The Thermal Pad Is Very Dry and Brittle

silicone thermal pad

If you have a thermal pad that is dry and brittle, it may indicate that the pad has aged or has been exposed to unfavorable conditions. Here are a few possible reasons and suggestions to address the issue:

Aging: Over time, thermal pads can deteriorate, losing their original properties and becoming dry and brittle. If the pad is old or has been stored for an extended period, it may have degraded. In such cases, it's recommended to replace the thermal pad with a new one.

Improper storage: Thermal pads should be stored in a cool and dry environment, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat. Exposure to high temperatures or prolonged humidity can cause the pad to dry out and become brittle. Ensure proper storage conditions for thermal pads to maintain their performance.

Low-quality pad: If the thermal pad was of low quality or not suitable for the intended application, it may dry out and become brittle more quickly. It's essential to choose high-quality thermal pads from reputable manufacturers to ensure long-term stability and reliability.

Incorrect installation: If the thermal pad was not installed correctly or was subjected to excessive pressure during installation, it could cause the pad to deform or break, resulting in a dry and brittle appearance. Ensure proper handling and installation techniques when using thermal pads to prevent damage.

If you encounter a dry and brittle thermal pad, it's advisable to replace it with a new one to ensure effective heat transfer and thermal management. Before installation, carefully inspect the new thermal pad for any signs of damage or deterioration to ensure it's optimal performance.

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Updated on:2023-11-07 10:32:54
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