Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Renew Your ACR Contractor or Technician License Online

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

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors

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Your Voice Matters: Feedback for TDLR's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Program

TDLR proposes amendments to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 75, ยง75.110). The proposed rule is necessary to update the applicable codes as referenced in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors statute and rules. The proposed rule amendments are proposed in the April 11, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 2735). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until May 12, 2014. TDLR encourages anyone interested in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program to review the rule proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.


The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board met June 11 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board held an Open Forum on Energy Efficiency June 11 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.


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.

For more information about the TDLR Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program contact TDLR at air.conditioning@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202.  Also, you can sign up to receive TDLR Email Updates to be notified about any further changes or updates to the ACR Program.

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