I'm in the market (Tampa,Fl) for a new 13 seer 5 ton heat pump with air handler to replace a 18 year old unit. I started at Trane, American Standard and Carrier and now find myself looking at Nutone or Comfortmaker.

I have googled and vetted companies with tenure and positive ratings so at this point I feel comfortable with the contractors, but not the metal.

Having sold computers I know the best model can still have a lemon and the more I read the more convinced I am that paying more does not necessarily guarantee that the compressor won't give out and cost me an arm and a leg in labor costs. In my head the money saved by a moving from big name to lesser known name is worthy gamble.

Random notes-
Trane is offering 5 years of labor on their new design. That makes me nervous. That and the few posts I have read about it.
Carrier-They seem to make a quality unit and charge a non discounted price.
American Standard - Not impressed with the contractors. A shame since the reviews on the units seem pretty positive.
Comfortmaker-Stumbled upon them when I started researching warranties. Appear to be a good unit with a good warranty and a price that would still be lower than the top three IF I factor in a compressor replacement.
Nutone-Offered by the same contractor that offers Comfortmaker. Tells me the warranty is the best around.