Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors

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.

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.

Proposed Amendments to Rules

TDLR proposes amendments to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 75, §75.110). The proposed amendments are necessary to align the program’s applicable codes with currently recognized national standards and to provide clarity and consistency for the Department’s licensees. The proposed rules are published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3055). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until July 17, 2017. The Department encourages anyone interested in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program to review the rule proposal online at. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

Rule Adoption - The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 75, §§75.10, 75.25, 75.30, 75.70 and 75.110). The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of May 15, 2017.

Advisory Board Meetings

Past Meeting - July 25, 2017

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board met July 25, 2017 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Notice of Vacancies on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces two vacancies on the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1302, Subchapter E.  The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §75.65.  The purpose of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules, administering and enforcing this chapter, and setting fees. This announcement is for: (1) one member who holds any Class Licensed Contractor who employs Labor Unions and (2) an official of a municipality with a population not more than 250,000.

The Board is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval:

    1. one official of a municipality with a population of more than 250,000;
    2. one official of a municipality with a population of not more than 250,000;
    3. five full-time licensed air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, as follows:  one member who holds a Class A license and practices in a municipality with a population of more than 250,000; one member who holds a Class B license and practices in a municipality with a population of more than 250,000; one member who holds a Class A license and practices in a municipality with a population of more than 25,000 but not more than 250,000; one member who holds a Class B license and practices in a municipality with a population of not more than 25,000; one member who holds a license of any classification under this chapter, is principally engaged in air conditioning and refrigeration contracting, and practices in a municipality;
    4. one must be a building contractor who is principally engaged in home construction and is a member of a statewide building trade association; and
    5. one public member.

At least one appointed Board member must be an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor who employs organized labor. The executive director and the chief administrator of this chapter serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Board.  Members serve staggered six-year terms with the terms of two appointed members expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.  Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/AdvisoryBoard/login.aspx. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Unlicensed Contractors Busted in Sting

January 06, 2017 - The scene for the sting was a large warehouse on the west side of Houston. The building was nondescript but that's just how the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation wanted it. KHOU has the full report.