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Nova Products Gas Leak Detector

3.0 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Detects natural gas, methane, propane, hydrogen and butane gas leaks
  • Locates leaks in pipes, valves, fittings and tanks
  • Highly sensitive solid state sensor
  • Only 6 inches long, fits easily into pocket or tool-belt
  • Has both audible and visual alarm indicators
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The Pocket Air Check gas leak detector is a portable, battery operated, solid-state instrument intended for use in applications requiring detection of combustible gas leaks.  Handheld and highly sensitive, the Pocket Air Check makes finding gas leaks as easy as using a flashlight and at a fraction of what other portable detectors cost.  The Pocket Air Check is a toolbox requirement for the HVAC technician, plumber, homeowner or anyone working with combustible gas installations, especially natural gas or propane. Remove the battery cover on the back of the unit and insert 2 AA alkaline batteries. Refer to diagram inside battery compartment. Press and hold the green On/Off button. The power and Alarm lights and the audible alarm will turn on. The Alarm light and audible alarm will continue until the sensor warms up. You must continue to depress the On/Off button for the Air Check to detect gas. Releasing the On/Off switch will power down the unit. Plase the sensor approximately 1/2" from the suspected leak. When checking a gas pipe connection, slowly move the sensor tip of the Air Check around the trhreads of the pipe or fitting. Check valve connections and the front and back of the valve stem. Check along the length of pipes and tubes for leaks. When gas is detected the Air Check Alarm light will turn on and the audible alarm will sound.

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Technical Details

Part Number PG-1
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches
Power Source battery-powered
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B000IKNRYS
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3.0 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #297,817 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#129 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Fire Safety > Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
#1,270 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Household Sensors & Alarms
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 6, 2004

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This little detector is very sensitive. We found a leak that barely bubbled with soapy water. Plus it was in a dark crawlspace and it was really hard to see the joint. While we didn't find the leak with soapy water we did find it with this detector. Once it warmed up it I stuck it next to the joint and it alarmed in just a couple of seconds. It turned out to be a very tiny leak, but no leak at all is better. I don't believe we would have found it using the old soapy water method.

This is a good detector at a great price. Highly recommended for anyone that installs combustible gas lines or gas appliances. Even more highly recommended for homeowners and do-it-yourself-ers that do install their own stoves, gas logs, and water heaters. You will not miss a leak with this detector.
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This handheld gas detector does what it's supposed to do, which I suppose is the bottom line. There's not too much to complain about with a device that claims to detect gas leaks and does. For the extremely casual do-it-yourself handyman, this is a useful gadget to have on hand for those moments when you think you might smell gas in the utility room or the kitchen or the garage. For anything more than very casual use, however, this little toy is way too flimsy.

When I first unpacked the detector, I was surprised at how light and cheap-feeling it was. It did not come with batteries, so I had to dig out my own AAAs. When I got the batteries installed, it device wouldn't turn on. Assuming the batteries were dead, I put in some new ones. Still nothing. It turned out that the springs that are supposed to make contact with the battery terminals were so flimsy they were being pushed aside by normal battery installation. With a little prodding and coaxing, I managed to get them into proper position, and then finally the unit turned on. Then I put the battery cover on, and it died. Even the slightest bump or nudge throws something out of alignment, apparently. I took the cover off again and poked and prodded some more, and it turned back on.

So I ran my tests without touching the battery cover, and it did seem to work. I tested it on the stove burner without any flame, and it did register gas. Then I took it downstairs to where my wife thought she had smelled gas near the furnace, and I did not get a reading anywhere. So I assume I'm fine and the detector is working, but it's constructed so cheaply, it's hard to know for sure.

At the end of the day, it seems like it works, and that ought to be good enough for most home users. For this price, it's not worth griping too much about. But you definitely get what you pay for with this thing. Keep it away from the kids, and don't bump into anything while you're holding it, and it should be fine.
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I hate to say this tool is very very cheaply made, it belong in the tool section of a 99 cent store, the detection is very weak, if you want a gas detector spend the money and get a good one, this portable gas detector did not locate the leak under my house, the on and off button is located in front of the unit and in the middle of the handle, when you are crowling inder the house holding this delicate piece of equipment a small touch to this button put the unit off. The seller Wizard Industries shipped the unit in a timely matter, however I had to purchase from Amazon the Tif 8800A to be able to locate my gas leak. the Tif is a keeper.
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By Robbie on September 28, 2013
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I bought this to add to my business testing gear and it works great. I would have given it 5 stars but it takes so long to warm up before you can use it. You have to hold down the green button which activates the buzzer. Hold it until the buzzer goes off. Now it's warmed up and ready for testing. It takes sooo long to warm up with that buzzer going, it's 1) annoying and 2) probably sucks the life out of the battery just warming it up. I have no idea if this it typical of all devices of this type but, in any event, it could have been designed better so the biggest power-drainer, the buzzer, doesn't have to stay on continuously while it's in warm-up mode. Perhaps an led warming light would be better on the battery.
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Turned it on, endured the beeping sound for ~3 minutes until it warmed up, while pressing the green button put it into the gas stream of the pilot flame (obviously I heard the gas streaming and the flame was not burning) and the "gas leak detector" detected exactly nothing.

Trash.
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THis is very difficult to use. You have to hold it while it beeps for well over 5 minutes. It's really touchy to set off again even when it's not near any possible propane. Then you have to hold down the button again for another 5 minutes while it's beeping. Eventually I got it to work properly (properly detects a propane leak in old camper appliances and - I think - properly tells me when there is NO propane leak), but the waiting while it stops beeping thing is ridiculous. Why isn't there a reasonably priced leak detector for average folk instead of expensive ones for industry professionals?
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had an ongoing suspicion that the gas line by dryer had a leak - but the smell was so faint and intermittent...
finally ordered this detector - and sure enough the valve was leaking -

great for peace of mind

the detector needs a warmup phase (sensor needs to heat up) - where one has to hold down the button for a fairly long period -
which is tedious and also annoying as the alarm sound is on until sensor is ready -
also holding the button down the whole time gets old

but it works - and is reasonably priced
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