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#18 of 20 GOODMAN Furnaces

Updated: Feb 25, 2016

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Overview of the GDS8

The Goodman GDS8 is a base model gas furnace that has an 80 percent AFUE rating. This unit is single-stage and multi-speed, and has a downflow installation. The GDS8 features an aluminized-steel heat exchanger and an electronic control board that allows an owner or technician to view a code to diagnose most problems. Each Goodman furnace is tested at the manufacturing facility to ensure proper operation before it is shipped to the dealer.

Furnace Filters for the GOODMAN GDS8

Air Flow Configuration Cabinet Width Filters
Upflow 17-1/2" 1 14x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow 21" 1 16x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow 24-1/2" 1 20x25x1 filter
(bottom air return)
Upflow All 1 16x25x1 filter
(side air return)
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Date created: 2016-02-25 Name: Stephanie Spangenberg
Location: Mentor, OH

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Very poor quality"
I have had this furnace for 12 years and had to have the digital board replaced 5 times. Very costly and very irritating every 2 years.

Date created: 2014-03-24 Name: sanford blacker
Location: Hamburg, N.J.

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

I lived in 10 year old construction. Every two to three years the circuit board is fried. How is that possible? I one of many on my block . A claim was filed with Goodman corporate, which was a waste of time .They are standing by an original 5 year warranty. I'm sure history will repeat itself, so in two to three years it will have to be replaced again on me. I'm one of several people of which this has happened to. Next step: small claims court.

Date created: 2014-02-06 Name: Wood
Location: Chicago,IL

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Installed in Nov 2005, first year control board fried,replaced lasted 3 years. Told was too hot inside cabinet. Double piped exhaust flue, you can put your hand on it when furnace is running. Also ran without the door on. Lasted another 3 years. Just installed the fifth control board Feb 2014. The last two boards showed no signs of a heat problem. You just have junk boards. Made in china I think !! Will never recommend any of your products, if anyone asks well you know junk.

Date created: 2012-12-29 Name: Dave T
Location: elk grove

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Nothing but problems"
This furnace is not even 7 years old. I have had nothing but problems. Within 2 weeks the control panel fried....of course not covered. I have had the heat filament replaced 3 times the heat exchange once the heat sensor twice. It never lights consistently. I have had no customer satisfaction.

Date created: 2012-02-06 Name: S Tomich
Location: Saginaw, MI
Years owned: 6

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Bad mother [board]"
Sitting here today with no heat. We have just blown our 5th mother board. This is absolutely ridiculous! I do not know how this company can get away with this. Count me in on a lawsuit!

Date created: 2011-01-20 Name: D. Dutkiewicz
Location: Cedar Lake, Indiana

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

"Not so good!"
Bought the Goodman gds8 in 2004. Had to have the mother board replaced in 2007. Now it's January 2011 and the furnace intermittently refuses to cycle and goes into lockout. Have had the service tec. here twice and can't find anything wrong, but we still get charged for a service call. Tonights suppose to be 10 degrees. Wish now we hadn't got a Goodman! It's very frustrating knowing somethings wrong and not being able to get it fixed!!

Date created: 2007-12-14 Name: Rick Jewett
Location: cedar springs, mi
Years owned: 1

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars

Had goodman gds8 furnace installed last year. Propane fired 70000btu. Extremely noisy, old unit was silent in comparison. Failed this fall at start of season and took two service calls to get operational.If I had the option and still might replace it regardless of cost.

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Other GDS8 Reviews

A post on finehomebuilding.com includes several opinions about the lack of quality among Goodmanís furnaces. Among other comments, an HVAC technician states that he would choose another brand over Goodman, as he has repaired many Goodman furnaces over the years. However, another reviewer counters that he likes the easy access made possible by the open design and the accessibility of service parts.

A Goodman owner writes to hvac-talk.com about a problem with his 80 percent AFUE gas furnace: the unit always cycles twice before the burner lights. Experts responding to the query can't seem to agree on what is causing problems with the firing cycle, suggesting a sticking gas valve, a bad capacitator or damaged wiring, among numerous other potential faults.

Several posters defend Goodman furnaces on gardenweb.com. One review mentions that Goodman offers the same equipment as other companies at lower prices. These contractors recommend checking out the installers in the area; a proper installation of a Goodman furnace is better than a poor installation of a more expensive brand, they advise.

Another post on gardeweb.com mentions that Goodman sells equipment to anyone, not just licensed dealers. This results in many improper installations, and from this scenario Goodman gets a poor reputation. Several experts say the Goodman furnaces are similar to other brands; proper installation is the key.

GOODMAN GDS8 Model Numbers

The GDS8 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.

Model Number AFUE BTUs per Hour
GDS80453AX 80 45,000
GDS80703AX 80 70,000
GDS80904BX 80 90,000
GDS81155CX 80 115,000

GDS8 Warranty

Goodman offers a lifetime limited warranty on the GDS8ís heat exchanger. The unit also comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty. Online registration is required within 60 days of installation of the Goodman GDS8 for the full warranty to apply.

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