Home Security Devices for Electronic Leak Detection

Refrigerant Leak Detectors

HVAC systems have intricate parts, a lot of electrical and moving pieces. However, one of the most complicated aspects is the refrigeration system is detecting a leak. A refrigerant leak can happen at any point along the line and can be one of the most challenging things to find.

Diagnosis isn’t all you have to worry about. Fixing a leak and repairing a system are only accomplished through skilled labor with precision tools. Along with a high-quality set of HVAC gauges, the best refrigerant leak detector will ensure you do the best job possible.

How HVAC Leak Detectors Work

There are various types of leak detectors on the market, and each one has a particular way of detecting a leak. In the most basic principle, leaks make noise, set off vibrations, and can produce electrical currents.

Benefits of a Reliable Refrigerant Leak Detector

Leaks in your HVAC refrigerant system can be as hard to find as the proverbial needle in a haystack. The major advantage of owning your own refrigerant leak detector is that it will act as your needle searching magnet. It makes short work of leak detection.

HVAC Refrigerant Leak Detector Buying Guide

Before you plop down your credit card and enter the numbers on the order form, there are a lot of factors to consider. Let’s cover those now.


Successful Leak Detection Using Ultrasonics

scaping the frustrations of leak detection means recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of all the available techniques.

Over the past few years we have had conversations with hundreds of air conditioning and refrigeration contractors about leak detection. Of these unique individuals, one thing that remains constant are ill feelings toward leak detection

So why are so many contractors frustrated with their leak detectors?

Is it that most of the equipment on the market is poorly made, and truly does not work?… It is true that some detectors are made better than others, but for the most part the leak detectors currently on the market will do the job as specified.

Are expectations of leak detectors too high?… This may be true. When you look at some manufacturer’s brochures and ads, they all lead you to believe that they will eliminate any and all frustration in finding leaks. One fluorescent dye/lamp manufacture even states in their ads “Find Every Leak”. Of the people we spoke to, no one knows of a detector that will find every leak, every time, in every situation

Know the limitations of the equipment you use . . . Most service people are familiar with the limitations of the detectors they use, but for some reason choose to ignore them when judging the worth of the leak detector. For example, a contractor at a trade show mentioned to me that he had been unsuccessful in using the injected dye method, then later found the leak with an ultrasonic leak detector. This does not mean that the dye system did not work. In actuality, the dye did show up, however it was in an area that was not easily visible, or accessible with his lamp.

Many have formed strong opinions about what they like and dislike about certain techniques. Even those who seem relatively pleased with their leak detection equipment will readily agree that it doesn’t work ALL the time. The newest type of detector on the market is ultrasonics. Will ultrasonics find every leak? Of course not! They will however find leaks under conditions that severely hinder the performance of other methods.


Best Refrigerant Leak Detectors

If you are an HVAC technician, you will already know that the most important tool in your toolbox is going to be your trusty refrigerant leak detector.

Whenever you are called out to fix an air conditioning unit, one of the very first things you will want to check is whether or not that unit is suffering from any kind of CFC, HCFC, R-410A/Puron, or HFO refrigerant leaks.

While there are other methods that you can use to check for these kinds of leaks, these tools are the easiest and most effective way to get the job done.

Sure, in the past many of these tools were not known for being too accurate and were fairly useless but in the last decade or so technology has improved in such a way that many technicians will not go anywhere without a quality AC leak detector in hand.

To save you a bit of time trawling through the many products and reviews that are available concerning refrigerant leak detectors, we have made the task of choosing the best one to purchase a whole lot easier by giving you our opinion on which are the five best that money can buy right now.


Electronic Leak Detection

Taking care of the plumbing for your property should be easy, especially when you have experts like us working for you. Of course, some facets of the business are a little tricker, such as finding leaks that aren’t easy to pin down.

How You Benefit From Electronic Leak Detection

Hiring a trustworthy plumbing company to offer you the electronic leak detection service that you need is going to have a significant impact

Some of the benefits homeowners gain from opting for this service include:

Effective for Stopping Hidden Leaks

Reduce Water Bills

Lower Energy Bills

Prevent Structural Damage

Save Money for Major Repairs

One of the worst things that can happen to your home is having a leak that you don’t know about. On the other hand, suspecting you have a leak but not being able to lock down the location is just as troublesome.

A water leak can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in wasted water each month. Plus, that water can compromise the structural integrity of your foundation and home.


Electronic Leak Detection, Flood Testing, Nuclear Metering, and More

A tiny pinprick or tear can be detrimental to the waterproofing system on your building or parking garage, letting water in and negating the system you spent good money on.  Not to mention the cost of repair or replacement.  Water testing after installation can help mitigate this potential issue, and there are plenty of methods to choose from.

Electronic Leak Detection (ELD) is relatively new in the waterproofing world and a far cry from some of the low-tech methods used exclusively before its time.  In the simplest terms, ELD uses electricity and an electric circuit to detect and identify problem conditions in waterproofing systems and is capable of pinpointing trouble spots with great precision.  It can be a real time and money saver. Take a gander at the details here.

I am kind of an old-fashioned guy who sometimes prefers things done the old-fashioned way.  For example, we’re fans of a customer service mentality that harkens back to that of a past era here at Chamberlin.  You know, the time when everyone knew and trusted their neighbors and a person’s word was as good as gold.  But every now and again, a shiny new technology suits our fancy.  As a matter of fact, Chamberlin utilized an ELD testing company on an award-winning historical landmark

As with most anything, ELD isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ integrity testing method for waterproofing.  Project specifics have to be considered when determining the best course of action.  There’s still plenty of room in the toolbox for spray testing, flood testing, capacitance (impedance) testing, nuclear metering, and infrared (IR) thermal imaging.  And regardless of the method you employ for testing, application, or maintenance, keep in mind that it will only be as effective as the technician you trust with the job.