Spectroline Fluorescent Leak Detection Dyes for HVAC
There are many leak detection methods but all have some areas that are inefficient. Sniffers can miss leaks in windy areas and make it difficult to pinpoint accurately. The vacuum method can let you know there is a leak but not where ! The bubble method is difficult to know whether all leaks have been found. The best helium leak detection method is expensive.
Know What Works
Fluorescent dyes provide the fastest leak detection method for AC/R systems. When added to a suspect system, the escaping fluorescent dye exits all leak areas. Exposing the system to violet light causes the dye to fluoresce brightly. Very small leaks can be detected at a distance and technicians can be certain of the exact location of all leaks.
Some methods of leak detection are slower, time-consuming, and cannot detect multiple leak sites easily. For example, the bubble solution method can only detect refrigerant leaks around sprayed areas. This method is slightly less visible to the naked eye and cannot effectively detect leaks within the entire system. For outdoor units, the bubble solution method can be affected by windy weather and low light conditions – providing inaccurate results and endangering system integrity.
Add Only Once
Spectroline® fluorescent dyes have the added benefit of being able to remain safely within the repaired system. During yearly system maintenance, a technician simply must rescan the AC/R system with one of Spectroline®’s high-quality violet flashlights. This long-lasting application makes fluorescent dyes the perfect tool for preventative maintenance and annual inspections.
Safer and Brighter
Spectroline®’s patented dyes are co-solvent free – meaning they are safer and of a higher quality than other dyes on the market. Co-solvent based dyes can affect the chemical properties of the lubricant in the AC/R system. The solvents in the dye have the potential of deteriorating aluminum metals in the system – affecting system performance and increasing the risk of additional leaks. In addition to being safe, Spectroline® brand dyes are brighter and more concentrated than the leading competitors’ dyes. That means less fluorescent dye is required and the overall performance of the system is unaffected.
Today, all manufacturers of AC/R equipment require specifically endorsed tools and products for system maintenance. Using unapproved diagnostic products will void the equipment’s warranty and affect service life. Spectroline® takes great care to acquire and maintain OEM approvals for each product line and for every market that they cater to. Industry leaders such as Carrier®, Copeland®, and Whirlpool® trust the Spectroline® brand for diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and full-system leak detection.