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Testing Electrical and Electronics Components and Devices with Multimeter

How To Test Electrical & Electronics Components with Multimeter?

We all know the rule and importance of “Troubleshooting” in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Most EE Components and Elements used in Electrical and Electronics Equipments, and Devices are common in their functions and operations.

To be a good analyzer and troubleshooter, you must know the following basic techniques in Electrical and Electronics Troubleshooting. In this basic tutorial, we will use AVO Meter (Ampere-Voltage-Resistance Meter) or MultiMater (Digital/Analog) to test the continuity or resistance of the following components.

  • Cable and Wires
  • Switch/Push Buttons
  • Fuse
  • Capacitors
  • Resistors

How To Test Electrical and Electronics Components with MultimeterIn troubleshooting, we use different kinds of basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering Tools but the main and important tool is Multimeter. Now we will check the above mentioned components and devices with this tool one by one.

Cable and Wires

To check if the cable and wires are in good condition or broken before sizing the proper cable & wire for Electrical Wiring installation, we perform the continuity test.  For this purpose, take AVO meter (or Digital Multimeter) and select “Resistance” (in AVO meter…Rotate the knob to the “Ω” or Resistance).

Now connect both terminals, i.e. both naked ends of the cable/wire with the AVO or Digital Multimeter Terminals. If the meter reading shown “0 Ω”, it means Cable/Wire is in “Good Condition”. On the other hand, if meter reading is “Infinite”, it shows the cable/wire may be defected or broken. So you need to replace it with a new one.

Switch/Push Buttons

Use the same method (mentioned above for checking the cable and wires)…to perform this method correctly, you will need to apply this method in both cases (ON & OFF positions) on  switches and push buttons…In other words, first apply this method on switches/push buttons and then “Push” the push button and perform the same method again.

At first attempt, if meter reading is “Zero” and in the second attempt, the meter reading is infinite, it means Switch/Push button is in good condition. If Multimeter reading is “Zero” or “infinite” in both attempts, it means switch is in short circuit or continuity connection is broken and you should replace it with a new one.

Fuse

To verify Fuse condition, i.e. is “Fuse” in good condition or damaged? … We perform the same method I.e. continuity test as mentioned above. In short, if the meter reading is “Zero” it means Fuse is in good condition. If Multimeter reading is infinite, it means Fuse continuity may be broken or blown. So you should replace it with a new one immediately.

Testing Electrical and Electronics Components and Devices with MultimeterCapacitor

We have already discussed the topic “How to Check a Capacitor with Digital (Multimeter) and Analog (AVO Meter), By Four (4) Methods with pictorial views.

In this tutorial, you can check with Digital Multimeter or AVO meter; is the Capacitor Good, Short or Open?

Resistor

To check if the Resistor is in good condition or broken, we use a multimeter.  For this purpose, take AVO meter (or Digital Multimeter) and select “Resistance” (in AVO meter…Rotate the knob to the “Ω” or Resistance). Now connect both ends of resistor with the AVO or Digital Multimeter Terminals. If the meter reading shows the exact value of resistance or with a percentage tolerance, it means Resistor in “Good Condition”.

For Example, 1kΩ = 1000Ω with a 5% tolerance will show the reading near about 950Ω to 1050Ω.  On the other hand, if meter reading is “Infinite”, it shows the Resistor may be defected or broken and open. So you need to replace it with a new one (exact value).

Good to know:

You can also check the value of a burnt resistor with Digital or analog multimer by the following three handy methods.

How to find The value of Burnt Resistor ( By three handy Methods )

General Precaution

  • Disconnect the power source before checking, servicing, repairing or installing electrical equipments and devices.
  • Always, Select the higher value in Digital or analog Multimeter, and then, gradually reduce it to the proper valve.
  • Never try to work on electricity without proper guidance and care
  • Read all instruction and cautions and follow them strictly.
  • The author will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information or try any circuit in the wrong format so please! Be careful because it’s all about electricity and electricity is too dangerous

Note: This is the first part and to be Continued…Stay tune.

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  1. Thanks for this post.Its really very knowledgeable on as well helpful post for electronics hobbyist and electronics engineering students. They can easily get the idea regarding to electrical or electronic components.

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