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02:39PM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 01/18/05
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Bvhvac
Anyone had good results with a goodman furnace? Just bought one but hearing rumors of poor quality/repairs. Wondering whether to keep it.

JGRIZZ

06:47PM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 12/16/04
54 lifetime posts
Its just as good as anyone else out there today. Tecnhology is pretty much the same on all equipment today. Just make sure its set up right at the onset and it should last a long time. SOme will say its poor quality, but most of the comments you will hear like that will come from people who are dedicated dealers of one product or another. In reality the equipment is only as good as the installer and the service technicians in the field.

robert2807351

09:50AM | 02/19/05
Member Since: 02/18/05
1 lifetime posts
The Goodman furnace is making a come-back in my opinion. We were installing lots of Goodman brand furnaces from 1994-1999 and many of them were nothing but problems for us.

We had all sorts of issues with them from bad/weak heat exchangers, inducer motor problems, pressure switch issues. We had to do a lot of explaining on Goodman's behalf as to why we had installed a "junk furnace" or "junk-a-trol" in the customers home when it quit working a few months after we had installed it...

So this review is coming from someone who has had lots of experience with Goodman over the years. Needless to say, but we quit selling and installing Goodman brand furnaces for a couple of years due to all the problems that we were having.

In 2002, I noticed that Goodman had made quite a few changes (for the better) with their furnaces and we decided to give them another chance. The Goodman furnace has always been priced right for our customers and getting parts for them was never a problem, so going back to Goodman brand units was not a hard decision.

For the last 3 years, (2002-2005) the previous problems have seemed to disappear. No more heat exchanger issues as they have gone to a tubular design. The inducer motors are not falling out anymore. The paint is not peeling off the insides of the furnace anymore, and the pressure switches are doing what they are suppose to be doing.

Therefore, it is my opinion that Goodman has done a good job in fixing the previous issuses and has made a come-back with a descent reliable furnace for the money and can now hold its own with just about any other brand.

As an HVAC contractor in Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 10 years, I have no problem explaining to my customers that Goodman is (once again) a good choice...

For the people that got one in the mid 1990's however, we had to do a lot of explaining on Goodman's behalf and most of our customers were understanding.

If you happen to have a Goodman furnace that has experienced the problems that I have described above and or you had it installed in the years 1994-2000, I highly recommend that you have it checked out by a qualified HVAC Technician to make sure that the furnace is operating safely.

If the thing is safe and working fine, keep it, if it is not - Have it replaced with another Goodman. I mean you got a good deal on it in the first place (saving a few hundred dollars); as they are less expensive than many other major brands such as Trane, Lennox, and Bryants so don't sweat the small stuff like having to replace a furnace that's 8 or 10 years old.

Also, if you happen to have a furnace with some of the problems that I have described, be a resonable person and understand that everyone goes through "growth spirts" and has a few issues from time to time, so try not to get all bent out of shape for a measly $1500 furnace installation (that has been a problem for you). Simply have it replaced. Speaking on behalf of those who have installed them, we had no idea otherwise I promise you that we would not have installed it.

So to answer your question directly, if you have rescently had a Goodman brand furnace installed and it was installed correctly, chances are pretty good that you have a good furnace. If you're in doubt, have a qualified HVAC person that you can trust come check it out. At a minimum, get a couple Carbon Monoxide detectors installed (as should be done with any gas fired furnace) so that you and your family can sleep with a piece of mind!
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