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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD71 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps 
Abstract:

This rulemaking pertaining to test procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps proposes revisions to the test methods to improve test repeatability and reduce the test burden of the test procedure. These proposals would be required for demonstration of compliance with the current energy conservation standards starting 180 days after publication of the final rule. These proposed amendments include, establishing a delay time prior to off mode power measurements for some systems; limiting the internal volume of refrigerant pressure measurement lines; requiring bin-by-bin EER and COP interpolations for all variable speed units; requiring that the official test for a unit using the outdoor enthalpy method as a secondary check of capacity be the test without the outdoor enthalpy apparatus connected.

DOE is also proposing test procedure amendments to improve field representativeness. These proposals would take effect coincident with updated energy conservation standards and would be part of a new Appendix M1. The proposed Appendix M1 include, new higher external static pressure requirements for all units, including unique minimum external static pressure requirements for certain kinds of products; new default fan power values for rating coil-only units; revisions to the heating load line in the calculation of HSPF; and amendments to the test procedures for variable speed heat pumps to allow better representation of their low-ambient-temperature performance, including an optional 5 °F heating mode test.

 
Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430, Appendix M to subpart B     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6291 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Supplemental NPRM  08/24/2016  81 FR 58164   
SNPRM Comment Period End  09/23/2016 
Final Action  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/standards.aspx?productid=48&action=viewlive  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Armstrong
General Engineer, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office, 1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-6590
Email: ashley.armstrong@ee.doe.gov