Ok, cards on table:
I'm an engineer with fair knowledge of electrics & hydronic systems (we call it central heating)...A little about cooling.... (Not a thing we really need here)...
I live in UK which doesn't help, but am coming to Florida January.
Our STR villa in Florida is about due a replacement heat pump system.
Presently 14 year old Carrier 2.5ton.
I've spent hours on this forum (& others) & have decided Amana 18seer would suit. Like warranty, scroll compressor.
Know that good instal critical.
Question: How do I find a decent installer ??
Have worked for a corporate most of my life & know that, even though there are good & bad employees, it's a toss up whether the guy you get is any good & you can never be sure that you'll get the same guy next time...
Would prefer to employ a one-man-band, usually a lot more concientious about workmanship & rely on word of mouth for business.
Watched last contractor replace contactor in condenser unit last breakdown, did a fair job but then he decided to check freon... top off schrader valve (you probably use different name) pressed in pin - "hiss" - Yup, plenty of gas .... I don't want that guy near me again !!!
Any suggestions how to find the "right" guy ??