We are very very confused. Help us try to sort out all the energy testing news from LG.
Item 1: Consumer Reports said this September, that LG’s French Door fridges were tested and show an energy usage 100% higher than the energy use promised on the fridge’s DOE Yellow Card.
Item 2: LG, it has been reported, has programmed its refrigerator controllers to be able to identify DOE test conditions so that certain electrical functions are shut down when those conditions are met. When the 90F ambient test condition was met the auto-defrost shuts down, saving lots of power, and lowering their Energy Star test result. (Why is 90F the test condition?)
And now this:
Item 3: LG has settled with DOE agreeing to compensate consumers of their French Door Fridge. The LG French Door fridge is not Energy Star qualified after all. During testing LG set the freezer temperature quite a bit warmer than required in the DOE testing standard, thereby reducing the unit’s power draw.
Official DOE Release
At what point could an independent observer (perhaps you) conclude that a manufacturer (perhaps even a manufacturer from our very industry) has traveled from the land of honest human error to the land of systematic fraud? Would you need a smoking gun, or would circumstantial evidence suffice?
Talk amongst yourselves, but leave your comments here.