How can I tell if the pressure switch is damaged?

A pressure switch is an electrical device used to control the pressure of a gas or liquid, which opens or closes a circuit in response to a change in pressure. Pressure switches are widely used in a variety of industrial and domestic applications, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, water pumps, and automobiles. The proper functioning of pressure switches is crucial to ensure the safety and efficiency of the equipment, so we need to test and maintain pressure switches in time to avoid failures or accidents caused by damaged pressure switches.

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So, how to determine whether the pressure switch is damaged? Generally speaking, there are several methods as follows:

1. Observe the pressure gauge

A pressure gauge is an instrument used to display the value of pressure, and it is usually connected with a pressure switch to facilitate the observation and adjustment of pressure. If the needle of the pressure gauge does not move or jumps abnormally, or the reading of the pressure gauge does not match the set pressure value, then there may be a problem with the pressure switch. At this time, we can test the working condition of the pressure switch manually, such as using a screwdriver to short the two terminals of the pressure switch to see if the circuit is on and off. If the circuit does not change, then the pressure switch may have been damaged and needs to be replaced.

2. Listen to the sound

The working principle of the pressure switch is the use of springs and pistons and other mechanical components to sense the change in pressure, when the pressure reaches the upper limit or lower limit set, the pressure switch will emit a “click” sound, indicating that the switching state of the circuit changes. Therefore, we can judge whether the pressure switch is working properly by listening to its sound. If the pressure switch does not make any sound, or if the sound is very small or muffled, then the mechanical parts of the pressure switch may be jammed or damaged and need to be cleaned or replaced.

3. Check the appearance

The appearance of the pressure switch can also reflect its working condition. We can find some potential problems by checking the shell, wiring, interface and other parts of the pressure switch. If the shell of the pressure switch is cracked, deformed, burnt, rusted, etc., then it may be that the pressure switch has been affected by overheating, overpressure, overcurrent, corrosion, etc., resulting in its performance degradation or failure. If the wiring of the pressure switch is loose, broken, short-circuited, etc., then it may be that the electrical part of the pressure switch is faulty, resulting in its inability to pass the circuit normally. If the interface of the pressure switch is leaking, clogged, deformed, etc., then there may be a problem with the sealing part of the pressure switch, causing it to fail to accurately sense pressure. All of these situations require timely repair or replacement of the pressure switch to avoid further damage.

To determine whether the pressure switch is damaged, you can observe the pressure gauge, listen to the sound, check the appearance, etc. If you find any abnormality in the pressure switch, you should stop using it immediately and seek professional help for testing and repair. Pressure switch is an important electrical equipment, we should pay attention to its maintenance and management to ensure the normal operation and service life of the equipment.


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