Air conditioners and heat pumps rely on refrigerant to function. It circulates through the system, shifting between a liquid and a gaseous state which results in conditioned air (either hot or cold) to be blown into your home. The system is fundamentally sound and helps to create pleasant conditioned air for your home. Ideally the closed-loop cycle that carries it is completely sealed, which means the gas can’t escape; air conditioners rely on refrigerant at certain set levels in order to function as they should. When leaks spring up, they need to be detected before the technician can seal them up and recharge the refrigerant levels.
Here in Lebanon TN, leak detection can be accomplished by a professional plumbing company. But what do they use to do that?
Here’s a brief rundown of the tools of leak detection.
In some cases a simple soap solution can do the job. The technician applies it to the suspected area and looks for bubbling. He needs to pressurize the system – a delicate task requiring proper training – but otherwise, it’s fairly straightforward. If the refrigerant in question is chlorinated, the technician can use a halide torch, though such a method is fairly inaccurate.
These days, most skilled technicians use either an electronic leak detector or an ultrasonic leak detector. The former is typically attuned to a specific type of refrigerant, and can only be used for that refrigerant Service personnel usually have access to a number of leak detectors to treat a wide variety of systems. Ultrasonic detectors are a fairly new technology, which amplifies the tiny sounds of the leak so that it can be detected by the human ear.
Leaks are more common than we’d like them to be, and no matter how well designed your system is, sooner or later a leak will occur. A good technician will use these tools to hunt it down quickly and recharge your refrigerant before the condition grow worse. Here in Lebanon TN, leak detection and correction is provided by the experts at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!