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Infrared instruments effective in troublshooting HVAC/R systems in summer heat

Mississauga, ON – With the summer heat upon us, HVAC/R systems should be tuned-up to run at maximum efficiency to avoid wasting energy, prevent system downtime, and reduce expensive emergency maintenance. An efficient way to start is to...


Mississauga, ON – With the summer heat upon us, HVAC/R systems should be tuned-up to run at maximum efficiency to avoid wasting energy, prevent system downtime, and reduce expensive emergency maintenance. An efficient way to start is to make a quick visual inspection of the system with a visual infrared (IR) thermometer to identify potential issues that need further investigation.

One such example is the Fluke VT02 Visual IR Thermometer, a troubleshooting camera with an infrared heat map, combines the convenience of a single-spot IR thermometer with the visual insight of an infrared camera. The thermal heat map quickly detects the exact location of potential problem areas and context on the findings. 

Troubleshooting HVAC/R systems is much faster with this instrument than with using an infrared thermometer, as it instantly detects problems using a blended thermal heat map and digital images. It displays and saves images as full visual, full infrared, or in three blended modes (25%, 50%, and 75%). Markers pinpoint hot and cold spots, indicating the hottest temperature with a red box and the coldest with a blue box. A temperature reading is provided at the centre point. Images are saved to a micro-SD card, eliminating the need to write down single or multiple measurements.

The VT02 operates does not need to be focussed, expanding the user base from senior to junior technicians. Images can be imported into SmartView analysis and reporting software, included with the instrument, to produce professional reports that document problems detected or repairs made for management and customer review.

For more information about the Visual IR Thermometer, visit: www.fluke.com/VT02.