What is a Thermocouple?
In HVAC, we work with thermocouples for temperature measurement all the time, but we may not understand the difference between a thermocouple and other types of temperature measurement sensors. A thermocouple is just two different types of metal connected at a “junction” that generates a small voltage with a temperature change. Older furnaces would often […]
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Testing a Thermocouple
First, a thermocouple is not a flame rectifier like a modern flame sensor. A thermocouple actually generates a millivolt potential difference when it is heated by a flame—just to get that out of the way for any of you newer techs who are used to modern flame sensors. With higher efficiency gas-fired equipment being the […]
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