Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Proposed Test Procedures

November 26th 2014

On November 26, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking concerning test procedures for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE is proposing new test procedures that would measure the energy efficiency of wine chillers and other related miscellaneous refrigeration products that maintain warmer compartment temperatures than refrigerators. These procedures would apply both to those products that use a vapor-compression refrigeration system and those that do not. DOE is also proposing new definitions and test procedures for (1) cooled cabinets, (2) refrigerators that do not use a vapor-compression refrigeration system, (3) hybrid refrigeration products, which incorporate warm compartments such as wine storage compartments in products that otherwise provide the functions of refrigerators, refrigerator- freezers, or freezers, and (4) ice makers.