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  1. #1
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    What is the best refrigerant leak detector?

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    one that works not being funny its personal preference, how much you want to spend thats a good place to start

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    My personal opinion, is to get the D-tech leak detector. You will spend a little more, but you will be using alot in the service industry.

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    Thanks for the help.

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    I have three tools for checking for leaks.

    This is my first choice.
    http://www.superiorsignal.com/superior005.htm

    Then my second choice.
    I have an electronic leak detector.
    Can't give it a real high recommendation because it does give off false possitives.
    After forcing myself to use it for a while, I've finally got a 'feel' for it and it works pretty good.

    My next choice is liquid leak detector.

    UV Dye is next on the list.

    Other than that, its pull the evap coil time pressurize and submerse it in water.

    Overall, I love the ultrasonic.
    It has its goods and bads though.
    Bads..... hard to use in noisy areas.
    Wait a little while after you just shut a system off, or you will hear the pressures settling down.

    Goods.... mine paid for itself the first time I used it.
    found a leak out in the middle of a coil really fast.
    Its alot faster to use, you can wave the microphone across the coil and fittings way faster than an electonic leak detector.
    Crank the volume up when a homeowner is hovering around.
    They are real impressed when they hear the leak too and see the noise level bars going up. They like to be the ones to say, 'THERE IT IS' as if they found it hehe.
    A happy customer is alot easier to tell the price for recovery and repair. Especially after 'they found the leak' hehe

    Oh yeah, if I suspect a system is low, the first thing I check is the valve cores before I connect my gauges. You can hear them leaking real good when they go bad. My electronic gives false positives around valve cores too much, so I dont' trust the electronic around valve cores.


    [Edited by wormy on 05-03-2005 at 11:20 PM]

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    H-10 Everyone says that theirs is equal to the H-10.

    I have been using mine for 10 years.

    Works great.

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    My very next purchase is going to be a D-TEK. I'm just plain sick of dealing with the TIF that I wasted my money on. I am personally opposed to having anything in a system other than refrigerant and oil.
    Dogs truly are man's best friend!!

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    Inficon DTek or H-10, cant go wrong with either

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    leak test

    nitrogen, and use a micron gauge to find out if you have one

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    does anyone use LS3000 by cps,i was thinking about buying one,my supplier says it's good.

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    ultrasonic ;-)
    I don’t always drink beer, but when I do I prefer Dos-Equis. I am the most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty my friends.

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    d-tech

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