The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determinations to Midea America Corporation and Felix Storch, Inc. for a compact freezer that, as determined by DOE testing, violates federal energy conservation standards. DOE tested four units of the freezer, manufactured in China by Midea (model number HS-390C) and privately labeled by Storch (model number CF11ES), and determined that the units consumed energy at the rates of 330, 334, 353, and 356 kilowatt hours per year (kWh/yr). The federal standard requires that such freezers not consume more than 317 kWh/yr.
The Office of Enforcement also issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Aspen Manufacturing (Aspen) regarding a central air conditioning system made up of indoor unit model AEW244, manufactured by Aspen, and outdoor unit model NCPC-424-3010, manufactured by National Comfort Products. DOE determined that the system fails to meet the applicable standard based on information provided by Aspen and the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Institute.
The companies must immediately cease distribution of the noncompliant products and may face civil penalties.