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NRCAN Regulations on PSC Motors

Starting July 03/2019 sale of furnaces equipped with PSC type blower motor will stop in Canada. Follwoing is a FAQ in regards to NRCAN new regulations. 

 

WHAT IS FER?

The Fan Efficiency Rating (“FER”) is a regulation passed by the NRCAN in 2017 that limits the power consumption (watts per cfm) of furnace fans on certain HVAC equipment.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

Furnace fans, also known as blowers, that use a permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor cannot meet the power consumption requirement. Therefore, after July 3, 2019, furnaces may only be manufactured with an electronically commutated motor (ECM), which can be either constant torque or variable speed. Inducer fans are not covered under the regulation.

WHICH PRODUCTS ARE IMPACTED?

All furnaces (gas, oil and electric), modular blowers (with and without electric heat), and gas-fired residential package units.

CAN I PURCHASE A FURNACE OR PACKAGE UNIT WITH A PSC MOTOR AFTER JULY 3,2019?

Yes, there is no restriction on purchasing or installing equipment with a PSC motor that was built before July 3, 2019.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A WARRANTY CLAIM FOR A PSC MOTOR?

PSC motors will still be available for warranty replacements and non-warranty repairs.