Goodman Heat Pump Review - Is There Hidden Value in Goodman?

Goodman Heat Pump Review - Is There Hidden Value in Goodman?

People have been bugging us for some time about a Goodman heat pump review, so without further adieu, we aim to please.  Goodman heat pumps have a decent reputation in the industry, but are often seen as having less value than larger brands like Carrier and Lennox.  This article will change that perception.  Those who have read our articles know that we are a U.S. Veteran-Owned heating and air conditioning company which has built a reputation for giving honest, straight answers.  To be clear, we are not partial to Goodman heat pumps (or any other brand, for that matter).  We instead offer all major brands, allowing us to provide our clients with the best match for their individual needs.  We will start our Goodman heat pump review by explaining exactly what a heat pump is, then we’ll look at some features and specifications from the Goodman product lineup (including some prices), and finally, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of owning a heat pump, giving you the information you need to make the best decision on your project.

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Goodman Heat Pump Review – What’s a Heat Pump?

Goodman Heat Pump Review - Is There Hidden Value in Goodman?

Goodman heat pumps provide no technology that is substantially different from that offered by their competitors.  Anything that you read which states differently is just marketing hype.  In fact, all heat pumps work the exact same way…let’s discuss.

A heat pump, in it’s simplest explanation, is just an air conditioner that has the ability to run in reverse.  It does this by using a “reversing valve.”  So, the next time that your AC is running, go outside and place your hand over the condensing unit (the outdoor portion of your AC), and you will notice that it is kicking out hot air.

Without getting into a nerd debate about the laws of thermodynamics, just trust me that energy can neither be created nor destroyed…just transported or changed in form.  So, the heat that you feel coming out of your outdoor condensing unit is actually the heat that the air conditioner just removed from your house!  A Goodman heat pump works in just the same way.

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How Goodman Heat Pumps Work

If you noticed that your air conditioner kicks out hot air from the outdoor unit (you probably didn’t actually check this, but instead took my word for it…don’t!  Go test it!), then you understand how a Goodman heat pump will work.  By reversing the flow of your refrigerant, a heat pump simply “changes direction.”  So, instead of removing heat from your home and kicking it outside, when it engages its reversing valve, it removes heat from the outside air, and pumps it back into your home, hence the name “heat pump.”

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Goodman Heat Pump Review – Features and Specifications

Look, I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence in the last section, but I did want to make sure that we were all on the same page before moving forward.  Next in our Goodman heat pump review, we’ll take a look at some Goodman features and specifications.  It is important to note that Goodman heat pumps offer no features that differ significantly from their competitors.  What you are buying is just the Goodman brand!  But Goodman is a good brand, with a solid industry reputation.

In fact, you may be familiar with Goodman through their other brand names, Amana and Daiken.

Now look, in the first part of this Goodman heat pump review, we are going to look at a few of the more popular units.  Don’t get lost in the technical jargon!  I am only providing this to expose you to some of their features, all of which are also available from their competitors.  Although this section is meant primarily for the nerds (like you), if you are a layman, these features will also be explained in more easy-to-understand terms.  So, let’s take a look at some Goodman heat pumps:

Goodman heat pump review - GSZ14

Goodman GSZ14 Heat Pump

Goodman GSZ14 Heat Pump

SEER Value: 14

Average Price: $1,471

The GSZ14 is one of Goodman’s most popular heat pumps, and our favorite (if we had to choose).

This heat pump has a reputation for reliability, and above all, it lacks the fancy features that can cause the “high-end” units to break down.  Remember, this is a machine designed to condition the air in your home…not land a rover on Mars.  Simplicity of operation is key to decreasing repair costs over the lifetime of a unit.

Look, I know what the salesmen say…”get the 18-SEER unit, and it will pay for itself through energy savings in just three years!”  Of course, if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you on the lower east-side of Manhattan.  These heat pumps can save you money on your energy bill, but just realize that they also have more components to break down, and can be three times as expensive to fix when they do!

GSZ14 Goodman Heat Pump Features:

  • High-Efficiency Scroll Compressor – standard Goodman heat pump technology.
  • SmartShift Defrost Technology – this keeps your heat pump from freezing-up.
  • Bi-flow liquid-line filter dryer – this is standard on all heat pumps and air conditioners these days.
  • Factory-Installed Suction Line, Compressor Crankcase Heater, and High-Capacity Muffler – these all make for a better product, but just remember that this technology is pretty standard these days.  Don’t bite off on the marketing hype!
  • Copper Tube with Aluminum Fin Coil – all major brands are moving towards aluminum coils (unfortunately) because it’s cheaper to manufacture.  The downside is that a copper coil can be repaired in the field on a repair call, whereas an aluminum one cannot.  The fact that Goodman still uses copper tubes in their heat pumps is good.
  • Charged for 15′ – this means that the unit comes with enough refrigerant to charge 15-feet of refrigerant line.  This is standard.
  • Ground Lug Connection – standard.
  • AHRI Certified – well, we’d certainly hope so!

Goodman GSZ14 Heat Pump Review

Overall, this Goodman heat pump is a workhorse of the industry, and boasts one of the most reliable track records that we’ve come across.  Look, I know that a lot of you want to spring for that high-SEER heat pump, but just take a moment to understand that while a Ferrari is fun…it is not as reliable as a Honda Civic.  When it comes to choosing a Goodman heat pump, go with the Honda…you’ll thank us later.

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Goodman heat pump review - DSZC16

Goodman DSZC16 Heat Pump (yes, I know it looks the same)

Goodman DSZC16 Heat Pump

SEER Value: 16

Average Price: $2,074

For those looking for a step up from the standard GSZ14 Goodman heat pump, here’s the unit we’d recommend.  The DSZC16 provides some additional features to the GSZ14, but also maintains the reliability of a simpler unit.

Note: The “C” at the end of any Goodman unit model number denotes a “coastal” model, that features additional anti-corrosion features to protect it from the ocean environment.

Plus, at 16 SEER, it provides a little bit better energy efficiency than the standard 14 SEER Goodman heat pump.  Features not offered in the previous unit are highlighted in red; let’s take a look:

DSZC16 Goodman Heat Pump Features:

  • Two-Stage Copeland Ultra-Tech Scroll Compressor – standard Goodman heat pump technology, but offered in two-stages for increased efficiency.
  • High-Density Foam Compressor Heat Blanket – keeps the unit quieter than heat pumps without compressor blankets (no, it doesn’t make it silent…you can still hear it)
  • ComfortAlert Diagnostics Built In – allows for easier, more effective troubleshooting
  • Diagnostic Indicator Lights – allows diagnostic storage for up to six faults (i.e. three blinking red lights means it turned off on thermal overload…change your air filter)
  • Coastal Anti-Corrosive Coating – this particular model is made for coastal regions, and has features to slow down corrosion from the ocean.
  • SmartShift Defrost Technology – this keeps your heat pump from freezing-up.
  • Bi-flow liquid-line filter dryer – standard on all heat pumps and air conditioners these days.
  • Factory-Installed Suction Line, Compressor Crankcase Heater, and High-Capacity Muffler – these all make for a better product, but just remember that this technology is standard these days.
  • Charged for 15′ – has enough refrigerant to charge 15-feet of refrigerant line.
  • Ground Lug Connection – standard.
  • AHRI Certified – duh.

DSZC16 Goodman Heat Pump Review

Those of you who have read our articles before know that we are not huge fans of high-SEER technology.  This stems from the fact that the more complex technology, in our experience, has a higher probability of breakdown.  Plus, they are more expensive when they do need repairs.

However, for those of you looking for a step up from the norm, the DSZC16 Goodman heat pump provides some useful additional features, with similar reliability to their more standard units.  It’s worth consideration, especially if you are chomping at the bit to get a unit above the base-model.

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Choosing a Goodman Heat Pump – The Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps

Heat Pump Pros

  1. Heat Pumps are 100% Electrical – they remove the need for fossil fuels like propane or natural gas.  This is good if you are trying to build a green household, or if you do not have access to natural gas or propane.
  2. Heat Pumps are Typically Cheaper to Install – a heat pump installation is typically cheaper than an AC and furnace combination.

Heat Pump Cons

  1. Heat Pumps are Typically More Expensive to Operate Than a Furnace – electricity is substantially more expensive than natural gas.  As such, if you are using a heat pump in colder regions, your energy expenses in the winter will be more expensive than a traditional furnace.  Also try: Top 10 Furnace Brands.
  2. Heat Pumps are Not Effective When it Gets Below Freezing – since a heat pump takes heat from the outside air, it isn’t that effective once the temperature really drops.  If you live in a colder climate, you’ll have to install supplemental strip heat inside of your heat pump for when the temperature really goes down.

Final Review of Goodman Heat Pumps

If you are in the market for a new heat pump, then Goodman heat pumps are a good choice.  They are reliable and have a decent warranty program.  However, as with any air conditioner or heat pump, be wary of paying for the high-SEER units.  They have more features that can break down, and are more expensive to fix.  As such, if you are in the market for a higher-SEER unit, we’d recommend the Goodman DSZC16 heat pump.

Closing Thoughts on Heat Pumps by Goodman

We hope you’ve found our Goodman heat pump review to be helpful.  Goodman has a solid reputation in the industry, and if you are in the market for a new heat pump, you could do far worse.  Just keep in mind that there are some options other than a heat pump, such as a furnace or gas boiler.  Try not to buy into the high-SEER hype, and instead opt for a modest-SEER heat pump by Goodman.  You don’t need the high-SEER stuff, we promise.  We wish you the very best of luck on your upcoming project, and if you live in southern California, then you might be in our service area.  Click below for more information:

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The University of Virginia - 2005 / The Wharton School of Finance - 2016 / U.S. Naval Aviator 2005-2015. At All Systems Mechanical air conditioning and heating, we believe that the experience our clients have is every bit as important as the products they receive. Simply put, our results speak for themselves, and we'd be happy to help. If you're in the market for a new AC or furnace, make sure that you get a fair price! Try our online calculator; click the tab on the top of this page for more information.

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