Goodman GSX14 Review
SEER:Up to 15
Decibel Level:As low as 71
Price:$3000 - $4500
Tonnage:1.5 to 5 tonnes
Cooling Capacity:18,000 - 60,000 Btus
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The GSX14 is a standard air conditioner from Goodman that offers quiet and high-efficiency performance, but without a lot of the additional features and technologies that their more advanced cooling systems offer.
Because this is a more basic air conditioner, it’s more affordable for families on a budget who still want to upgrade to a more efficient and cost-saving central air system. Even without the extras and cutting-edge technologies, the GSX14 is still a great and reliable air conditioner that will see your family comfortably through many summers.
By the end of this GSX14 model review, you'll have a better idea of whether this air conditioner is suitable for your budget and your comfort needs. Along with talking about the GSX14’s design elements, efficiency, features, and warranty, the review will also compare it to three other Goodman models so you can see what else is out there.
About the Goodman GSX14
Average Price (with installation): $3,000 - $4,500
- Quiet and reliable performance
- Has a special sound-control top
- Great warranty
- Made in the U.S.
- High-efficiency single-stage compressor
- Single-speed fan delivers consistent airflow
- Special components protect the unit from wear and tear, and the elements
- Easy-installation components can mean more affordable installation costs
The Bottom Line
Goodman’s GSX14 is a good option if you want a basic high-efficiency air conditioner. If efficiency is a priority, make sure you pay attention to the specifications of the different models, because most of the GSX14 air conditioners only have a SEER rating of 14, with a select few that are rated as high as 15.
This might not be the most advanced air conditioner on the market, but it’s well-made with quality components, and it promises quiet operation, easy installation, consistent temperature control, and cool comfort all summer long.
One thing to note is that this model isn't ENERGY STAR certified and only has a single-stage compressor, and that could impact rebate eligibility if you're hoping to apply for any. There are similar air conditioners in Goodman’s product line that are a little more efficient and that might qualify for rebates that the GSX14 doesn’t.
In Depth Review
Goodman GSX14 Product Specifications:
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 15
- ENERGY STAR® certified: No
- Decibel rating: As low as 71
- Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tons
- Cooling capacity: 18,000 - 60,000 Btus
Smartcoil Technology: The way an air conditioner manages heat transfer will help determine how efficient it is, and how well it can keep your home at the ideal temperature. In their condensers, Goodman uses an industry-leading coil copper tubing that’s smaller and more efficient than what's available in some other air conditioners, and this means the GSX14 can deliver cool air while using less energy.
Designed for Easy Installation: Installation is a big part of the cost when you buy a new air conditioner, and the GSX14 has a number of design elements that make it faster and easier to install, which could reduce labour costs. Those elements include a full refrigerant charge for 15 feet of tubing, fast wiring connections, easy-access ports, and more.
Other Key Features
- Split air conditioner made for homes with ductwork
- Enhanced aluminum fins provide better heat absorption and transfer
- Filter drier ensures lasting performance by protecting the unit from moisture
- Uses a chlorine-free refrigerant
- PSC condenser fan motor
- AHRI certified
- Wires connect with large screw lugs for quick installation
- Complies with ETL safety standards in North America
- Heavy-gauge, galvanized steel for lasting protection
- Protective powder paint on the cabinet increases durability
- Coil guard protects internal components
The warranty that comes with the GSX14 isn't the best one that Goodman offers, but it still has an excellent warranty, especially for a standard air conditioner.
When you buy a GSX14, it’s covered for two years by a unit replacement limited warranty and for 10 years by a parts limited warranty.
The unit replacement warranty means that Goodman will replace the air conditioner if the compressor fails in the first two years of service.
To be eligible for the full coverage, make sure you register the unit online with Goodman within two months of installation. Unregistered units lose out on the unit replacement warranty, and the parts warranty will drop down to five years.
Comparable Models by Goodman
Model Comparison by Price: Goodman GSX14 versus Goodman GVXC20
The GVXC20 is Goodman’s top-of-the-line air conditioner, so it won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that it’s pricier than the GSX14. On average, the GVXC20 costs Canadian homeowners between $4,500 and $5,500+ to buy and install.
The GVXC20 has a lot of great features and technologies that the GSX14 doesn’t, including ENERGY STAR certification, a SEER rating of 24.5, a highly efficient variable-speed inverter compressor, remote Wi-Fi control and monitoring capabilities, communicating capabilities, better warranty terms, and more.
Just keep in mind that air conditioners with SEER ratings between 16 and 18 are generally the best for Canada because they offer the best balance of price, efficiency, and energy savings.
Although the GSX14 isn't as sophisticated or efficient as the GVXC20, it will be more affordable, and it’s closer to the ideal SEER range for Canadian summers.
Model Comparison by Features: Goodman GSX14 versus Goodman GSXC16
The GSXC16 is one of the more advanced air conditioners that Goodman makes, so there are quite a few differences between it and the GSX14 when comparing features.
In terms of efficiency, the GSXC16 has a more advanced and more efficient two-stage scroll compressor, and that also means quieter operation and better temperature control.
Other improvements the GSXC16 has are a 17 SEER, ENERGY STAR certification, a two-speed fan, a self-diagnostic system, communication technology that lets you monitor the system remotely and control it via Wi-Fi connection, and compatibility with Goodman’s CoolCloud HVAC app for contractors.
The GSXC16 has some very appealing selling points, especially the ideal SEER for Canada, the more advanced compressor, the additional features and technologies, and increased rebated eligibility.
Model Comparison by Tier: Goodman GSX14 versus Goodman GSX13
There are a couple of air conditioners in the Goodman line that are similar to the GSX14, and that includes the GSX13.
Aside from a slight difference in price and SEER rating (the GSX13 has a SEER rating up to 13), the two units are quite similar. They have the same type of single-stage compressor and single-speed fan, the same features to ensure durability, the same easy installation mechanisms, and the same warranty terms.
While you might save yourself a couple hundred dollars by opting for the GSX13, it’s not going to save you as much on energy bills. Furthermore, it won’t be as capable at cooling larger spaces, and will likely be better suited for places in milder parts of the country, cottages, smaller homes, and other places that have lower cooling demands.