DOE Settles Regional Standards Implementation

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Based on a report from the Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), the Department of Energy (DOE) has released a pre-publication of its finalized enforcement plan for the regional standard governing central and single-package air conditioners. Distributors in the United States must start maintaining specific records effective July 1, 2016.

theNEws reported that starting July 1, 2016, all distributors must manage and retain the following records for 4.5 years for every sale of split-system central air conditioner condensing unit and single-packaged central air conditioners:

Split-System Central Air Conditioner Condensing Unit

* Manufacturer
* Model number
* Serial number
* Date when the unit was purchased
* Contact information from whom the unit was bought
* Date the unit was sold
* Contact information of the buyer such as name, address, and contact number
* Delivery address (whenever applicable)

Single-Package Central Air Conditioners

* Manufacturer
* Model number
* Serial number
* Date that the unit was purchased
* Contact details from whom the unit was bought
* Date the unit was sold
* Contact information of the buyer such as named, address, and contact number
* Delivery address (whenever applicable)

For the South and Southwest installing contractors, they must have all the information above as well as the address of the installation and name of the buyer for split-system central air conditioner condensing unit, single package central air conditioners, and split-system central air conditioner indoor units (with the exclusion of uncased coils sold as replacement parts). The records should be kept for four years and this regulation takes effect for contractors presumably on the week of July 11, 2016.

To serve as a notice, the last day when 13-SEER central and/or single-packaged air conditioners that are manufactured before January 1, 2015, may still be installed in the South or Southwest region until June 30.

Furthermore, heat pumps are not included in the regional standards and not included in any of the requirements mentioned above, meaning there are no requirements to keep records and no limitation on the sale of 13-SEER products that were imported or manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.

You can check other pertinent details regarding the enforcement of the Regional Standard via the website that DOE established.

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