UV fluorescent leak detection has some misconceptions that are simply inaccurate. From the assumed challenge of needing equipment to be operational to the perceived issue of direct sunlight, we confidently have the information you need to choose Spectroline’s UV fluorescent dye for your leak detection requirements. Our dyes are used to pinpoint leaks all around the world from small residential to medium and large commercial HVAC systems. Below, find the various myths, debunked.
MYTH #1: Direct sunlight can make it difficult to see the glow of the fluorescent dye.
TRUTH: Inspect for leaks early or late in the day or shade the suspected area. Spectroline fluorescent leak detection dye are specifically formulated to be one of the brightest glowing dyes on the market.
MYTH #2: Equipment must be in operation to circulate dye.
TRUTH: A big misconception about fluorescent leak detection dye is that a full charge is not actually required. Slight cooling indicates that the dye is being circulated.
MYTH #3: If another technician ANSWERS THE SERVICE CALL, they won’t know I’ve put dye in the system.
TRUTH: Many leak detection kits come with leak-free stickers, which can be placed on the system to indicate when the dye was injected and how any found leaks were handled. Another option is to use tamper-evident straps to warranty your work and guard against unqualified repairs. Doing this will also safeguard your recovery equipment and reduce comebacks.
MYTH #4: Line of sight doesn’t always allow for proper inspection.
TRUTH: Light can be bounced off an inspection mirror to view difficult areas. Also, flexible shaft UV inspection lamps are available for such circumstances. Spectroline also manufactures the SPE-MVL-CS – a mini uv led leak detection flashlight – perfect for tight spaces and not taking up room in your tool kit.
MYTH #5: There is a time delay after injecting dye into systems before an inspection can be performed.
TRUTH: Dye can be added to a service call before a problem presents itself. It will then be fully circulated and the system will be ready for inspection when needed. When using Spectroline dyes there is an added bonus! after the job is done, our fluorescent dyes can remain safely in the system 24/7 for ongoing leak detection for future protection.