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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Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules
April 20, 2018
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, 75.20 - 75.23, 75.28 - 75.30, 75.70, 75.71, 75.73, 75.80; new rules §§75.120 - 75.123).
The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of May 1, 2018.
2015 Mechanical Codes - Effective January 1, 2018
January 4, 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 email@example.com or call 800-803-9202.
Re-Establishing Electrical Power After Harvey
September 9, 2017
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:
- NEMA: Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment (PDF)
- Electrical Safety Foundation International: Flood Safety (PDF)
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?
September 7, 2017
TDLR offers two paths for out-of-state Air Conditioning and Refrigeration personnel to assist with the Harvey recovery efforts in Texas:
- 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.
- 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.