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Duc-Tester Field Calibration Check

Use this 5 minute check to verify each new Duc-Tester and operator. Repeat every month or after 20
tests to detect problems early. If readings fall outside the specified range, use the Problem/Solution
Checklist to fix the problem. No further calibration of the system is ever required unless the DucTester fails this Check.

Plugged tubes Seldom 20% to 200% Wide range of errors but not that common. It is the difference between the channels that causes the errors. This procedure will identify a leaking duct so it may be patched with duct tape.Problems causing inaccurate readings in order of frequency are: # Problem Problem Frequency Typical error Details 1. Often occurs just after a change of Range or Device. tubes are hooked up incorrectly most of the time. pressure indications will fall. . gauge channels read differently Gauge won’t zero Rare 1% to 20% One of 2 channels reading differently. 4. Tubing Connections incorrect Sometimes 20% Especially for pressurizing houses and depressurizing ducts. Rare 1% to 5% One of 2 channels reading differently. Always there to some degree. the effect on the result is negligible. 2. Leaking tubes Less Seldom 10% to 50% Wide range of errors but not that common. 6. the effect on the result is negligible. If both channels have an identical error. Uncommon but could be a big error. 5. 3. Wrong Range Configuration or Device Constant -80% to +400% Setting the Digital Gauge to the wrong Range Config or Device is the most common error. 7. Uncommon but could be a big error. Usually the pressure source will restore some leaked away air but if excessive. Flex duct leaking Slow degradation 1% to 25% Very common but small. If both channels have an identical error.

Measure the flow rate at 25 Pa. .Retrotec Duc-Tester Field Calibration Check for pressurization Air flow Tape on the Plate (calibrated for 104 cfm at 25 Pa).

Attach the flex-duct to the outlet side to pressurize the duct. Connect up as if you were testing a duct. Adjust the speed until PrA reads close to 25 Pa. Set to “Flow @ 25 Pa”. Install the Mid flow ring. Wait for 30 seconds after fan speed stabilizes.Detailed Duc-Tester Pressurization Field Calibration Check Procedure Tape the Field Calibration Plate to the flex duct flange & attach the red tube. . time averaging to 8 seconds. Allow the flex duct to straighten out to its full length.

is the same as Pressurization except the flex-duct is mounted on the Duc-Tester inlet. low Air f Depressurization .

Part number DU-159 P= pressurize D= depressurize Comments . 100 cfm @25 Pa.Gauge Model ____ Serial # ________ Fan model Serial # ______ Date of Verification Technician CFM @ 25 Pa result on Range _ 97 to 106 cfm is a Pass Field Calibration Plate for Duc-Tester.

If Flow is less than 97cfm and greater than 106 cfm. Note: even though the accuracy is within 3% of measured flow. . this is a calibration check to see if something is wrong.Duc-Tester Problem/Solution Checklist Record results. use the Problem/Solution Checklist.

Always mark down the range configuration and device used on a test form. The DM-2 retains its previous settings when turned off. For the Verification test the Range Configuration must be set on the DM-2 to “Mid” and the Device set to “DU200”. If the range changes or the DM-2 is used on a different Device then these settings must be changed also. Incorrectly setting the Range Configuration will result in a -80% error for setting it one range to low to +400% error for setting it one range too high. The Mid sized low flow plate must be installed. the Device must be set to “DU200” Mid Ensure the Mid sized flow ring is mounted. Setting the Device incorrectly would give a wide range of errors. # 1 Getting one of these 3 settings wrong.Problem Solution Details Wrong Range Configuration or Device DM-2 “Range Config” must be set to Mid. then forgetting to change these settings will be a massively largest source of error. . If you always test on the Mid Range Configuration and always use the DU200 fan there is no problem but when you change ranges or use your DM-2 on your blower door. All large. is the most common error.

. You can use the Red port but the duct pressure will show negative when pressurizing. Yellow tube between the “Ref B (Fan)” port on Duc-Tester and the yellow port on DM-2.2 Tubing Connections incorrect Ensure all tubes are connected properly. Red tube between Verification Plate (which is substituting for the duct leak) and the Blue port on DM-2.

Tubes can also be twisted inside the equipment. Water drop 3 One drop of water in any of the tubes will allow readings to be taken but they will be very inaccurate. Water drops in the DucTester body can be blown out. . Water in the gauge fittings require careful disassembly and should not be attempted. Avoid letting any of the tubes be dragged through puddles of water and check them if water is dropped onto an tube end or gauge fitting. causing restricted flow or may prevent pressure from being transmitted altogether. Tubes can be blown out with dry air or simply twirled around to eject the water by centrifugal force.Plugged tubes Watch for water in the tubes. Do not attempt to repair this.

putting an extremely small amount of silicone grease from a barely greasing finger will suffice to stop the leak. moderate leaks could degrade readings. Don’t hold onto the tubes since heat will cause the pressure to increase. . Often cutting one eight of an inch of tubing off the end of a doubtful connection will solve the problem. But. Check this by blowing in the tubes and crimping them off with a vice grip or paper clip. If the pressure drops more than 25% in a minute. Other times. Clamp Leaking tubes are less of a problem since the tubes don’t have to be perfectly tight to work properly.4 Leaking tubes Check for leaking tubes. the connections must be checked.

. Tape up any holes from the inside if you pressurize ducts mostly. This hole could not be seen otherwise. Or hold the duct up to the Sun and notice the light coming in as shown in this picture.5 Flex duct leaking Check visually with bright light Hole If the reading is above 106 cfm ensure the duct is not leaking. Smoke may be useful for finding leaks or try shining a light inside and notice where it leaks out in a darkened room.

Now. Set Time Averaging to 8s. move the tubes to the Green and Blue ports of the DM-2. normally one channel is OK. . Compare Channel A & B at maximum pressure and 50 Pa. If the gauge is having a problem. Compare Channel A & B at maximum pressure and 50 Pa. Differences of more than 2% require exchange or factory calibration. T the flow pressure signal from the Duc-Tester to the Yellow and Red ports of the DM-2. Compare the two to detect the problem. Run the Duc-Tester up to maximum speed on the Mid Range Configuration.6 One of 2 channels reading differently Check one channel against the other.

. request an exchange or loaner from your distributor while yours is sent back to the factory. If your Duc-Tester still fails the Verification Test. Make sure Auto Zero is ON.7 Gauge won’t zero Remove all tubes and see if the gauge will hold zero. The above Solutions will fix most problems.

Alternatively. The Blower Door should be able to measure the difference within 15% otherwise something may be wrong. Measure the increased leakage with the hole open.Retrotec Blower-Door Field Calibration Check Procedure Blower Doors can be tested in a similar fashion using larger calibration plates like the one shown. Install your Aluminum frame in a small. Follow a procedure similar to the one outlined in the Duc-Tester Problem/Solution Checklist . tight room with the vents and exhaust fans taped shut. cut a piece of cardboard with a one foot by 3 foot hole in it. Install this panel in the upper hole. centered in above the fan. Measure the background leakage.