Goodman GMV95 Gas Furnace Review

Widely popular with the do-it-yourself crowd, the Goodman GMV95 Gas Furnaces are quite a bit of value for furnaces in the sub-$1000 range!

Goodman GMV95 Details:

  • 95% AFUE
    AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and believe it or not, Goodman is one of the only HVAC Manufacturers that stands behind their ratings, regardless of the size you choose!
  • Multi-Position Installation
    When you see Multi-Poise or Multi Position in regard to a furnace, it means that the unit can be installed either vertical (Standing up like an up or downflow) or Horizontal (Blowing from side to side). This means that this Goodman GMV95 Furnace is capable of almost every single type you would need!
  • Two-Stage, Variable-Speed
    Two Stage Burners and a Variable Speed Blower motor make this unit one of the best out there in its price range! Similar units from Carrier or Trane will easily cost you $2000 or more, with much of the same features.

The Goodman GMV95 Review

Having sold Wholesale HVAC direct to homeowners for several years, I can tell you that Goodman furnaces are built to last! Even though we specialized in other brands, we did sell Goodman quite often.
The Gas Furnaces are built with simplicity in mind and Goodman made these units easy to maintain and keep in top working order.

If you are looking to Buy a Goodman Gas Furnace, you are definitely in luck. Check out our eBay auction listings of Goodman units and find your deal today! If you need help configuring a system to your needs, just use the contact form above, we are always glad to answer questions.

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Comments

23 Responses to “Goodman GMV95 Gas Furnace Review”
  1. l j walklate says:

    we had a goodman furnace installed in august of 2006 and everything has been working fine, however , this winter the condensation outlet froze and we had to cut the outlet shorter to be in the garage. anyway, i need to know how much water should be coming out a day.we are getting at least a gallon. lionel walklate

  2. Mark says:

    LJ –

    Several gallons a day is not a bad thing from a condensing furnace, especially if it is running for long periods of time. You should however be dumping the water outside, to eliminate the need of a bucket.

    Have you tried to pipe the condensate from the furnace into a condensate pump? You could replace your existing bucket with the pump, then using the clear tubing provided, you could run it up and out, then once outside, make sure the tube is pointed downwards.

    When the pump collector fills, it will automatically kick on and pump the water out. Since the water in the tube is being forced either up or down, there would never be residual water to freeze.

    Mark

  3. Kyle says:

    Why is it popular among the Do it yourself crowd?

  4. Mark says:

    @ Kyle –

    The Goodman units are popular for DIY HVAC projects, due to their wide availability and support found on the web. While you can find all brands of equipment available online, Goodman seems to be one of the few that actually grasps it, and encourages several of their dealers to sell and support equipment sales online.

    Thus… they are much more popular than all other brands. In ref to the GMV95 series, most homeowners who live in an area that use gas heat for more than 4 months out of the year, will generally choose the higher efficiency models, to save on utility costs.

  5. Kyle says:

    Nice,
    Thanks Mark!

    Can you give me a web HVAC store that sells Carrier and another that sells Trane products? I would really appreciate it!!

    Once again, Thank-you! :D

  6. J D Rogers says:

    In 3000 sf 2 story home, have original 46 Y/O gas furnace in garage, but in new furnace , wonder if the attic (horizontal) gas furnaces are that much safer than the disasters a number of years ago?

    It would be more in the “center” of the home if placed in attic; but mystified on REAL quality differences “Goodman” vs. “Trane” or “Carrier”.

    Altho our OC area in CA really doesn’t need A/C much, is it crazy to not put in A/C at the same time for future buyer, or let them worry about that when/if we decide to downsize and move?

    Who makes the most unbiased ratings on furnaces?

    many thanks!!!! J d

  7. Mark says:

    @ JD –

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Moving the furnace from the garage to the attic, is actually quite a bigger project than you may have considered, unless you intend to rebuild most of your duct system at the same time. In addition to the duct tear-out and rebuild, don’t forget all utilities to support a furnace will need to be relocated as well.

    In regard to the main differences between the three manufacturers you mentioned, they do exist.

    Quality Wise – it all starts and ends with your installation! You can get any of the three brands to last 15-20 years is the unit is properly installed and maintained throughout. That said, do not expect to get 45 years out of your new unit. Like everything else in our life now, the units just won’t last that long any more!

    Sound – Goodman tends to be louder than the others. They use thinner sheet metal on the units and the inner box insulation is just not the same as others.

    Electronics – Trane and Carrier have designed their units to interact with all other equipment in your home. This is done with smarter circuitry and added support for the other equipment and thermostats.

    Balancing technology with function – If you want a simple to use unit that is easy to work on, Goodman would lead that category. Due to the advanced options and functions of the other two, they also have quite a bit more than can break or malfunction.

    Cost – you can expect to pay x2 for a Carrier or Trane as compared to the Goodman unit. A basic Goodman 95% AFUE furnace costs a contractor approximately $650-$800. The high end (95+ afue) Carrier and Trane units Cost Contractors between $1500 a $1900.

    If you are looking for indepth opinion from actual installers and technicians who work on all three brands on a daily basis, head over to the hvac-talk.com forums.

    Mark

  8. John says:

    I agree with the review. I have installed various brands over 21 years and have not found any brand that is made better than Goodman. I am not saying that the other brands are bad but they are not better than Goodman. I have found that furnaces have evolved over the years to a point now where the manufacturers are offering a high quality product that will last many years. When high efficiency furnaces first came out, each manufacturer had its own idea on how to build a furnace and by trial and error they slowly worked out the problems to where now they are all are building a good furnace.
    The furnace manufacturers actually just build the heat exchanger, cabinet, housings etc. They buy the circuit boards, motors, burners, controls, limit switches, draft inducers, pressure controls, gas valves, ignition controls, and hot surface igniters from the companies that build them like GE, Honeywell, White Rodgers, Robertshaw, etc.

  9. Mark says:

    @ John –

    Thanks for your comment on the post! Note I have also added your business to the Minnesota HVAC Contractors page of our HVAC Directory.

  10. dan lotempio says:

    How can I find an installer so I don’t void the warranty? DIY and you get no warranty!

  11. Mark says:

    @ Dan –

    If you call larger contractors, just be up front with them and tell them on the phone, you bought your own unit and need it installed. Sure… half will say they dont do it, but you will get some that do as well. Just be up front before they get out there.

    More importantly than the warranty, you want to be sure the install is done right for safety reasons.

  12. HeatherP says:

    I just had a Goodman GMV95 furnace installed last week. Since then the fan has been running continuously (the speed of the fan varies) and we can’t turn the fan off, even if we turn off the furnace. When the furnace is not heating it is blasting cool air which makes the house feel colder. Does this mean that the contractor has installed it incorrectly or do we require a special thermostat to make use of the variable speed and two-stage aspects of the furnace? Our current Honeywell thermostat is about 4 years old and was installed for our old, mid efficiency furnace.

  13. Mark says:

    @ Heather –

    It sounds like your thermostat is wired wrong… or the contractor tried to shortcut a way of getting your old thermostat to work with the new system (Timer delays etc)

    I would simply call your contractor back out and explain the issue. Rthey should fix it up with no problems, no charge and a quick examination of the wiring.

    If its something you want to try and correct on your own – High Performance AC has a great thermostat wiring guide and you can grab your furnace book left behind by the contractor to get the matchup.

    M

  14. Ted says:

    It’s hard to say how long the Goodman units (GMV95) will last, but I can say so far to good. It’s quiet, and seems to run well. You can find these units on eBay for a really good price too (rather than getting screwed by your local contractor). As well, if you are a DIY person, they are pretty easy to install.
    In summer, get a gas guy to come over and unhook your existing furnace ($50). Unhook old furnace and put in new one (you’ll need some sked 636 pipe) and a few pieces for adjustment (about $200 worth). The manual tells you most of what you need to know (and of course, be careful!).
    Call gas guy/gal to hook up new one ($50). If you’re handy, you’re done for about $2k all in.

  15. Nathan says:

    So I see you say this is good for DIYers, but then there is a comment that DIY means voiding the warranty. So does that mean you have to get a pro to install?

    We are pretty handy and thought we could probably DIY where the old furnace currently sits …dead!

  16. Mark says:

    @ Nathan -

    You should always get a Pro to inspect your work and start the unit for you. That said… parts warranties will ALWAYS be honored, but a pro is the only one who can handle warranty replacements. (Manufacturers only deal with pros, not homeowners)

    If you are handy – you can do a DIY furnace install on your own, call in the pro to hook up the gas line and check your work, then start the unit. You will save considerably over a local buy and install company.

    I swapped my own brake master cylinder on my car as a DIY’er…. technically, it voided my cars mechanical warranty. Same thing…

    M

  17. Dan says:

    I’ve had the Goodman GMv95 since January 2008. Company installed with A/C and an air cleaner.
    Works great. No problems, even on the coldest days in NE Wisconsin. Paid around $6500.

  18. Mark says:

    Dan,

    Thanks for the insight into the furnace as well as the installation price. Much appreciated!

  19. Chris says:

    I installed 2 GMV95 in the last 2 years. So far it is great. 1 has been in for 2 winters and 1 for just one winter. I installed 2 smaller furnaces than were in the house. This is much more comfortable because the heat runs longer to warm up.

    Only downside to 95% furnace is having to install a drain.

  20. payrick gallamore says:

    I have to install the unit in the hallway of our small home, I am replacing a not too old Ruud unit because of the noise. Would the GMV95 variable speed unit be quiet enough to hear the TV which is within 6 feet?

  21. Mark says:

    Is it in a closet or out in the open? I’m thinking you are going to be hard pressed to put ANY gas furnace in the hallway 6 feet away from your television out in the open and not have it impact your viewing pleasure.

  22. Steve Dune says:

    I will rate the amana gks9 gas furnace in the top 3 amana furnaces. ;)

  23. Mark says:

    We agree with your assessment

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