Overview of GKS9
Goodman reports that its GKS9 gas furnace was built for reliability and efficiency. Its dual-diameter tubular heat exchanger is crafted from aluminized steel and uses a “wrinkle bend” technology, which the manufacturer says adds to its durability. The furnace control board is self-diagnostic and has a low-voltage terminal block for easy control of the unit. This model features a 4-speed circulatory motor for uniform heating and a single-speed induced draft blower, which assists in the energy conservation aspects of the furnace. The blower is sound-isolated. The Goodman GKS9 gas furnace has a single-stage combination redundant gas valve and holds a 92 percent AFUE rating.
The corrosion-resistant cabinet is designed for upflow installation, but it can easily be converted to a horizontal left or right position with a pressure switch kit. The bottom of the cabinet is constructed with airtight solid steel for enhanced return applications from the sides.
West Coast, BC
Date created: 2018-07-27
Reliable after its mid-life crisis
I've owned a house with one of these since early 2011, which had this
unit installed when built in 2007. In 2014, the control board failed,
then the draft inducer motor in 2015. It has been reliable since those
issues; the other portion of this dual fuel split system is a York
Affinity 5t heat pump. I suspect the draft inducer motor failure may have been accelerated due to an incorrect heating cph setting in the thermostat, which had been left at the default for a standard efficiency furnace resulting in more frequent cycling. Reducing the thermostat's cooling cph setting by one step also improved both the efficiency of and dehumidification by the heat pump, bringing humidity down ~5% to an ideal state in the mid 40's. The contractor's installation had a fair amount of air leakage from its seams, which I mostly fixed with foil tape within the last year, but I recently found this furnace has significant vacuum leaks from the lower blower section's service door. Considering it has no gaskets on the door, I was surprised to see its marketing claim of < 2% cabinet air leakage. The leakage from the bottom of the door was most significant, and I used a combination of adhesive weatherstripping foam on the sides and removable / no residue tape along the bottom seam to properly seal the cabinet door.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date created: 2016-10-16
We had this furnace installed by the builder of our new home and it is a
pain in the butt. It will take up 45 minutes to bring the temperature up one
degree. Service guy checked it out and said Oh, it's working just the way
it's supposed to. If that's the way it's supposed to work then it's a long
way from being energy efficient. I wouldn't recommend this piece of crap
Date created: 2016-02-14
Worst furnace ever -- Lemon
Purchased furnace and used for 2-3 months for first winter. Did not use it
for AC. Second winter it turned on but did not work. Replaced the circuit board and
then a loose wire and used for 3-4 months that winter. Third winter, limit
switch was replaced and it worked one day and here I sit again and the furnace
is not working. The furnace does not have even 12 months of use. Goodman
furnaces are lemons! I am going to contact Better Business Bureau, Goodman, Homebuilders Association, Realtors, etc.
Date created: 2016-02-12
Warranty, or lack thereof..
Purchased a new construction home (1st and only owner of the home) with
4 Goodman units (2 furnaces and 2 A/C units). Neither the builder nor
the installer registered the units when the home was built. When I
called customer service and explained my case regarding the failure of parts in one
furnace, I was essentially told nothing could be done to warranty parts at
this point because it needed to be done in the first 60 days of
installation. I would have thought the company would have honored the
warranty of 10 years (or even 5 years with a one time exception rule) on
parts as per their claims regardless of the non-registration considering
the circumstances that the builder and installer dropped the ball on the
registration. Had someone informed me, I would have certainly registered
the product to meet this ridiculous requirement of a 60 day period. Not
only will they not warranty the parts now, but also told me there is
nothing they can do going forward. Essentially, I'm on the hook for any
part failure for the next four years as well. Terrible customer service...you should
stand behind your products and not hide behind warranty deadlines!
Either you have faith in the quality of your products or you don't.
Goodman is missing the bigger picture here! Disappointed to say the least.
Date created: 2015-11-20
Eight years later
This is my second review. After 8 years something finally broke, the
control panel. It was covered. I paid $85.00, which I would have spent
anyway on the fall checkup. The part was covered, no problem. I still think
with any furnace the install is the key. Goodman is a low cost no-frills
furnace, a good value. By the way, my installer said he does more service
work on Trane than Goodman.
Date created: 2013-03-13
I purchased goodman furnace in Jan 2011. Igniter broke into two pieces.
They gave me in writing 10 years of parts warranty. I call them and now
they are telling me that a certified licensed contractor needs to do the
job of replacing igniter. In short the warranty sucks. They want me to
hire a contractor who will charge me at least 100 bucks for replacing a
part worth 20 bucks. No more goodman products ever for rest of my life.
Date created: 2013-02-02
This is the first winter it has gone thru and the blower runs constantly, contractor says its junk but the Goodman Company won’t stand up to warranty. I am going to contact bbb and make complaints. See where that gets me? Lol
Date created: 2011-02-14
I got my goodman 92% furnace 8/07 90000 btu gks9 model. on the advice of
my installer. he said was the best bang for the buck. I researched and
read all the bad press. he said that was the older models. he also sells
trane and told me his own furnace was a goodman. this is the third full
winter and not a problem. my old furnace worked fine a old bryant but my
gas on the budget plan was $378 a month since we got the goodman. the
budget amount has come down to $115.00 a month some of the savings came
from new windows. but the furnace has paid for itself. the lesson here
is go with a good heating and cooling company.and listen as they
explain. what they suggest and why.I Had to bids on the install the 1st
bid said get a 70000 btu airflow. the 2nd said the 90000 btu and why
because of the size of my house he said the 70000 btu my run more often
to heat the. even though he sold trane. he did not try to push it on me.
the 1st bid did try to steer my toward a lennox.I Could have bought a
trane or lennox but would have not been able to change as many windows.
which 2nd bidder thought was important also. I agreeed
Other GKS9 Reviews
A review on furnacereviews.com relates the GKS9’s inconsistency in heating performance. These heating variations appear to be more inconsistent during extreme winter conditions, according to the reviewer. Unfortunately, the reviewer on this forum has no clear-cut solutions to addressing this issue, other than staying on top of regular maintenance.
Some consumers also have complained about the system malfunctioning due to improper installation or maintenance by inexperienced technicians. For example, a consumer posts on justanswer.com a question about the unit’s limit switch, which turns out to be difficult to reset. The homeowner suspects the problem began when a technician replaced the unit’s blower.
The GKS9 is available in different models which vary in efficiency and capacity.