When customers complain of decreased AC/R performance, HVAC professionals can have their work cut out for them trying to figure out why. In many cases, refrigerant leaks are the culprit. Refrigerant leaks can be as small as the head of a pin, but their effects can be catastrophic on HVAC systems. How can AC/R experts find these leaks? While there are many different methods of leak detection, this post will go over two leak detection products for refrigerant leaks: injectable UV dye and fluorescent leak detector spray.
Using Injected UV Dye
Some HVAC professionals prefer to use UV dyes injected directly into the AC/R system. Brilliant UV Dye is designed by Cool Air Products to be injected into coolant systems to reveal leaks. While some technicians are wary of internal products for refrigerant leaks, Cool Air’s Brilliant is solvent-free, compatible with all refrigerant gasses, and will not clog AC/R systems. Simply inject the dye into the system and illuminate the components in question with any UV light source. The exposed leak will fluoresce, allowing for easy identification and treatment.
Using Fluorescent Micro Leak Detector Spray
Another leak detection option available for HVAC professionals is an external fluorescent spray. Cool Air Products designed Best Bubbles Fluo to cling to the surfaces of AC/R systems, creating bubbles when it is sprayed onto leaks. To use, spray Best Bubbles Fluo onto the area with a suspected leak and shine a UV light on it. If there is a leak in the component, the Best Bubbles Fluo will inflate and create a thick fluorescent bubble at the site of the hole.
Removing Indicator Dyes
Once the leaks in an AC/R system have been detected, it is crucial to remove all traces of dye from the system. If any dye is left behind, this can cause false identification of leaks in the future. To remove UV dye from a unit, use Brilliant Remover by Cool Air Products. Apply the cleaning spray to the area with dye residue and wipe clean.
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