01 March 2016

Trace-A-Gas® sets the standard in leak detection

The Trace-A-Gas leak detection system from A-Gas is a must-have tool in keeping refrigeration and air conditioning systems in tip-top condition. The F-Gas Regulations are placing an increased emphasis on leak reduction and having the right equipment to carry out this work has never been more important.

The refrigerants we use are changing and in upgrading plant engineers and customers are left with two options – replace the entire system or retrofit it with an alternative refrigerant. Regardless of which option you pick, getting to the heart of the problem is key.

Replacement can be a time-consuming and expensive route to take but a retrofit is a cost-effective and often more efficient way of dealing with problems within a system. By using the Trace-A-Gas® leak detection system, a five per cent hydrogen and 95 per cent nitrogen mixture, you can locate leaks, find evidence of former leaks and make any necessary repairs before charging the system with a replacement refrigerant.

A-Gas Managing Director John Ormerod said: “In recent years there have been significant developments in leak detection. It’s hard to believe but some still think that spraying soapy water is all that is needed to detect any leak­ – in fact such an operation will only detect large leaks.”

“Advanced technology is with us and Trace-A-Gas, a valuable tool for any retrofit when used with an electronic leak detector, can find leaks smaller than 5g per year. Improved leak detection forms part of a rethink on the lifecycle performance of systems. The lifecycle of a system should now be the key factor for customers and engineers, and the industry is being forced to look at a more holistic approach to managing refrigerant use.”

Besides improved leak detection, there are better installation practices and equipment is more efficient in its use of energy. Enhanced equipment design and improved training for contractors and skilled technicians is also making a difference. In the UK, leakage in modern systems has been cut drastically compared to the levels of 15 years ago and this is expected to continue.