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    Default Refrigerant leak detection?

    Should I use any refrigerant leak detection system on my standard home inspection? I am curious if anyone here uses it, what model and what are some of the pitfalls if I chose to add this check point?

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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin Zick View Post
    Should I use any refrigerant leak detection system on my standard home inspection? I am curious if anyone here uses it, what model and what are some of the pitfalls if I chose to add this check point?
    Leak detection/ location should be referred to an HVAC contractor.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin Zick View Post
    Should I use any refrigerant leak detection system on my standard home inspection? I am curious if anyone here uses it, what model and what are some of the pitfalls if I chose to add this check point?
    Hi Dustin, welcome.
    Refrigerant leak detection is beyond the scope of a normal home inspection.
    But you can add whatever you want as long as your local authorities permit you to do so in a home inspection.

    I would however be careful how you market this since finding leaks, finding ALL leaks, and proving there are no leaks are very different and could easily add several hours to an inspection with very little benefit to the client.

    Are you trained and proficient?

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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    New refrigerant is R410 Puron, old refrigerant is R22 Freon.

    Freon use is no longer permitted, but there are still old units around which contain it.


    Freon vs. Puron


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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    New refrigerant is R410 Puron, old refrigerant is R22 Freon.

    Freon use is no longer permitted, but there are still old units around which contain it.


    Freon vs. Puron
    R22 can still be and still is sold. R-22 can no longer be manufactured and the cost to buy it will clean your sinuses due to taxes imposed by the Fed Gov.

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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Luttrall View Post
    Hi Dustin, welcome.
    Refrigerant leak detection is beyond the scope of a normal home inspection.
    But you can add whatever you want as long as your local authorities permit you to do so in a home inspection.

    I would however be careful how you market this since finding leaks, finding ALL leaks, and proving there are no leaks are very different and could easily add several hours to an inspection with very little benefit to the client.

    Are you trained and proficient?
    I believe Puron is a Carrier trademark for R410. Freon is also a trademark. Probably better to stick with R410, R-22, or just refrigerant.


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    Default Re: Refrigerant leak detection?

    I think you need to look at what you are doing in a different way - you are there to test systems not diagnose and repair. You test to see if it is working as should or not - so either the AC cools or it does not or if it appears weak you recommend an HVAC professional look at the system. Trust me if the system has a leak it is either empty or was just topped off

    Also this type of thing opens you up to all sorts of liability and expectations - you are there to inspect not repair and you should not do the repairs if you are the inspector. Keep your position very clear with your clients as an inspector .

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    I think you need to look at what you are doing in a different way - you are there to test systems not diagnose and repair. You test to see if it is working as should or not - so either the AC cools or it does not or if it appears weak you recommend an HVAC professional look at the system. Trust me if the system has a leak it is either empty or was just topped off

    Also this type of thing opens you up to all sorts of liability and expectations - you are there to inspect not repair and you should not do the repairs if you are the inspector. Keep your position very clear with your clients as an inspector .

    - - - Updated - - -

    I think you need to look at what you are doing in a different way - you are there to test systems not diagnose and repair. You test to see if it is working as should or not - so either the AC cools or it does not or if it appears weak you recommend an HVAC professional look at the system. Trust me if the system has a leak it is either empty or was just topped off

    Also this type of thing opens you up to all sorts of liability and expectations - you are there to inspect not repair and you should not do the repairs if you are the inspector. Keep your position very clear with your clients as an inspector .


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