DOE Stops Sales of Noncompliant A/C Models
“Nothing is more important to our enforcement efforts than removing products from the market that violate our minimum energy-efficiency standards,” said DOE general counsel Scott Blake Harris. “The sale of these products is unlawful, imposes unnecessary costs on American consumers, and wastes energy.”
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, the department has 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. DOE ordered Air-Con to immediately stop selling the following two air conditioning unit models: ACN-09/12/18/24-GCH and ACN-MTS-09CO/12CO/09EV/12EV.
The DOE’s 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, the department will seek a judicial order to prevent further sales.
Publication date: 10/04/2010