Definition of a Pressure Switch

A pressure switch is very important little device that enables the safety and control of many different environments. It functions as a fail-safe device in order to prevent any number of incidents from occurring by either measuring the amount of pressure applied and reacting or simply by providing a way to decrease or increase different types of pressure.


The pressure switch is utilized in many different types of environments. These include, but are not limited to, utility and chemical plants, machine manufacturing facilities and public buildings.

What Kind of Pressure

A pressure switch is typically used in conjunction with some form of liquid, gas, steam or electricity.



A manual pressure switch is simply like a light switch that a person has to walk up to, to flip on or off.



An automatic pressure switch senses when the pressure level is too high or low. It can respond without the need of human aid.



A pressure switch may open compartments to let out steam or air. It might shut down a machine. Whatever action is established that will prevent human or financial harm for the particular scenario is the function of the pressure switch.


About the Author

Alicia Crowder is a full-time freelance writer. Her portfolio includes work for Free Press Houston, Nevermore magazine, Public News and online content. She has published one non-fiction book and written book reviews for multiple sites. Crowder also has experience as a technical writer of construction project specifications and computer software user manuals.

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