A comprehensive leak detection program must consist of three aspects: detection, notification and location.
- Detection: This entails the products used to continuously look for and detect leaks.
- Notification: This aspect of the program controls how people are notified when a leak is found.
- Location: How technicians pinpoint the leak once it is reported.
For a program to work effectively, all three aspects must be in sync with each other.
For example, if alarm thresholds are set too high, detection equipment might respond to the leak, but the notification system may not call out to alert the appropriate personnel.
Typically, industrial refrigerant leak detectors are used for detection and location. Third-party refrigeration and energy-management controllers often are used for notification.
Based on the desired reason for monitoring, appropriate products and detection technologies should be evaluated and considered.
See the related feature article, "The Principles of Detecting Refrigerant Leaks," to learn about the four major sensor principles used in refrigerant leak detection systems.