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Goodman a/c unit

I am moving soon and am arranging for a new a/c unit to be installed in my new house. I need a 2.5 ton unit. I have been shopping around for some time now and have found most prices pretty much the same, except for Goodman which is much lower. I've read some reviews that suggest Goodman is not good. Others say Goodman is not the problem, it is the improper installation that seems common with Goodman. Would you agree with this? Would you advise that I just steer clear of Goodman? If so, what's your recommendation for a good brand? Thanks

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Look at this forum and others as well. You will see many issues with Goodman products. Believe the old saying "You get what you pay for!". Carrier, Trane / American Standard, Payne.

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