The GCH9 is a gas furnace series with 93% AFUE. It utilizes Dual$aver technology as a way to avoid abrupt changes in operation (and ultimately temperature). The furnace can be installed in several different positions, with different options available for outflow.
The series comes in a well-insulated steel cabinet with enamel coating. It can be manipulated from a control board with color-coded terminals and an error LED. It uses a silicon nitride igniter which is controlled electronically.
When considering other Goodman series or products, their naming convention is easy to understand: G is for Goodman, C is for Downflow/Horizontal (the blower), and H means the device is two-stage and multi-speed.
Bought this hvac system several years ago and found out the warranty does not cover labor. I can go online and buy the factory parts for a fraction of the cost of labor to have someone come to fix it. I have had nothing but trouble with the heater every year since we have owned it regardless if I fix it or the hvac repairman fixes it. This heater is a complete piece of junk!
This furnace was installed by a licensed HVAC contractor in 2007. In 2009 the draft induction blower had to be replaced. It was under warranty then, but still cost me $75 for labor. Here it is 2013 and the same problem seems to be happening all over again and the contractor that installed it won’t return my calls. It’s out of warranty now, I guess that’s why. And getting the supposed 93% efficiency didn’t do much to cut the gas bills compared to the 40+ year old furnace that it replaced. It just was not worth the money. Wish I’d went with a different brand and/or not the “high efficiency”, which isn’t very high after all.
First the ingnitor went out, replaced it with a white-rodgers, Next two snap switchs failed. Lost one vacum switch. Then this fall I vacumed out the furnace, replaced the cover and turned it on,blower started, was watching the ignitor-got bright but no flame then it expolded blew the combustion blower apart, bent the metal door, and didnt shut down on any type of vault. All of this in less than 2 heating seasons. Needless to say I am now buying a new furnace.
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I have multiple rentals and the Goodman seems to take a beating and never have any problems. Lennox, Carrier, and Bryant give me a lot of problems and parts are expensive. Give me a goodman every time.
Other GCH9 Reviews
Online reports from consumers about the GCH9 are pretty reasonable. One user on FixYa.com requests help with the error LED and receives the response that the unit can be reset with a red button. There are several complaints on this site and elsewhere about problems with the igniter.
Most forums that mention the GCH9 praise Amana/Goodman's warranty on the heat exchanger and remaining parts.
The GCH9 comes with a limited lifetime warranty on its heat exchanger. There's a ten-year warranty for replacing the whole unit, as well as a ten-year limited warranty on the parts. You must register the product within sixty days of installation to qualify for any of these warranties. The warranty is not automatically transferable, although you may be able to purchase transferability coverage as well as extensions.
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