product based on feedback.

American Standard has a more automated system with their customer service phone number, and it can be challenging to get through to a human. When you do, though, they are helpful to some extent. Most problems, though, will be referred to local contractors for assistance.

Winner: Goodman has better customer service and more post-sales protocols in place for their consumers.

Unit Purchase Price

When it comes to pricing, you won’t find many brands offering individual unit prices. This is because you must be properly trained and EPA certified to even be allowed by law to perform an HVAC installation.

As such, any pricing you see will generally include the installation fees (estimated) as well. For American Standard, the actual pricing is fairly low for industry standards, making them one of the most affordable brands in the industry.

Goodman also sells through contractors and vendors and not directly to the public, so you won’t find individual unit prices. However, it is their dependability and below industry pricing that has propelled them to become one of the most popular brands in existence.

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer a wide range of models at affordable pricing. Individual prices will depend on your HVAC installer and their labor costs.

Manufacturer Warranty

Warranties are one of the most important aspects of an HVAC investment. Most manufacturers will split their warranty into two parts. The first part will cover the condenser, evaporator coils, and electrical components. It also protects against wear and tear. The second part covers the compressor and sealed units of the system.

For American Standard, they have a standard 5-year warranty that can be extended to 10-years if you register the purchase and professional installation within 60 days. This is an all-inclusive warranty that includes all parts, components, and the compressor/sealed system.

Goodman offers a 10-year warranty based on the wear, tear, parts, and casings. The compressor and sealed system are covered for life. No extra hoops to jump through or extensions needed. It is arguably the best warranty in air conditioning right now.

Winner: Goodman offers a better warranty and doesn’t require you to take extra steps to make it effective.

Costs of Parts and Future Repairs

Many parts that break down over time can be replaced by the homeowner. If you have the tools and knowledge of the system to access the parts safely, it can save you a lot of money on repairs and labor fees.

Luckily parts are readily available for almost every model, both in-person and online. Shopping for American Standard parts, you can head to Home Depot, Lowe’s, most hardware stores, and any HVAC specialty shop. The same is true for Goodman.

If you know your part, model, and serial numbers, you can also order your parts online at HVAC shops or third-party vendors like Amazon. Most parts will be affordable for any budget and fairly simple to replace.

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer affordable parts for replacement that are readily available.

Range of SEER Ratings Available

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, is one method to tell how much you can save over your current or older system. SEER ratings are essentially the ratio between the wattage intake of the system versus the BTU output of the system during the summer months.

Higher SEER numbers mean more cost effective operation and can translate into savings on your monthly or annual energy bills. With American Standard, you will find various models that range between 14 and 22 SEER with an entire line average of about 16 SEER.

Goodman Offers ranges from 13 to 24.5 SEER and a series model average of about 17 SEER. But, of course, depending on the size, tonnage, and model you select, your average and savings expectations will vary.

Winner: Goodman has a higher top-end SEER model and a higher average SEER rating compared to American Standard.

Humidity Control

Humidity is a constant battle inside homes around the country. Some regions have higher natural humidity than others, but being able to control it with your HVAC system can help your overall well-being and health.

To properly control the humidity, though, you need a method of detection that can tell what the humidity level is, as well as a way to set the humidity level you prefer. The simplest method is to use a smart thermostat with humidity sensors. There are several brands that offer this, including Nest.

Not all smart thermostats are compatible with all HVAC systems, though, so you will need to verify before you buy.

American Standard is compatible with most major third-party vendors and thermostats, but there are several that won’t run an American Standard HVAC system. Goodman also has a few limitations on brand compatibility, but it is much smaller than American Standard.

Winner: Goodman is compatible with more smart thermostat brands, including those that offer humidity control.

Noise Levels of AC Units

One major drawback to many HVAC brands is the amount of noise they produce while under load. Some brands make an effort to insulate their compressors to help dampen the noise production, and others don’t, in an attempt to save some money.

While higher-end models will have more sound dampening features, you can expect that any Goodman model will produce about 70 – 74dB of noise. This isn’t the quietest range on the market, but it isn’t the loudest, either.

American standard typically produces at least 80dB of noise, but they implement a feature called Aero Quiet II on almost every model. This feature effectively drops the noise levels to about 70dB system-wide.

Winner: American Standard models with Aero Quiet II will produce less overall noise than Goodman models.

Variable Speed Systems (Compressors)

Variable speed compressors are among the quietest, most energy-efficient compressor type in production right now. They are expensive to make, and that cost is usually added to the unit cost as a result.

Both Goodman and American Standard offer one model each with a variable speed compressor. The Goodman version has 750 speed options that increment at about half of 1% per cycle. The American Standard variable speed compressor is slightly less efficient with only 700 speed options.

Winner: Goodman has a slight edge in the high-end model with a better compressor.

Single Vs. Two-Stage Cooling Options

The more common compressor options are single stage and two-stage models. The single-stage options are either off or running at their one speed, which is max. A two-stage compressor has a slightly slower alternate speed that can conserve energy by running at either 100% or slower; your system will only use the speed needed to maintain temp.

Both American Standard and Goodman offer several models with both single-stage and two-stage compressors. They are cheaper to make and can still be quite energy efficient. Depending on your needs, region, and budget, a single-stage compressor may be plenty. For that extra long-term savings, though, a two-stage is almost always a better choice.

Winner: Tie. Both Goodman and American Standard offer several models in both compressor options.

Technology Integration and Developments

Technological innovations are the cornerstone of any serious HVAC brand. Attempting to find cheaper, more efficient methods is always a focus of these brands.

Goodman has a lot of user-friendly features that are made or added to help the end-user have a better experience. For example, the ComfortNet communications allow the system to interact with the mobile app, so you can control your system from almost anywhere.

They also have ComfortAlerts which is an onboard self-diagnostics system that allows you to know what is going on with your HVAC system at any time. On top of that, Goodman also installs filter driers and other optional equipment parts.

American Standard offers more system-used features, like WeatherGuard toppers, rust-resistant drain pans, and internal communications for diagnostics.

Winner: Tie. Both brands offer a lot of technological features that will appeal to either the DIY homeowner or the diagnostic savvy.

Financing Options Available (Via The Brand)

systems. Qualifications for getting the financial support will vary. Because of the installation laws, most of the finance options will come through the vendors and not the brand directly.

Goodman, for example, has several options for financing, including monthly payments, split payments, and loans. All of these will be vendor dependent and will vary based on your contractor and where you live.

American Standard approves all financing through their contractors and dealers, so you will be referred to them. Your installation technician will have more details, and the contracting company you hire for the installation and purchase will be able to handle the payments so that everything stays local.

Winner: Tie. Both Goodman and American Standard have approved financing for consumers with budget concerns. You can apply and qualify through their respective vendors.

Customer Ratings

During your research, you will need to read ratings and reviews from previous customers. While this can be a good way to see what you should expect, it is important to note the source and the actual complaint.

Many reviews will be negative regardless of the brand because of our human nature to be more vocal when complaining than to post when we are satisfied. It is also important to understand that many of the negative ratings don’t directly represent the brand or model, but instead the lack of research by the owner or even through the fault of the installation contractors.

That being said, at the time of this article, Goodman offers an average rating through Consumer Affairs with about a 2.9 out of 5 star rating. This is based on over 180 reviews tallied, with the majority of them being positive.

American Standard’s rating through Consumer Reports is even higher, with a #1 rating in several categories and a top 10 rating in others.

Winner: American Standard has more positive ratings but also has over 50,000 posted reviews collected by the report.

Comparing Popular Goodman and American Standard Model Numbers

We have mentioned that each brand offers several models in various tonnages and capabilities. Let’s take a look at both brands’ offerings based on their SEER rating, compressor cooling stages, and expected energy savings percentages to help narrow down your choices.

Model Number SEER Ratings Cooling Stages Energy Saving (%)
Goodman GVXC20 24.5 SEER 750 72%
American Standard Platinum 18/ 20 21 SEER 700 50%
Goodman GSXC18/DSXC18 19 SEER 2 55%
American Standard Gold 17 18 SEER 2 50%
American Standard AccuComfort™ Platinum 18 18 SEER 700 50%
Goodman GSX16 17 SEER 2 54%
American Standard Gold 17 17 SEER 2 50%
American Standard Silver 16,15,14 16 SEER 1 48%
Goodman GSX14 15 SEER 1 52%
American Standard Silver 16 Low Profile 17 SEER 1 52%
Goodman GSX13 13 SEER 1 48%

Overview of Goodman Air Conditioners

Starting in the mid-1950s, Goodman Manufacturing Company, based in Houston, Texas, took less than 10 years to grow into the largest HVAC manufacturer in the United States. They stayed true to the US heritage and continue to build, produce and manufacture all of their products in the US to this day.

In 2012, the brand was acquired by Daikin, which helped propel the company into the future by adding research and development boosts. By keeping the manufacturing in Technology Park in Texas, they are able to keep prices low and innovation high.

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Quick Look At Goodman Air Conditioner Features

Aside from the standard required parts that all HVAC equipment comes with, Goodman also has some unique features and attributes worth pointing out.

For starters, not every brand will install the filter driers, line filters, and refrigerant line connectors in-house. Goodman installs all of these for you at the factory. This saves the installers time and effort on site, which in turn saves you money on labor fees.

On another practical front, Goodman also uses a weather-resistant powder coat finish that prevents rust and corrosion. It also features louvered coil guards that help airflow and prevent debris build-up.

Pros & Cons of Goodman AC Units

Goodman does have a lot to offer the consumer an end-user, but not everything is so great. Do the benefits outweigh the negatives? Let’s take a closer look at both sides to find out.

What We Like
  • Excellent warranty coverage
  • Powder coat finish to protect against corrosion
  • Low installation fees
  • Low maintenance levels
  • Compatible with many aftermarket thermostats and sensors
  • Self-diagnosis built-in
  • High average SEER rating
  • Made in USA
Things We Don’t
  • Only one model with variable speed compressor
  • Access panels can be difficult to access
  • Drain pans have been known to clog easily

Overview of American Standard Air Conditioners

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, American and Standard were two different companies that merged together. After the brand started to gain popularity for plumbing and HVAC systems they manufactured, they changed the name to American Standard.

By 1984 American Standard was a household name that had taken over many smaller companies and set their sights higher. By acquiring Trane, they were able to advance their HVAC manufacturing and keep up with the more prominent brands.

The claim to fame, even after losing Trane to Ingersoll Rand, was offering innovative, highly affordable, and readily available systems across the country.

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Quick Look At American Standard Air Conditioner Features

American Standard, like Goodman, has unique features and attributes that are noteworthy. The biggest feature is the all-aluminum fin and coil system. Although most brands use copper or a copper/aluminum mix, all aluminum is more efficient and cools faster.

Certain models also come with the WeatherGuard system that has a rust-proof drain pan on the bottom, and some models have a weather-proof cover for the top. Both together will ensure your system can handle any weather situation it may encounter, including direct sunlight.

Pros & Cons of American Standard AC Units

Now we look at the positives and negatives of the American Standard brand. While individual results and needs vary, some may find that the good far outweighs the bad, while others think differently. Let’s see what you think.

What We Like
  • A few variable speed options
  • Widely available across the country
  • Made in the USA
  • Lower installation costs
  • Repair and replacement parts are affordable
  • Higher than industry average SEER ratings
  • Dependable parts included
Things We Don’t
  • Extended warranty requires registration
  • Not sold through all contractors
  • Can need repair sooner than other brands

Conclusion

When looking for a new air conditioner to upgrade your current system or to replace a worn AC unit, you have a lot of options. For the budget-conscious, you don’t have to sacrifice performance to save money.

With brands like Goodman and American Standard, you get high-quality, reliable units at affordable prices. Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a better understanding of what each brand has to offer.

Your selection should be made with all the information in hand, and your investment should reflect your needs as well as your wants. With any luck, this Goodman vs. American Standard air conditioner review has helped you find a brand you can live with.

Last Updated on May 27, 2022

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