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 air.conditioning@tdlr.texas.gov.

Notice of a Vacancy on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces a vacancy 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 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.

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 online. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.


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

TDLR amended the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (ACR) administrative rules on November 21, 2013, to implement changes in the ACR law created by Senate Bill 383, authored by Sen. John Carona and enacted into law in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature.

The amended ACR rules took effect on January 1, 2014, and include a repeal of air conditioning refrigerant sales regulation by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), including the state certificate of registration to purchase refrigerants.  Senate Bill 383 and its related TDLR rules changes will remove overlapping federal and state regulatory requirements regarding refrigerant sales since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does and will continue to regulate these sales based on federal law.  Senate Bill 383 was a statutory change recommended by TDLR in its 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, entitled “Smaller, Smarter Government” to reflect the agency’s vision to reduce regulatory burdens on licensees and consumers.

Changes were also made to the continuing education rule requirements for air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, lowering the number of hours of instruction in state laws and rules required annually from two to one, effective with licenses that expire on or after June 1, 2014. The total number of continuing education hours required annually will remain at eight hours.