Goodman Air Conditioner Buying Guide – Prices, Reviews and Tax Credits

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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.

Unique Features

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. All Aluminum Coils

Now several air conditioning manufacturers are viewing aluminum coils as a potential solution to the industry wide plague of formicary corrosion in copper tube aluminum fin evaporator coils. Goodman is one of these manufacturers. All aluminum coils are lower priced but with the same efficiency.

Related article: Copper VS Aluminum – Condensers and Evaporators Coils

Cons

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 Analysis

ModelSEERSound LevelCompressorCondensor Fan MotorCoastal Model
DSXC181872Two-StageTwo-SpeedYes
DSXC161672Two-StageOne-speedYes
GSX161675Single-StageOne-speedNO
GSX141475Single-StageOne-speedNO
GSX131376Single-StageOne-speedNO
GSC131376Single-StageOne-speedYes

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.

John Nash
JSC Cooling

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.

Howard L
Yahoo Answer

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.

Models
System Only
System Installed
Goodman DSXC18$1,850
$3,100
Goodman DSXC16$1,580
$2,620
Goodman GSX16$1,405
$2,505
Goodman GSX14$1,250
$2,250
Goodman GSX13$1,190
$2,100

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
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,145
$2,295
2 ton1001-1300 sf$1,290
$2,490
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$1,490
$2,670
3 ton1601-1900 sf$1,690
$2,850
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$1,845$3,145
4 ton2201-2600 sf$2,000$3,420
5 ton2601-3200 sf$2,590$4,430

Submitted Prices and Reviews by Readers

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Price
Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$2,450Goodman DSXC18Houston, TX2000 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 onlyGoodman DSXC16Chicago, IL2670 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 installedSSX16Los Angeles, CA1800 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 installedGSX160481Rancho Santa Margarita, CA2350 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 installedGSX160601Philadelphia2200 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.
$2,690GSX14 14 SEEROrlando, FL2700 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.
$3449DSXC16 16 SEERSan Diego, CA2800 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.

4 comments… add one
  • I have noticed the higher cost involved for a Goodman, has appeared to result in less satisfaction.
    It is in my opinion some doing the installation aren’t professionals at all, and are lacking a proper evaluation, or professionalism before recommending a particular Goodman unit for installation.
    Things to be considered is the over all square footage of the structure.
    These units are designed to run efficiently if there’s proper amount of runs.
    Example no unite should be run with less than 5 runs, otherwise one risks the outside coil freezing up.
    Next placement of the runs in the trunk line is as important, I have seen so many times of prior installations from other manufacturers, and HVAC installers, that placed a run far too close to the unit.
    One should leave at least the first 4 feet empty.
    A good installer will pay special attention to their connections of each run, this is very important, most often over looked.
    Many times failure of a unit to properly cool is because of a failure to properly install the flex to the trunk line.
    I have been in many attics, whereas every flex to trunk line (aka duct, either metal or fiberglass board) was poorly installed.
    I myself prefer to use appropriate tape on 4 corners to hold the flex onto takeoffs, then use several zip it screws around the flex to take off.
    I can then properly use a strap, and tape it off securely.
    After each run has been installed in this manner, one should use a Mastic product according to local code.
    This Mastic is painted on using a paint brush, and is basically a sealer to secure the product and remove any potential leaks.
    This will result in better efficiency, during heating/cooling.
    As with thermal dynamics, one much consider air flow of heat/cooling may take some time depending upon the distance of the trunk line, since objects such as the flex, takeoff, and duct work will become more efficient based on the temperature of the object in which the air is flowing.
    Next the R rating of the insulation of the structure.
    Next sometimes the problems occur to a system breaking down from an outside cause, this can range from bad electrical wiring, which is most often the case.
    Since Goodman has various built in protections, these protections are designed to burn out either a capacitor, or a transformer, both the majority of times is associated with electrical problems in home, and not of the Goodman unit.

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    • Hi

      I can’t agree you more, thanks so much for your detailed feedback of proper installation.

      Reply
  • This is good info that seems objective and unbias toward any certain brand. But why is there no date on the article? It would be helpful to see a date so we (readers) could keep that in mind as we see the total cost for installed systems. Labor cost changes over the years.

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    • Thanks for your feedback, we update the prices each year.

      Reply

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