3 Tests for Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks

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3 Tests for Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks

 

After your HVAC technician checked your system, he found out that the refrigerant is insufficient. Should you dispose of the system and buy a new one instead? When this situation arises, A-Better Heat and Air Conditioning recommends these 3 refrigerant leak tests to fix the problem.

See how testing your refrigerant leaks can help you save a penny.

  1. Dye Testing

Once lubrication oil mixes with the refrigerant, leaks occur. To see the leak easily, your HVAC technician uses a blue or black ultraviolet dye added to the system. The dye itself will look for and seal recurrent and constant leaks, even the smallest ones. Take note that some UV dye can have negative effects on your system. Thus, make sure that it is supported by your manufacturer.

  1. Electronic Leak Detection

Also known as a halogen leak detector, electronic devices are one of the most commonly used methods for leak testing. How does the device work? Using a small pump, your technician will draw the leaking refrigerant and pass through the detector to other refrigeration components. An electronic device effectively detects an R22 or R410a in your system.

However, electronic leak detection can provide inaccurate results because it is only limited to components that it has touched or scanned. But with expert help, you can get the most of the device.

  1. Nitrogen and Bubble Leak Test

Nitrogen leak detection is preferred by most homeowners in Moore Ave, Oklahoma City because of its accuracy even if it is a bit expensive. How is it done? First, your HVAC technician pumps a great amount of compressed nitrogen into the system. Nitrogen is held at high pressure making the leaks more audible. The concept is similar to pumping air into a bicycle tire then hearing the air as it comes out.

While listening for possible leaks, your technician also watches out for pressure changes in the gauges. If the pressure fluctuates, it means the system has leaked. Constant pressure indicates no leaks on the system.

Leak Detection Services by A-Better Heating and Air Conditioning

Refrigerant system leaks are commonly the cause of the component’s breakdown. This phenomenon usually happens when you neglect tune up and maintenance services from your HVAC contractor.

If your system is currently experiencing refrigerant leaks, contact us for the solution. We provide accurate leak tests at a very competitive price. Our highly skilled and experienced technicians will go to your location immediately.