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    Best heat exchanger camera

    Suggestions?

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    I use this:



    It has a 4 foot cable with 4.5 mm head. Color, pics and video go to a card.
    Experience - knowing when to get the hell out of the way and plug your ears. "Don't be a sissy. Turn it on!"

    Poodle Head Mikey - "the world is well populated with the unknowing and the uncaring and the stupid."

    Jtrammel - "I’m going to sell hvac systems derp derp derp"
    BBeerme - "every time he opens his mouth, he reminds me of a cow without the fart bag."

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    Extech BR250 is the one I use. The screen is removable and comes with a magnet mount to attach to furnace or coil casing for easy viewing which is nice. It also has sd card to take pictures and video

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    I have the br100 extech. Its pretty nice and I've had it for several years. Also it's good for looking in ductwork, wall cavities, under flashings, etc... the flir c2 will show you a busted exchanger through the cabinet. The crack or hole will show up brighter than the rest of the tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brand0ndparris View Post
    I have the br100 extech. Its pretty nice and I've had it for several years. Also it's good for looking in ductwork, wall cavities, under flashings, etc... the flir c2 will show you a busted exchanger through the cabinet. The crack or hole will show up brighter than the rest of the tubes.

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    I had the Ridgid version of this. I found the camera heads to be too weak as they kept snapping off.
    Experience - knowing when to get the hell out of the way and plug your ears. "Don't be a sissy. Turn it on!"

    Poodle Head Mikey - "the world is well populated with the unknowing and the uncaring and the stupid."

    Jtrammel - "I’m going to sell hvac systems derp derp derp"
    BBeerme - "every time he opens his mouth, he reminds me of a cow without the fart bag."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brand0ndparris View Post
    . the flir c2 will show you a busted exchanger through the cabinet. The crack or hole will show up brighter than the rest of the tubes.

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    I didn't know that. I'll have to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brand0ndparris View Post
    the flir c2 will show you a busted exchanger through the cabinet. The crack or hole will show up brighter than the rest of the tubes
    Wait, how does it do that through the cabinet? Would the FLIR camera be showing the thermal signature of the cabinet, not what's behind it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircusEnvy View Post
    Wait, how does it do that through the cabinet? Would the FLIR camera be showing the thermal signature of the cabinet, not what's behind it?
    The outline of the cabinet is visible but the tubes are pretty well defined and much brighter/lighter color on the scale

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    It will show refrigerant leaks too, generally helps to have standing pressure at ambient temp. The leak shows up as a dark spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brand0ndparris View Post
    It will show refrigerant leaks too, generally helps to have standing pressure at ambient temp. The leak shows up as a dark spot.

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    Do you happen to have any pictures of a leak with a thermal Imager?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucantstopthis1 View Post
    Do you happen to have any pictures of a leak with a thermal Imager?

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    This would be nice..
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    what makes these 200$ plus units that much better than these $40 units that use the Iphone/Ipads as the screens?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    do the extech and the like focus all the time while moving to quickly? i notice that with my little boroscope i have to move real slow or it gets blurry but other than that it has a adjustable light, saves video and pics to your device and obviously a nice screen with HD quality.. curious the difference

    also what access points are you using to get the best look at the HX from all sides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucantstopthis1 View Post
    Do you happen to have any pictures of a leak with a thermal Imager?

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    I don't but next week I'll try to get some. I generally don't save the pics once i show the customers.

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