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Rulemaking for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Test Procedure

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering amending the test procedure for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs) as required by 42 U.S.C. 6314 (a)(7). These test procedures are currently described in 10 CFR 431.134 in Subpart H.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps. 79 FR 14186 (March 13, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on April 28, 2014.

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The packaged terminal air conditioners test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-TP-0032 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

DOE is also conducting an energy conservation standards rulemaking for PTACs and PTHPs.



Statutory Authority

Part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances. Part A–1 of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317) establishes a similar program for "Certain Industrial Equipment," which includes PTACs and PTHPs.

Amendments to EPCA in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) mandates that at least once every 7 years, DOE must either publish a notice of determination that amendments to the test procedure are not needed or prescribe amended test procedures that are reasonably designed to reflect energy efficiency, energy use, and estimated operating costs. (42 U.S.C. 6314(a)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 6314(a)(2))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

PTACs@ee.doe.gov