# What does it mean when an ohmmeter reads 0?

## What does it mean when an ohmmeter reads 0?

The standard definition of one ohm is simple: It’s the amount of resistance required to allow one ampere of current to flow when one volt of potential is applied to the circuit. For the purposes of most electronic circuits, you can assume that the resistance value of ordinary wire is zero ohms (0 Ω).

## Where is the zero reading of an ohmmeter?

The resistance scale on an analog multimeter is reverse-printed from the other scales: zero resistance is indicated at the far right-hand side of the scale, and infinite resistance is indicated at the far left-hand side.

Does 0 ohms mean continuity?

An ohmmeter is used to measure the resistance to electrical flow between two points. To say there is no continuity means there is not a good electrical path. In other words, continuity means low or zero ohms, and no continuity means very high or infinite ohms.

### What does zero resistance mean on an ohms meter?

When the rheostat is adjusted properly, with the test leads shorted, the needle of the meter comes to zero position, and this specifies a zero resistance between the test leads. When this meter is adjusted for zero reading on the Ohms scale, it is ready for measuring resistance in a circuit.

### What happens if you set the ohm meter too low?

If you set an analog ohmmeter’s range too low, it will cause the needle to snap rapidly to one side, potentially damaging it. Turn the range down on the ohmmeter 1 step at a time to test the circuit. If the range is too high for a circuit, the reading may not be accurate or it will be hard to see.

Which is the correct way to use the ohmmeter?

To use the ohmmeter, first short the test leads together. This applies 0 ohms across the meter. Adjust the ohms adjustment knob until the needle points at zero. The needle should deflect from its position at rest on the left to the zero resistance indication on the right side of the scale.

#### What does it mean when the needle reads 0 ohms?

When the A and B terminals are closed, then the unknown resistor Rx is short circuited, the needle reads zero because full current flows through the resistor Rx, and I=0 through the meter. Therefore, zero current reading is marked as 0 Ohms.