Goodman GDS8 Furnace Overview

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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Consumer Reviews of Goodman GDS8

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  • #13 of 22 Goodman Furnaces
  • 0% of customers recommended

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Goodman Furnace Reviews

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"Circuit Board Issue Root Cause"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I rarely used the the furnace and have been bearing the cold due to its mediocre quality. The technician repaired the circuit board after very little use. It worked intermittently after that, leaving me in the cold 95 percent of the time – the personal ceramic heater has been my friend. I recently debugged the unit and found the circuit board is bad, as many people complained. I root caused it due to the cheap thru-hole technology and bad manufacturing process that the connector has insufficient solder on its pins. That it became cracked and loosened after plugging in or usage. The best way to install the circuit board is to plug in the connectors first, then affix the board to the stand-offs to avoid pushing hard on the connectors to plug in after the board has already been mounted – basically a reverse process. So, check the big 12 or 15 pins connector on its back at the solder joints when the circuit board fails. The furnace is now running, but a little rough, not sure what-else or just some minor adjustment. Cross my finger on the Goodman.

Oregon

"Do Not buy a Goodman Furnace"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Do not buy a Goodman furnace! Its a money pit! I have spent over $1,300.00 repairing my Goodman furnace in the past 5 years. The main control board has been replaced twice & now needs another new board. The poor design over heard the board after a couple of years. They know it but will not replace the board. Not a good product. Maybe they should change their name to Badman.

West Bloomfield, MI

"Terrible"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Installed on 2007. Had replaced under warranty the gas valve, Two years later the lighting sensor and now the control board. Stay away from this maker. Cheap-made, unreliable product.

"Faulty control board"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Brand new unit installed yesterday and board failed in 3 hours. No heat again. Warranty company and Heating tech trying to get new one from Goodman but they want old unit back before they send new one out (leaving me without heat for another week plus)

Santa Rosa, CA

"Absolutely horrible furnace"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

We bought our home in Nov. 2009 and was told the furnace and central air were brand new. Well I can tell you that this system is horrible!!!! We have had to spend 300.00 to 500.00 every single year to get the furnace working. The mother board has burnt out 3 times. The Glow plug has gone out 4 times. The central air breaks down every year as well. Do not waste your money. We should have just had the whole thing replaced by now. So much for buying a home with a brand new system!

Chicago, Il

Other GDS8 Reviews

A post on finehomebuilding.com includes several opinions about the lack of quality among Goodman�s 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 GDS8�s 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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