When does it make sense to install a basic, no frills, standard efficiency furnace like the Goodman Multi-Position, Multi-Speed — GHS8 Gas Furnace? Gene’s letter points out one excellent occasion to use these reliable furnaces. The Goodman GHS8 gas furnace is also a popular choice with builders and with homeowners who live in warm and mild climates. They are economical choices for cabins and cottages too. Gene writes:
“I live in Franklin, Tennessee and plan to retire in 4 months and move to Arizona. The 18 year old furnace couldn’t hang on any longer so quit on me recently. There’s no way I was going to spend a lot of money on an expensive furnace I’d never get my money out of. I’m putting my little bungalow up for sale and if it doesn’t sell quick, I’m going to rent it out to my neighbor’s kid when I leave. I called two heating and cooling guys from the neighborhood here that have good reputations. Been around a long time. My standards were simple – cheap and reliable. ‘Goodman’ they both said. Here are the two quotes I got:
1. Goodman GHS8, 45,000 Btu, $640; installation, $1,250. Total: $1,890
2. Goodman GHS8, 45,000 Btu, $689; installation, $1,400. Total: $2,089
Guess which one I went with? If you chose the second one, you’re a winner. Both quotes included taking out the dead furnace and bringing the venting and wiring up to code. Contractors are hungry around here since times are tough, and I think I got a decent deal. “
We think you did get a pretty good deal, Gene. It points out that prices vary from region to region sometimes, and may be dependent on how “hungry” the contractors are in your area. By the way, if you go with the Goodman GHS8 gas furnace, you’ll get:
- Standard efficiency of 80% AFUE when properly installed.
- Single-stage, economical operation.
- Variable-speed motor reduces noise and produces very balanced heating. The fan starts low so it doesn’t blow hard before the air is properly heated.
- Sizes are 45K Btu, 70K Btu and 90K Btu.
- Compatible with Goodman A/C units of 3, 4, or 5 Ton.
- Limited lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger; 10-year warranty on parts.
It is often in this lower range of furnaces that DIY guys tackle the installation themselves or give the job to a handyman. Besides voiding the warranty, this can also lead to an underperforming furnace or even one that is unsafe to operate. All gas furnaces require specialized tools and testers to install, adjust and test the unit for safety and proper functioning. It’s always smart to have a qualified contractor install your furnace, even when their bill is substantially higher than the price of the unit. You’ll get optimal heating efficiency, the best longevity and the confidence the unit is safe.