Incorrect Speed Selection on Dip Switch Sticker on *MVC96/*CVC96 Furnace

Goodman has released Service Bulletin SF-075 concerning an error found on the dip switch sticker on select furnaces:

Goodman has discovered an error in the blower speed label affixed to the *MVC96 and *CVC*96 furnace product. Under the Speed Selection Dip Switches section of the door sticker the Heat Selection Switches Taps B, C, and D (S4-3 and S4-4 switches) are mislabeled.

Please refer to the following Switch Bank S4 chart that can be found in the installation instructions that come with the furnace regarding the proper settings below. These Dip Switch settings are for a Legacy (24 volt thermostat) setup as the Dip Switches are not used if the system is utilizing a Communicating thermostat.

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If the factory default Dip Switch setting (B) was not changed there will be no change to the intended airflow. If the Dip Switch setting (B) was changed to match what was shown on the furnace label rather than the I&O then this would result in a minor increase in airflow as you are now operating as Tap (C).

Per page 39 of the installation instructions it is recommended to perform CFM verification at Startup as follows: “Select the desired heating speed tap by positioning switches S-4 3, 4 appropriately. Refer to figure above. Verify CFM in heating by noting the number displayed on the dual 7- segment display.”

There is no action required to correct the door sticker as this does not pose a safety or operational furnace issue. Units with serial prefixes of 1802 or later the door stickers have been corrected and are unaffected by the issue.

If you have questions about this bulletin, HVAC Distributors customers can reach out to our Technical Service department at 800.228.4822 x5.

Circuit Breaker Sizing on HKSC10 and Smaller Heat Kits

Goodman released the following bulletin, G-GN-OT-1494, regarding circuit breaker sizing on heat kits:

Circuit breakers furnished with the heat kits of 10kw and less are for safety disconnect purposes only and are not supplied to be used for circuit protection. The 60 amp breaker has been tested and approved by ETL to be used with the HKSC10 and smaller heat kits. The breaker is sized for 208/230V operation and approved by ETL for use with both voltages.

Heat Kits are shipped with label indicating “CIRCUIT BREAKER IS NOT INTENDED FOR BRANCH CIRCUIT PROTECTION. IT SERVES AS A DISCONNECT ONLY.”

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At installation of the heater, this label should be affixed to the front of the indoor unit.

Note that the circuit breaker for the air handler branch circuit protection must be properly sized according to the MOP value. Please reference the product specification sheet for these values.

Paragraph 90.7.of the NEC states the following:
(It is the intent of this Code that factory-installed internal wiring or the construction of equipment need not be inspected at the time of installation of the equipment, except to detect alterations or damage, if the equipment has been listed by a qualified electrical testing laboratory that is recognized as having the facilities described in the preceding paragraph and that requires suitability for installation in accordance with this Code.)

If you have questions about this bulletin, HVAC Distributors customers can reach out to our Technical Service department at 800.228.4822 x5.

Changes for 2018 – Convenient Rebates, Rooftop Standards

Convenient Rebates

Goodman Manufacturing announced updates to its homeowner-oriented web sites, www.goodmanmfg.com and www.amana-hac.com. The sites now integrates rebates available based on a homeowner’s location into its web site layout. As customers (or you) search for products, rebates available in the local area will also populate.

Region-specific rebates can be searched on the sites by selecting Rebate Center under the Resources menu on each site.

Rooftop Energy Efficiency Standards are Changing

At the beginning of this year, 3 to 5 ton 13 SEER Packaged Units were discontinued, per Department of Energy regulation.

Beginning January 1, 2018, the performance measurement metric for 6 – 25 ton packaged units is being changed from EER to IEER (Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio). This change is expected to improve the energy efficiency of rooftop equipment by about 10%. Required minimum IEER are noted in the table below.

Updated IEER Ratings for Equipment Manufactured On/After January 1, 2018

Unit Min IEER
Cooling Only 6-10 T 12.9
12.5-20 T 12.4
25T 11.6
Gas/ Electric 6-10 T 12.7
12.5-20 T 12.2
25T 11.4
Heat Pump 6-10 T 12.2 (3.3 COP)
12.5-20 T 11.6 (3.2 COP)
25T 10.6 (3.2 COP)

What does this mean for your customers? According to an article in ACHR News, “a typical building owner [would save] $4,200-$10,100 over the life of a single rooftop air conditioner. For larger commercial buildings, the savings are significant.”

What does this mean for you? As stock of older rooftops runs out, it will be replaced by units that meet the now higher efficiency requirements. To improve IEER, which is a weighted average of four load points, manufacturers adjust how the equipment performs at 75% load and 50% load. This can be done by increasing the physical size of the system or, as our manufacturer partners are doing, by changing compressors and drives to provide more variable performance.

You are still able to purchase and install rooftops that meet current EER/IEER standards. However, these models are not allowed to be manufactured after January 1, 2018, so when we sell out of existing inventory, it is gone for good.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer with a current committed project with an extended lead time, please reach out to your Account Manager about product availability.

If you are an HVAC Distributors/HVAC Commercial Solutions customer interested in learning more about how our manufacturer partners are improving the energy efficiency of their rooftop products, or in how best to explain these changes to your customers, reach out to your Account Manager.

 

Goodman Expands 96% Furnace Offering

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Goodman has expanded its furnace offerings by launching the new GMEC96 and ACEC96 model furnaces.  These new options are the downflow/horizontal version of the popular GMEC96 and AMEC96 furnace lines.

The new models feature:

    • 96% AFUE
    • Energy-efficient, multi-speed ECM motor for a convenient match to a wide range of coil-condenser combinations
    • Two-stage gas valve for quiet, economical heating
    • Heavy-duty, aluminized-steel tubular heat exchanger

Amana Models:

Product ID Model # Heating Cooling/Airflow Cabinet Width
460156 ACEC960403BN 40 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460157 ACEC960603BN 60 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460158 ACEC960803BN 80 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460159 ACEC961005CN 100 MBH 5 Ton / 1500 cfm 21” (C)

Goodman Models:

Product ID Model # Heating Cooling/Airflow Cabinet Width
460160 GCEC960403BN 40 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460161 GCEC960603BN 60 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460162 GCEC960803BN 80 MBH 3 Ton / 900 cfm 17-1/2” (B)
460163 GCEC961005CN 100 MBH 5 Ton / 1500 cfm 21” (C)

These furnaces can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

New “D” Cabinet Width on Goodman GMVC96 and Amana AMVC96 Furnaces

Goodman Manufacturing has expanded its furnace offering by adding a D-width (24-1/2”) to the popular GMVC96 and AMVC96 furnaces in the 100MBH, 5 ton size.  Previously, these models have only been offered with the C-width (21″) cabinet.

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The D-width cabinet allows a flush fit of the coil and furnace, which provides a cleaner installed appearance. C-width cabinet installations require 3.5″ of coil cabinet overhang in relation to the furnace (1.75″ each side).

These furnaces are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Goodman Tubular Upgrade Warranty Program Updates

Goodman Manufacturing offers a Tubular Upgrade Program, which provides contractors with the option of upgrading homeowners with a non-functional clamshell-type heat exchanger (covered under the terms of the original warranty) to a new Goodman brand furnace featuring a tubular heat exchanger at a discounted price.

From Goodman:

Here is how the program works:

  1. Once a dealer verifies the homeowner has a non-functional Goodman clamshell heat exchanger covered under the terms of the original warranty, the installing dealer can provide the homeowner with the option of a new furnace at $150 below the dealer’s purchase price from the distributor. This discount applies only to furnace cost. It is the dealer’s responsibility to negotiate all additional costs with the homeowner including labor, freight, or any other costs associated with the installation, service, repair or operation of the unit.The new furnace will be backed with all standard limited warranties associated with the specific model selected for replacement, including a 10-Year Parts Limited Warranty and a Lifetime Heat Exchanger Limited Warranty. All warranties are available to the original registered owner and his or her spouse provided the unit is installed in an owner-occupied single-family residence and the unit is properly registered online with Goodman within 60 days after the upgraded installation occurs. Online registration is not required in California or Quebec. See www.goodmanmfg.com for complete warranty details.

  2. To qualify, the installing dealer must complete a FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form, disclose the program to the homeowner and provide the homeowner with a completed copy of the FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT. The dealer must also retain a copy of the completed form to submit with their warranty claim to their distributor.

  3. Dealer must provide the participating Goodman distributor with:

A.  the completed and signed FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form; and

B. the Warranty Claim Form; and

C. The non-functional furnace or rating nameplate.

Then, the dealer will be provided a $150 discount towards a future Goodman serialized equipment purchase by the participating distributor.

This program is only available on qualifying clamshell-type heat exchangers. Following is a list of qualifying & non-qualifying models, based on current claims requested through Goodman Manufacturing:

Qualifying-NonQualifying Models

For HVAC Distributors customers, we have provided a link to the FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form on our web site for your convenience. Print this form to use for exchanges, then return the materials listed in Step 3, above, to your local HVAC Distributors branch.

ComfortNet CTK04 Now Includes Voice Control

Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to connect their lives and homes.

Goodman has recognized this trend and has updated the ComfortNet CTK04 to include voice controls. When you install a CTK04 and connect it to the Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway, your homeowner can use many of today’s popular home electronic assistants to control their Goodman or Amana brand  ComfortNet system.

Some of the home electronic assistants  and apps that are compatible with the new CTK04 include:

  • 518738-google-home-vs-amazon-echoAmazon Echo is a wireless speaker that uses Alexa Voice Assistant to control devices in your home.
  • Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
  • The Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app allows you to control the CTK04 directly through your smartphone and/or tablet.

This new voice control options is another way the ComfortNet CTK04 control separates itself from the competition by integrating with some of the biggest smart home companies today and making a great product even better for your valued customers.

ComfortNet CTK04 thermostats, Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway and Google Home devices are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.