Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.
As a top manufacturer of both residential and commercial air conditioning, Goodman has among the highest quality ACs. The primary focus of Goodman is to ensure comfort, reliability, and efficiency to the customers, without having them spends too much money. Depending on the type of unit you want, Goodman provides a vast variety of air conditioners with different specifications. Air conditioners from Goodman are widely known for their high efficiency as well as the very competitive prices.
1. Low Price but reliable
Goodman offers the most affordable prices as compared to other AC manufacturers such as Trane and Lennox. A 3 ton 14 SEER Goodman AC cost only about $960, its equivalent Trane AC is about $1400-$1500 which is much more expensive. So why can Goodman keep durable and the low pricing in the meanwhile? It is based on their own distributor-dealer sales model and market positioning. So there is no need to worry about Goodman’s quality. That being said, there are certain unqualified Goodman dealers and contractors in the market, we will teach you how to distinguish them in the following part.
2. Compressors With Lifetime Warranty
The reason they offer the lifetime warranty is the revolutionary suction accumulator. The primary reason for compressor breakdown is the accumulation of refrigerant in the suction lines. Any refrigerant in liquid form is trapped in this suction accumulator, ensuring trouble-free compressor operation. Lifetime warranty is good but don’t exaggerate the effect of it. The average life of an air conditioner is 12-15 years, not a lifetime. You still need to pay extra labor fee for any repair after one year.
3. Copper Tube Coils
Today, more and more brands start to use aluminum coils to decrease the cost of manufacture. If your aluminum coils break down, you need to replace the whole coils instead of patching up the hole on the Copper tube. So the repair cost for aluminum coils will be 3-4 times as expensive. Goodman keeps on using the copper tube is good for customers.
Related article: Copper VS Aluminum – Condensers and Evaporators Coils
No High-end Models
The highest efficient Goodman air conditioner is 18 SEER. In most cases, 16-18 SEER is enough for residential using and long-term saving. However, if you want an 18+ SEER or variable cooling air conditioner, we recommend you to check Trane, Carrier, Lennox or American Standard. The highest SEER for Trane and Carrier is 21, and in 2016 Lennox just launch their 26 SEER XC25 air conditioner.
Quality of Contractor Varies Widely
Unlike Trane and Lennox, Goodman doesn’t directly sell units to dealers. There is another tier between manufacturer and dealer, called distributor. The distributor has their own rights to choose dealers. In order to seek for high sales revenue, some irresponsible distributors lower of dealer choosing standards and sell units to unqualified dealers. We heard of more negative feedbacks from Goodman recently and most of them are caused by improper installation. Goodman unit itself is reliable, but finding a reliable contractor is more important.
How to Check Goodman Dealers
Some Goodman dealers are Authorized as GoodCare Dealers, which means they are able to supply homeowner with the Goodman extended service plan. Another label is called “A-Plus Dealers.” Dealers can only get this label by attending Goodman correspondence course every 6 months. If your local contractor has one of these certifications, you can trust him for the following installation.
|Model||SEER||Sound Level||Compressor||Condensor Fan Motor||Coastal Model|
Note: “Coastal” models have additional anti-corrosion features to protect it from the ocean-related corrosion.
Goodman Model Recommendation
a) Goodman SSX16 model
This single stage model with a SEER of 16 is the second best model manufactured by Goodman. The fact this model is energy star rating makes it a reliable source of cooling as this is an assurance that it is a high-quality unit. An efficient scrollable compressor and the communication system from comfort net are additional bonuses on this model. A lifetime warranty for the compressor is exclusive in the residential A/C industry.
b) Goodman DSXC18 model
If you are faced with more humid and noise problem, DSXC model is a good choice. With a two stage cooling system, you can attain the desired cooling levels with better humid control. The unit will operate at low-stage cooling more often to keep quietness. This energy star rated conditioners are designed to adapt to the comfort net communication way. A lifetime warranty for the compressor is also included for this model.
Interviewed Contractor Feedback
Goodman ACs are readily available in the online market, and all you have to do is to make an order of the same and then have a contractor install it. Some consumers are also buying them directly from contractors. Most service calls on these conditioners are due to human error on poor maintenance and poor installation of the furnace. As long as a qualified HVAC technician does the installation, the unit will serve you long enough.
Goodman makes cheap equipment in the air conditioner industry. I am not saying it doesn't work, it's just cheap. Goodman and Amana are identical, both made by Goodman. Goodman units sometimes end up being sold to unlicensed individuals. This has had to do with Goodman not exactly enforcing the law regarding not selling to unlicensed people in the past. So choosing a good licensed contractor is important.
Goodman Air Conditioner Prices By Model
In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:
Each model includes: 2.5 ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable air conditioner thermostat.
Goodman Air Conditioner Prices By Size
Before installing your air conditioner, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized central air conditioner ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.
Each AC Unit includes: Goodman 2.5-ton 16 SEER outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 cfm air handler, programmable thermostat.
AC Unit Size
|1.5 ton||600-1000 sf||$1,145||
|2 ton||1001-1300 sf||$1,290||
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$1,490||
|3 ton||1601-1900 sf||$1,690||
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$1,845||$3,145|
|4 ton||2201-2600 sf||$2,000||$3,420|
|5 ton||2601-3200 sf||$2,590||$4,430|
Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers
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Brand & Model & Size
|$2,450||Goodman DSXC18||Houston, TX||2000 sqft|
|I had a carrier that had done a good job at cooling the house for the last seven years. It started acting up last summer and we thought we would replace it with a Goodman. One of my buddies at work had recommended it, said he’s was 5 years old and still running good. So I went for it and I must say this is worth the trouble. I like the low noise level and the fact that it’s been a while now and I have had no trouble with it.|
|$1,109 unit only||Goodman DSXC16||Chicago, IL||2670 sqft|
|Using any type of appliance for a long time takes its toll on the appliance and finally, it gives in and you have to get a new one. That’s the case with my old Carrier, I had it for 12 years and once it broke down last summer I decided it was the time I replaced it. I like to look up whatever I what to buy on the internet, see what the reviews are saying. So I got some rave reviews for Goodman and decided to go with it. So far I like what I got. The unit really is what they said it would be. Low noise level, little energy consumption, everything seems to be in order. Let’s see how it goes for the next few months because it’s only been two months since I got it.|
|$2,500 installed||SSX16||Los Angeles, CA||1800 sqft|
|My old AC costs too much to run since it last broke so I just decided to dump the thing and get a new one. I went for Goodman. My daughter says they work well. I’ve enjoyed having this one I must say. The energy bill has gone back to a sensible number and the unit doesn’t make a sound. It’s nice having a working AC for a change the house is just perfect now.|
|$2,220 installed||GSX160481||Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||2350 sqft|
|My husband is the one who got it. He heard me complaining and thought he’d do something about it. The Carrier we had before had nothing left in it, it kept breaking down and costing us money. We bought this new unit from Goodman and I think my husband made the right choice. It cools the house really well, and I’m glad we have.|
|$2,090 installed||GSX160601||Philadelphia||2200 sqft|
|I have had this unit for about 6 months now and I can tell you Goodman have the quality stuff. I haven’t had to deal with any repairs at all, and that’s just amazing. We have a much more comfortable house now because before it would keep getting hot even though the sun was going down. Great job Goodman, I like.|
|$2,690||GSX14 14 SEER||Orlando, FL||2700 sqft|
|Doesn’t reach my expectations I had high hopes that this would solve my cooling problems but it has come at too high a cost. I have had this unit for 4 months and it has broken down thrice already. I’d like someone from Goodman to help me work this out because it’s not nice at all.|
|$3449||DSXC16 16 SEER||San Diego, CA||2800 sqft|
|Terrible product! I don’t know how anyone is able to recommend this to other people. All it has done for the last month is break down. I have had this unit for a year and a half and now it looks like I’ll need to replace it because this is too costly to keep running. Not impressed.|
How to Get the Best Goodman Air Conditioner Prices
Firstly, When you looking for the best deals for Goodman AC, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project.
- So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
- Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates as we talked above.
- Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.
Lastly, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: Homeowners Tactics When Negotiating with HVAC Dealer to get the final best price.