Why is it important to always choose a licensed AC technician?
Nowadays, there are more and more ‘tradies’ ready to offer their services to you. However, this does not mean they are actually qualified for the job. Having the right licenses and certificates is of utmost importance, especially in the air conditioning world. So here is what you need to know about choosing a licensed AC technician.
Licensed AC technician vs. fake tradies
What about their license?
These are the type of questions to ask yourself before hiring any person for the job.
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Who needs a licence?
First and foremost, any person who carries out work in relation to refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment must hold a Refrigerant Handling Licence.
This ARC tick is your tradie’s ‘must-have’ certificate. This basically means to do anything with a fluorocarbon refrigerant, or a component of RAC equipment, that poses the risk of refrigerant emissions. For instance, it can be decanting the refrigerant or manufacturing, installing, commissioning, servicing, maintaining or decommissioning RAC equipment.
What type of license can a tradie have?
In general, there are two types of licences that the Australian Refrigeration Council issues for qualified individuals. In order to perform any kind of air conditioning jobs, installers should hold at least one of them:
- Full Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Licence
This certificate allows technicians to take care of all air conditioning-related services. This may include installation, service, repair, maintenance or decommissioning of any system, no matter their cooling capacity. This is the type of license you may want to look for if you want extra peace of mind.
- Restricted Split System Air Conditioning Installation and Decommissioning (Splits) License
Also known as Certificate II, this allows technicians to work only with a single head split system air conditioner of less than 18kW cooling capacity. Bare in mind that a technician holding this kind of license can only take care of the installation, commissioning and decommissioning the system.
Look for tradies having the correct licence and qualifications
Until next time, make sure you always choose a licensed tradie for your air con needs!
Your friend and AC expert,