Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors

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The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program regulates contractors who install, repair, or maintain systems related to air conditioning, refrigeration, or heating.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) would like to remind the owners of homes and businesses that contracting with an unlicensed individual for air conditioning and heating repairs can be hazardous. For information regarding air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, e-mail us at CS.Air.Conditioning@tdlr.texas.gov.


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Changes for ACR Certified Technicians Starting September 1, 2018

The Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractor License Law on Certified Technicians has changed. Effective September 1, 2018:

  • The application for certified technician must be submitted by mail, with supporting documents, not online.
  • Applicants must meet specific education or work experience requirements.
  • Applicants must pass a TDLR examination to become a certified technician.
  • The application fee for a certified technician is now $50 and the renewal fee is $35.
  • Technicians who became certified under the previous law may continue to renew.

There are no changes to the requirements or fees for registered technicians.

TDLR Notice of Rule Review

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program rules (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 75) for re-adoption, revision, or repeal.

The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program to review the Notice of Intent and current Chapter 75 rules online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov

Deadline for comments: September 24, 2018

2015 Mechanical Codes - Effective January 1, 2018

Adopted amendments to Administrative Rule §75.110 became effective January 1, 2018 and updated the code editions from the 2012 to the 2015 for the Uniform Mechanical Code, the International Mechanical Code, International Residential Code, and other applicable codes, including the International Energy Conservation Code, and International Fuel Gas Code.

Expectations are that any non-exempt air conditioning and refrigeration work permitted or started on or after January 1, 2018, be completed in accordance with the 2015 code editions.  Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, ACR Contractors must still abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments - contact your local code officials for related questions.

As of January 1, 2018, examinations for ACR Contractor licenses are also referenced to the 2015 Mechanical Codes. The state ACR Contractor exams are available through PSI, who contracts with TDLR to develop, maintain, and administer our licensing examinations. It is very important for license candidates to review the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.air.conditioning@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202.

Re-Establishing Electrical Power After Harvey

Establishing electrical power to equipment and appliances (air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, freezers, etc.) after a major flooding incident can present many health and safety risks. Here is some helpful information to review:

Always remember to hire a licensed Texas electrical contractor. Search for licensed electrical contractors in your area.

Want to Help Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors with Harvey Recovery?

TDLR offers two paths for out-of-state Air Conditioning and Refrigeration personnel to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts in Texas:

  1. Experienced ACR Technicians may quickly and easily obtain an ACR Technician Registration online.  Once an ACR Technician Registration is obtained, you may coordinate with a Texas licensed ACR Contractor and immediately begin performing ACR work in Texas.  Apply for Technician Registration online.
  2. Texas currently has reciprocal ACR Contractor licensing agreements with two states, South Carolina and Georgia. TDLR will fast-track reciprocal license applications from those states, so that qualified applicants wanting to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts may quickly obtain a reciprocal license and begin performing ACR work in Texas.  More information on how to apply by reciprocity.

Advisory Board Meetings

March 5, 2018 Meeting

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board met March 5, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.