Ready for 2020 - The Heatcraft Family of Brands
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In 2017, per DOE mandate, Heatcraft began placing AWEF (Annual Walk-in Energy Factor) values on its equipment data plates and in printed literature in. The AWEF ruling is essentially imposing minimum efficiency standards and mandates that manufacturers produce equipment that moves more heat using less energy. The first compliance date for AWEF is January 1, 2020, for medium temperature condensing units. Medium temperature condensing units manufactured by Heatcraft after January 1st of 2020 will meet or exceed the minimum AWEF efficiency standards.
The applications and equipment affected by new DOE mandated AWEF efficiency standards are as follows:
- Walk-in coolers and freezers up to 3000 ft2
- Condensing units and unit coolers used in coolers and freezers up to 3000 ft2
- Unit coolers used in supermarket refrigeration systems
Heatcraft equipment manufactured prior to January 1, 2020, will not be subject to the new DOE AWEF efficiency regulations.
Looking ahead to July 10, 2020
July 10, 2020, is the official compliance date for low temperature condensing units and unit coolers. As of that date, Heatcraft affected equipment will be compliant with DOE established targets.
Compliant today... compliant tomorrow
All of Heatcraft’s manufactured equipment within the scope of the regulations will meet or exceed the new DOE efficiency manufacturing standards. There will be no interruptions or surprises for Heatcraft customers purchasing new or using existing Heatcraft equipment.
Three of the most common questions regarding DOE regulatory impact on Heatcraft are addressed below:
Q: How do the new DOE regulations affect the Heatcraft equipment I own now?
The new regulations will have no effect. The DOE regulatory requirements only affect equipment manufactured after January 1, 2020, or July 10, 2020, depending on product. There is no requirement that older equipment be serviced or altered in any way to meet the forthcoming regulatory efficiency standards. Product compliance can be verified via the DOE CCMS Database.
Q: How do the new DOE regulations affect equipment I purchase between now and January 1, 2020?
The new regulations have no effect. While equipment being manufactured now by Heatcraft have AWEF efficiency ratings included on the units per the reporting requirement issued by the DOE, these units are not included in the January 1, 2020, compliance standards.
Q: When will Heatcraft equipment manufactured under the new DOE AWEF efficiency standards be available for purchase?
Materials, such as product manuals and technical information for some condensing units, will be made available in Q3 2019, with select products made available for order in Q4 2019. For unit coolers, information will be available in Q1 2020, with select product availability in Q2 2020.
Committed to you
As a commercial refrigeration industry leader, Heatcraft is committed to providing all of our customers with an uninterrupted supply of compliant refrigeration equipment which meets or exceeds DOE requirements. As your partner in commercial refrigeration and DOE awareness, if you have any questions or concerns regarding Heatcraft equipment and compliance, please contact us via email at Regulatory@Heatcraftrpd.com