DOE Issues R-22 Dry Charge Policy Statement
January 5, 2016
By Chuck White, PHCC Vice President of Technical & Code Services
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has issued a clarifying policy on split-system central air conditioners that may close the loophole on R-22 dry charge units. For several years, the use of R-22 dry charge units has been commonplace; the units have been considered replacement components for existing systems. DOE has clarified that all equipment must meet required energy efficiency ratings as measured by the required test procedure.
In the case of split-system central air conditioners, the outdoor unit must be tested in its “highest sales volume combination.” As the Environmental Protection Agency prohibits sales of R-22 systems, there cannot be a “highest sales volume combination.” Alternately, manufacturers can request waivers and submit alternate rating information; to date, no manufacturer has done this.
Effective immediately, DOE will begin investigating the methods used to rate this equipment. DOE also will consider civil penalties and fines to manufacturers for equipment manufactured after February 1, 2016. For more information, click here.