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Lab And On-Site Transformer Oil Testing

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Transformer oil is an insulating and cooling product that is used in transformers or other types of electrical equipment. The water to oil ratio, the temperature, and the thickness of oil is assessed through a series of tests. The properties of transformer oil need to be tested on a routine basis, to ensure that the oil hasn't deteriorated. Old oil can cause electrical equipment to malfunction, which could be costly.

Testing Labs

Testing labs use safety guidelines and regulations to aid in performing each test. A sample of the oil will need to be sent to a testing lab. You may not receive conclusive information for several days and should avoid using the transformer that sample oil has been removed from, until you are certain that the oil does not need to be replaced.

During an analysis, the oil makeup will be assessed and any contamination will be identified. If you receive results that indicate that the oil needs to be replaced, dispose of the original oil properly, since failing to do so could be harmful to the environment. Request that the remainder of the transformers on your property are tested to ensure that the oil is performing at its peak.                                                   

On-Site Testing

If you are employed in the electrical field and are qualified to perform a test, an on-site testing kit will save time and allow you to keep up with the condition of the transformers, without needing to delay other work responsibilities. A kit will require you to draw a small amount of oil from each transformer. Wear gloves, to protect your hands from oil spills.

You may need to use a syringe like tool to draw oil out and deposit it into the collection tank that was included with a testing kit. During the testing process, a series of checks will be performed and a comparison chart will be furnished, which will aid with reading the results for each testing step. Testing is done in succession, which involves the oil being mixed after the first test and being tested a series of times.

The use of multiple transformer oil testing processes will ensure that each property of the oil is adequate. After each testing session, keep track of the date and the results that you have attained. Log this information and refer to it if an inquiry is made about a particular transformer or when you are making plans to test oil on a subsequent occasion and want to use the test results as a comparison.


28 November 2020