Relay gets hot: probably normal?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by likes_shiny_things, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. likes_shiny_things

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    I have a Magnecraft W250ACPX_9 octal relay - 120VAC, rated continuous duty. It's the style that has the clear plastic dust cover.

    The only part that gets hot is the screw head that connects to the coil and is exposed to the exterior of the dust cover.

    I've let it remain engaged for at least 24 hours at a time and the screw head gets hot enough so I can hold my finger on it for only a few seconds. The plastic dust cover is barely warm, even in the immediate area around the screw head.

    I'm assuming this is normal but I wanted to check with those who have more experience with this type of relay.

    Thank you!
     
  2. mik3

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    If you can keep your finger on the screw for a few seconds it is fine!
     
  3. crutschow

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    Due to cost considerations, many devices are designed not for maximum efficiency, but just enough efficiency so their temperature rise does not cause the part to fail. Thus it is normal for the relay coil to become quite warm, but that temperature is still well below it's failure point, which is likely well above 100°C.
     
  4. thatoneguy

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    When it gets to the point that when you touch it and immediately pull your hand back by reflex, it is running too hot. If you end up with a screw shaped blister, it is running way too hot.

    You can get low accuracy (+/- 5 degrees) for cheap, handy to have around when looking for hotspots in circuits or devices. Cost is around $15 to $75, the higher end ones have a laser to point at center of the exact area the temp is being measured at.
     
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