This Goodman furnace review will examine the brand’s models, efficiency ratings, features, prices, warranty, and more.
Average Price: $2200 – $4000
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Good: Goodman has a well established reputation for being a leader in manufacturing well made and affordable HVAC products, making them a fixture in many Canadian homes. They have a lot to offer consumers looking to purchase a high-efficiency natural gas or propane furnace on a lower budget. With efficiency ratings from 92-98% AFUE and ENERGY STAR certified high-efficiency natural gas furnaces, consumers will find a home heating system that matches their budget, while providing them with much needed energy savings.
Want: Goodman delivers on price, value, and warranty. A strong leader in their economy-priced brand tier, it’s difficult to come up with a want as far as their high-efficiency forced-air furnaces go. One area where they don’t measure up compared to other brands is in higher priced brand tiers is Innovative Technologies. The only innovative technology feature they offer is ComfortNet™Communications compatibility in their mid-range and premium-priced models. So innovative technology could be an area that Goodman may choose to develop if they choose to break out of the economy-priced brand tier and move up to the mid-range priced brand tier. However, adding innovative technologies would probably drive up their pricing, something they’ve fought hard to keep at an affordable price point for consumers, and since they are well known for their affordable pricing, this may not be a move they wish to pursue. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, and Goodman has certainly developed a winning combination when it comes to price and value, with a loyal customer following.
The Bottom Line: It’s tough to beat Goodman on price, value and warranty in the economy-priced brand tier. Known for their durable construction and reliable operation, an investment in a high-efficiency Goodman natural gas furnace is one your family is sure to enjoy for years to come.
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Final Score: 8/10
Efficiency/AFUE – 8/10
Goodman natural gas and propane furnaces offer consumers entry-level, moderate and premium level efficiency with 92-98% AFUE ratings. Their wide selection of ENERGY STAR certified, high-efficiency furnaces is an attractive feature for many consumers.
- 2 of 9 Goodman natural gas furnace models are 92% AFUE
- 5 of 9 Goodman natural gas furnace models are 96% AFUE
- 1 of 9 Goodman natural gas furnace models are 97% AFUE
- 1 of 9 Goodman natural gas furnace models are 98% AFUe
- 7 of 9 Goodman natural gas furnace models are ENERGY STAR certified
Innovative Technology and Additional Features – 5/10
Like their high-efficiency central air conditioners, Goodman channels all of their energy into manufacturing an affordable and reliable product, backed by a strong warranty. In doing so they forego many of the extras seen as you move up into the midrange and premium priced brand tiers. With that in mind they do include one innovative technology with some of their premium priced models that are ComfortNet™Communications compatible. For consumers who are interested in having greater control over the temperature of their home this technology is worth taking a closer look at.
- ComfortNet™Communications – allows consumers to remotely access their home heating system for a more precise temperature control. Can adjust temperature remotely. Available for the GMVC96, GCVC96, GMEC96, GMEC96 and GMVM97 models in Goodman’s premium-priced model tier.
- Durable construction
- Insulated cabinet
- Tubular primary heat exchanger – made from aluminized steel
Pricing – 10/10
*The pricing listed below is intended as a general guideline only. Pricing may vary according to installation factors, city or region, the company or distributor you deal with, etc.
Goodman propane and natural gas furnaces fall at the lower end of the pricing spectrum, ranging in price between about $2200 – $4000. Starting at about $2200, their entry-level efficiency natural gas furnaces provide consumers with some relief from the high cost of home heating bills, while comfortably heating their home. Even their highest priced, ENERGY STAR 98% AFUE models offers consumers good value for your money when you consider Goodman’s limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty, and the fact that at 98% AFUE your furnace is providing you with a premium level of home heating efficiency. An initial investment of roughly $4000 (including installation) is money well spent that will yield huge savings when it comes to your monthly energy costs.
Price vs. Value:
Goodman provides lots of added value for the price when you consider the range in efficiency and warranty they offer consumers. From entry-level to premium efficiency Goodman has a high-efficiency natural gas furnace that matches all budgets. For those consumers who are energy conscious and looking to maximize their energy savings, Goodman has seven ENERGY STAR certified models to choose from.
Their warranty coverage is comparable to KeepRite, lots of ENERGY STAR certified models to choose from, and models available at all ranges of efficiency. They provide lots of added value for the price when you consider warranty and efficiency offered.
Types of Furnaces – 8/10
- Single Stage: GMSS92, GCSS92, GMSS96, GCSS96
- Two Stage/Variable Speed: GMVC96, GCVC96
- Two Stage/Multi-Speed: GMEC96
- Modulating/Variable Speed: GCVM97, GMVM97
Warranty – 9/10
Goodman is known for their generous warranty coverage, offering an impressive limited lifetime heat exchanger coverage and 10 year parts warranty throughout their economy, mid-range and premium priced model tiers. The heat exchanger is one of the most expensive parts to replace so having a lifetime warranty coverage gives consumers peace of mind that their investment is built to last.
- Limited lifetime heat exchanger
- Limited 10 year parts
- Limited 10 year unit replacement – midrange and premium priced models
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Goodman Furnace Model Breakdown & Comparison
For over 30 years, Goodman has prided themselves on manufacturing quality, high-efficiency natural gas furnaces at an affordable price. This dedication has made them a favourite amongst consumers in the economy-priced brand tier.
Goodman’s Economy Natural Gas Furnaces
Goodman’s economy priced-model tier features Single Stage and Multi-Speed natural gas furnaces offering an entry-level efficiency with 92% AFUE.
Goodman Entry Level Efficiency Natural Gas Furnaces
|GMSS92||92%||40,000 – 120,000|
|GCSS92||92%||40,000 – 120,000|
Economy Tier Warranty Coverage: Models in this tier are covered by Goodman’s limited Lifetime Heat Exchanger and limited 10 year parts warranty.
Goodman’s Mid-Range Gas Furnaces
Single Stage, Two Stage and Variable Speed with ECM motor high-efficiency natural gas furnaces make up Goodman’s mid-range priced brand. All of the models in this tier are ENERGY STAR certified with 96% AFUE, and ComfortNet™Communications compatible.
Goodman High Efficiency Natural Gas Furnaces
|GMVC96||96%||40,000 – 120,000|
|GCVC96||96%||40,000 – 120,000|
|GMEC96||96%||40,000 – 120,000|
|GMSS96 (single stage)||96%||40,000 – 120,000|
|GCSS96 (single stage)||96%||40,000 – 120,000|
Mid-Range Tier Warranty Coverage: Models in this tier enjoy the same warranty coverage as the economy-priced model tier, with the addition of limited 10 year unit replacement.
Goodman’s Premium Gas Furnaces
Variable Speed with ECM motor, and Modulating high-efficiency natural gas furnaces offer the highest efficiency that Goodman has to offer can be seen in their premium-priced models. High-efficiency natural gas furnaces in this tier are all ENERGY STAR certified, with an AFUE range of 97% and 98% AFUE. Each of these models are compatible with ComfortNet™Communications technology, giving you greater control over your home heating.
Goodman Ultra High Efficiency Natural Gas Furnaces
|GCVM97||97%||60,000 – 120,000|
|GMVM97||98%||60,000 – 120,000|
Premium Tier Warranty Coverage: Models in this premium-priced model tier have the same warranty coverage as Goodman’s mid-range priced model tier.
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