3 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying A New Infrared Freon Detector

If you work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, industry, you are undoubtedly already familiar with the importance of detecting even the smallest amounts of Freon when inspecting, repairing, and maintaining the HVAC systems of your clients. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find the source of a minute leak or determine what the underlying cause of a Freon leak is. Therefore, it will be helpful to ask the following questions of any new leak detection technology that you may be interested in using, such as an infrared Freon detector.

How Long Is The Warranty Good For?

Since you may have noticed that the price tag of a new infrared Freon detector can be a bit staggering, it is essential to make sure that the item will last long enough to make the initial investment worth your while. You should make sure that the warranty lasts for an appropriate amount of time. Therefore, before you take it out of the box or even discuss its unique benefits with the sales associate, it is best to make sure that the company stands behind the product by providing a long-term parts and labor warranty. If not, it may be time to consider another brand of product.

How Sensitive Will The Item Be And Can You Adjust That Sensitivity When Needed?

One reason that the infrared Freon detector is so necessary for people in the HVAC field relates to many of the products used for the same purpose in previous years. Specifically, many of them could not find the tiny amounts of escaped Freon that indicates the source of where Freon leaks or the approximate area where the issue began.

As a result, repairs were often more challenging and time-consuming. In addition, more than one HVAC technician was forced to make additional trips to the same home for the same problem, before repairs could start. During that time period, the cost of repairs and the extent of the damage often worsened, so nobody was happy with the delay.

Fortunately, it is now possible for many of the infrared Freon detectors that are currently available to find leaks at very low levels, due to newer technology and the use of a sweeping motion that evaluates the condition of more of the impaired unit. In addition, the detector may also have multiple sensitivity levels, so your job can be accomplished much faster since leaks that are invisible to the naked eye can be found by the tool.     

In conclusion, determining when you should or should not invest in new technology as an HVAC technician can be quite challenging. Therefore, it is a good idea to determine the answers to the questions discussed above when you next need to buy an important item like the infrared Freon detector. Contact a company like Twin Rivers Engineers Inc. to learn more.