# [3/Love-o-meter] it seems TMP36 doesn't work (volts: 0.00 ; degrees: -50.00)

I’m a beginner and I’m trying to train myself following step-by-step “Arduino Project Book” teachings.

I implemented project 03 (love-o-meter) but the value measured by the sensor varies between 144 and 146, that means 0 volts and a temperature of -50.00 degrees.
I tried to “heat” the sensor for some minutes with my fingers (preheated) without any results.

The circuit is (or seems to be) the one explained on the book, and the same is for the code.

Is it possible there is some problem with the sensor?

Thanks.

best to check all connections, and if you connected the sensor not "in reverse"

Hi !

Like Kukulo, i had the same problem. When doing that project, i didn't get any output in the serial monitor nor getting the sensor the report anything.. I've checked and re-checked the connections... nothing...

Hi to everyone, i had a this problem too: i received an output on serial but the degrees was always negative (i tested it in a room, about 19/20°C) so i tried to check the code and the wiring and it was all right. So i used a multimeter to calculate the central pin output (black wire on GND red in central pin) and i had 0.0 V in output. Au contraire with the red wire on the positive pin of the sensor and the black on central I saw 4,36 V. So i thought that the project is probably wrong in facts if you put a very "big" resistance (800 Kohms) between the positive pin and the central one it does work. Maybe i'm wrong but try to fix this in your future starter kit version.

kukulo: I implemented project 03 (love-o-meter) but the value measured by the sensor varies between 144 and 146, that means 0 volts and a temperature of -50.00 degrees.

The formula for the voltage should be;

Voltage = (sensor / 1024) X 5.0

So if you had a sensor value of 145 then it should be (145/1024) X 5 = 0.71 volts, not 0 volts.

Temperature = (voltage - 0.5) X 100

So if you had a sensor value of 145 and 0.71 volts, then temperature will calculate to (0.71 - 0.5) X 100 = 21 degrees C.

Looks like your TMP 36 is working correctly.

ovolollo95: So i used a multimeter to calculate the central pin output (black wire on GND red in central pin) and i had 0.0 V in output. Au contraire with the red wire on the positive pin of the sensor and the black on central I saw 4,36 V.

If you had 4.36V between the left pin and center pin then that means you should have read 0.64V (assuming you are using 5V power) between the center pin and GND. It looks like you didn't make a good connection with your meter if you read 0V. Using the formulas the temperature is (0.64 - 0.5) X 100 = 14 degrees C. This is colder than you said but that depends on how accurate your voltage readings were. It looks like your TMP 36 is working also.

I have a problem with the sensor values jumping from 0 to ~85 every approximately 1 sec

The board is set up exactly as the book describes, left pin to 5V, mid pin to A0, right pin to GND.

example print:

Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00 Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00 Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00 Sensor Value: 6, Volts: 0.03, Degrees: 17.07 Sensor Value: 36, Volts: 0.18, Degrees: 2.42 Sensor Value: 65, Volts: 0.32, Degrees: -11.74 Sensor Value: 79, Volts: 0.39, Degrees: -18.57 Sensor Value: 78, Volts: 0.38, Degrees: -18.09 Sensor Value: 59, Volts: 0.29, Degrees: -8.81 Sensor Value: 28, Volts: 0.14, Degrees: 6.33 Sensor Value: 4, Volts: 0.02, Degrees: 18.05 Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00 Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00 Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: 20.00

Any idea what i'm doing wrong?

Garmien: Any idea what i'm doing wrong?

hiduino:

Garmien:
Any idea what i’m doing wrong?

Should be the same as in the manual.

``````const int sensorPin = A0;
const float baselineTemp = 20.0;

void setup(){
Serial.begin(9600);
for(int pinNumber = 2; pinNumber < 5; pinNumber++){
pinMode(pinNumber, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(pinNumber, LOW);
}
}

void loop(){
Serial.print("Sensor Value: ");
Serial.print(sensorVal);
float voltage = (sensorVal/1024.0)*5.0;
Serial.print(", Volts: ");
Serial.print(voltage);
Serial.print(", Degrees: ");
float temperature = (voltage - .5)*100;
Serial.println(temperature);

if(temperature < baselineTemp){
digitalWrite(2, LOW);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+2 && temperature < baselineTemp+4){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+4 && temperature < baselineTemp+6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp +6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, HIGH);
}
delay(100);
}
``````

hiduino:

kukulo: I implemented project 03 (love-o-meter) but the value measured by the sensor varies between 144 and 146, that means 0 volts and a temperature of -50.00 degrees.

The formula for the voltage should be;

Voltage = (sensor / 1024) X 5.0

So if you had a sensor value of 145 then it should be (145/1024) X 5 = 0.71 volts, not 0 volts.

Thank you, hiduino! Do you know what? I calculated Voltage by multiplying to 0.5 instead of 5.0 :blush: Adjusting the multiplication factor, it works fine.

Just a short note: if I write "Voltage = (sensor /1024) * 5.0", Voltage is calculated as 0.00; instead, if I write "Voltage = (sensor /1024.0) * 5.0", the result is correct (not zero). Do I need to write any number using at least a decimal place after point? But this is not really a problem for me: probably, a better knowledge of this specific coding language could help me in avoiding this kind of mistakes.

There are rules how the compiler handles math operators. If both are int the result will be int. That is why sensor/1024 = 0; and sensor/1024.0 = >0;

Furthermore from performance point of view it is always faster to multiply than to divide e.g.

x/10.0 is slower than x * 0.1;

Garmien:

hiduino:

Garmien:
Any idea what i’m doing wrong?

Should be the same as in the manual.

``````const int sensorPin = A0;
``````

const float baselineTemp = 20.0;

void setup(){
Serial.begin(9600);
for(int pinNumber = 2; pinNumber < 5; pinNumber++){
pinMode(pinNumber, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(pinNumber, LOW);
}
}

void loop(){
Serial.print("Sensor Value: “);
Serial.print(sensorVal);
float voltage = (sensorVal/1024.0)*5.0;
Serial.print(”, Volts: “);
Serial.print(voltage);
Serial.print(”, Degrees: ");
float temperature = (voltage - .5)*100;
Serial.println(temperature);

if(temperature < baselineTemp){
digitalWrite(2, LOW);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+2 && temperature < baselineTemp+4){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+4 && temperature < baselineTemp+6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp +6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, HIGH);
}
delay(100);
}

I just realised i had made some changes, so the numbers are different (but still not correct). This is the true outprint example with the above code:

Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61
Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12
Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66
Sensor Value: 61, Volts: 0.30, Degrees: -20.21
Sensor Value: 69, Volts: 0.34, Degrees: -16.31
Sensor Value: 74, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -13.87
Sensor Value: 75, Volts: 0.37, Degrees: -13.38
Sensor Value: 73, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -14.36
Sensor Value: 68, Volts: 0.33, Degrees: -16.80
Sensor Value: 58, Volts: 0.28, Degrees: -21.68
Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66
Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12
Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61

Garmien: I just realised i had made some changes, so the numbers are different (but still not correct). This is the true outprint example with the above code:

Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61 Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66 Sensor Value: 61, Volts: 0.30, Degrees: -20.21 Sensor Value: 69, Volts: 0.34, Degrees: -16.31 Sensor Value: 74, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -13.87 Sensor Value: 75, Volts: 0.37, Degrees: -13.38 Sensor Value: 73, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -14.36 Sensor Value: 68, Volts: 0.33, Degrees: -16.80 Sensor Value: 58, Volts: 0.28, Degrees: -21.68 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66 Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12 Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61

Looks like your sensor acts more like a TMP 35 range. If you remove the - .5 from the formula (temperature = voltage * 100) do the readings make sense? Are the sensor values changing that fast? It could be bad connections causing sporadic readings. Otherwise I guess it could be just a bad sensor.

My sensor doesn't seem to work either. I get these values: Sensor value: 26, Volts: 0.13, degrees C: -37.30 Sensor value: 25, Volts: 0.12, degrees C: -37.79 I have the same code as in the manual, and connected everything like the manual too. If i use 3.3V instead of 5V i get: Sensor value: 34, Volts: 0.17, degrees C: -33.40 Sensor value: 34, Volts: 0.17, degrees C: -33.40

hiduino:

Garmien: I just realised i had made some changes, so the numbers are different (but still not correct). This is the true outprint example with the above code:

Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61 Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66 Sensor Value: 61, Volts: 0.30, Degrees: -20.21 Sensor Value: 69, Volts: 0.34, Degrees: -16.31 Sensor Value: 74, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -13.87 Sensor Value: 75, Volts: 0.37, Degrees: -13.38 Sensor Value: 73, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -14.36 Sensor Value: 68, Volts: 0.33, Degrees: -16.80 Sensor Value: 58, Volts: 0.28, Degrees: -21.68 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: -22.66 Sensor Value: 53, Volts: 0.26, Degrees: -24.12 Sensor Value: 52, Volts: 0.25, Degrees: -24.61

Looks like your sensor acts more like a TMP 35 range. If you remove the - .5 from the formula (temperature = voltage * 100) do the readings make sense? Are the sensor values changing that fast? It could be bad connections causing sporadic readings. Otherwise I guess it could be just a bad sensor.

Above print is with 100ms delay. Also, the sensor does not react on temperature changes at all. I've tried with different sensors of the same type, the result is the same (print below is without the -.5):

Sensor Value: 55, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 26.86 Sensor Value: 55, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 26.86 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 27.34 Sensor Value: 57, Volts: 0.28, Degrees: 27.83 Sensor Value: 60, Volts: 0.29, Degrees: 29.30 Sensor Value: 67, Volts: 0.33, Degrees: 32.71 Sensor Value: 72, Volts: 0.35, Degrees: 35.16 Sensor Value: 75, Volts: 0.37, Degrees: 36.62 Sensor Value: 75, Volts: 0.37, Degrees: 36.62 Sensor Value: 70, Volts: 0.34, Degrees: 34.18 Sensor Value: 64, Volts: 0.31, Degrees: 31.25 Sensor Value: 59, Volts: 0.29, Degrees: 28.81 Sensor Value: 57, Volts: 0.28, Degrees: 27.83 Sensor Value: 56, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 27.34 Sensor Value: 55, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 26.86 Sensor Value: 55, Volts: 0.27, Degrees: 26.86

EDIT: Something is very wrong, if i change the sensors position on the breadboard i get different values..

Garmien: EDIT: Something is very wrong, if i change the sensors position on the breadboard i get different values..

It might be that the Arduino input port is bad? Can you try changing to another analog input port? (make sure you update your code to match) Also some times if the wire leads are too long they can affect the sensor measurements.

hiduino:

Garmien:
EDIT: Something is very wrong, if i change the sensors position on the breadboard i get different values…

It might be that the Arduino input port is bad? Can you try changing to another analog input port? (make sure you update your code to match) Also some times if the wire leads are too long they can affect the sensor measurements.

I tried some of the other projects before going back to this, now i get these numbers(again with 100ms delay):

Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 35, Volts: 0.17, Degrees: -32.91
Sensor Value: 92, Volts: 0.45, Degrees: -5.08
Sensor Value: 96, Volts: 0.47, Degrees: -3.13
Sensor Value: 97, Volts: 0.47, Degrees: -2.64
Sensor Value: 89, Volts: 0.43, Degrees: -6.54
Sensor Value: 74, Volts: 0.36, Degrees: -13.87
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00
Sensor Value: 0, Volts: 0.00, Degrees: -50.00

with this code:

``````const int sensorPin = A0;
const float baselineTemp = 20.0;

void setup(){
Serial.begin(9600);
for(int pinNumber = 2; pinNumber < 5; pinNumber++){
pinMode(pinNumber, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(pinNumber, LOW);
}
}

void loop(){
Serial.print("Sensor Value: ");
Serial.print(sensorVal);
float voltage = (sensorVal/1024.0)*5.0;
Serial.print(", Volts: ");
Serial.print(voltage);
Serial.print(", Degrees: ");
float temperature = (voltage - .5)*100;
Serial.println(temperature);

if(temperature < baselineTemp){
digitalWrite(2, LOW);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+2 && temperature < baselineTemp+4){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, LOW);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp+4 && temperature < baselineTemp+6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, LOW);
}
else if(temperature >= baselineTemp +6){
digitalWrite(2, HIGH);
digitalWrite(3, HIGH);
digitalWrite(4, HIGH);
}
delay(100);
}
``````

I’ve noticed the numbers are the same whether i have the + connected or not, so i guess there’s something wrong with the power? Or the sensor(s)?

hello I tested the tmp36 and I think I will not use again! the tmp36 is too sensitive to electrostatic waves. the only way I managed it by adding a 0.1 uf ceramic capacitor for the values ??are more stable on the breadboard. but when you make a perforated plate or you use more than one tmp36 or otherwise in a surrounding with lots of electrostatic waves (film studio, or near a motor). this is not the same games. the first tmp36 influences the values ??of the other and so on. Environmental electrostatic waves distort the sensor values

The slightest change of voltage (power outage, run down, connection error etc.). Sensor burns. must be experienced in electronics, it's really not recommended to beginners! it should be noted that on this forum there are requests for help almost every 2 days for tmp36. must deduce something. I finally used a thermistor (variable resistor heat) and everything is settled.

emmanuelle

Double check that you are using the correct componant. I made the mistake of using the wrong componant.

Yes the Transistor looks similar to the Temperature Sensor. They have the same black body with 3 legs though the Transistor outer legs are bent whereas the Temp Sensor I have the legs are all straight.

Anyway I tried a transistor in the circuit and got varying negative readings like those in this thread.

So ensure it's really the Temperature Sensor and not one of the Transistors. In my official kit I got 1X Temp Sensor and 5X Transistors which were taped to a card.