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Refrigerant Leak Detector to the Rescue!

Refrigerant Leak Detector to the Rescue!

Refrigerant losses in your Midtown Atlanta home’s air conditioner - or even your vehicle’s air conditioner - mean hazardous gases are escaping into the environment. A loss of refrigerant also means a loss of efficiency - and higher utility bills. Find out how you can stop losses with a leak detector.

Side Effects

The outcomes of an air conditioner running low on refrigerant include the following:

  • Stress on the condenser
  • Lower cooling capacity
  • Lower cooling volume
  • Reduced system efficiency

All of these factors collide to generate higher cooling bills - and that’s the last thing you want to be facing.

Finding the Culprit

You may think it’s impossible to find refrigerant leaks because the liquid used in A/Cs - whether it’s the old R-22/Freon or the new R-410A - is colorless and odorless. But leaks can be pinpointed if you have access to a leak detector system to get to the root of the problem. Here are a few of your options for detectors and how they work:

  • Refrigerant leak detectors: Turn the unit on and move the detector across the system to the refrigerant lines. Since the gas weighs more than air, you’ll want to look below the lines/system for evidence of a leak. The detector’s indicator light will alert you to its presence.
  • Ultrasonic leak detectors: An option that is quite costly, this detector will make a sound if it senses the presence of refrigerant, or “hears” the sound of refrigerant being released from the lines. Make sure all to silence any background noises when using this tool to enhance its effectiveness.
  • Ultraviolet dye leak detectors: Inject the system with the dye using the injector tool. Turn on the A/C, and the dye will be released into the system. Pass an ultraviolet light over the refrigeration lines. If there’s a leak, you’ll see the dye on the exterior of the lines.

For all of your cooling needs, contact Casteel. We’re happy to help service your air conditioning system and find leaks or schedule a home performance evaluation. Just give us a call today!