Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4

Refrigerant Leak Detector

Gas leak detector safety information and other useful tips.

As a service technician in contemporary society, you have to deal with a lot of issues.  Since many of these issues today have to do with the available regulations on refrigerant leakage, the use of a refrigerant leak detector could be of great help. If you have ever had to face a situation where you suspected a leak but were not sure of the source, you would know that this is not a pleasantly memorable situation. It could have its source in any part of the long lengths of tubing, leaving you to sleuth in order to find it.

There are several means of detecting refrigerant leaks including the water immersion method amongst others. Though these methods are all effective, the most effective and efficient means of detecting a refrigerant leak remains through the use of detectors. A refrigerant leak detector is a device that can detect a leak in a system containing refrigerant. There are two fundamental kinds of detectors; those which make use of a corona discharge and those which make use of a diode.

The disadvantage of the corona refrigerant leak detector is that it can give off false alarms because it is set off by anything that breaks the corona barrier. The heated diode type, on the other hand, tends to be far more reliable and effective with respect to certain kinds of gases. If, however, you should decide to buy a refrigerant leak detector with a heated sensor, you might want to take the replacement costs for the sensor, warm up time, and power supply into consideration.

When you have made a purchase of your choice of a refrigerant leak detector (I hope it is as I recommended), you can follow the following steps in detecting a leak.

  1. You should position the tip of the refrigerant leak detection system as close as you can to the precise point which you suspect the leak is taking place. If possible, make it at least a quarter of an inch close to the suspected point of leakage.

  2. You can then slowly take the probe across each of the suspected points of leakage.

  3. If there is a refrigerant leakage, the indicator lights (if any) on the detector will light up and an audible sound will be emitted.

  4. You now know that there is a leak but you still need to confirm the exact point of the leakage. You can pull the probe away briefly and then return it slowly in order to pinpoint the precise point of the leakage.

  5. Make sure that you have the sensitivity of the device set to ‘low’ when there is a large gas leakage. This will help you pinpoint the exact place more easily.

As you use your refrigerant leak detector, you may experience some problems with it. This might be a minor problem which can be sorted out if you understand how to go about it. For example if the device refuses to detect any refrigerant, you have to ensure that it is properly warmed up or check to see if the pump is working or has failed. You can also check the battery to see if it has died or the air tubing to ensure it has not disconnected.