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RULE §75.10Definitions
Historical Texas Register

The following words and terms have the following meanings as used in this chapter:

  (1) Act--Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1302, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors.

  (2) Advertising or Advertisement--Any commercial message which promotes the services of an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor.

  (3) Air conditioning and refrigeration subcontractor--A person or firm who contracts with a licensed air conditioning contractor for a portion of work requiring a license under the Act. The subcontractor contracts to perform a task according to his own methods, and is subject to the contractor's control only as to the end product or final result of his work.

  (4) Air conditioning or heating unit--A stand-alone system with its own controls that conditions the air for a specific space and does not require a connection to other equipment, piping, or ductwork in order to function.

  (5) Assumed name--As defined in the Business and Commerce Code, Title 5, Chapter 71.

  (6) Biomedical Remediation--The treatment of ducts, plenums, or other portions of air conditioning or heating systems by applying disinfectants, anti-fungal substances, or products designed to reduce or eliminate the presence of molds, mildews, fungi, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms.

  (7) Biomedical Testing--The inspection and sampling of ducts, plenums, or other portions of air conditioning or heating systems to test for the presence of molds, mildews, fungi, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms. The term does not include performing any type of treatment or remediation.

  (8) Boiler--As defined in Chapter 755 of the Health and Safety Code.

  (9) Business affiliation--The business organization to which a licensee elects to assign his license.

  (10) Certification training program--A program of education and training, further addressed in §75.122, consisting of a combination of classroom instruction and supervised practical experience.

  (11) Certification training program provider--A person providing or offering to provide a certification training program.

  (12) Certified technician--A person granted an air conditioning and refrigeration technician certification by the department pursuant to §75.120, and §1302.5036 and §1302.5055 of the Act.

  (13) Certified technician (legacy)--A person granted a certified technician designation by the department pursuant to §75.28, and §1302.508 of the Act, as continued by House Bill 3029 §18, 85th Leg., R.S. (2017).

  (14) Cheating--Attempting to obtain, obtaining, providing, or using answers to examination questions by deceit, fraud, dishonesty, or deception.

  (15) Cryogenics--Refrigeration that deals with producing temperatures ranging from:

    (A) -250 degrees F to Absolute Zero (-459.69 degrees F);

    (B) -156.6 degrees C to -273.16 degrees C;

    (C) 116.5 degrees K to 0 degrees K; or

    (D) 209.69 degrees R to 0 degrees R.

  (16) Department--The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

  (17) Design of a system--Making decisions on the necessary size of equipment, number of grilles, placement and size of supply and return air ducts, and any other requirements affecting the ability of the system to perform the function for which it was designed.

  (18) Direct supervision--Directing and verifying the design, installation, construction, maintenance, service, repair, alteration, or modification of an environmental air conditioning, refrigeration, process cooling, or process heating product or equipment to assure mechanical integrity. Verification may include, but is not limited to:

    (A) personal inspection of a job;

    (B) reviewing a checklist or report completed by a person who performed some or all of the work on a job; or

    (C) reviewing an inspection report of the job made by a municipal mechanical inspector.

  (19) Employee--An individual who performs tasks assigned by an employer, and who is subject to the employer's control in all aspects of job performance, except that a licensed air conditioning and refrigeration contractor remains responsible for all air conditioning work he or she performs. An employee's wages are subject to deduction of federal income taxes and social security payments. An employee may be full time, part time, or seasonal. Simultaneous employment with a temporary employment agency, a staff leasing agency, or other employer does not affect an employee's status for the purpose of this chapter.

  (20) Executive Director--The executive director of the department.

  (21) Full time employee--An employee who is present on the job either 40 hours a week, or at least 80% of the time the company is offering air conditioning and refrigeration contracting services to the public, whichever is less.

  (22) Licensee--An individual holding a contractor's license of the class and endorsement appropriate to the work performed under the Act and this chapter.

  (23) Offering to perform--Making a written or oral proposal, contracting in writing or orally to perform air conditioning and refrigeration work, or advertising in any form through any medium that a person or business entity is an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor, or that implies in any way that a person or business entity is available to contract for or perform air conditioning and refrigeration work.

  (24) Permanent office--Any location, which must be identified by a street address, or other data identifying a rural location, from which a person or business entity conducts the business of an air conditioning and refrigeration contracting company. A location not open to the public, or not located within the state, may serve as a permanent office so long as the department and consumers have access to the licensee required by §1302.252 of the Act to be employed in each permanent office.

  (25) Portable--Able to be easily transported and readily used as an entire system, without need for dismantling or assembly in whole or in part, or addition of parts, components, or accessories.

  (26) Primary process medium--A refrigerant or other primary process fluid that is classified in the current ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34 as Safety Group A1, A2, B1, or B2. Safety Groups A3 and B3 refrigerants are specifically excluded.

  (27) Proper installation, and service--Installing, servicing, repairing, and maintaining air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in accordance with:

    (A) applicable municipal ordinances and codes adopted by a municipality where the installation occurs;

    (B) the applicable edition of the Uniform Mechanical Code as adopted under §75.110; or the applicable edition of the International Mechanical Code as adopted under §75.110 and International Fuel Gas Code, in areas where no code has been adopted; or the International Residential Code, as applicable;

    (C) the manufacturer's specifications and instructions; and

    (D) all requirements for safety and the proper performance of the function for which the equipment or product was designed.

  (28) Registrant--A person who is registered with the department as a technician under the Act and this chapter.

  (29) Repair work--Diagnosing and repairing problems with air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, or process cooling or heating equipment, and remedying or attempting to remedy the problem. Repair work does not mean simultaneous replacement of the condensing unit, furnace, and evaporator coil.

  (30) Self-contained--Constructed so that all required parts, components, and accessories of the air conditioning or heating system are included within the same enclosure.

  (31) System balancing--A process of adjusting, regulating or proportioning air distribution equipment or any activity beyond system testing.

  (32) System testing--Assessing or measuring the performance of the air distribution equipment or air conditioning and refrigeration duct system through equipment that can be attached externally to the system. Testing does not include opening, adjusting or balancing equipment or ducts or any activity beyond assessing the system through the use of external equipment. Testing does not include testing fire and smoke dampers.

  (33) Total replacement of a system--Simultaneous replacement of the condensing unit, the evaporator coil, the furnace, if applicable, and the air handling unit, or replacement of a package system.

Source Note: The provisions of this §75.10 adopted to be effective July 21, 1999, 24 TexReg 5469; amended to be effective December 5, 1999, 24 TexReg 10857; amended to be effective March 7, 2001, 26 TexReg 1833; amended to be effective November 5, 2001, 26 TexReg 8814; amended to be effective March 27, 2002, 27 TexReg 2225; amended to be effective December 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 10465; amended to be effective September 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 8282; amended to be effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5944; amended to be effective December 31, 2007, 32 TexReg 9963; amended to be effective April 1, 2011, 36 TexReg 1975; amended to be effective May 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 2337; amended to beeffective May 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 2401

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