Subsidiaries of the American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corp. producing air conditioning equipment at the time included American Blower Corp., Campbell Metal Window Corp., Fox Furnace Co., Ross Heater & Mfg. Co., Detroit Lubricator Co., and American Radiator Co.
Though these are no longer subsidiaries of American Stand-ard, it acquired The Trane Com-pany in 1984, thus continuing its presence in the hvacr industry.
Of the heat pumps covered by the DOE test method and shipped in the first nine months, 75% had a cooling mode SEER of 7.5 or higher, 41% had a SEER of 8 or higher, and 3% had a SEER of 8.5% or higher.
In contrast, the current SEER minimum is 10, and could be increased further within the next few years.
Chiles Power Supply (d.b.a. Heatway) asserted that Entran II hoses made by Goodyear failed due to the use of “inadequate antioxidants, inappropriate vol-atile plasticizers, and inexpensive clay filters,” resulting in ruined and irreparable residential radiant heating systems.
Goodyear claimed that the hoses weren’t faulty, but that damage was induced by incorrect design, installation, and maintenance. An effect of this jury decision is that Heatway filed under Chapter 11 for bankruptcy. Heatway was subsequently pur-chsed by Watts Industries and is now part of the Watts family, known as Watts Heatway.
Publication date: 03/05/2001