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40729Re: SV: [Imperial-Club] Re: Refrigerant leak detection

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  • Philip Daniels
    Nov 9, 2013
      soapy water is the old school method. condenser and evaporator can be checked with this method, or pump air into the units with a gauge and watch the pressure. if you have a rear unit ,you have to check the lines under the car.
      On Sat, 11/9/13, Narve Nordanger <flathead323@...> wrote:

      Subject: SV: [Imperial-Club] Re: Refrigerant leak detection
      To: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 5:54 PM


      I once had a ship
      refrigeration mechanic check the leaking system of one of my
      cars, where despite hundreds spent in shops no-one had found
      the two-weeks-to-empty leak previously. He filled up the
      system with carbon dioxide gas and raised the pressure 50%
      above normal before applying a dishwasher type soap solution
      to all tubing surface and especially fittings. After 10
      minutes he had located the leak, it almost looked to easy
      but apparently was a common practice on the big systems he
      usually worked on. Anyone else having experience with this
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      Warren White
      Sendt: 9. november 2013 21:46
      Til: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      Emne: RE: [Imperial-Club] Re: Alternative refrigerant
      response    What you called a
      “sniffer”, I called a “gas leak detector”. I did and
      at least two shops did it. The pain continued.


      From: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      On Behalf Of John T Harvey
      Sent: Saturday, November 09, 2013 1:59 PM
      To: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Imperial-Club] Re: Alternative refrigerant

      I don't know if your refrigeration shop used a tool we
      used to call a "sniffer". It is able to detect
      small concentrations of leaking refrigerant especially from
      places you can't see.



      From: Warren White <warren.houston@...>
      To: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com

      Sent: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:04 PM
      Subject: RE: [Imperial-Club] Re: Alternative refrigerant


      Yes, the hydrocarbon refrigerant can be used with a dye.
      Yes, I have tried
      to find my leak using dye. Yes, the dye showed some leaks,
      which were
      repaired (mostly minor). No, the use of dye did not locate
      my elusive 2
      week leak. And the AC repair shops did the best they could,
      using whatever
      savvy they had, but in the end I was left with a 2 week
      duration leak. No
      refunds for best efforts.

      I have also tried using a gas leak detector with no useful

      Given the way the AC unit is installed in the trunk of my
      '56 sedan, it is
      possible that there is a leak that the dye might have shown
      if it were
      possible to see behind the evaporator coil. I can't do

      This year, I bought a complete trunk AC unit that looks to
      be in good
      condition. My plan is to leak test this unit out of the car.
      If it holds
      pressure for a goodly time, I'll swap it with my current
      unit. By I, I mean
      I will have a shop do this. I can't manhandle that unit
      by myself any more.
      Too old and puny.

      I have one more trick to try before going that route. I
      bought a
      refrigerant AC stop leak that you inject into the system.
      It's worth a try.
      See http://www.uview.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Products/LeakGuard%E2%84%A2_A/


      '56 Sedan (with AC)

      From: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      On Behalf Of Marc Miesch
      Sent: Saturday, November 09, 2013 11:34 AM
      To: Imperial-Club@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Imperial-Club] Re: Alternative refrigerant

      Is dye compatible with hydrocarbons? Did you try putting dye
      in your system
      to find the leak ?

      Just curious,


      Spokane Wa.

      62 Lebaron

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