Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Test Procedures

March 13th 2014

On March 13, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs). The proposed amendments would specify an optional break-in period, explicitly require that wall sleeves be sealed, allow for the pre-filling of the condensate drain pan, require that ASHRAE Standard 16 be the sole method of test when measuring the cooling capacity for PTACs and PTHPs under ANSI/AHRI Standard 310/380-2004, and require testing with 14-inch deep wall sleeves and the filter option most representative of a typical installation.