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How does FL HB 1203 Impact AC Contractors in FL?

The Florida HB 1203 is an Act that regulates the registration and transfer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system manufacturer warranties. Through this law, the Florida Senate establishes the following:

  • A manufacturer's warranty for an HVAC system must operate with the property
  • The warrantor is still obligated under the terms of a manufacturer's warranty agreement regardless of the property owner
  • The transfer of a warranty does not affect the warranty's validity

Suppose a licensed contractor installs the new HVAC system and gives the manufacturer of the HVAC system the date of issuance of the certificate of occupancy for installations relating to new construction or the serial number of the HVAC system for existing structures. In that case, the manufacturer's warranty for the HVAC system is deemed to have been registered with the manufacturer. In this vein, AC contractors must be licensed for the manufacturer's warranty to be valid. It is important to note that an invoice or receipt must be given to the customer to record the contractor's installation of a new HVAC system.

There are three different types of HVAC Contractor Licenses in the State of Florida: Class A Air Conditioning Contractor License, Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor License and Florida Mechanical Contractor License.

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