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08-01-2009, 04:11 PM #1
Inficon Tek-mate leak detector
I picked one of these up last week to use on an evap. So far so good.
It will pick up cfc's hcfc's and hfc's .
Does anyone else use this ?
http://www.inficon.com/download/en/T...e_brochure.pdfYou sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.
08-01-2009, 04:24 PM #2
We just picked up a D-tek Select, we had a couple of Tek-mates for over 5 years, they dont seem to be very sensitive to HFC's. And they did give lots of false alarms. I would do a return and go for the better one "Select", cfcs and hcfcs are becoming the exception, while hfcs are becoming the rule.
08-01-2009, 04:29 PM #3
Whats the price on one of those? i paid 170 for this one. Thanks for the info i think i will especially since you had one for so long.
Thanks Again.You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.
08-01-2009, 04:37 PM #4
All others are imitators.
Seems like at least once a week, I get a callback on a system low on charge.
Call the guy who was there before me. Conversation goes a little like this.
"No leaks there." He says.
"Then where did the gas go?" I ask.
"I don't know. I checked everything."
"Which sniffer did you use?"
I roll my eyes, grab the H-10 and go dig up a leak.
Last one was a 100# a week whopper on an R-22 system that the guy walked right past.
Once I got into the case, I didn't even need the bubbles or a sniffer, my EARS guided me to the leak.
Anymore, I have exactly ZERO faith in the D-tek equipment. I have used the original D-tek and the Select.
Just my 2 cents. Buy an H-10 and you will not miss leaks.
08-01-2009, 04:46 PM #5
Who makes it? I did a search and saw ge and a few others claiming h10 as theirs , which one?You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.
08-01-2009, 04:51 PM #6
zach, your new D-Tek blows. I know cause I have one. Brand new and have never been able to find a leak with it. Lots of false alarms though.
All-American Air Conditioning
Vero Beach, Florida
08-01-2009, 04:52 PM #7
Thats all i need to hear, its going back Monday morning. Thanks Guys.You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.
08-01-2009, 04:56 PM #8
08-01-2009, 09:28 PM #9
I thought I had a dtek select and it turned out it was the tecmate. I wasn't having much luck with it so I picked up the tif zx-1. I know it's not as loved as the h10 or the select, but I really like it a lot. You can get one for as little as 220 on the web. Check out the video mechac did, the tif zx-1 was as good as any of them if not the best of the bunch.Steamfitters Local 602
08-01-2009, 09:55 PM #10
I have owned 2 H10s, an old GE plug in model, that says it all, I liked the halide torch better then a plug in leak detector, it was cordless and never had a false alarm. I also owned the Yokagawa h10, or who ever made it at the time, that one was cordless, but a real POS. I sold them both and used the Tek Mate for a bunch of years, with CFCs HCFCs and interms, never had much luck with HFCs. Now we got a new Tek Mate with infared technology, we have not really put it to the test yet. If it works out the Tek Mates are going up for sale, and we will get more Selects. The Tek Mates are the heated diode just like the H10.
08-02-2009, 07:48 AM #11
I have the Tif ZX-1 and like it!The Bill of Rights ARTICLE II "The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall NOT be Infringed".
08-02-2009, 02:11 PM #12Professional Member
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I have the fieldpiece infrared and the yokogawa h10pm cordless. I use the fieldpiece most of the time because it works nicely and its handheld, plus it doesnt go nuts if the area is a little contaminated with refrigerant since it works on differential instead of concentration. The h10 is still a great leak detector but its bulky and can be overly sensitive rending it kinda useless in a contaminated environment.
To jpsmith1cm, if the guy you work with cant find a 100#/week leak on a system and you could HEAR the leak, I dont think its the D-tek thats the problem.
08-02-2009, 02:17 PM #13
God knows some days, I'd like to, though.
As far as using an H-10 in a contaminated environment, I do it all the time. It takes a toll on the sensor, but using the "auto" calibrate feature makes it easier. It is a very sensitive machine and it requires a bit of patience to set up and use correctly, but the results are outstanding.