We always value input from our readers relating their stories of searching for and purchasing a new HVAC system, and we add them to our HVAC Prices list of articles. This one from Gene in Ohio is about the Goodman GMVC95. As you’ll see, Gene’s experience went well, even though he was concerned about getting taken for a ride. That didn’t happen and he’s pleased with the results. We’re not surprised because Goodman has a reputation for offering basic, dependable units that offer some of the best prices in the industry. Let’s let Gene share his own experience.
“I’ve always heard you should check your furnace well in advance of the heating season so that you can have needed work done before HVAC companies get busy – and prices for systems and installation go up. And I’ve always ignored that advice! This year it caught up with me and my old Ruud gas furnace because when I cranked it up in the middle of October I thought I had found Elvis. I heard a shake, rattle and roll, then it coughed a few times and quit for good.
After getting voice mail and receptionists on my first 5 or 6 calls I got a return call from a contractor who said he’d come by that evening. When he arrived he confirmed that my 14 year old furnace was “totaled” as he put it. I told him I wanted something dependable, fuel-efficient and cheap for my 1,200 square foot bungalow, without bells and whistles that cost extra. He immediately recommended the Goodman GMVC95 Gas Furnace with a 95% AFUE, a model he said he’d had excellent results with. The features he listed included:
I’d heard that super high-efficiency furnaces were outrageously expensive, but when he quoted me a total cost of $3,150 for the unit AND installation I couldn’t believe it. He wanted $1,500 for a 90 BTU model (GMVC950905DX) and $1,650 for labor and parts that included a new plenum. I signed off and gave him a deposit, considering myself pretty fortunate. Two days later he and 2 helpers spent a little over 5 hours installing the unit. Several months and some fairly cold weather later, it’s keeping the house plenty warm.
So, take the advice I always ignored and check your system before you get stuck in the cold. I would add how thankful I am that the first guy I talked to turned out to be a fair, honest and qualified contractor who took great care of me.