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    What is the best leak detector?

    What is the best leak detector to buy? I've been looking but just haven't bought one that I have been impressed with. One that has been successfully able to find a leak on a small system such as a reach in freezer/cooler that is low on refrigerant. The latest disappointment was the fieldpiece SRL8. For prespective, I was in a market and it was going crazy on a section of a meat case. Later that night when the case was emptied another tech, was there and didn't find anything. It was only a cheese case on a LL solenoid that we both found something. What do you recommend?

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    I use the detek select by inficon. I like it and have had 4. The first one was the white one and I sent it in for repair because it didn't work right. They sent me back a gray one. And it worked fantastic until I left that job ( 2 yrs)

    At my new job they got me one and after a yr the flexible wand broke off inside the detector. They got me a neq one and it has been flawless for the last yr and a half. Other than the minor issues everyone has been very good for me.

    Now having said that the other two techs I work have the exact same detectors and they couldn't find a leak if it was blowing liquid refrigerant on them and it was giving them frostbite. They obviously hate the select. ( I regularly go behind them and find the leak the couldn't)

    What is my point in all of this? Well I had a bad week with my fellow techs, and I think the detect select is a good detector BUT only if u take ur time and give the detector time to work. But I think this is true for all detectors.

    Sorry for the rant

    Jeep

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    Time to step up to Infra Red technology http://www.fieldpiece.com/leak-a-gas-detectors/srl2k7

    Oh no, another leak detector thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeep6275 View Post

    Now having said that the other two techs I work have the exact same detectors and they couldn't find a leak if it was blowing liquid refrigerant on them and it was giving them frostbite. They obviously hate the select. ( I regularly go behind them and find the leak the couldn't)

    Jeep
    You gotta keep the Infra Reds moving. If you pick up a leak and leave the tip there a few seconds, it recalibrates and will no longer sense that leak. I think alot of people make that mistake, and assume it was just a false alarm.

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    h10 and soap

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    The correct answer is ...

    The one that works for you. I find that every tech works differently. So not every detector is right for every tech. Find the one that works for the way you work. I think it a combination of tech and detector that works.

    I have the D-Tech Select and and love it. Other guys at the shop like the Yellow Jacket and some like the H-10. I like having my own tools, so I get to choose.

    I would say that if you can, try a few and see what works best for you.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Time to step up to Infra Red technology http://www.fieldpiece.com/leak-a-gas-detectors/srl2k7

    Oh no, another leak detector thread?
    Hows that FP/ Robinair working out?
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

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    Tif x-5 works great for me followed up with an ultrasonic to pinpoint the leak agree w/ previous post that the best leak detector is you.

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    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=848732

    For your reading pleasure..

    I just bought the Dtek select last week. I was going to go with the FP SLR8 but changed my mind.

    OP: If it was not leaking where that detector went off then where is the leak? Did you find it?
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pascone10 View Post
    Hows that FP/ Robinair working out?
    Still working.

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    Tif ZX1 will find the leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdservice View Post
    Tif ZX1 will find the leak.
    I have read good things about it.

    Was thinking about getting one just as a back up just in case.

    Heard it was a little sensitive though.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    We keep a whole arsenal of leak detectors. Infra Red, heated diode, heated pentode, Ultra Sonic, UV dye, Big Blue leak reactant. Some times they work and some times they don't. We are still experimenting with Infra Red, and I am going to hang onto my ZX1 to see if it will find a phantom leak in the future?

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