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#3414204 - 07/04/14 07:26 AM R134a leak detector? sniffer
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Registered: 03/21/04
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I am assuming one needs to spend over $100 to get a heated diode one vs the ones for $30 to $40?
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#3414321 - 07/04/14 09:48 AM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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tif makes the only battery powered one that works. bar none. this one..http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/tif/leakdetectors/tifzx.htm
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#3414332 - 07/04/14 10:03 AM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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this one is the best. this and the other one i posted are the only ones that work.ive bought and tried lots of different ones.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/yokogawa/h10pm.html


Edited by Chris142 (07/04/14 10:04 AM)
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#3414665 - 07/04/14 04:50 PM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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I have an SPX electronic sniffer like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Robinair-16600-Electronic-Leak-Detector/dp/B000JFL8Q6

It works fine for DIY projects. I've found that leak detection with this unit depends on good technique; no cross drafts, good probe handling, etc. The detector can go off several inches from the actual leak so through probing is a must to pinpoint the leaks.

Once you get used to how it works, it's pretty easy to use effectively.
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#3414806 - 07/04/14 08:54 PM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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Well I like the price of the Roninair one better than the others, but at least one review on Amazon mentioned basically you need to be in an garage or similar with no wind or draft.
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#3414975 - 07/05/14 02:41 AM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Well I like the price of the Roninair one better than the others, but at least one review on Amazon mentioned basically you need to be in an garage or similar with no wind or draft.


That's been my experience as well. This was also the case when I used to use an old school propane-type refrigerant leak detector back in the 1970's.

It makes sense that being in a relatively draft free area as possible is SOP when trying to detect refrigerant leaks.
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#3416157 - 07/06/14 01:11 PM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Chris142]
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
tif makes the only battery powered one that works. bar none. this one..http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/tif/leakdetectors/tifzx.htm


I guess this one is the one to get!!
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#3416266 - 07/06/14 03:31 PM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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Ditto on the Yokogawa. Heavy, but it never gives a false positive. I always had problems with the corona detectors as far as false positives and tracking down really tough to find leaks. When the Yokogawa beeps, you know there is a leak. Too bad they are so expensive now. Got mine for about $250 back in the mind 90s.

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#3417040 - 07/07/14 10:52 AM Re: R134a leak detector? sniffer [Re: Donald]
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I found the TIF ZX new on EBAY for $245 no tax or shipping.
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