One of the most common issues with an A/C system is refrigerant leakages and locating them. There are a number of approaches air conditioning repair work shops use to locate and repair refrigerant leaks. The 3 most typically made use of are a electronic refrigerant leak detector, ultraviolet dye leakage detection kit, and ultrasonic leak detector systems.
Electronic Refrigerant Leak Detectors
Electronic Refrigerant Leak Detectors are the quickest and easiest to utilize of the 3 methods. A electronic refrigerant leak detector can get you extremely close to the place of the leak and from there you can get more accurate. When you unwrap the area, put in the refrigerant leak detector and see if you get a reading.
Ultrasonic Leak Detectors
These are state of the art leak detectors and are the latest device to find refrigerant leakages. They operate on the concept of sound detection. Instead of sniffing for refrigerant gas they listen for the sound it makes as Freon leaves the system. To make use of an ultrasonic leak detector the system need to be pressed in order for the refrigerant to leak out and make noise. Also, the work area should be absolutely silent. Remember it is looking for noise and no background sound is vital. This is the main downside to making use of an ultrasonic leak detector. Few car stores are quiet enough to utilize it efficiently.
Ultraviolet Dye Leak Detectors
This third method ultraviolet dye is injected into the cooling system and in theory ought to leave with the refrigerant. Frequently, an auto shops have an ultraviolet leak detection kit that has all the devices essential to complete this job. Usually these kits come with ultraviolet light or ultraviolet flashlight, a dye injector, safety glasses and ultraviolet dye. This technique is the most technically complex of the 3 and is the messiest. You have to inject the ultraviolet dye into the system and await it to leakage out. The dye can be unpleasant and get all over the place. It gets in you’re A/C system, your refrigerant manifold determines and you. However once you shine your ultraviolet flashlight and area the leakage, you usually can see precisely where it is.
Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks. For the novice, I would suggest an electronic refrigerant leak detector and the expert car shop would be much better served with an ultraviolet leakage detection kit.