UL Gains Approval for USAC/HP Certification


The Plano, Texas facility of UL has received approval from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to conduct testing for its Unitary Small Air-Conditioner and Heat Pump (USAC/HP) certification program for packaged products. Through this announcement, UL is now recognized as an approved third-party laboratory for a total of four AHRI certification programs that include water-source heat pumps (water-to-air and water-to-water) and commercial and residential ice-making products.

Todd Straka, the Business Development Director of UL’s Appliances, HVAC, and Lighting Division said, “UL remains committed to further enhancing and expanding the range of services we offer to the HVAC industry. The ability to now conduct AHRI certification of unitary small packaged products at UL’s Plano laboratory offers manufacturers greater flexibility and will assist them in getting their products to market quickly.”

On the other hand, Marc Neufcourt, AHRI’s Director of Certification said, “UL has worked diligently to meet AHRI’s third-party laboratory requirement and start testing unitary small packaged units for the AHRI USAC/HP programs in 2016. This will not only provide for manufacturers broader market access but also strengthen AHRI’s program credibility and support its diversification objectives.”

Jeffrey Martin, The HVAC Engineering Manager of the Plano, Texas facility commented, “UL is continuing to build and qualify additional test facilities to support AHRI’s diversification objectives through 2020 which includes added capabilities for split system WSHP products, heat pumps, and split system air conditioners.”

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