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How the 2020 DOE Regulations Impact Condensing Units

How will the new DOE 2020 regulations impact indoor and outdoor condensing units?

July, 10th, 2019


The Department of Energy’s new 2020 regulations are quickly approaching, and they affect a wide variety of end-users of indoor and outdoor condensing units. Those in the commercial refrigeration industry who will be required to adhere to the new regulations include suppliers, contractors, wholesalers, OEMs, and end-users in the foodservice, food retail and food manufacturing industries. While the DOE has been providing updates regarding the new regulations, many are still questioning the specifics of how they will be impacted. As your partner in the commercial refrigeration industry, and as an industry leader, we want to provide as much clarity as possible to make the transition seamless for those impacted.


January 1, 2020 – The Deadline



What indoor and outdoor condensing units and unit coolers are impacted by the new regulations?


  • Medium temperature condensing units and package systems used in Walk-In Coolers and Freezers up to 3000 square feet (effective January 1, 2020)
  • Low temperature condensing units, package systems, and unit coolers used in Walk-In Coolers and Freezers up to 3000 square feet (effective July 10, 2020)


DOE has adopted energy conservation standards that apply to all applicable walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF) that include this affected equipment manufactured in, or imported into, the United States starting on the compliance dates stated above. See Table 1.


Table 1 Energy Conservation Standards for WICF Refrigeration Systems




*Where qnet is net capacity as determined in accordance with the 10 CFR 431.304 and certified in accordance with 10 CFR part 429.



What condensing units are excluded from these requirements?


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