HB 2294

83(R) - 2013
Licensing & Administrative Procedures

Vote Recommendation

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John Kuempel

Bill Caption

Relating to an exemption from air conditioning and refrigeration contracting regulation for installation of a thermostat.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis


The Texas Occupations Code regulates the air conditioning profession. Individuals need a license in order to install, repair or replace an A/C system. HB 2294 allows individuals to install, repair or replace thermostats without the A/C license. 


Installing a full A/C system requires a professional to be able to work with a duct system, go inside the ceilings and walls and other complicated tasks. Working with a thermostat is a much less intensive process and does not involve having to go into the structure of the house. Having to receive a license in order to work with thermostats is an unnecessary regulation that acts as a barrier to entry for individuals looking to make a living performing minor repairs or some other profession that would not require a full A/C license. Removing this regulation supports the free market and is a good limitation of government.