When is a standard efficiency heat pump like the Goodman GSZ13 a good choice? Michael’s post from Sarasota, Florida offers one scenario where this unit makes good sense. He shared his Goodman 13 SEER R-410A Refrigerant — GSZ13 Heat Pump price with us on our Share an HVAC price form and we appreciate it. Before we turn it over to Michael, here are the basics of the Goodman GSZ13 heat pump:
Here’s Michael’s post:
“Greetings! I’ve got a small home here that I’ve heated with space heaters and cooled with window air conditioners for the last 2 years since the furnace quit. With utility prices going up that’s become too expensive to do, so I took the plunge and had a Goodman GSZ13 heat pump and air handler installed last spring after checking a handful of heat pump prices. It’s much more efficient in its use of electricity and needless to say I have saved quite a bit since then in utility costs. I recently found your site when researching furnace prices for my mother so I thought I’d offer the information on my unit. I got 3 different quotes and went with the cheapest one. Here’s what I paid and how it breaks down from the bill.
Goodman GSZ13 3 ton heat pump with 13 SEER, $1,889; Installation, $1,660. Total: $3,549
The Goodman air handler was $839 extra.
In the middle of last summer, on a 90+ degree day the unit quit working. I called the people who installed it – the cheap guys – and their phone was disconnected with no forwarding number. I hopped in the car and drove across town to find them. The air conditioner in my old beater doesn’t work either, so that was no fun! Their old shop is now a car detailing shop! They went out of business (and one of them went to jail) shortly after they installed my unit.
I called Goodman and they directed me to another one of the companies I had received a bid from. Their technician was there within two hours to inspect the unit. I was looking over his shoulder sweating away. He popped the cover off of the control panel and the problem was immediately evident to him, though he had to point it out to me. One of the wires had had been improperly secured and over time, with normal operating vibration, had come loose. Thankfully it just interrupted the power without doing the kind of damage hot, loose wires can do. His labor was covered by the warranty though I’m not sure what he reported the problem as. And he wouldn’t take the $20 tip I offered him – a true professional! I looked back at the quotes I got and this company had been $100 more, that’s all. That was a lot of hassle to save a few bucks in my opinion. That’s the company that will be replacing my mom’s old furnace in about a week.“
Thanks for the information and story, Michael. Every time someone sends HVAC prices it helps others have an idea of what to expect when they start the shopping process. As for your installation trouble, most of us have gone the cheap route at one time or another and regretted it. Sometimes the best installer is the least expensive, sometimes not, but it pays to check references and evaluate them in any way you can to make sure that they are also qualified. Hiring a qualified contractor will produce a better job in virtually every instance and give you the security that your unit is running as efficiently as possible for as long as possible.