I am in need of a little advice from someone in the HVAC industry. My wife and I are building a new house in a small community in central Minnesota, so our choices for heating and cooling are fairly limited. After getting quotes from 4 different contractors, 2 that sold Maytag. We decided to go with the Maytag, a model M1200+ B5VM-X36K-B air handler and a M1200+ 3 ton 15 SEER air to air heat pump. I did some research and asked some of the guys where I work who are experienced in the HVAC field and what I found out was that Maytag was of good quality and pretty reliable, also has a 12 year parts and labor warranty. The 12 year warranty was fairly important to me as our previous unit on the house we sold was a Trane which crapped out the summer after the warranty expired. One of the contractors contacted me to see if I decided on a contractor yet and I informed him that we were going with the Maytag unit. He informed me that Maytag had been sold and the quality wasn't very good since the sale. He said that I would be a fool if I didn't go with a Rheem, which he sells by the way. He also informed me to do some research on the internet and I would be surprised at what I found. I really haven't found anything on the internet to the extent that he said I would find. I have read some of these forums and the general feeling is to check out the contractor, as that will make or break a system. I have researched both contractors to the best I can do in a small town, BBB and word of mouth. I try to avoid references provided by the contractors themselves as they are usually family, friends or paid references. So it isn't really a question of not trusting either contractor, but did Maytag get sold and has the quality went downhill? This is our retirement house and we won't be moving out unless it is in the coroner's van, so we want to do it right the first time. Thanks for any feedback we get, it is greatly appreciated.