5 Common Misconceptions Surrounding Leak Detectors

One of the most frustrating issues, when faced by leaks in your industry, is to know where the leak is coming from and how to reduce leaks. Regulatory bodies insist on leak reduction to minimize the losses that occur from leaks in industries. The good news is that industries are benefiting from technological innovations such as enhanced leak detection equipment. However, there are too many misconceptions surrounding leak detection, which hold back several sectors from using effective and best practice-systems.

1. Leak detectors are only functional in the plant room

Most of the existing leak detection systems have been proved to function in handling leaks in and around plant rooms effectively. They have limited sensor range and fixed-point sensors that struggle to detect smaller leaks. However, technology has tackled this myth by producing leak detectors that combine enhanced detection accuracy and enhanced sensor location. The latest technology has also enabled the manufacture of leak detectors with longer sampling ranges.

2. Leak detectors don’t function in cold or already contaminated areas

People have the myth that detectors that look for changes in concentration or get disrupted by temperature changes have become popular in most industries. However, they can’t be used outside the store, in cabinets and cold rooms, and in already contaminated places. The good news is that this is no longer the case because modern technology has completely changed the perceptive. That means that industries can detect leaks even in the so-called detection proof environments because the leak detection equipment is fully portable. Therefore, they can reach such locations, and they can indicate an actual concentration in real time.

3. Leak detectors only find the most significant leaks

Engineers struggle with the conventional electronic detectors that have 25ppm sensitivity to detect smaller leaks that have an array of manual interventions such as spray detectors. The process can be frustrating, costly and time-consuming. The good news is that modern technology has changed this myth by manufacturing leak detectors that have a detection rate of 1ppm. Therefore, engineers can now detect the lowest level leaks when using managed and maintained leak detection systems.

4. You still have time to tackle leaks

Most industries still believe that they have all the time in the world to tack leaks. In fact, that explains why most enterprises are not complying with leak regulations. Industries can curb refrigerant losses by carefully meeting best service practices, leak testing, maintenance, repair, and acquiring modern electronic leak detection equipment.

5. Leak detection is too complicated and unaffordable

The misconception is common in small retail systems. It results from unawareness and technological issues, and the former is a leading cause of this myth. Small retail systems lack the knowledge of the essence of using adequately planned preventative detectors. Recent technological enhancements have led to the manufacture of lower cost options that are suitable for small-scale installations.

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