DOE Requires Manufacturers to Halt Sales of Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Violating Minimum Appliance Standards
Posted Jun 02 2010 9:00pm
Washington, DC - Today, the Department of Energy announced that three manufacturers -- Aspen Manufacturing, Inc., Summit Manufacturing, and Advanced Distributor Products -- must stop distributing 61 heat pump models and 1 air conditioner model that DOE has determined do not comply with federal energy conservation standards. The manufacturers also must notify all of their customers that have been sold noncompliant units. The Department determined that these models were noncompliant based on certification information submitted to DOE for these manufacturers.
"Today's action makes clear that the Department of Energy will take the necessary steps to ensure consumers have access to products that meet the federal standards for energy efficiency," said Department of Energy General Counsel Scott Blake Harris. "As a part of this Administration's commitment to energy efficiency, we will continue to rigorously enforce the Department's energy efficiency requirements that save money for consumers and reduce unnecessary energy use."
DOE discovered that Aspen Manufacturing had certified 58 air conditioning heat pumps models and 1 air conditioner model that fail to meet federal energy efficiency standards by up to 7 percent. DOE also found 1 air conditioning heat pump model manufactured by Summit Manufacturing that failed the energy use standards by about 16 percent and 2 heat pump models manufactured by Advanced Distributor Products that missed the standard by 1-2 percent. If these companies fail to respond or to notify their customers, the Department of Energy will seek a judicial order to prevent the sale of the noncompliant models.
Under federal law, manufacturers of certain products covered by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act must certify with the Department that their models meet the applicable minimum energy conservation standards. These certification reports provide DOE with information critical to determining that American consumers are buying products that abide by DOE's regulations and deliver significant energy and cost savings.