Best Heat Pump Battle: Goodman vs. Carrier Basic Models

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Carrier Infinity SeriesAC Best Heat Pump Battle: Goodman vs. Carrier Basic ModelsEvery HVAC company’s heat pump model line must begin somewhere. Everyone must have a basic model from which they build the rest of their line. Goodman and Carrier, two top heating and cooling companies, are no different. Goodman has its GSH13 heat pump, it’s basic model, and Carrier has its Base Series, aptly named. Which of these starter heat pumps will win Best Heat Pump Battle?

High end or low tier, energy efficiency in a heat pump is a key rating. The Goodman GSH13 heat pump maintains the legal limit and achieves a 13 SEER. This is the lowest SEER rating, the industry measure of energy efficiency, that a new residential heat pump can have. That’s not good enough for the Carrier Base Series. The Base Series models can achieve up to a 15 SEER rating, defeating the GSH13 in raw energy efficiency.

goodman condenser 300x292 Best Heat Pump Battle: Goodman vs. Carrier Basic ModelsBut, as important as energy efficiency can be, it’s not the only measure of heat pump domination. A warranty and the quality of it, can be very important for consumers looking to keep their heat pump operating for years of service. Here Goodman offers a 5-Year Limited Warranty on the GSH13. Carrier trumps them again with a 10-Year Limited Warranty on the Base Series. Five more years of coverage is a long time and that’s a point in Carrier’s favor.

Is this a knock out blow? Is the GSH13 down for the count? Maybe not. A comparison of average prices online reveals that the GSH13 can usually be purchased for a few hundred bucks cheaper than the Carrier Base Series. Low price is always a good point.

So, who wins this Best Heat Pump Battle? As always, you must make the final decision. What’s more important to you – warranty and efficiency or total cost? Choose wisely.



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