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Ask the Experts: O-ring failure? Find Out Why

O-rings can fail for a number of reasons. What do all these reasons have in common? They deal with the combined adverse effects of several environmental factors.

The most common causes of O-ring failure:

• Improper gland design*
• Incorrect O-ring size
• Incompatibility of O-ring elastomer and environmental elements
• Improper O-ring installation
• Inadequate O-ring lubrication

*Improper gland design can cause three problems:

1. allowing too much or too little compression
2. not leaving enough room for seal expansion
3. tolerance stack-up.

Thankfully, our knowledgeable engineers will be able to assist you with your sealing solution. Visit our website and the Troubleshooting section of our Seal Design Guide to find out more.