Gas detector

Hey guys,
My old gas leak detector quit working and I’m looking at new ones. Any suggestions under $200 ? I’m looking at the Amprobe GSD600. Thanks in advance for any help.

:—)no one knows but the nose knows. :|.)

Seriously, check with Professional Equipment Company. They have quite a few.

I use a Bacharach Leakator 10. I’ve had it for many years and it’s worked great for me. The plastic around the flexible sensor arm is starting to split. I use my nose first, then the sensor if I smell something and then follow up with a spray bottle of the soap solution from the gas company. The bubbles make great pictures. When I run low of the leak solution the techs around here are happy to give me a refill. They are interested in keeping people safe and their profile very low.

Have you ever had a false positive reading? The guy who inspected my home used a sniffer and detected a leak at the valve to the hot water tank. A tech from the tank rental company came out to investigate found nothing and kindly charged the home owner $115 service call.

I never full trust the sniffer testers. I always carry soapy water to confirm if the gas detector goes off, plus like gliebig said makes for great pictures…

I ran into a rash of gas leakage, detected at the top of the control valve using my Bacharach Leakator 10 a couple of years ago. I’ve also verified the leak in front of the plumber because I had the same comment from him. He ended up replacing the control valve (see below) It’s not easy to detect, but if you’ve got a good nose you can smell it, too. Plumbers try to push it off that you always smell that when the unit fires up…blah blah. I’ve also found small leaks around the pilot burner tube.

Some R110 Gas Control Valves have been recalled and are installed on natural and liquid propane (LP) gas water heaters. The recalled valves were manufactured between July 25, 2005 and August 14, 2005 with production date codes 5-31 through and including 5-33, although not all valves with these date codes are affected. The recalled valves were installed on the following water heater brands: American Proline, Bradford White, GE, GSW, Hotpoint, Jetglas, John Wood, Lochinvar, Premier Plus, Powerflex, Rheem, Richmond, Ruud, Vanguard, Whirlpool, and U.S. Craftmaster. The model and serial number can be found on the manufacturer’s label on the water heater. Electric water heaters are not included.

Thanks for the info on the valves Greg

Yes, thank you. Great information!

The best position to be in is to be humble and correct. It’s not easy but your career demands it.

I use the UEi CD100A. If it finds a leak I will confirm it with my nose or bubbles.