Two of the three HVAC contractors I have recieved quotes from for a High Efficiency Variable-speed Gas Furnace have offered (among others) the Goodman GMV9 model.
This furnace manufacturer seems to be trying to re-establish itself in our market (Ontario, Canada) after falling out of favour with the contractors - due to high failure rates.
The contractors (one a very large company that installs furnaces throughout Ontario) claim that Gooman's new High Efficiency models are extremely well built and should be every bit as good as the Bryant/Carrier, Lennox and Trane equivalents. Their warranty is certainly better, but I don't fancy having my furnace break down when it's -30 celcius whether there's a warranty or not.
After reading information around the net, I can see that there is considerable Goodman 'bad press' - it's easy to find.
I have 3 questions:
1. Are the new Goodman furnaces REALLY better? i.e. better designed and better built than they were in recent years.
2. Can I expect this furnace to be as reliable as the other brands?
3. Are they almost as quiet as a Carrier/Bryant? i.e. will I hear the furnace in the basment when I'm sitting in the room above?
The price difference and warranty on the Goodman makes it very very tempting, but I don't want to get burned or left in the cold.
Thanks in advance for your input.
A wary furnace buyer.