Frequently Asked Questions

Are products shipped “Ground”?

All products except for testers and blowers are shipped via ground. Leak testers must be shipped by truck/freight. Air freight is substantially higher and can easily be 3 to 5 times the cost of ground or truck freight.

Do the orifice plates have a ‘direction’?

Not really but we calibrate the plates with the serial number facing upwards (away from blower outlet). ORIFLOW has determined that orientation is not significant as the differences well within usual variability experienced due to user and equipment tolerances.

How do I perform a leak test for a return or exhaust system?
Duct Leakage Testing – RETURN SYSTEM
Per ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, “positive pressure leakage testing is acceptable for negative
pressure ductwork”.  Even so, you will see specifications that may require return air or exhaust
systems to be leak tested under a vacuum (negative pressure). To perform a proper duct leakage test
under negative pressure using an ORIFLOW duct leakage tester, perform the following steps:

  1. Use the orifice plate with the recommended leakage range for your job. Use our online
    program to help determine which plate(s) you can use with our testers.
  2. Make sure you have adequate electrical power for the fan. DO NOT OVERLOAD extension
    cords. Make sure you use one with the proper gauge.  
  3. Cover all outlets with plastic bags and seal with duct tape.
  4. Allow all joints and seams that were sealed with duct sealer to cure for at least 24 hours or the
    required cure time by the manufacturer, whichever is greater.
  5. If possible, position the ORIFLOW duct leakage tester in a location where there will be a
    straight path from the orifice tube outlet to the location where you will feed air into the system.
  6. Drill a 3/8″ diameter hole no closer than two or three feet away from the flexible duct to system
    joint.
  7. Place the pressure tubing into the previously drilled hole; extend 6 to 12 inches into the duct.
  8. Seal the tubing penetration joint with putty or tape.
  9. On the gauge marked “Duct System”, relocate the pressure tubing from the “Supply System”
    pressure port to the “Return System” port. Refer to the note on the figure at the bottom of this
    page.
  10. Zero both gauges. Locate adjusting screw on center front of gauge. Use a small slotted
    screwdriver. Turning clockwise increases the pressure reading, counter-clockwise decreases
    it.
  11. Close the fan’s inlet damper so the duct system does not get overpressurized by the tester.
  12. Turn on the tester blower.
  13. Adjust inlet damper until the reading on the gauge marked “Duct System” is at the system
    pressure required for performing the leakage test.
  14. Once the duct system pressure has been reached and stabilized, note the reading on the
    gauge marked “Orifice Tube”. This pressure drop reading will correspond to the amount of air
    you’re feeding into the duct system, which is the amount of air that is leaking out.
  15. Refer to the calibration table that came with your test rig. Find the pressure reading and note
    the corresponding leakage rate.
How do I place an order?

Credit card or purchase order may be used to place an order. Credit card payments result in the quickest shipping time. Purchase orders require credit application approval. Both forms may be found on the ordering information page.

How will my tester be shipped?

All air leakage testers are shipped by freight(truck) and will be based on location. Requesting a quote will include the freight charge based on the ship-to location.

I’m used to orifice tubes having a ‘direction’, does ORIFLOW’s tubes have a direction?

They do not have a direction or specific orientation. The tubes are flange tap type and are symmetrical. The other tubes you are used to are venturi type tubes and must be installed in specific manner.