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SEER2 Industry Standards: 

What You Need To Know

Your Guide to SEER2

Big changes are coming to the HVAC industry in 2023, as new Department of Energy SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2) efficiency standards will go into place at this time. HVAC professionals are responsible for staying on top of industry changes as they occur, but with so many different nuances and regulations associated with new SEER2 testing procedures it can be challenging to keep up.

 

Peirce-Phelps is committed to helping HVAC professionals prepare for new SEER2 standards as they come into play across the United States on January 1, 2023.

 

Based on the 2023 regulatory changes, please find below the affected equipment models in our amended return policy.

More About New SEER2 Efficiency Standards

The new SEER2 testing and rating system will raise all HVAC equipment’s external static pressure testing conditions by a factor of 5 to create a more realistic and accurate testing environment. These changes will affect all HVAC equipment ranging from air conditioning units and heat pumps to gas furnaces, evaporator coils, and single-packaged units.

 

The purpose of new SEER2 efficiency standards is to provide HVAC professionals and HVAC consumers with more accurate insights into a system’s overall efficiency. From there, HVAC manufacturers will be empowered to create more energy-efficient systems and technologies. All air conditioning and heat pump systems must be renovated by January 1, 2023, even if they meet current SEER ratings.


Region-Specific SEER2 Requirements

The United States is divided into three different regulatory regions: North, Southwest, and Southeast. Each region has its own specific climate and heating/cooling needs, so the new SEER2 requirements will also impact each region to a different extent. Keep in mind that HVAC systems that do not meet the SEER2 requirements cannot be installed after 2023 in certain regions.

 

HVAC professionals are encouraged to thoroughly research and understand how new SEER2 requirements will specifically impact the region where they do business.


North Region SEER2 Regulations

For the North region, which contains states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, compliance will be determined by each system's manufacturing date. Specifically, new SEER2 requirements for this region will include:

 

  • SEER2 rating of at least 13.4 for all residential air systems
  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for heat pumps
  •  

    AC systems, heat pumps, and single-packaged units built before January 1, 2023 may still be installed and sold in the North region. All units manufactured after this date must meet new SEER2 requirements.

    See A/C Charts Below ↓

    Carrier
    Pre-2023 2023
    PRE-2023 Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 EER2
    Deluxe 24VNA6 VS AC => 24VNA6 VS AC UP TO 24 UP TO 15.5
    24VNA9 VS AC => 24VNA9 VS AC UP TO 18 UP TO 12.5
    24ANB1 2 STG AC
    24ANB7 2 STG AC
    24ANB6 1 STG AC
    Mid 24ACB7 2 STG AC => 24TPA7 2 STG AC UP TO 17 UP TO 13.5
    24APB6 1 STG AC => 24SPA6 1 STG AC UP TO 16.5 UP TO 13.5
    24ACC6
    24ACB3 1 STG AC
    Entry 24AHA4 1 STG HORIZ AC => 34SCA5 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    24ABC6 1 STG AC => 24SCA5 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    24AAA5
    24ACA4/24ACC4
    24ABB3 1 STG AC => 24SCA4 1 STG AC 13.4 N/A
    Builder CA17NA 2 STG AC => GA7TAN 2 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    CA16NW 1 STG AC => GA5SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    CA16NA
    CA15NA
    CA14NA
    CA13NA 1 STG AC => GA4SAN 1 STG AC 13.4 N/A
    Bryant
    Pre-2023 2023
    PRE-2023 Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 EER2
    Deluxe 186CNV VS AC => 186CNV VS AC UP TO 24 UP TO 15.5
    189BNV VS AC => 189BNV VS AC UP TO 18 UP TO 12.5
    180BNA 2 STG AC
    187BNA/187BNC 2 STG AC
    186BNA A STG AC
    Mid 127ANA 2 STG AC => 127TAN 2 STG AC UP TO 17 UP TO 13.5
    126CNA 1 STG AC => 126SAN 1 STG AC UP TO 16.5 UP TO 13.5
    126BNA
    123ANA 1 STG AC
    Entry 124ANS 1 STG HORIZ AC => 315SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    116BNA 1 STG AC => 115SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    105ANA
    114CNA/114CNC
    113A 1 STG AC => 114SAN 1 STG AC 13.4 N/A
    Builder BA17NA 2 STG AC => GA7TAN 2 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    BA16NW 1 STG AC => GA5SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    BA16NA
    BA15NA
    BA14NA
    BA13NA 1 STG AC => GA4SAN 1 STG AC 13.4 N/A

    See Heat Pump Charts Below

    Carrier
    Pre-2023 2023
    Old Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 HSPF2
    Deluxe 25VNA4 VS HP => 25VNA4 VS HP UP TO 22* UP TO 11.5*
    25VNA8 VS HP => 25VNA8 VS HP UP TO 18* UP TO 9.5*
    25HNB6 2 STG HP
    Mid 25HHA4 1 STG HORIZ HP => 38MUR FULL-INVERTER UP TO 18* UP TO 12*
    25HCB6 2 STG HP => 25TPA7 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    25HPB6 1 STG HP => 25SPA5 1 STG HP UP TO 15.2 UP TO 7.8
    25HCC5
    Entry 25HBC5 1 STG HP => 25SCA5 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    25HCE4
    Builder CH17NA 2 STG HP => GH7T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    CH16NA 1 STG HP => GH5S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    CH14NB
    Bryant
    Pre-2023 2023
    Old Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 HSPF2
    Deluxe 280ANV/284ANV VS HP => 284ANV VS HP UP TO 22* UP TO 11.5*
    288BNV VS HP => 288BNV VS HP UP TO 18* UP TO 9.5*
    286BNA 2 STG HP
    Mid 224ANS 1 STG HORIZ HP => 38MUR FULL-INVERTER UP TO 18* UP TO 12*
    226ANA 2 STG HP => 227T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    226CNA 1 STG HP => 225S 1 STG HP UP TO 15.2 UP TO 7.8
    225BNA
    Entry 215BNA 1 STG HP => 215S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    214D
    Builder BH17NA 2 STG HP => GH7T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    BH16NA 1 STG HP => GH5S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    BH14NB

    Southeast Region SEER2 Regulations

    The country's Southeast region, which includes Texas, Tennessee, and Florida, has its own SEER2 requirements. These will include:

     

  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for all residential central air systems below 45,000 BTU
  • SEER2 rating of at least 13.8 for all residential central air systems 45,000 BTU and above
  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for all heat pumps
  •  

    Much like in the Southwest region, systems that do not meet these standards cannot be sold or installed in the Southeast region beginning January 1, 2023 if they do not meet these requirements.

    See A/C Charts Below ↓

    Carrier
    Pre-2023 2023
    PRE-2023 Model # Type Last Date of Install 2023 Model # Type Seer2 EER2
    Deluxe 24VNA6 VS AC N/A => 24VNA6 VS AC UP TO 24 UP TO 15.5
    24VNA9 VS AC => 24VNA9 EVENS VS AC UP TO 18 UP TO 12.5
    24ANB1 2 STG AC Phased Out
    24ANB7 2 STG AC Phased Out
    24ANB6 1 STG AC Phased Out
    Mid 24ACB7 2 STG AC 2022-12-31 => 24TPA7 2 STG AC UP TO 17 UP TO 13.5
    24APB6 1 STG AC => 24SPA6 1 STG AC UP TO 16.5 UP TO 13.5
    24ACC6
    24ACB3 1 STG AC Phased Out
    Entry 24AHA4 1 STG HORIZ AC 2022-13-31 => 34SCA5 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    24ABC6 1 STG AC => 24SCA5 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    24AAA5
    24ACA4/24ACC4
    Builder CA17NA 2 STG AC 2022-12-31 => GA7TAN 2 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    CA16NW 1 STG AC => GA5SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    CA16NA
    CA15NA
    CA14NA
    Bryant
    Pre-2023 2023
    PRE-2023 Model # Type Last Date of Install 2023 Model # Type Seer2 EER2
    Deluxe 186CNV VS AC N/A => 186CNV VS AC UP TO 24 UP TO 15.5
    189BNV VS AC => 189BNV EVENS VS AC UP TO 18 UP TO 12.5
    180BNA 2 STG AC Phased Out
    187BNA/187BNC 2 STG AC Phased Out
    186BNA 1 STG AC Phased Out
    Mid 127ANA 2 STG AC 2022-12-31 => 127TAN 2 STG AC UP TO 17 UP TO 13.5
    126CNA 1 STG AC => 126SAN 1 STG AC UP TO 16.5 UP TO 13.5
    126BNA
    123ANA 1 STG AC Phased Out
    Entry 124ANS 1 STG HORIZ AC 2022-13-31 => 315SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    116BNA 1 STG AC => 115SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    105ANA
    114CNA/114CNC
    Builder BA17NA 2 STG AC 2022-12-31 => GA7TAN 2 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    BA16NW 1 STG AC => GA5SAN 1 STG AC 13.8/14.3 11.2/11.7
    BA16NA
    BA15NA
    BA14NA

    See Heat Pump Charts Below

    Carrier
    Pre-2023 2023
    Old Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 HSPF2
    Deluxe 25VNA4 VS HP => 25VNA4 VS HP UP TO 22 UP TO 11.5
    25VNA8 VS HP => 25VNA8 VS HP UP TO 18 UP TO 9.5
    25HNB6 2 STG HP
    Mid 25HHA4 1 STG HORIZ HP => 38MUR FULL-INVERTER UP TO 18 UP TO 12
    25HCB6 2 STG HP => 25TPA7 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    25HPB6 1 STG HP => 25SPA5 1 STG HP UP TO 15.2 UP TO 7.8
    25HCC5
    Entry 25HBC5 1 STG HP => 25SCA5 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    25HCE4
    Builder CH17NA 2 STG HP => GH7T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    CH16NA 1 STG HP => GH5S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    CH14NB
    Bryant
    Pre-2023 2023
    Old Model # Type 2023 Model # Type Seer2 HSPF2
    Deluxe 280ANV/284ANV VS HP => 284ANV VS HP UP TO 22 UP TO 11.5
    288BNV VS HP => 288BNV VS HP UP TO 18 UP TO 9.5
    286BNA 2 STG HP
    Mid 224ANS 1 STG HORIZ HP => 38MUR FULL-INVERTER UP TO 18 UP TO 12
    226ANA 2 STG HP => 227T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    226CNA 1 STG HP => 225S 1 STG HP UP TO 15.2 UP TO 7.8
    225BNA
    Entry 215BNA 1 STG HP => 215S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    214D
    Builder BH17NA 2 STG HP => GH7T 2 STG HP UP TO 17 UP TO 8.1
    BH16NA 1 STG HP => GH5S 1 STG HP 14.3 7.5
    BH14NB

    Southwest Region SEER2 Regulations

    The Southwest region is the smallest in the country, consisting of the following states: California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. In this region, SEER2 requirements are as follows:

     

  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for all residential central air systems below 45,000 BTU
  • SEER2 rating of at least 13.8 for all residential central air systems 45,000 BTU and above
  • SEER2 rating of at least 14.3 for all heat pumps
  •  

    Unlike in the North region, any equipment that does not meet these new standards by January 1, 2023, cannot be sold or installed in this region — regardless of manufacturing date.


    2022 Amended Return Policy

    Due to these new standards, Peirce-Phelps is amending its return policy on certain models of A/C and Heat Pump equipment. This return policy impacts the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

     

    August 31, 2022 is the last day that Peirce-Phelps will honor returns of the models listed on the chart.

     

    After this date, these SKUs will be removed from the acceptable return list. Any equipment returns prior to August 31 must comply with your region’s new and unused standard return policy.


    As Regulations Change, Peirce-Phelps Has You Covered

    Being aware of how SEER2 regulations will affect your state is a must as an HVAC professional. This is especially true when you consider the potentially serious consequences of non-compliance, which can include anything from being placed on national “Do-not-sell” lists to facing serious fines.

     

    HVAC businesses are encouraged to provide all their employees with thorough training regarding the roll-out of new SEER2 requirements leading up to their implementation in 2023. Likewise, HVAC business owners should also keep detailed records of equipment sales for up to 60 months after purchase. This way, it is possible to prove compliance if necessary.

     

    At Peirce-Phelps, we are committed to providing HVAC professionals with the information they need to make informed decisions now and in the future. And when it comes time to purchase equipment meeting new SEER2 regulations, you can always find the parts and systems you need from the most trusted brands here at Peirce-Phelps.