If the facility in which you work has ammonia on the premises, it is important a detection system is in place that can be relied upon to provide accurate and reliable monitoring around the clock. While in most cases any ammonia gas detectors installed will perform as expected, there are times when unexpected developments occur. If you are in charge of overseeing an industrial facility, lab, or other setting where ammonia is present and are having issues with an ammonia detection system, here are some reasons why your detector may not be working as needed.

Environmental Conditions

While ammonia leak detection systems are generally equipped with technology that allows them to perform well in almost all work environments, there may be situations when certain environmental conditions may lead to problems. For example, if your facility has areas where temperature extremes or high humidity levels are present, these can occasionally lead to problems with accuracy and reliability, such as false alarms. To prevent this from happening, it is always best to select a detection system that has proven to work well in conditions specific to your work setting.

Lack of Proper Calibration

Though the vast majority of ammonia detection alarm systems are made so that they can automatically self-calibrate as environmental conditions around them change, that does not mean they should never be tested to ensure they are in proper working order. If technicians fail to perform regular monthly checks of these systems, the result can be improper calibration that leads to incorrect data being transmitted to engineers and analysts. To make sure this does not happen, always have technician perform monthly tests using small samples of gas. By doing so, any irregularities with the detector can be found and corrected.

Not Properly Located within a Facility

If you believe your ammonia detection devices are not working as expected, you may need to rethink where you have them positioned. For example, if you have installed detectors close to large pieces of equipment, there may be vibrations or shocks coming from the equipment that are keeping the detector from properly functioning. Along with this, if the detector is installed in an area that has it extremely isolated, it may not be able to properly detect various types of leaks in certain areas. Therefore, always take into account not only where you want to install detectors, but also the functions you want them to perform within your facility.

Wireless Network Integration

As wireless technology has now become the norm in almost all types of laboratories and industrial companies, these detection systems have been designed to possess electronics that allow for easy integration with existing wireless networks. However, in the process of installing and programming your detectors, it is possible certain issues may develop that require additional troubleshooting. Because of this, always make sure the detection system you select not only has wireless network capability, but also has been tested and shown to work well with whatever wireless network is used by your facility.