Leak analysis – general information
Leaks of gaseous refrigerant can depend on several causes. For example, repeated vibration, corrosion and improper installation can lead to wear of seals, joints and refrigeration system components, resulting in micro leaks.
Refrigerant leaks are usually noticed because the air conditioning/cooling system does not work efficiently, cools less and consumes more energy.
Finding these leaks is therefore essential to restore the system’s original energy consumption and protect the environment from the dangerous consequences associated with the release of refrigerants into the atmosphere.
The EU regulation regulates the responsibilities of refrigeration system technicians and owners during installation and maintenance. The former must be sure to assemble and install a working system, while the latter must learn how to properly operate and maintain the air conditioner and refrigeration equipment.
To assess the proper operation of the unit, it is essential to identify refrigerant leaks to reduce the impact on global warming to zero, but also to avoid major damage to the system, which could require costly interventions and likely replacement of the system itself. For these reasons, identifying every possible leak, even the smallest one, with the right tools and products is critical.
What equipment do we use? – description and capabilities
We have a universal high-sensitivity H-10 PRO Refrigerant Leak Detector. The unit is highly sensitive to all halogenated, non-flammable CFC, HFC and HCFC refrigerants, so it can be reliably used for a wide range of refrigerant leak detection.
The unit is suitable for detecting all halogenated, non-flammable CFC, HFC and HCFC refrigerants, including: R22, R12, R410a, R134a, R404a, R502, R507 and many others. The unit’s sensitivity to refrigerants reaches 0.17 grams/year.