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Goodman Downflow, Variable Speed, 93% AFUE GCVC95/9 Gas Furnace Rating


Homeowners looking for a reliable, well-built furnace with a good service record and a very good warranty should consider the Goodman Downflow GCVC95/9 gas furnace.  It gives you what you need to create a very comfortable indoor climate whether it is heating your home in winter or assisting the air conditioning in the warm months.

High efficiency will help you control your energy bills while the variable-speed blower will reduce temperature fluctuations and eliminate blasts of untreated air at the beginning of a heating or cooling cycle.  This Goodman Downflow, Variable Speed, 93% AFUE GCVC95/9 gas furnace rating review, part of our HVAC ratings series, covers all the information you need in order to compare this with other models reviewed on this site.

Operating Cost Efficiency Rating [Rating:3/5]

The GVCV model offers 93% AFUE, meaning only 7% of the heat created is lost through exhaust.  The GVCV95 offers 95% efficiency.  That is the only difference in these models, and both should lower heating costs in most homes by 15% to 25% when replacing older furnaces.  Both furnaces cut consumption of non-renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Feature Rating [Rating:4/5]

The Goodman Variable Speed GCVC95/9 furnace has the features most homeowners want in order to create a comfortable, quiet home.  The key is the 2-stage gas valve/burner which runs on low most of the time in order to provide consistent heating.  It opens up fully when temperatures drop quickly outside or when you turn up the heat upon returning home.  The 2-stage performance is assisted by the variable-speed blower which keeps temperatures balanced and helps to eliminate cold spots in your home.  When the fan runs on low most of the time, it also reduces noise, does a better job dehumidifying your house when air conditioning, adding humidity during heating if a humidifier is attached, and filtering air whenever it is running.  Here’s a snapshot of top features of the Goodman GCVC95/9:

  • 93% / 95% AFUE.  Energy Star rated.
  • 2-stage gas valve and variable-speed blower for balanced comfort.
  • ComfortNet Communications is available which provides better system monitoring and faster repair.
  • Durable silicon nitride igniter is very dependable.
  • Inducer motor is 2-speed, for quieter operation.
  • The tubular heat exchanger is made from aluminized steel.
  • Downflow model, convertible to horizontal flow.

Reliability Rating [Rating:3/5]

Goodman has a track record for reliability that is about average  among leading brands, and that means you should expect good service from it.  Keep it maintained and the GCVC95/9 Downflow gas furnace should provide 20 years of service.

Manufacturer’s Warranty Rating [Rating:5/5]

We give the GCVC95/9 a 5 here because it is backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.  The heat exchanger has a lifetime limited warranty.  If the heat exchanger fails in the first 10 years, Goodman will replace the entire furnace, for the original owner in the original home.  All other parts are backed by a 10-year limited warranty which is average for top models from leading brands.

Overall Rating [Rating:4/5]

With its high efficiency, this model makes sense in moderate or cool climates, or whenever you simply want to reduce your energy consumption.  If you live in a warm climate, a less efficient furnace – which will cost significantly less – might be a better choice economically.

Goodman does well in gas furnace ratings for affordability. If you don’t want to spend the money on the top names in the industry – Trane, Carrier, Lennox – but want a gas furnace that will compete with them in terms of performance and durability, the Goodman 93% AFUE GCVC95/9 gas furnace deserves serious attention.



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