Sept. 29, 2010: DOE Takes Action to Stop Sales of Non-Compliant Air Conditioners
In March 2010, DOE issued a subpoena requiring Air-Con to submit detailed information about the energy consumption of its products and how the company marketed and sold them in the United States. Based on Air-Con’s responses to the subpoena, DOE said it found that the company imported and distributed nearly 2,000 air conditioning units that are rated at 10 SEER, while the federal standard requires a minimum 13 SEER rating. The following two air conditioning unit models are covered by the announcement: ACN-09/12/18/24-GCH and ACN-MTS-09CO/12CO/09EV/12EV.
The DOE notice proposes the maximum penalty for selling non-compliant products and requires Air-Con to immediately cease further U.S. sales and provide written notification to its customers that purchased these units. Air-Con is also required to update the information it has provided to the Department, including a record of the company’s U.S. sales since it last responded to DOE. If Air-Con fails to cease distribution of these models in the United States, DOE said it will seek a judicial order to prevent further sales.
Publication date: 09/27/2010