2023 DOE Regulations Are On The Way

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NEW REGIONAL MINIMUM EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS ARE TAKING EFFECT. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has mandated new energy efficiency requirements for all newly manufactured residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps, which will take effect on January 1, 2023. Alongside the new efficiency requirements are more stringent testing requirements for all residential and 3-5 ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023.

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  • Air Conditioner Condensing Units
  • Heat Pumps
  • Single Packaged Units
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Gas Furnaces

What you need to know?
Transitioning to 2023 requirements may seem like a challenge, but we believe preparation and planning can help ease the transition and minimize any disruptions to your business. We are here to help you understand and prepare. What do these changes mean for you and your business?


Dealers and contractors who install non-compliant equipment will be required to replace the equipment and face fines of up to $504 per unit, per day.


Train your technicians now on the new standards and how to be in compliance.


Scale down current inventory now to prepare for the new regulations and product launches.

Are You 2023 Ready ?
The new regulations are part of the DOE's ongoing initiative to reduce overall energy consumption in the US. What will these new changes mean for the industry?

  • 7-8% increase from current minimum SEER ratings
  • New ratings nomenclature - SEER2, EER2, HSPF2
  • New Equipment Test Procedures

 Increasing SEER Rating Minimums

The increased SEER rating minimums represent a 7-10% increase over previous minimums and are forecasted to save 300 million KWH of power over 30 years. Totaling approx. $38 billion in utility cost savings.

With these changes, 70% of current equipment does not meet minimum standards and all equipment will require re-testing with the new 2023 standards. Some previous standard equipment may NOT be sold on or after January 1st 2023.

New M1 Efficiency Testing Standards Method

Energy efficiency testing standards will use a new M1 testing method to better represent actual field conditions and will be reflected in new SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2 ratings. Since the new M1 testing requirements are more stringent and reduce the resulting efficiency rating, in 2023, there will be new metrics and nomenclature – SEER2, EER2 and HSPF2.

2023 Residential Minimum Standards
Below are the future minimum efficiency standards for Split Air Conditioners, Split Heat Pumps and Packaged Units effective January 1, 2023.

Supersedes federal minimum for split and package air conditioners. Compliance is based on date of installation. Including the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and District of Columbia, US Territories

Supersedes federal minimum for split and package air conditioners. Compliance is based on date of installation. Including the following states: Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico

Compliance based on date of manufacture Applies nationally unless superseded by regional standard in Southwest and Southeast. Applies to all split and packaged heat pumps nationally.