DOE orders companies to stop selling pumps, AC

Three companies have been ordered to stop selling 61 models of heat pumps and an AC unit, federal officials said today.

The U.S. Department of Energy said on its Web site that Aspen Manufacturing Inc., Summit Manufacturing and Advanced Distributor Products must halt distribution of "the noncompliant models and to notify all previous buyers." Should the manufacturers fail to follow through with the order, "DOE will seek a judicial order."

The manufacturers failed to certify the products covered by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with the agency. DOE said it subsequently found that Aspen Manufacturing had certified 58 heat pumps models and one air conditioner model that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards by up to 7 percent. DOE also found one heat pump model manufactured by Summit Manufacturing that failed the energy-use standards by about 16 percent, as well as two heat pump models manufactured by Advanced Distributor Products that missed the standard by 1 percent to 2 percent.

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