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Emerging From the Regulatory Tunnel
2017/07/11
July 10, 2017
These are interesting times for manufacturers of freezers and coolers and the contractors who install and service these essential commercial refrigeration units.
 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standards that took effect March 27 have caused freezer and cooler manufacturers to improve their equipment’s daily kilowattage consumption to DOE-mandated levels in order to sell their products in the U.S.
 
In addition, the industry has simultaneously had to gear up for numerous refrigerant changes.
 
Workhorse refrigerants R-134a and R-404A are set to be delisted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program for stand-alone medium- and low-temperature units. The EPA changes take effect Jan. 1, 2019, for stand-alone medium-temp units with a compressor capacity below 2,200 Btuh, and Jan. 1, 2020, for stand-alone medium-temp cases with a compressor capacity greater than 2,200 Btuh and all stand-alone low-temp cases.
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