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Wow, it's been a while since I've been here, the place has changed!

Anyhow, to my question.

I found a Fedders A/C condenser today that the Seller swears is only about 6 months old. He said that his Home Warranty company put it in when the compressor in the old one failed.

The problem is, the new one is a 3.5 ton unit and it's as small as the old 10 and 12 SEER units. I couldn't make head or tails of the serial number but it did say it was "Made In PRC"

I know the new SEER manufacturing regulations pertain to U.S.A. manufacturers but does it also affect units made overseas for resale in the U.S.A.?

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See the first paragraph from The Department of Energy web site:

To increase the energy efficiency of residential air conditioners, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued new manufacturing standards that go into effect today, January 23, 2006, for products manufactured in, or imported into, the United States.

Key word is imported.

http://www.energy.gov/news/3097.htm

Jeff Euriech

Peoria Arizona

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See Myth #4 about size:

Myth #4: SEER 13 units are much bigger than SEER 10 or SEER 12 units, so major renovations will be required to fit them into existing homes.

FACT: Some SEER 13 units are significantly bigger, but many are not. For example, Goodman Manufacturing makes SEER 13 units using non-proprietary technology that are only about three inches larger than their basic units. The size of the unit depends on the technologies that a manufacturer uses to improve efficiency; SEER 13 units of all sizes are made now and will be available in the future.

http://www.eesi.org/publications/Fact%2 ... tsheet.htm

Jeff Euriech

Peoria Arizona

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Originally posted by JEuriech

See the first paragraph from The Department of Energy web site:

To increase the energy efficiency of residential air conditioners, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued new manufacturing standards that go into effect today, January 23, 2006, for products manufactured in, or imported into, the United States.

Key word is imported.

http://www.energy.gov/news/3097.htm

Jeff Euriech

Peoria Arizona

Keyword is manufactured. You can sell a 10 seer as long as it wasn't manufactured after 1/23/06

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