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Austin, Texas – – The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has received an injunction in the District Court against Victor L. Reed for providing unlicensed air conditioning and contract services in the Houston and Austin areas.
Reed has promoted and deployed the installation and repair of air conditioning systems without a license for at least five years, despite multiple warnings and administrative penalties imposed by the department. He has also repeatedly misrepresented that he is licensed using a license number that does not belong to him.
Prior to filing the injunction in court, TDLR conducted extensive investigations into consumer complaints and prosecuted Mr. Reed in administrative proceedings.
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The district court issued a permanent injunction, which became final in November 2020, prohibiting Reed and its employees or agents from advertising, offering services or entering into air conditioning and refrigeration contracts without a license. The injunction also imposed additional fines of $ 9,996 on Reed for performing or offering to perform unlicensed air conditioning installations and repairs at least fourteen times between 2018 and 2020.
“Consumer safety is a top priority for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation,” said Brian E. Francis, TDLR executive director. “Individuals working in professions and industries without a proper license can pose a risk to your health, safety, and wallet. Don’t just assume your contractor or technician is licensed. Always check with TDLR first to make sure you are the person hiring is on the level. “
Before hiring anyone, always check with TDLR first to make sure that person is licensed – and that the license number matches the name of the person who is providing the service. Air conditioning manufacturers must display their license number on all vehicles and include their license number in all communications with customers. Air conditioner manufacturers are required to take out liability insurance to cover any damage or injury that may occur while working on your property.
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TDLR maintains a database so that consumers can protect themselves from the use of unlicensed employees. Search TDLR’s administrative orders database to view ALL violations for the past three years, including license revocation, suspensions, and fines.
Report unlicensed activity or file a complaint here
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