review – fun facts About me: In the early 2000s, I had two insurance claims over $100,000 and was homeless for over a year. Both are due to flood damage. One case was not particularly preventable, but the other was. Every time the water line to the ice maker was turned back on and the freezer decided it was out of ice, a small amount of water spewed out behind the refrigerator. The trauma from that experience makes me want to cry hysterically every time I have a leak under my sink.
what is that?
Airthereal Leak Detector is a WiFi gateway with lights and 3 leak detectors.
What’s in the box?
- Airthereal WiFi Gateway
- 3 Airthereal leak detectors
- three pry tools
- 6 AAA batteries
- Instruction and Warning Brochure
Features and setup
Out of the box, I was a little puzzled by the little blue prying tool. I think you’re supposed to use them to open the leak detector and install the battery, mine just opened without them. Why do we need three tools when we have to use them? It seemed kind of wasteful. But in any case, the only problem with one of the detectors was that the thin rubber seal had somehow broken off.
In my test, I dropped a small amount of water on a dinner plate and placed the Airthereal Water Leak Detector on the plate and it worked fine. It has 4 small water probes on the bottom and 2 on the top, so when water drips on top, it quickly disappears.
One of the cool things about the Airthereal Water Leak Detector is that you can adjust the alarm. I didn’t rate it much before testing it, but when you hear how loud these are, you’ll be happy with their capabilities as well.There are 4 different volume settings, up to 120 dB.
The next step is to download the ARIA app and set up an Airthereal WiFi gateway. The instructions are very familiar, so if you’ve used the app before and had to connect your gadget to the internet, you shouldn’t have any problems (if you have a 2.4G Wifi system). Then I had to pair the detector to the gateway. I found the app’s autodetection routine to be pretty straightforward, but I had to place the detector fairly close to the gateway for it to work. The advice is to pair and then place them around your home, not the other way around.
Finding a place to put these was not difficult. I have one under the kitchen sink, one under the bathroom sink, and one in the water heater pot. I could have bought a few more because I could use them behind the washing machine and under the sink. Gateways can support up to 24 detectors and can be placed up to 328 feet away from most home coverage gateways.
There are a few small features that distinguish the Airthereal Leak Detector from other leak sensors. First of all, you can check the battery charge level of the detector via the app which I find very useful. I need to be able to share. This didn’t happen to me. At first I thought it might be because I was completely confused by the ARIA app options.
The app has something called “mode control” that allows you to manage your system. There are four buttons that can be selected. “Disarm” is self-explanatory. “Home” is supposed to be set when you are at home. “I want to feel safe” (this baffles me.? Puddles?), “SOS” which apparently triggers all the sensors, and “Armed” which I’m supposed to use when I’m out. I don’t know who uses these. I mean, I’m a busy person. I don’t want to switch between home and arm each time I enter and exit. I wish it was constantly looking for leaks, yelling when it sensed water, flashing lights on the gateway, and having the app send you a notification. Instead, they complicated it with options.
With the mode set to both home and arm, I placed the sensor in a dish of water to see if the gateway light went off and if I received a push notification. Neither happened and according to the user manual it should have been sent. I downloaded the full user manual so I didn’t miss any settings or other tweaks. The detector made a loud noise and I could see it turned off in the history part of the app, but there were no push notifications. , because you can be out of town and notice something is wrong and get your neighbors and friends to take immediate action. Only if you are in The only way to know if something went wrong while you’re on the go is to check your app’s history. I don’t know about you, but when I’m away, I don’t think, ‘Hey, let’s see if the sink is leaking right now. I’m too busy being attractive. for that reason.
my favorite thing
- Adjustable volume
- good sensitivity
what i want to change
- Simplify your setup
- Make push notifications work
- The gateway should flash when an alarm occurs
Airthereal Leak Detector These are almost perfect leak detectors if you can get the sensors to send push notifications. Unfortunately these weren’t the case for me. i don’t know why However, making noise when water hits is still very nice, and an alarm appears in the history area so you can always check the app.
Where to buy: Amazon (10% discount with coupon code: NNY72JKO Expires: December 31, 2028)
sauce: Samples for this review were provided by Arethereal.